PATH

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: International, Cancer

Location: PO Box 900922 Seattle WA 98109 USA

Mission: PATH''s mission is to improve the health of people around the world by advancing technologies, strengthening systems, and encouraging healthy behaviors.
Programs:

Reproductive health. PATH regards reproductive health as nothing less than a basic human right leading to healthier women, healthier children, and healthier, more prosperous communities. Our programs provide information, choices, and technologies to adults and adolescents. Our efforts incorporate:

--Improving access to new and better methods of contraception and emergency contraception.

--Working with communities to empower women and girls in the exercise of their rights to reduce violence and improve health and productivity.

--Developing accessible, affordable methods for preventing cervical cancer.

--Working specifically with adolescents and youth.

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Picture a remote Cambodian village I visited where mothers and their children are gathered to be vaccinated. Shots are being administered by a nurse from a distant government health clinic, whom PATH has brought to the village because the mothers cannot reach her on their own. Gifted PATH professionals have worked with government officials and community leaders to establish this program as their own. Cambodia has declared it their model for building out the healthcare delivery system in other provinces.

In this and many other ways, PATH is the catalyst for strengthening the delivery systems needed to bring health within reach of everyone in the 70 countries where it works. With local partners, it also teaches healthy behavior. And it is behind remarkable progress by other partners in developing vaccines and technologies that are affordable and suitable for poor communities. Two of their latest vaccines are making headlines as I write this.

Half the world's population is at risk of malaria, which kills 800,000 people each year. Developing a malaria vaccine was thought to be impossible. So was success in eliminating malaria from Sub-Saharan Africa. PATH has persisted in achieving progress on both fronts. They are the catalyst behind a vaccine in final trials that reduces by half the risk of malaria among children. In Zambia, PATH is behind a national campaign making remarkable progress toward eliminating malaria through partners that bring bed nets, test kits, and medicines to the villages where malaria has thrived.

Meningitis is feared across 25 countries in Africa, where it has killed thousands. No longer! PATH has developed a vaccine that stops meningitis in its tracks. The World Health Organization and the governments of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger gave this vaccine to twenty million people this past winter and none of them have meningitis today. This campaign will continue until meningitis is eliminated in all 25 countries. Once again, where others thought it impossible, PATH has broken through by engaging others to bring health within reach.

My donation to PATH’s Catalyst Fund is an investment in the lives saved by their innovations and in remote village families being seen by a nurse for the first time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

visits to their projects in Thailand and Cambodia.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the opportunities for US-based staff to visit colleagues in the field and experience the remarkable project work they support.

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As a retired physician, I am very impressed with the degree to which PATH is able to improve the health of people in developing countries using limited resources. I am interested in maternal and child health since it is critical to the welfare of whole communities. PATH has developed low tech solutions including life-saving medications that can be stored without refrigeration and given in the home by lay providers. I have been involved in spreading the word in the community about PATH's work and helping others to get involved. It has been rewarding to see how excited others are about this work. The staff at PATH has been fun to work with and very supportive.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

talking with people in the countries that have been helped and talking with PATH staff and volunteers who have been to the countries and seen the field work in person.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find ways to use even more volunteers.

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PATH is an exceptional organization that directly touches people and helps to improve thier prospects for the future. they have provided me a way to tangibly see the benefits of my donations and volunteeer work. high integrity all around and i recommend them to all.

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