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PATH staff celebrate at an open house marking our 30th anniversary. Photo: PATH.

Thanks to the many friends and colleagues who joined us this week in Washington, DC, for an open house marking PATH’s 30th anniversary. Nearly 200 of you celebrated with us, including Ambassador Peter Ogego, Kenya’s Ambassador to the United States, representatives from many US congressional offices, and many of the great leaders in global health. Staff from the office of Representative Adam Smith (D-WA) presented a statement for the Congressional Record (31 KB DOC)marking PATH’s 30th anniversary and PATH’s president, Christopher Elias, shared his perspectives on the changing tides of global health over the last three decades at PATH. 

It was wonderful to be surrounded by so many friends—and fitting, too, since so much of what PATH has accomplished is owing to partnership and collaboration with individuals, foundations, governments, businesses, global health colleagues, ministries of health, and local community groups worldwide.

In 1977, PATH started with a handful of staff, helping manufacturers in China set up facilities for making high-quality condoms. Those factories gave millions of Chinese couples more control over the size of their families—and were our first step toward improving the lives of people around the world.

Today, with a staff of more than 650 and offices in 18 countries, PATH strives to find solutions to a wide variety of health challenges. PATH’s scope of work includes: efforts to help children around the world get a healthy start in life; empowering women and teens to protect themselves against disease; bringing the sweeping protection of immunization to as many people as possible; and addressing the greatest epidemic threats the world has known. Read more about our 30-year history here.

Solutions to global health problems don’t happen overnight, yet strides are made every day. To everyone who has walked with us these many years, thank you. Together, we are making it possible—a world where innovation ensures that health is within reach for everyone.

Posted November 1, 2007.