Nearly 750 people attending PATH’s Breakfast for Global Health in Seattle earlier this week heard our president and CEO Steve Davis announce a bold, new initiative to tackle the top two childhood killers. PATH has pledged to work with partners to save the lives of two million children affected by pneumonia and diarrhea by the end of 2015.
“PATH is in the business of providing the world—particularly many of the poorest parts of the world—with a set of tools so good health can be in reach of everyone,” Davis said. “And we’re here today to discuss these tools, and how PATH is thinking and acting differently to deploy them."
In addition to Davis, the program included remarks by Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Dr. Alfred Ochola, technical advisor for child survival and development in PATH’s Kenya Country Program; PATH board members Dean Allen and Phyllis Campbell; and a performance by the African drum and dance group Foli.
The Breakfast for Global Health is an annual fundraising event that supports our most innovative work. At this year’s event, generous donors gave approximately $650,000 to advance groundbreaking work across five platforms—community-based interventions, devices, diagnostics, drugs, and vaccines. By developing and strengthening all of the versatile tools in PATH’s tool belt, we can tackle the biggest health challenges, such as diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, to reduce health inequities worldwide.