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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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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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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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Don’t miss our one-of-a-kind Seattle celebration

PATH turns 40 on May 12, and we’re bringing an amazing group of next-generation thinkers and doers to Seattle to celebrate with us! It’s a free event—and you’re invited. May 12, 2017 5:00–8:00 p.m. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center (321 Mercer St.) Register today Where else can you hear rising stars from the worlds of culture, commerce, global health, […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesSee you in Seattle May 12Protected: Permettre à tout le monde d’accéder à des toilettes, à la manière PATHPATH’s new Micro Encabulator™ offers lifesaving potential in a smaller package ;

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Typhoid fever: a past, present, and future threat

For most communities in high-resource countries, typhoid fever is a distant memory. While it used to rampage major cities in the United States and Europe, typhoid fever was largely stamped out in the 1940s with the advent of antibiotics and improved sanitation. And for international travelers, two typhoid vaccines available at the local clinic eliminate […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesLes leçons de la ligne de frontPATH is at SXSWHow to survive birth in one of the world’s hardest places ;

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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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Making cervical cancer a preventable disease

“Let me share with you the story of Carmen. She was only 37 years old when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She had three children; two girls and one boy. She was married, but by the time we had met, her husband had abandoned her.” It’s a story Jose Jeronimo has retold over the […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesIn Davos, Rx for epidemics: tech partnershipsOur 8 favorite photos of 2016WANTED: idealistic students to save millions of lives ;

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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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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 politics of pneumonia

Pneumonia and politics don’t typically fall into the same sentence. However, pneumonia made its way to the political stage this year when two US presidential candidates were diagnosed—and successfully treated—for the infection. What didn’t make the headlines, however, was pneumonia’s tragic claim to fame—that it kills more children under five years of age than any […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesOxygen is a matter of life and breathThe race to immunize a country—and a little girl named PreciousA picture of vitality: reversing the tuberculosis trend ;

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The race to immunize a country—and a little girl named Precious

Dr. Guylain Kaya slips through a side door into his office, where Guy and I are waiting. “I apologize,” he says. “I only have a few minutes. We’re meeting about the yellow fever campaign.” It’s August 30, 2016, two weeks after the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) launched one of the largest emergency vaccination campaigns […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe multidimensional fight against polioThe essential fight for positive changeThe connection between social media and saving lives ;

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The multidimensional fight against polio

“The end of polio in sight” “What if we fail to eradicate polio?” “WHO concerned about Nigeria polio outbreak” The headlines covering polio are inspiring and troubling at the same time. Are we really close to eliminating this paralytic disease from the face of the earth, or aren’t we? Here’s the answer: There is great […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe essential fight for positive changeTaking parasitic worms out of childhoodNew vaccines to fight polio’s last tricks ;

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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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Innovations to end preventable deaths of mothers and children

A goal once thought impossible, bringing an end to preventable deaths of mothers and children, is now a target that many experts agree is achievable. In fact, it is enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals, which 193 nations signed on to last year. However, we know that the current rate of change—although improving—is not yet fast […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA vaccine for malaria elimination?Idea to Impact: PATH recognized by “the Oscars of Silicon Valley”My early memories led to a life serving others ;

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