Pathfinder’s response to the global pandemic is uniquely designed to interrupt the spread of COVID-19, maintain essential sexual and reproductive health services and protect women and girls who are more likely to experience trauma, hardship, illness or disruption because of the crisis. We aim to build stronger communities and health systems, centered on mobilizing the agency of women and girls, to support their short and longer-term resiliency in the face of economic shocks.
As a global health organization experienced in serving vulnerable women and girls and strengthening health systems during times of emergency and instability, we are ensuring that their exposure to COVID-19 and crisis-associated risks such as gender-based violence is mitigated. Further, it is critical that they have uninterrupted access to contraception, maternal care, HIV treatment, and other vital services. To meet this huge need, additional resources are urgently required. Your contribution will support the immediate response and launch initiatives that will ensure sustainable outcomes for the world’s most vulnerable communities.
Where we work
Pathfinder International currently works in 17 countries empowering comunitties through reproductive and sexual health care. These countries include;
- Burkina Faso
- Côte d'Ivoire
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
COVID-19 is now present in every country where we operate. Pathfinder is working to understand each country’s unique circumstances, and our teams are adapting our efforts accordingly to support their national response efforts. Our immediate priority is to build resilience for vulnerable women and girls and their health systems:
In Pakistan, our team is bolstering supply chains and using digital communication channels to reach more than 180,000 women and girls with sexual and reproductive health commodities and vital information about COVID-19.
In Kenya, our team is extending access to anti-retroviral treatment and providing handwashing and sanitation supplies to more than 177,000 people living with HIV to reduce their vulnerability to the virus.
In India, our team is working to resume family planning services, which are currently on hold and therefore not available for 76,000 women and girls across 4 states.
As an organization, we believe that all response plans should consider the longer-term consequences of this pandemic and lay the groundwork for stronger health systems, include strategic planning capacity at all levels from community to government and a clear role for women and girls as leaders and advocates of their own lives.
Given our deep and longstanding engagement on the ground with local governments and communities, our COVID-19 Response will adjust continuously to meet rapidly evolving situations and partner in bolstering both immediate and long-term needs to strengthen health systems:
To interrupt the spread of COVID-19 within the health system, we will support the personal protection of health workers, train them in infection prevention and control, and meet critical and emerging gaps such as emergency transportation.
To interrupt the spread of COVID-19 in the community, we will implement health communications campaigns, especially targeted at women and girls, that increase their awareness and knowledge of COVID-19 and promote the adoption of behaviors that prevent further spread of the virus and keep them healthy and safe.
To maintain essential sexual and reproductive health services, we will provide technical assistance in the delivery of essential SRH services, while advocating with donors and governments for their continuance throughout the pandemic.
To build stronger and more resilient health systems and communities, we will work alongside local leaders and organizations to meet the broader social, mental and economic support needs of women and girls.