New commitments support PATH’s work in child and reproductive health
Senior PATH leaders are participating in the seventh annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting from September 20 to 22 in New York City. This invitation-only event brings together an estimated 1,200 heads of state, chief executives from Fortune 500 companies, national and local government officials, nonprofit directors, and other global leaders to discuss solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
PATH president and CEO Dr. Christopher J. Elias and vice president of External Relations Scott Jackson are representing PATH at the event, which focuses this year on three topic areas: generating employment, sustainable consumption, and scaling up successful strategies to empower girls and women.
New commitments to child health, family planning
At CGI, PATH is announcing two new commitments that will help us expand our work in child and reproductive health:
- PATH will launch a five-year initiative to improve the health and development of children under age two in areas of Mozambique and South Africa. The Window of Opportunity project will improve critical services that directly reach 750,000 people in the target areas. The work is supported by a $25 million grant from BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities, a charity established by BHP Billiton, a global natural resources firm. PATH will focus on strengthening local health and development systems, improving services, and changing behaviors to help these countries make progress toward the Millennium Development Goals.
- A $20,000 gift from donor Stephanie Evans will support PATH’s efforts to prepare global and country markets for the introduction of an injectable contraceptive contained in a prefilled, single-use device called the Uniject™ injection system, developed by PATH. PATH will conduct a field assessment evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of women using depo-subQ provera 104™ in Uniject™ for injection at home and examining related issues such as the need for training, storage, and waste disposal. Through established relationships with country-level stakeholders and advisory groups, PATH will identify suitable locations for this assessment in sub-Saharan Africa. The project’s ultimate goal is to eliminate the challenges associated with injectable medications that require needles and syringes as well as to provide expanded access to family planning services for women in the developing world.
PATH at the CGI Exchange
Started in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, CGI encourages members to collaborate on “commitments to action” that provide practical solutions to global issues. As part of the event, PATH also will be an exhibitor at the CGI Exchange on Sept. 21, a forum for members to network and showcase progress on CGI commitments.
Posted on September 20, 2011.