PATH

PATH is the leader in global health innovation. An international nonprofit organization, we save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms-vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations-that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.
Jul 6, 2015

A big win for Cambodian children

Photo: Heng Chivoan/PATH.
Photo: Heng Chivoan/PATH.

With the support of foundations, organizations, and individual donors like you, PATH’s Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccine team continues to bring lifesaving protection to children at risk of this devastating disease.

In January and February, we reached 260,000 more children in JE-affected Cambodia. The country is already using the vaccines to save and protect lives in many areas. Now, leaders are working to bring immunizations to children nationwide.

Through a successful, donor-funded effort, we helped the vaccine reach families in six provinces, including two that have never had access before. Throughout these areas, families greeted the campaigns with excitement, lining up to make sure their children were included.

Effective and lifesaving immunization campaigns take a lot of behind-the-scenes work—and PATH was there at every step. We supported local leaders to train health care workers and revise guidance materials, help program managers and workers keep the vaccines stocked and on hand, and make sure systems were in place to monitor efforts and continue to improve campaigns over time.

In addition, we’re continuing to support the Cambodian Ministry of Health to strengthen and maintain vaccination throughout the country, ensuring that vaccines safely and effectively reach children for years to come.

Now we’ll continue this work in other JE-affected Asian countries—tenaciously driving the vaccine forward whenever possible. Our goal? A world where no child or family has to fear JE. With your help, we are moving closer every day.

Thank you!

Apr 6, 2015

A powerful ally for health

Wa Meng's story

You’ve already read that PATH’s powerful work is protecting millions of children from devastating Japanese encephalitis (JE). As a donor, you’re part of a remarkable group of individuals, communities, and public- and private-sector partners working together to make this possible.

Today, we want to share just one example of what we can achieve—and why it matters so much.

It begins with this photo.

Sometimes, there is no other word than heartbreak. That’s part of the story Wa Meng, a father in Laos, tells visitors. Those are his hands in the image—holding a picture he keeps safely tucked away in his home. It’s a picture of his eldest son, just a teenager, who died of JE several years ago.

But there’s hope in the story too: Last year, PATH helped to bring a JE vaccination campaign to Wa Meng’s village. He made sure every member of his family was in line, and talked with neighbors and friends to give them the information to make sure their children were immunized, too. For Wa Meng’s living children, and hundreds of people in his village, the vaccine unlocked a new future—a future without the fear of JE.  

A powerful ally for health

Vaccines are one of the world’s most powerful allies for health. Day in and day out, they help your immune system shield you from disease. It’s easy to take them for granted—unless there isn’t one available for the diseases that threaten your family. That’s what Wa Meng faced before PATH stepped in. And it’s what too many other families still face.

Your help, combined with the work of PATH and its partners worldwide, will help us reach more of these families, more quickly. In fact, just this month Laos launched a nationwide JE campaign with support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. After completing national catch-up campaigns, the government of Laos is expected to fund and incorporate JE vaccination into its childhood routine immunization schedule, ensuring countrywide JE coverage for the first time in history.

Stay in touch

Now, we hope you'll stay with us as we continue this work. In these short reports, we’ll keep you updated on our progress.

It’s a bold effort that includes many activities—and you’ll hear about them all. We’ll celebrate new immunization campaigns. Training for health care workers. Advocacy to help countries adopt, purchase, and provide the vaccines. Work to develop and maintain safety and monitoring databases. Research to help align the vaccine with other childhood vaccines. And much more.

We look forward to sharing this groundbreaking and lifesaving effort with you.

Thank you!

Photo: Wa Meng holds a photograph of his first son, who died of Japanese encephalitis at age 13. Photo: PATH/Aaron Joel Santos.

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Jan 2, 2015

Our Last Project Report

Final report: Together, we’ve given millions of children a future free of meningitis. Thank you.

After more than a decade of breakthrough work, the Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP) has reached a final milestone. In December, we transitioned our efforts to our global, country, and local partners and closed our doors. With this shift to local ownership—a longstanding goal—our colleagues will carry our efforts forward, helping the powerful MenAfriVac® vaccine continue to reach families throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Your support has helped us protect millions of lives, given the world a bold new model for vaccine development, and demonstrated that our shared dedication can change the future for women and children worldwide.

It’s been an exhilarating journey. As MVP’s dedicated supporters, you’ve seen how a unique partnership allowed PATH, the World Health Organization, the Serum Institute of India Ltd., and others around the world to create a safe, effective, and affordable vaccine for meningitis A—in record time and at one-tenth the usual cost of developing a vaccine. You’ve followed along as we’ve conducted the clinical trials that ensure the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. And you’ve stood with us as we’ve brought it to more communities than many thought possible.

As of this month, the vaccine has reached a staggering 200 million people in 15 countries, with campaigns continuing. And to date, not a single vaccinated person has gotten meningitis.

Together, we’ve stopped a devastating killer in its tracks, freeing millions of people from fear, giving children a new chance to thrive, and transforming global health forever. Thank you!

Want to continue your lifesaving role? 

The MVP has closed, but PATH’s innovative work to end health inequity and protect the lives of women and children continues in more than 70 countries—and we need your support. Right now, for example, we’re working to stamp out a disease called Japanese encephalitis (JE) that kills or disables thousands of children every year. To learn more and help us bring a safe, effective vaccine to thousands of vulnerable children, visit our JE project on GlobalGiving.

Or visit PATH’s website at www.path.org to learn how we’re accelerating health solutions worldwide.

The Meningitis Vaccine Project is a partnership between PATH and the World Health Organization. Started in 2001 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the mission of MVP is to eliminate meningitis as a public health problem in sub-Saharan Africa through the development, testing, introduction, and widespread use of conjugate meningococcal vaccines. MenAfriVac is a registered trademark of Serum Institute of India Ltd.

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