20 February 2019

Pathfinder International


Commitment Progress

Pathfinder International has continued to deliver technical assistance to governments to promote service delivery for SRHR services in 18 countries around the world. We celebrated our 60th year since inception in 2017, and have continued to forge new paths towards universal access to SRHR. Pathfinder’s programs in FY17 were estimated to have prevented over 495,000 unsafe abortion, and prevented over 4,200 maternal deaths. We recorded 4.3 million visits to facilities for contraceptive services, and calculated that 1.9 million unintended pregnancies were averted. More than 605,600 deliveries were supported by facility staff. 11.6 million visits were made by young people to receive youth-friendly services at health facilities supported by Pathfinder’s programs.


In the next three years as of July 2015, Pathfinder International commits to the Global Strategy (2016-2030) by expanding efforts to increase women’s access to postpartum and post-abortion contraception in all countries where it is implementing family planning projects. By the end of three years, Pathfinder will commit an estimated USD $38,300,000 to reach the target commitment, serving 2.4 million women through Pathfinder-supported postpartum and post-abortion services, and anticipate that 500,000 of them will have started using contraception. Pathfinder International has nearly 60 years of experience strengthening service delivery systems for contraceptive services and is committed to building the capacity of local government institutions and NGO partners.

Pathfinder International is also a commitment maker to FP2020 in support of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030). More information on their FP2020 commitment can be found here.

Commitment Progress

Pathfinder International’s programs ensured universal inclusion and targeting of underserved populations, including youth and adolescents, in the areas of post-partum and post-abortion family planning counseling and services. We targeted geographic areas across 9 countries (Burundi, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda) that had high unmet need for family planning and high maternal mortality. We increased this work also in Francophone West Africa including Burkina Faso and Niger in this reporting period (2015-2016).

2012—London Family Planning Summit

Pathfinder International commits to increasing financial support for family planning programs in Pathfinder’s existing program countries and at least two new countries. Pathfinder will raise an additional US $3 million by 2014 to augment its already robust family planning related programs.  One third of this commitment will be used to reach young people in the underserved regions such as West Africa.  Pathfinder will also advocate for the removal of policy and regulatory barriers which limit access to family planning.  It will initiate new work with communities to prevent early marriage in two countries in Francophone West Africa and work with partners to deliver family planning as a package of comprehensive reproductive health care, livelihood and environmental conservation activities in remote areas of Western Tanzania.


Pathfinder International commits to work with The Nature Conservancy and Frankfurt Zoological Society to raise at least US $250,000 to launch an integrated family planning and maternal and child health program in the extremely remote villages surrounding Mahale Mountains National Park in Tanzania. The project will launch in 2012 and we anticipate continuing for at least five years with additional funds raised. This project is focused entirely on the hardest-to-reach women and children without access to the government health system. The main focus is family planning, along with prenatal care, delivery and postnatal care, newborn care, immunizations and adolescent reproductive health. This will be done through training of health personnel and of additional community health workers to conduct home visits, and substantial improvements to existing health facilities, to the benefit all women of reproductive age, children, and adolescents seeking maternal, newborn and child health and contraceptive services.

Pathfinder International promises to develop and test innovative approaches; integrate essential services for the most vulnerable; educate, engage and mobilize communities to seek their own solutions; track progress through monitoring and evaluation; strengthen local capabilities to scale up interventions; and advocate for increased attention and government investments to women’s and children’s health, especially family planning. We will coordinate with government and community organizations and introduce available technologies, such as mobile phones, where appropriate.