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Typhoid fever: a past, present, and future threat

For most communities in high-resource countries, typhoid fever is a distant memory. While it used to rampage major cities in the United States and Europe, typhoid fever was largely stamped out in the 1940s with the advent of antibiotics and improved sanitation. And for international travelers, two typhoid vaccines available at the local clinic eliminate […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesLes leçons de la ligne de frontPATH is at SXSWHow to survive birth in one of the world’s hardest places ;

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Empowering women with the tools to survive cancer

Diluted vinegar. A flashlight. A set of trained eyes. These are the main requirements for a cervical cancer screening tool, called VIA, which put PATH front and center in the push to prevent cervical cancer around the globe.

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6 ways SXSW connects global health and innovation for social impact

At SXSW this year, the PATH team explored and interacted with a dizzying array of technologies—many still under development. We spoke with experts and decision-makers from around the world about global trends and possibilities for the future. And we saw exciting and forward-thinking artwork and performances. We discovered that seemingly disparate tracks—tech, social impact, and […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesInnovation is at the heart of SeattlePATH is at SXSWPATH: 40 years of innovation and impact ;

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Why PATH is advocating for vital aid programs

Editor’s note: The US President’s proposed federal government budget for fiscal year 2018 may include disproportionate cuts of more than 30 percent for the State Department and USAID, and perhaps even more for foreign assistance programs. US funding for these foreign assistance programs is a small—less than one percent of the federal budget—but cost-effective investment that […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA chance to win at healthHealth care’s next revolution: digitized data to transform livesInnovation is at the heart of Seattle ;

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PATH is at SXSW

PATH is headed to SXSW! David Shoultz, the head of our Drug Development Program, will join other panelists from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and John Snow, Inc. to discuss the benefits and challenges of tech solutions in developing regions around the world. While in Austin, a small field team and I will be […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesInnovation is at the heart of SeattlePATH: 40 years of innovation and impactWANTED: idealistic students to save millions of lives ;

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How to survive birth in one of the world’s hardest places

PATH/Georgina Goodwin

Everyone gets one golden minute. If we don’t take our first breath in the 60 seconds after we’re born, all bets are off. But if the right person is paying attention—someone trained in exactly what to do and when—then the game of life tips back in our favor. Until a little over a year ago, […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesInnovation is at the heart of SeattleOne mentor, dozens of nurses, thousands of healthier kidsLessons from the front lines ;

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A chance to win at health

Editor’s note: This is the sixth post in our blog series Local Brilliance: women leading global health innovation, featuring firsthand accounts from scientists and leaders who are saving lives and improving health for women and girls in their countries and communities. I first got interested in public health after my sister passed away from AIDS, which […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe impact inspired by a little girlInnovation is at the heart of SeattleIn Davos, Rx for epidemics: tech partnerships ;

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China: join us on an extraordinary journey

In the late 1970s, as China emerged from the Cultural Revolution, PATH’s founders saw an urgent need: millions of people in the country needed modern contraceptives, reliable condoms, and the technologies to produce them. So our leaders founded the nonprofit organization that would become PATH, and reached out to China. The result was a unique, decadeslong […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesPATH: 40 years of innovation and impactIn Davos, Rx for epidemics: tech partnershipsLessons from the front lines ;

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Health care’s next revolution: digitized data to transform lives

The call for better global health data has been steadily getting louder. In a recent article, Melinda Gates noted that while the quality and use of these data are improving, significant work remains. Gates cited examples in malaria and family planning where data allowed the global health community to begin solving some of the most intractable […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesInnovation is at the heart of SeattleIn Davos, Rx for epidemics: tech partnershipsA chance to win at health ;

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WANTED: idealistic students to save millions of lives

Conventional wisdom about STEM education in the United States goes something like this: we need to do a better job teaching our students math and science so they can fill a mind-boggling number of high-paying jobs in the tech sector, which are fueling our economy. That’s certainly part of the story. But if we view […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesInnovation is at the heart of SeattlePATH: 40 years of innovation and impactIn Davos, Rx for epidemics: tech partnerships ;

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One mentor, dozens of nurses, thousands of healthier kids

“Okay,” says the driver quietly, “we’re here.” Quickly, Makhosazana Khoza gathers her paperwork, adjusts her badge, and steps from the van into the cool parking lot. It’s early in the morning, but already, several women and children are waiting outside the health facility in Empangeni Town. Years ago, they’d have been waiting to see Makhosazana. […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesInnovation is at the heart of SeattleThe impact inspired by a little girlWhy playtime for babies is serious business ;

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Lessons from the front lines

Photo: PATH/Lynn Heinisch.

In the midst of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a 21-year-old Guinean student came to a Dakar health clinic with symptoms of fever and diarrhea. The doctor considered Ebola, which had killed more than 1,000 people in neighboring Guinea. But the patient wasn’t bleeding. He denied having been in contact with Ebola patients […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesIn Davos, Rx for epidemics: tech partnershipsInnovation is at the heart of SeattleOur 8 favorite photos of 2016 ;

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Friday Think: A stomach in a petri dish

It’s February, the start of a new year. And while many people are still gallantly following New Year’s resolutions to minimize their stomachs, some people in Ohio are more interested in growing them. In petri dishes. Literally.

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Innovation is at the heart of Seattle

One of the great public health intervention programs of modern times was conceived by two Seattle visionaries, a doctor at the University of Washington (UW) and a Seattle Fire Department chief, both of whom asked a simple question: “Could behavior change at the fire department change the mortality of the city?” Today, we know the […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesOur 8 favorite photos of 2016PATH: 40 years of innovation and impactIn Davos, Rx for epidemics: tech partnerships ;

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