By working to reduce the spread of disease, strengthen health services, and address reproductive health, PATH helped ensure the adult years are both healthy and productive. Four of our 2011 milestones are highlighted below.
New strategies and tools offer hope in the fight against tuberculosis
Innovation: PATH and our private-sector partners successfully commercialized an affordable and accurate kit for diagnosing multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) cases that need specialized treatment. With the World Health Organization, we published a toolkit that helps countries strengthen strategies for detecting, treating, and monitoring multidrug-resistant TB. In Ukraine, we supported the Ministry of Health in developing and introducing a new national TB infection control standard to reduce transmission. In Tanzania, we helped strengthen integrated counseling and testing services across 35 districts for people who have HIV and TB, reaching more than 22,000 patients and training nearly 800 health care workers.
Impact: Expanded TB control and detection efforts in large countries where PATH and others are working are reducing the TB burden. The number of people falling ill with TB each year is declining, and the number who die from the disease is at its lowest level in a decade.
The PATH-designed Woman’s Condom received regulatory approval and became commercially available in China. Our new product development partnership began expanding access to the female condom in China and sub-Saharan Africa.
Maximizing family planning resources
PATH helped Nicaragua and Vietnam develop total market approaches to family planning supplies and services that call for public- and private-sector action to meet rising demand.
Strengthening health services
The PATH-led APHIAplus Western Kenya project supported the establishment of 141 community health units through which communities receive information and referrals. It also supported health services assisting nearly 150,000 orphans and vulnerable children and nearly 15,000 HIV patients.