PATH works to prevent, treat, and even end some infectious diseases
In low-resource settings, too many women and children still die unnecessarily from infectious diseases, especially when they become epidemic. Vaccines, drugs, and routine health strategies that keep people in Western countries safe are often unavailable or out of reach. PATH and our partners develop, advance, and introduce vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and health system strategies to prevent and treat emerging and epidemic diseases—and give people everywhere an equal chance for a healthy life.
Protection from deadly diseases
PATH is turning the tables on deadly infectious diseases—like meningococcal meningitis in Africa and Japanese encephalitis in Asia—which kill and disable young people and devastate families and communities. PATH partners across countries and sectors to develop or scale up vaccines, and we work with governments and country-level health advocates to ensure vaccines reach the people who need them, protecting millions and saving hundreds of thousands of lives.
Finishing the fight against polio
In most of the world, polio lives mainly in history books. But in some places, the poliovirus still lurks in water and sewage, leading to outbreaks that disproportionately affect children. PATH is taking a one-two punch approach to finish the job of global polio eradication, developing safe, affordable, and long-lasting vaccine options to end transmission, along with diagnostic tools to detect even low levels of the virus in the environment and in people.
Stopping influenza epidemics
Pregnant women and children are especially vulnerable to influenza, which causes up to 500,000 deaths and 5 million cases of severe illness each year. PATH is developing and advancing fast, reliable diagnostic tools and affordable vaccines that can be available in low-resource settings during seasonal influenza outbreaks or in the event of a pandemic. We are also helping countries build independent and sustainable vaccine production capacity to ensure local supplies are available for flu seasons and for rapid distribution in pandemic outbreaks.
In addition, PATH advances maternal immunization strategies against influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), pertussis (whooping cough), and other infections to protect moms-to-be and boost their babies’ immunity during the first few months of life.
Helping countries prepare for the next outbreak
Epidemics like Ebola and Zika remind us how rapidly outbreaks can spread in our highly connected world if they are not quickly contained. Through our Global Health Security partnership, PATH is leveraging decades of health systems experience and deep country connections to strengthen critical health systems in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Tanzania, and Vietnam and build these countries’ capacity to detect, prevent, and respond to outbreaks.
Photo: PATH/Aaron Joel Santos.
Teaming up on a vaccine to protect Vietnam from influenza
PATH’s work on Japanese encephalitis helps millions get access to a lifesaving vaccine
Global health security
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