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One man, 441 people, and a community for healthier hearts

Meet Mr. Ta Van Phu, a retired health worker and former leader in the military. With pen and pencil in his left pocket, glasses squarely centered on his face, and a shoulder bag containing his blood pressure monitor and educational materials about heart disease, Mr. Phu is a welcome sight as he walks from house […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesNew tools and a “zambitious” goal to end malariaThe surprising consequences of tuberculosisEnsuring vaccines reach the people who need them most ;

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A week in China with PATH

“Each of these little vials—every single one—can protect a child,” says PATH board member Dr. Yehong Zhang, leaning over a humming conveyor belt as hundreds of vials of Japanese encephalitis vaccine whisk by. “It’s moving, really. This is why we do this work.” I’m standing with Dr. Zhang at the Chengdu Institute of Biological Products […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesReproductive health: a candid conversation with Martha BradyEnsuring vaccines reach the people who need them mostNew tools and a “zambitious” goal to end malaria ;

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Breaking story: Ebola in DR Congo

On 11 May 2017, the Min of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo notified WHO & partners of a lab-confirmed case of #Ebola#DRC — WHO (@WHO) May 12, 2017 Late last week, PATH received unofficial reports of an Ebola outbreak in the Likati health zone of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe surprising consequences of tuberculosisOne man, 441 people, and a community for healthier heartsEnsuring vaccines reach the people who need them most ;

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PATH at the shifting front lines of Ebola

On 11 May 2017, the Min of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo notified WHO & partners of a lab-confirmed case of #Ebola#DRC — WHO (@WHO) May 12, 2017 Late last week, PATH received unofficial reports of an Ebola outbreak in the Likati health zone of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe surprising consequences of tuberculosisOne man, 441 people, and a community for healthier heartsEnsuring vaccines reach the people who need them most ;

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Reproductive health: a candid conversation with Martha Brady

As Martha Brady sees it, reproductive health is more than family planning. “We should be thinking about women’s health more broadly, across the life cycle,” says Martha, the new director of PATH’s Reproductive Health program. In her view, reproductive health encompasses the rights of individuals to make decisions concerning their own sexual activity and reproduction, […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesNew tools and a “zambitious” goal to end malariaInnovation: the key to an economic revolution in AfricaThe surprising consequences of tuberculosis ;

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Ensuring vaccines reach the people who need them most

Stacks of immunization registry ledgers tower above the desks and medical supplies. Each ledger contains rows and rows of patient records—their name, date of birth, the last time they received a vaccine, and which antigen, among other information. It’s a scene familiar to most health facilities across developing countries—particularly along “the last mile.” The term […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesNew tools and a “zambitious” goal to end malariaThe surprising consequences of tuberculosisWaking from sleeping sickness in the DRC ;

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Friday Think: Putting a fluorescent spotlight on pneumonia

Diagnosing pneumonia is a challenge—and not just in the developing countries where PATH works. Even when state-of-the-art medical technologies are readily available, diagnosing the infection is far from easy. This is especially true for intensive-care patients who might be dealing with multiple health issues. Researchers in Scotland may have a solution.

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Don’t miss our one-of-a-kind Seattle celebration

PATH turns 40 on May 12, and we’re bringing an amazing group of next-generation thinkers and doers to Seattle to celebrate with us! It’s a free event—and you’re invited. May 12, 2017 5:00–8:00 p.m. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center (321 Mercer St.) Register today Where else can you hear rising stars from the worlds of culture, commerce, global health, […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesSee you in Seattle May 12Protected: Permettre à tout le monde d’accéder à des toilettes, à la manière PATHPATH’s new Micro Encabulator™ offers lifesaving potential in a smaller package ;

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Innovation: the key to an economic revolution in Africa

An automated medicine dispensing system. A novel vaccine for a disease that disproportionately affects African infants. A low-cost device to prevent mothers dying during childbirth. This is what Africa-led innovation looks like. And it’s on the rise, at a fast pace, creating opportunities and homegrown solutions like never before.

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Meet the amazing cast behind a life-changing drug

It was well after midnight in San Francisco when Eugenio (“Geno”) de Hostos picked up the phone—but when his colleagues in China answered, he felt the familiar jolt of excitement. He’d felt the same thrill at dawn, talking to his colleagues in Switzerland. At five, in a call to Maryland with the US Food and […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesWaking from sleeping sickness in the DRCThe surprising consequences of tuberculosisPATH is at SXSW ;

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The surprising consequences of tuberculosis

Tuberculosis, a disease with history In the 1990s, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine experienced serious medication delivery delays. For patients with tuberculosis (TB), the lack of medications resulted in incomplete drug regimens and poor treatment practices. Although the drug supply problem resolved over time, a new challenge arose: Ukraine became one of […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesWaking from sleeping sickness in the DRCLes leçons de la ligne de frontUp to the challenge: a doctor’s story of sacrifice and healing ;

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Waking from sleeping sickness in the DRC

Marthine clearly loves Octavie. Even now, when his wife of 48 years moves like a sleepwalker, he dotes on her. He encourages her to eat the food he’s brought to the hospital and adjusts her clothes to protect her dignity. When she emerges from her lethargy to muster a smile, he beams. Octavie has sleeping […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesLes leçons de la ligne de frontUp to the challenge: a doctor’s story of sacrifice and healingLessons from the front lines ;

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Friday Think: When it comes to hearing aids, scientists are listening

Guess what? That ringing in your ears doesn’t mean people are talking about you. It’s likely a sign of impending hearing loss. As a human experience, hearing loss is nothing new, and it’s certainly not going away. The newest innovations in hearing aid technologies are serving a wider range of people now, from surgically placed […] ; ; ; ;Related Stories6 ways SXSW connects global health and innovation for social impactPATH is at SXSWUp to the challenge: a doctor’s story of sacrifice and healing ;

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Up to the challenge: a doctor’s story of sacrifice and healing

Dr. Jean-Claude Kiluba holds up five fingers. He wants to make sure I understand just how young he was when he was sent from his village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to a boarding school two hours away. “I was five!” he exclaims.

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