Frequently Asked Questions

What is PATH?

We are a global team of innovators working to eliminate health inequities so people, communities, and economies can thrive. We advise and partner with institutions, investors, and businesses of all sizes to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. Because better health moves humanity forward.

What is PATH’s mission?

Our mission is to advance health equity through innovation and partnerships.

What does PATH stand for?

From 1980 until 2014, PATH stood for Program for Appropriate Technology in Health. Now we are simply PATH.

When was PATH founded?

PATH was founded in 1977 as PIACT, or the Program for the Introduction and Adaptation of Contraceptive Technology. We have been known as PATH since 1981.

Who funds PATH’s work?

Our work is funded by foundations, governments, multilateral agencies, corporations, and individual investors. Project-specific foundation and government grants currently make up the greatest part of our operating budget. However, social enterprise investment by individuals and families is essential to developing new solutions. These dollars support PATH as a whole, allowing us to explore opportunities, test new strategies, and develop early prototypes. Learn more about investing in and partnering with PATH.

Where does PATH work?
Where does PATH have offices?

PATH is a global organization with a workforce of more than 3,000 people and offices in 20 countries: Belgium, China, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, the United States, Vietnam, and Zambia. Our headquarters are in Seattle, Washington. Find contact information for all PATH offices.

Who does PATH work with?

For more than four decades, PATH has been a trusted partner to government leaders, bilateral organizations, social investors, individuals, grassroots groups, and businesses of every size and type.

What is PATH’s expertise?

Our multidisciplinary, international work force has expertise in:

  • Public health, including applied behavioral communication, epidemiology, health system strengthening, and digital health.
  • Vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and devices, including discovery and preclinical development, clinical trials and field evaluation, and regulatory affairs and operations.
  • Product introduction, including technology transfer, market dynamics, procurement, and supply chain and logistics.
  • Monitoring and evaluation.
  • Communication, advocacy, and public policy.
  • Project, partner, and coalition management
Can PATH fund my nonprofit or program?

PATH is a nonprofit organization that does not grant funds to other programs, nonprofits, or individuals.

How do I learn more about jobs and internships at PATH?

We hire the best of the best: please visit our Career Opportunities page to learn more.

Can I do an informational interview?

While we are not able to provide informational interviews, we do host quarterly Community Coffees at our Seattle headquarters. Please email for more information.

What is PATH Vaccine Solutions?

PATH Vaccine Solutions (PVS) is an affiliate of PATH that funds some projects conducted by PATH’s Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access. PVS is a nonprofit corporation with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and is a supporting organization of PATH.