Author Archives: Path

What does it take to eradicate a deadly disease?

On an October night in 1977, Ali Maow Maalin didn’t feel well. He soon developed a fever that wouldn’t go away and a few days later his skin broke out in a rash. Concerned, Ali went to the hospital only to … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA first: European regulators give thumbs up to malaria candidate vaccineA very small hero and a lifesaving vaccineFriday Think: a vaccine trial with a cosmic twist ;

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Breastfeeding: giving a boost to babies’ best food

“I learned not to feed the babies [solids] straight after giving birth to them.” Even though she’d had four previous children, it was the first time this new mother had received postnatal support, and she was pleased to share what … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA first: European regulators give thumbs up to malaria candidate vaccineA day in the life of a global health advocateA very small hero and a lifesaving vaccine ;

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A first: European regulators give thumbs up to malaria candidate vaccine

A partnership with pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), PATH’s Malaria Vaccine Initiative, and research centers across Africa has achieved a significant scientific milestone in the quest to develop a malaria vaccine. GSK’s RTS,S (Mosquirix™) has received a positive scientific opinion from … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA very small hero and a lifesaving vaccineA day in the life of a global health advocateFriday Think: a vaccine trial with a cosmic twist ;

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Friday Think: why infrastructure investments matter

It’s not enough to make an app for a phone or develop a logistics management information system, you must also have the infrastructure—and the power—to support the technology. And without deliberate infrastructure investments, we risk getting stuck in the past. … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesFriday Think: a vaccine trial with a cosmic twistFriday Think: can parks help prevent disease?A first in 50 years: how a new diaphragm design made its US debut ;

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Strengthening communities: a clean water partnership makes lives better

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Since 2012, PATH has been partnering with Starbucks Foundation to improve access to clean drinking water and improve sanitation and hygiene in two Tanzanian coffee-growing communities. Poverty and sickness were rampant in these communities says Anna Mbise, a PATH consultant … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesWater treatment made easy: new device needs just water, salt, and electricityOn World Water Day, PATH celebrates the Water for the World Act5 lessons learned to achieve impact with global innovations ;

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Friday Think: this $20 device could save a mother’s life

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A lifesaver that replicates a traffic light A new technology has been given a green light in England. And a red and yellow light as well. It’s a device that could deliver lifesaving impact to thousands of women during childbirth. … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesFriday Think: what Disney World and systems strengthening have in commonTask-shifting: an effective way to protect expecting mothers from malariaFriday Think: a “clinic on wheels” packs a punch at poverty ;

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Friday Think: what Disney World and systems strengthening have in common

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Last week, Bill Gates penned an op-ed for the New York Times discussing how the global health community was ill-prepared to respond to the Ebola epidemic and remains ill-prepared to respond to similar global health epidemics in the future. His … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesStrength in numbers: the power behind peer learning networksOn World Water Day, PATH celebrates the Water for the World ActFriday Think: a “clinic on wheels” packs a punch at poverty ;

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Task-shifting: an effective way to protect expecting mothers from malaria

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Malaria is a life-threatening illness for anyone. But what are the consequences when a pregnant woman gets malaria? During pregnancy, it can cause serious, life-threatening risks for a woman and her baby. Common problems include maternal anemia, miscarriage, prematurity, stillbirth, and … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesOn World Water Day, PATH celebrates the Water for the World ActDesigning a device to save newborn lives: thinking big while thinking smallCondom dancers, vaccine smilers, and toilet sweepers: our favorite 2014 photos ;

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Friday Think: could a $2 billion contest accelerate new antibiotics?

The battle against super bugs—that growing class of virulent bacteria resistant to antibiotics that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates sickens 2 million people annually—results in tens of thousands of deaths each year. It also delivers a $20 billion toll in associated health care costs. There aren’t … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesFriday Think: why syringes should self-destructFriday Think: airbags in cars, sure. But for skiers?Mapping the journey: how we turn good ideas into large-scale solutions ;

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Global health and development take center stage at World Economic Forum

A few reflections on the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland, and the Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance’s pledging conference in Berlin from PATH’s president and CEO Steve Davis. Through my roles at PATH and previous organizations, I have been … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesInnovative health sector financing: the Vaccine Independence InitiativeWalking together: Steve Davis reflects on 15 years of Gavi partnershipInitiative Countdown 2030: early insights from our call for innovations ;

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Innovative health sector financing: the Vaccine Independence Initiative

This week the UNICEF Board is considering expanding the Vaccine Independence Initiative (VII). This financing mechanism was launched almost 25 years ago in 1991 to decouple the procurement of vaccines from the payment for these vaccines by countries out of … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesWalking together: Steve Davis reflects on 15 years of Gavi partnershipFriday Think: using sensors to tackle DeflateGateDenise Lionetti: champion for a well-rounded diet of nutrition and health ;

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Our ode to commodes on World Toilet Day

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No matter where you go Toilets around the world have a few things in common: they’re rarely uniform and they’re often customized. And those, gentle reader, are but two reasons why they make great subjects for photos. This marks the second year a toilet-shaped, loo-themed calendar has been published … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA novel contraceptive makes life easier in Uganda and beyondFriday Think: you can bank on this breast milk appWhat is “frugal science?” A visit to the home of the $1 folding paper microscope ;

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A novel contraceptive makes life easier in Uganda and beyond

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If you had to walk 14 miles and cross a river to get contraception, you might think twice about how to use your time. Do I really need family planning? What are my chances of actually getting pregnant anytime soon? And … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesFriday Think: you can bank on this breast milk appWhat is “frugal science?” A visit to the home of the $1 folding paper microscopeCoverage plan: mobile phone app fights tuberculosis ;

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Mobile phone app fights TB in Vietnam

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What do the following facts have in common? Vietnam has 90 million people and roughly 120 million mobile subscriptions (a 130 percent saturation rate). Cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis are rising in Vietnam, 23 percent of which are retreatment cases. Here’s the answer: … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesFriday Think: the $150 ebola technology challengeThe future of field appropriate diagnosticsNew test combats major cause of preventable blindness in Africa ;

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