Mission: To advance health equity locally and globally through innovation and partnerships.
About the Organization: Launched in 1977 by three researchers, PATH was designed from the beginning to be a new kind of health organization: a nonprofit that would deliver the expertise, resources, and innovations of private industry to improve health for all. While the organization believes good health opens doors to education and economic opportunity for individuals and families, strengthens communities, and helps markets grow, it also believes that access to good health too often depends on where one is born, as well as one's race, gender, ethnicity, age, and class. Informed by that foundational belief, PATH today harnesses the power of data and digital tools and partners with public institutions, businesses, grassroots groups, and investors in more than seventy countries to address and solve the world's most pressing health challenges.
Current Programs: PATH efforts are focused in ten broad areas: advocacy aimed at ensuring change-makers have the right support and information to make evidence-based decisions that improve the health and lives of women and children in low- and middle-income countries; the reinvention of cutting-edge medical technologies as affordable, reliable, easy-to-use tools that work in places where resources are limited, power is scarce, and/or trained health care workers are few and far between; affordable, portable, easy-to-use diagnostic tools and technologies that generate results quickly; initiatives aimed at helping countries develop, scale, and make better use of digital data; the development of affordable medicines that prevent and treat diseases of poverty such as HIV, malaria, diarrheal disease, and infections; data-driven communication strategies that address the taboos that often get in the way of health; efforts to assess supply and demand and build markets for health products that address affordability, availability, assured quality, appropriate design, and awareness of such products; monitoring and evaluation of the organization's work to measure its impact, understand which interventions are effective, and track changes over time; reimagining primary health care in ways that give everyone a fair chance at health and well-being; and vaccine development.
COVID-19 Response: As COVID-19 spreads around the world, PATH is working to lessen the disease's impact by partnering with governments to establish emergency operations centers; providing advice on testing, treating, and managing the outbreak; and standing up digital and data systems that support real-time disease surveillance. For instance, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it is hosting the country's Presidential COVID Task Force in its Kinshasa office and working with the government, providing technical and logistical support as it develops a national response plan; in India, the organization is partnering with private industry to develop data analytics, logistical solutions, and rapid diagnostics; in Senegal, it is supporting surveillance measures by utilizing and expanding existing systems originally developed for Ebola and malaria; in Tanzania, it is training health workers in WASH and other prevention measures and supporting the ministry of health in planning its response; in Vietnam, it is developing dashboards, mapping tools, case forms, and community-based surveillance systems that enable a targeted response to the virus; and in the U.S. its health technology engineers are providing design and fabrication support to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health workers in Seattle.
Website: In addition to general information, the PATH website provides more detailed information and featured stories related to many of the organization's initiatives, including the Center for Malaria Control and Elimination and the Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access, and programs in the areas of diagnostics, digital data, drug development, health systems innovation and delivery, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, market dynamics, maternal, newborn, and child health, medical devices and health technologies, noncommunicable diseases, and reproductive health. Visitors to the site can also learn more about the organization's leadership and finances; explore becoming a PATH partner or investor; and/or sign up for the organization's newsletter.
Funding: PATH is supported by foundations, government, NGOs, and multilateral agencies.