Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, they have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, they expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Their work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.
Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), Pathfinder International is increasing access to family planning by integrating family planning and reproductive health into an existing conservation program in Tanzania. Pathfinder is both leveraging the presence of conservation programs to increase access to FP services and raising awareness of the links between family planning and general ecosystem health. The project will build the capacity of village leaders to use existing family planning counseling materials, recruit and train CBDs, establish formal links with the local health workers, strengthen contraceptive supply chains, and increase access to long-acting and permanent methods (LAPM).