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Markets Matter: experts share why well-functioning markets are essential to the success of…

Even the most effective health products cannot save lives or improve health if they do not reach the people who want and need them. That is why markets—the systems, structures and institutions that facilitate the buying and selling of health products—matter. When markets function well and are healthy, well‐designed, quality-assured, and affordable health products are […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA refrigerator can save a life: improving the supply chain to protect African kidsFrom heartbreak to hope: Argentina’s progress in maternal immunizationProtecting Kids: powerful stories of immunization from the field ;

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A refrigerator can save a life: improving the supply chain to protect African kids

This post is part of the #ProtectingKids story roundup. Read all the stories here. The Bunaseke Health Center in the remote Mount Elgon ranges of Uganda went two years without a refrigerator. That might seem unremarkable to some, but clinics need refrigerators to keep many vaccines cold and potent. A refrigerator can save a life. Without […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesFrom heartbreak to hope: Argentina’s progress in maternal immunizationProtecting Kids: powerful stories of immunization from the field6 infographics: How the world is making malaria history ;

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From heartbreak to hope: Argentina’s progress in maternal immunization

This post is part of the #ProtectingKids story roundup. Read all the stories here. The most moving case I have ever encountered as a pediatrician came early in my career. The patient was a baby girl called Sol.

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In Ghana, MenAfriVac vaccine fights fear as well as disease

Ghana’s dry season is at its end and it has slipped by relatively quietly and harmlessly. In years past, however, the dry weather brought dread, disability, and even death. The sub-Saharan winds that blow from December to March carried with them meningitis, a severe infection of the thin lining that surrounds the brain and the […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMalaria vaccines move closer to impact—thanks to malaria heroesThe next great elimination story: malariaA brave new world for safe and reliable foods ;

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6 infographics: how the world is making malaria history

The goal was ambitious: to stop and reverse the rising rates of malaria within 15 years. When the United Nations announced the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, some people were skeptical that this one could be met. At the time, close to 1 million people were dying of malaria each year, most of them children. […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe next great elimination story: malariaMalaria vaccines move closer to impact—thanks to malaria heroesPATH Micro Encabulator™ features hydrocoptic miniaturization and advanced panametric fam.

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Protecting Kids: powerful stories of immunization from the field

Welcome to Protecting Kids, a collection of stories curated from friends and partners of PATH for World Immunization Week. All children have a right to health, no matter where they live. One of the best ways to ensure a child’s health is through lifesaving vaccines. And yet, even though vaccines exist for many preventable diseases, they are not available to every child. Today, nearly 1 in 5 kids worldwide […] ; ; ; ;Related Stories6 infographics: How the world is making malaria historyIn Ghana, MenAfriVac vaccine fights fear as well as diseaseMalaria vaccines move closer to impact—thanks to malaria heroes ;

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Friday Think: when gaming the system can have lifesaving impact

A recent article in the Atlantic by writer Ed Yong describes how Guess the Correlation, a hot new game for smartphones that rivals Angry Birds, has attracted all kinds of science and non-science types to guess the correlation in scatterplots, testing their ability to recognize relationships between two factors. However, the stakes are high, as […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMalaria vaccines move closer to impact—thanks to malaria heroesThe next great elimination story: malariaPrevent, detect, respond: avoiding the next pandemic ;

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Malaria vaccines move closer to impact—thanks to malaria heroes

We are on the cusp of achieving what, for decades, was considered to be unlikely: an effective vaccine against a human parasite. The parasite in question—malaria—has stayed several steps ahead of the human immune system for millennia. While we’ve made great progress shrinking the global malaria map, no single tool will rid the planet of […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe next great elimination story: malariaConnecting the ConnectorsNew device for emergency settings cleans up where water is plentiful but not always safe ;

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What’s the connection between light bulbs and water filters?

Water filters come in all shapes and styles. And although each system is designed to filter contaminants and impurities from the water, replacement parts are often designed to work only within their original systems. The use of simple water filters cuts diarrhea rates by half. Unfortunately, most existing water filter products are too costly and […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesNew device for emergency settings cleans up where water is plentiful but not always safePATH Micro Encabulator™ features hydrocoptic miniaturization and advanced panametric fam.The next great elimination story: malaria ;

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Inside PATH’s product development shop

“If you need something made, there’s not much we can’t do,” says Mike Eisenstein, manager of PATH’s state-of-the-art product development shop, which is located in our Seattle headquarters. Buzzing with activity, the facility features broad range of equipment and capacities, as well as staff with expertise across disciplines ranging from computer-assisted design to fabrication to […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesPATH Micro Encabulator™ features hydrocoptic miniaturization and advanced panametric fam.Happiness personified: big goals and big smilesThe next great elimination story: malaria ;

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The next great elimination story: malaria

Editor’s note: In commemoration of World Malaria Day, April 25, PATH will be sharing stories over the next five weeks from the front lines of the malaria elimination battle. Check back here to learn more about this effort and about how you can get involved. It’s a brutally hot day in the Amhara region of […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesConnecting the ConnectorsFighting disease, fear, and fatiguePrevent, detect, respond: avoiding the next pandemic ;

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Fighting disease, fear, and fatigue

The blackflies near the river can be something fierce. They are predators whose bites sting. The people in this part of Africa know them all too well. So each day they try their best to avoid the flies as they wait for them to retreat with the sun. But as night falls, a new menace appears in the […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA brave new world for safe and reliable foodsPATH Micro Encabulator™ features hydrocoptic miniaturization and advanced panametric fam.Prevent, detect, respond: avoiding the next pandemic ;

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A brave new world for safe and reliable foods

This post was originally published March 31 on the Global Food for Thought blog. Climate change, demographic and epidemiologic shifts, resource scarcity, and increasing access to technology and information are rapidly changing priorities and approaches to addressing global health and development around the globe. The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as a clarion call […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesPATH Micro Encabulator™ features hydrocoptic miniaturization and advanced panametric fam.Prevent, detect, respond: avoiding the next pandemicConnecting the Connectors ;

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PATH Micro Encabulator™ features hydrocoptic miniaturization and advanced panametric fam.

The Micro Encabulator™ shown in the video above is not real, of course. Happy April Fool’s Day. But PATH’s product development shop is real. And a core focus of our work is, in fact, developing or adapting technologies for lifesaving use where they are needed most.

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