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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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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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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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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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Empowering women with the tools to survive cancer

Diluted vinegar. A flashlight. A set of trained eyes. These are the main requirements for a cervical cancer screening tool, called VIA, which put PATH front and center in the push to prevent cervical cancer around the globe.

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6 ways SXSW connects global health and innovation for social impact

At SXSW this year, the PATH team explored and interacted with a dizzying array of technologies—many still under development. We spoke with experts and decision-makers from around the world about global trends and possibilities for the future. And we saw exciting and forward-thinking artwork and performances. We discovered that seemingly disparate tracks—tech, social impact, and […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesInnovation is at the heart of SeattlePATH is at SXSWPATH: 40 years of innovation and impact ;

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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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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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PATH: 40 years of innovation and impact

A memo showed up on Richard Mahoney’s desk in 1973 at the Ford Foundation’s New York headquarters with a mouthful of a title: “Contraceptive introduction, manufacture, and supply.” It was a clarion call about the promise of modern family planning methods to transform health—and a challenge to family planning experts to improve access to affordable, […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesWhat does the US election mean for global health?Making cervical cancer a preventable diseaseIn Davos, Rx for epidemics: tech partnerships ;

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A lifesaver powered by bicycle pump

Editor’s note: When you make a gift to PATH, you fuel creativity and collaboration that make life healthier for women and children around the world. It takes time—and money—to develop technologies, products, and services and get them to the people who need them. Your support is crucial–please donate today. One of the biggest challenges we […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesBreathing for beginnersWhy playtime for babies is serious business7 household items we use to save lives ;

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Breathing for beginners

I spent my first weeks as a father listening to the hums and beeps of the machines keeping my son alive. Rees was born nine weeks early, before his lungs were ready to support his body. My wife, Melinda, and I were head-over-heels in love with him and spent countless hours holding him, hoping he […] ; ; ; ;Related Stories7 household items we use to save livesThe politics of pneumoniaWhy playtime for babies is serious business ;

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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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Why markets should matter to health advocates

Today, one of global health’s biggest challenges—and opportunities—lies in strengthening the markets that make health products, services, and technologies available to those who need them most. New global goals challenge us to work together to improve the health of all people by 2030. But we won’t reach those ambitious targets—and most importantly, save the lives […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesWhat does the US election mean for global health?The politics of pneumoniaOxygen is a matter of life and breath ;

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