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The power and promise of digital health for Africa

Billions of dollars in health care cost savings (US$200 billion by 2030). More accessible health care services for people in hard-to-reach places. The ability to stamp out emerging epidemics before they reach crisis level. Universal health coverage.

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Could the latest Ebola outbreak help avert future epidemics?

The latest outbreak of Ebola, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has inspired a broad international response. PATH is supporting the effort to end the epidemic as quickly as possible. Writer Lesley Reed spoke to Trad Hatton, PATH’s country leader in the DRC, to learn more. Q. Where is this Ebola outbreak happening, […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesPATH at the shifting front lines of EbolaEnsuring vaccines reach the people who need them mostNew tools and a “zambitious” goal to end malaria ;

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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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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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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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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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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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Our 8 favorite photos of 2016

It’s a scene still too common in rural Africa: yellow jerry cans lined up at a water pump or faucet, as women and girls (almost always women and girls) collect water and haul the heavy, essential burden home. This photo from northern Uganda shows part of the story—what’s not shown is almost 100 more jerry cans lined up […] ; ; ; ;Related Stories7 household items we use to save livesWhy playtime for babies is serious businessA lifesaver powered by bicycle pump ;

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7 household items we use to save lives

At PATH, we use MacGyver-worthy ingenuity to turn everyday objects into lifesavers for women and children in the world’s poorest places. We passionately believe that survival shouldn’t depend on where a person lives, how reliable their electrical grid is, or whether they can afford health care. So, we work with partners to boil down sophisticated […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe politics of pneumoniaProtected: Permettre à tout le monde d’accéder à des toilettes, à la manière PATHWhat does the US election mean for global health? ;

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Desktop warriors build maps to fight malaria

This post originally published on the Making Malaria History blog. Allan Walker is building a map. A career computer geek, he’s comfortable using sophisticated software to unveil patterns among massive amounts of data that can be used to help solve some of the world’s most complex problems. “I’m actually tracing structures right now, as I’m […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesEnding malaria by protecting mosquitoesPATH and the Clinton Global Initiative: over a decade of global health impactA vaccine for malaria elimination? ;

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PATH and the Clinton Global Initiative: over a decade of global health impact

What do you say to a global leader who has devoted 15 years of his life to improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable citizens? What do you say to a team of dedicated humanitarian professionals as they wrap up an extraordinary initiative that has had enormous global impact? These were the questions I […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMy early memories led to a life serving othersThe role of innovation in ending preventable deaths of mothers and childrenEnding malaria by protecting mosquitoes ;

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Ending malaria by protecting mosquitoes

As a scientist who has worked in malaria for more than 30 years, I can truthfully say the numbers are dramatic. Two years ago along the Lake Kariba districts in Zambia’s Southern Province, one in three children was infected with malaria. In some areas, every other person carried the parasite. Those numbers just dropped by […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMy early memories led to a life serving othersLes retombées du Brexit feront-elle perdre à l’Afrique tout espoir d’élimination du Paludisme?Will Brexit fallout derail Africa’s hope to end malaria? ;

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