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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.
Sep 24, 2015

Behind-the-scenes in global immunization

PATH/Joel Santos
PATH/Joel Santos

It’s been a tremendous season! With your support, PATH’s Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccine team has been hard at work in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal—and other JE-affected countries.  Together, we’re working behind the scenes, and in several arenas, to bring lifesaving vaccination to every child at risk.

Why? Because, as you know, the work of getting vaccines to children begins long before the quick pinch of the shot. It takes scientific research, national and global policies that support vaccines, regulatory approvals, safety measures, shipping and storage infrastructure, trusting relationships with governments and communities, and much more.

With your support, PATH is continuing to build that foundations to bring JE vaccines to more children worldwide. For example:

  • In June, we met with government leaders from a broad swath of countries interested in introducing or expanding the use of the JE vaccine, including Bangladesh and Indonesia.

We presented scientific evidence for JE vaccine efficacy and safety, discussed costs and logistics, and continued building the strong partnerships necessary to introduce the vaccine in even more regions and countries.

  • In Vietnam, and other countries, we supported leaders to apply for funding from global groups—unlocking new opportunities for national immunization efforts.
  • In China, we continued to support the manufacturer of the most commonly used vaccine to continue safe, consistent, and high-quality production.
  • In addition, we helped to expand vaccination campaigns in Laos and Cambodia. In April alone, Laos launched a JE campaign reaching 1.5 million children between the ages of one and 15.

And this is just the beginning! Whether behind-the-scenes or in the spotlight, PATH is helping JE reach more children.

It all adds up. With your support, we’re moving closer than ever to a world where every child can grow up without the fear of Japanese encephalitis.

Thank you!

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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