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The stories show why foreign aid is worth the penny

For 40 years, PATH has worked with the US government, the private sector, and individuals in low-income countries to develop simple and cost-effective health solutions. Support from the US government has been crucial to PATH’s work to disrupt the cycle of poor health. However, the Department of State and the US Agency for International Development […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA week in China with PATHInnovation: the key to an economic revolution in AfricaNew tools and a “zambitious” goal to end malaria ;

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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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Up to the challenge: a doctor’s story of sacrifice and healing

Dr. Jean-Claude Kiluba holds up five fingers. He wants to make sure I understand just how young he was when he was sent from his village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to a boarding school two hours away. “I was five!” he exclaims.

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How to survive birth in one of the world’s hardest places

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Everyone gets one golden minute. If we don’t take our first breath in the 60 seconds after we’re born, all bets are off. But if the right person is paying attention—someone trained in exactly what to do and when—then the game of life tips back in our favor. Until a little over a year ago, […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesInnovation is at the heart of SeattleOne mentor, dozens of nurses, thousands of healthier kidsLessons from the front lines ;

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A chance to win at health

Editor’s note: This is the sixth 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. I first got interested in public health after my sister passed away from AIDS, which […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe impact inspired by a little girlInnovation is at the heart of SeattleIn Davos, Rx for epidemics: tech partnerships ;

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One mentor, dozens of nurses, thousands of healthier kids

“Okay,” says the driver quietly, “we’re here.” Quickly, Makhosazana Khoza gathers her paperwork, adjusts her badge, and steps from the van into the cool parking lot. It’s early in the morning, but already, several women and children are waiting outside the health facility in Empangeni Town. Years ago, they’d have been waiting to see Makhosazana. […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesInnovation is at the heart of SeattleThe impact inspired by a little girlWhy playtime for babies is serious business ;

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Thailand Could Serve As Model For Elimination Of Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission, Review Says

International Business Times: HIV: Thailand becomes first country in Asia to eliminate mother-to-child transmission “In 2016, Thailand became the first country in Asia to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The story of how the country secured this remarkable achievement may serve as a model for other countries in the region, to stop the virus being…More

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Global Financing Facility Supports Partnerships, Country-Driven Efforts To Improve Maternal,…

Devex: Opinion: Financing healthy futures to meet the SDGs Mariam Claeson, director of the Global Financing Facility for Every Woman Every Child “…Many of the world’s poorest countries, with many dollars from donors, have made progress toward improving the health of their people in recent decades. But their efforts are unprepared for today and for…More

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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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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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Why playtime for babies is serious business

“Hello, hello!”  Raquel Vasco smiles and greets parents and their babies as they enter the clinic for vaccinations and weighing. “I want to welcome you to the ‘play box.’” Raquel is a preventive medicine technician at Beluluane Health Centre in Boane District, Mozambique. She spends quite a bit of her daily routine around the serious […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe politics of pneumoniaWhat does the US election mean for global health?Oxygen is a matter of life and breath ;

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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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What does the US election mean for global health?

After the initial shock of the 2016 election outcome, Washington, DC, is now in the throes of its new favorite sport: political armchair quarterbacking about what the new Administration and Congress will mean for various policy agendas. For those of us working in global health and development—and unlike in previous presidential transitions—little has been articulated […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe politics of pneumoniaOxygen is a matter of life and breathDelivering new traditions for greater health ;

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The Year of the Girl

The United Nations declared October 11th the International Day of the Girl Child.  Everywhere I looked for this post’s inspiration, I saw story after story of the daily violence perpetrated against girls worldwide. I had to ask myself, why just a day?  Aren’t girls – roughly half of the world’s population – deserving of much more consideration? I say that we declare 2017 the YEAR of the Girl and devote our efforts to address the following issues

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