New challenges and opportunities

September 1, 2005 by PATH

In addition to expanding our ongoing work, PATH engages in new projects designed to fit the changing landscape of global health. PATH is grateful to the many donors that make these and other initiatives possible.

Fast diagnosis for fever

PATH, in collaboration with the University of Washington, Micronics, and Nanogen, is developing the rapid diagnostic card—an inexpensive, rugged, credit card–sized platform that will test for malaria, typhoid, measles, influenza, rickettsial infection, and infection with flaviviruses. This device will give point-of-care results and requires only a single drop of blood.

Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa (MACEPA)

In Zambia, PATH is collaborating with the government and with local nongovernmental organizations to increase the impact of the country’s malaria control program. Our work will assist in expanding Zambia’s national program and build support for similar programs throughout Africa. Find out more.

Evaluating Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) immunization programs

PATH plans to evaluate the impact of Senegal’s recent introduction of Hib vaccine into the routine infant immunization schedule. The information gathered will help other countries in West Africa develop Hib vaccine introduction and financing policies and inform efforts by international organizations, such as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, to strengthen immunization programs worldwide.

Protection against human papillomavirus (HPV)

To reduce the incidence of cervical cancer, PATH is planning a long-term program to prepare for introduction of an HPV vaccine (once available) in developing countries. We are proposing ways to address common barriers to vaccine introduction—for example, by working with industry to ensure availability, identifying early-introducer countries, helping them plan for introduction, and making sure up-to-date information is available to those who need it. Find out more.

Reducing risk of HIV and sexually transmitted infections in India

PATH is strengthening the skills of eight state-led partners and numerous implementing partner organizations involved in the Avahan Initiative, which is encouraging safer sexual behavior in six Indian states. PATH is helping the organizations reduce HIV/STI risk among vulnerable populations through community-level interpersonal communication, including peer outreach and cutting-edge dialogue processes.

Education in rural China

PATH and the All China Women’s Federation are implementing a model program built on a new way of thinking about girls’ education in rural China. The program brings communities together to make sure young girls start and stay in school and equips girls with skills they need to plan for the future and make good decisions about reproductive health.