A woman and her two children walk along a dusty path through a green field in Africa


Pathways is an innovative interdisciplinary project to deepen the understanding of the social and environmental factors that can predict health risks and influence healthcare seeking and service uptake-related behaviors of especially vulnerable women and their children under 5 years of age.

Pathways uses a social vulnerability framework to identify social risk factors such as material and time poverty, approaches to seeking care and decision making, as well as family roles and structure and corresponding family typologies. These will help global health professionals more easily identify the factors that influence families’ caregiving and care-seeking behaviors. Pathways used ethnographic research in its initial phase to get an in-depth understanding of the lived experiences of women and their families as well as the contexts that shape their lives and livelihoods.

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2018 - ongoing



Knowledge Area

Maternal, Newborn and Child Health