Author Archives: Path

Friday Think: closing the cervical cancer prevention gap

The Pap smear, colposcopy, biopsy. These are proven lifesavers that screen women for cervical cancer, but only for the women who can access them. For hundreds of millions of women in low and middle income countries, these technologies and treatment innovations (such as CryoPen and thermal coagulation) are expensive, hard to deliver, and often out […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive healthMy family legacy: delivering health and equity across generationsSmall insects offer big nutrition and opportunity ;

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Appreciating Michael Elliott, a compassionate advocate for the most vulnerable

Michael Elliott was a dear friend, a wonderful colleague, and a tireless advocate for the world’s most vulnerable people. While we mourn his passing today, the world is a better place for his work in addressing poverty and inequities in all corners of the globe. Michael led with a clear vision for what the world could […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMy family legacy: delivering health and equity across generationsSmall insects offer big nutrition and opportunityFriday Think: closing the global cervical cancer prevention gap ;

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What women want (in HIV protection)

What do women want? Worldwide, women want—and deserve—safe products that enable them to control and protect their own health, whatever their physical, social, or cultural needs. “That’s not just a nice thing to have, it’s a basic human right,” says Darin Zehrung, program advisor at PATH for vaccine and pharmaceutical delivery technologies, “and when it […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesSmall insects offer big nutrition and opportunityFriday Think: closing the global cervical cancer prevention gapMeet the superheroes fighting diarrheal disease ;

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My family legacy: delivering health and equity across generations

Editor’s note: This is the third 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. As a little girl, I used to help my mother organize her closet every change […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive healthFriday Think: closing the global cervical cancer prevention gapThe Innovation Effect: five reasons it matters ;

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Small insects offer big nutrition and opportunity

There’s none of the usual fuss on Sofia’s farm—no truck, no bellowing cattle, no hay or water troughs. Just a strong, sweet smell and the faint sound of her children playing in the yard. Smiling, the Ghanaian entrepreneur gives PATH researcher Dr. Nikki Kalra a tour. Together, they walk around the side of her house, […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive healthHow the death of my friend inspired a lifesaving delivery kitFriday Think: closing the global cervical cancer prevention gap ;

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Friday Think: closing the global cervical cancer prevention gap

The Pap smear, colposcopy, biopsy. These are proven lifesavers that screen women for cervical cancer, but only for the women who can access them. For hundreds of millions of women in low and middle income countries (LMICs), these technologies and treatment innovations (such as CryoPen and thermal coagulation) are expensive, hard to deliver, and often […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive healthATMs dispense clean water in Nairobi’s slumsMeet a period piece designed to bust taboos ;

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Meet the superheroes fighting diarrheal disease

Editor’s note: Following are excerpts from a post by Erika Amaya that originally published as “Meet the superheroes squashing public enemy number 2” on PATH’s Defeat Diarrheal Disease (DefeatDD) website. Vaccines are one of the superheroes in our fight against diarrhea. In areas with limited access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, diarrhea can hold […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive healthHow the death of my friend inspired a lifesaving delivery kitYellow fever: an old disease with new plot twists ;

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Why I fight pneumonia

Nearly a decade ago, I joined the fight against pneumonia. The reasons were compelling then and still are. But, what I witnessed one hot day in The Gambia continually reminds me why I stay the course. I officially joined up when I signed on at PATH to lead a vaccine development project to fight the […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMeet the superheroes fighting diarrheal diseaseMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive healthPolio, pride, and love: the story of an exceptional mother and her son ;

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Friday Think: do we really want to genetically modify life forms?

In the opening sequence of “Jurassic Park: World,” the ferocious Indominus Rex (I-Rex) hatches from its incubated egg. I-Rex is the genetically modified hybrid of a T-Rex, Velociraptor, and several other modern animals. It’s also the park’s attempt to entertain an insatiable crowd of visitors with a creature that is bigger, faster, and stronger than […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesATMs dispense clean water in Nairobi’s slumsMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive healthThe Innovation Effect: five reasons it matters ;

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Friday Think: ATMs dispense clean water in Nairobi’s slums

Last summer, in the heat and heart of Nairobi’s largest slum—surrounded by corrugated metal roofs and drainage canals flooded with raw sewage—men, women, and children lined up to get their first taste of clean water. Earlier in the year, a series of water-dispensing machines were installed through a partnership between the Nairobi Water and Sewerage […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHow the death of my friend inspired a lifesaving delivery kitThe profound effect of girls’ dreamsMy 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive health ;

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My 30 years of hope, empowerment, and politics in reproductive health

Departures often serve to kick-start reflection. After more than 30 years, I will be retiring from PATH and have been thinking about the “then,” when I joined PATH in 1983, and the “now” as I clearly see the conclusion of my time here. PATH was the organization I was keen to join because of my […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHow the death of my friend inspired a lifesaving delivery kitThe profound effect of girls’ dreamsThe Innovation Effect: five reasons it matters ;

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The Innovation Effect: five reasons it matters

At The Innovation Effect gathering PATH hosted in Washington DC a few days ago, I opened with the intentionally provocative question: do we really need to have yet another conversation about innovation? The answer from more than 150 leading global health and development thinkers was a resounding yes. Throughout the day I heard a call to […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHow the death of my friend inspired a lifesaving delivery kitThe Innovation Effect: powering disruptive global health solutionsATMs dispense clean water in Nairobi’s slums ;

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Leaders share views on the future of global health security

In the best cases, the lessons we learn from past experiences can help us successfully navigate into the future. But what about the lessons learned in addressing pandemic threats across the globe? A recent article outlines four steps to implementing the hard-learned lessons our global health community has experienced during the last decade. Both Steve […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHow the death of my friend inspired a lifesaving delivery kitATMs dispense clean water in Nairobi’s slumsMeet a period piece designed to bust taboos ;

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How the death of my friend inspired a lifesaving delivery kit

Editor’s note: Adepeju Jaiyeoba is founder and CEO of Mother’s Delivery Kit. She was selected to serve as a PATH Innovation Champion for advocacy. 2011 was the year destiny called. That year I lost a very close friend to childbirth complications. Her death put a face on every maternal and child death statistic I had […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesATMs dispense clean water in Nairobi’s slumsThe profound effect of girls’ dreamsKeeping a promise to mothers and children ;

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