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Pathfinder International

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: AIDS, Family Planning, Health, International, International Development, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights

Mission: Pathfinder International’s mission is to ensure that people everywhere have the right and opportunity to live a healthy reproductive life. 

Geographic areas served: Pathfinder has brought reproductive health care to tens of millions of people in more than 120 countries in Africa, Asia, the Near East, Latin America, and Europe. Today, our 800-plus employees work alongside more than 300 local partner organizations, helping implement 60 regional and multi-national programs in more than 25 countries


Since 1999, Pathfinder’s Geração Biz program has improved access to sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention information and services for young people aged 10-24. Pathfinder is implementing the project in all 11 of the country’s provinces in collaboration with the Government of Mozambique and civil society youth associations. Identified as a best practice by the World Bank, Geração Biz increases young people’s access to youth-friendly clinical services by integrating youth-friendly services into existing public sector facilities and through adolescent-only clinics. Information about these services is disseminated by a national network of peer educators who are trained by the project to engage young people in discussions about sexuality, teen pregnancy, abortion, HIV and AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections, and provide them with contraceptives to promote safe, responsible, and gender-sensitive sexual and reproductive behavior. 

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Ayubu H.Samuel,aged 29 from Tanzania.
Am Executive Director of TALIA FOUNDATION from 2007 up now 201, our organization is dealing with children,women,youth and other vulnerable Group in Tanzania my duties for my position IS to monitor day to day activities.
I was born January 141982 and my father was died in January 20 19982 so now i live with single parent.

We have work with different Donor GTZ,RFA. Our organization is working by good transparency to the staff,community and other community

Review from Guidestar


Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was traveling in Africa as a guest of the African Women's Development Fund, I had the honor of also visitng a Pathfinder project in Nairobi, Kenya. I saw first hand how many women (and the men and children in their lives) were being helped. Seeing women with various stages of HIV/AIDS really expanded my understanding of what "maternal heath" encompasses.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Pathfinder's work supports its belief that every woman, man, girl and boy has the right to a health life supported by reproductive health and family planning services. Its respect for the rights and dignity of the people it serves are apparent throughout all its programs. Its results have been shown by the decreasing birth rates and rates of maternal mortality in the areas where it works in the developing world. Its creative and innovative programs live up to its name; it creates new paths in the arena of reproductive health.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Pathfinder International works towards empowering poor, disenfranchised women in one of the most effective ways I can imagine: through reproductive health care and education programs tailored to the need of a community.

Pathfinder works on the ground to help provide services, education, and community building to women. Most importantly of all--and really the crucial reason I support them so wholeheartedly--is that Pathfinder does not import western doctors and educators, but trains community members to lead programs--an incalculably important technique that serves to strengthen existing communities.

In addition, Pathfinder tailors its programs to the needs of regions, adapting to whatever a given area needs most (be it HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, women's health clinics, etc).

I discovered Pathfinder through a friend of my parents who has been involved with them for years. After she invited me to one informational reception, I got very excited, and told her emphatically that I wanted to get involved. Before long, this friend helped a number of us younger people who had expressed interest in Pathfinder form a youth board, through which we have been planning informational and fundraising events. Pathfinder is incredibly strong on the ground, but word about their work needs help getting out. The fact that a dozen of us young people banded together to try to help Pathfinder grow is a testament to this inspiring organization.

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