A year of innovation begins
A new approach to blocking malaria transmission. A creative way to track disease. An updated campaign to stop diarrhea. From January through March, many of PATH’s most promising innovations began to unfold.
Stopping malaria at the mosquito
The PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI) makes its first investment in vaccine approaches that aim to stop the malaria parasite from developing in mosquitoes, toward blocking transmission of the disease to humans. If used with more traditional malaria vaccines and interventions such as bed nets and malaria drugs, transmission-blocking vaccines could gradually eliminate and even eradicate a disease that kills some 800,000 people every year, most of them young children.
Text messaging to track disease
During epidemics of H1N1 influenza and dengue fever, PATH helps health workers at 36 Nicaraguan health facilities use text messages to quickly send disease surveillance information to the comprehensive health service system in Managua.
Help for Haitian mothers
After a devastating earthquake strikes Haiti, the Infant and Young Child Nutrition Project—a US Agency for International Development project led by PATH—trains more than 300 emergency health workers to counsel mothers on feeding their young children in temporary camps.
750,000 lives saved from malaria
In the last ten years, increasing coverage of malaria prevention tools has saved the lives of nearly 750,000 children in 34 African countries, according to a report co-authored by the MACEPA program at PATH. The report, the third of the Roll Back Malaria Progress and Impact Series, estimates that an additional three million lives could be saved by 2015 with continued increases in investment.
Kenya leads new campaign against diarrheal disease
With help from PATH and our partners, Kenya renews its national policy guidelines to ramp up proven interventions and raise public awareness about the risks of diarrhea, the third leading cause of death for children under five years of age in the country.
Photos: PATH/Gena Morgan, PATH/Mike Wang, Nicole Raccine, Wendy Stone.