PATH Program

Advocacy and policy

PATH’s advocacy and public policy team helps policymakers, advocates, and citizens make evidence-based policy and funding decisions to advance health equity. Our work informs policies, mobilizes resources, strengthens advocacy capacity, and holds decision-makers accountable for their commitments.

From 2018–2022, our advocacy contributed to at least:
120
Policies adopted
139
Actions taken to implement policies
150
Funding lines mobilized

What we do

At PATH, we are experts in driving change through policy with over four decades of experience. By applying our technical expertise and leveraging influential cross-sector partnerships, we are uniquely suited to advance evidence-based policies and partner with advocates at all levels to hold decision-makers accountable and ensure those policies are implemented and adequately resourced.

Our work responds to communities’ health priorities that will lead to lasting positive change including advocating for improved policies and increased budgets for strengthening primary health care and financing; reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition; immunization; research and development; health system innovation; elimination and control of diseases, including infectious diseases, noncommunicable diseases, and neglected tropical diseases; emergency response and preparedness; and gender equity.

Our collaborative approach

With locally staffed projects and deep expertise across a range of health areas, we are a trusted partner to government decision-makers and civil society advocates. We work with national and subnational governments to ensure civil society is engaged in policymaking processes, and we partner with local civil society organizations to enable them to lead and demand accountability from governments.

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Our global team

PATH’s team of advocacy professionals around the world works at all levels with governments, civil society, the private sector, and other development partners to advance policy initiatives that result in better health outcomes for women, children, and families. Our multidisciplinary staff includes public health experts with experience in diverse cultural contexts, as well as business and policy strategists skilled in translating promising ideas into innovative approaches that have a sustainable impact on health equity.

  1. Heather Ignatius

    Chief of External Affairs

  2. Rosemarie Muganda-Onyando

    Regional Advocacy Director, Africa

  3. Marti Wilson

    Finance and Administration Manager

  4. Jenny Blair

    Director, US Partnerships

  5. Kelly Healy

    Co-Lead, Advocacy Partnership

  6. Rachel Ndirangu

    Co-Lead, Advocacy Partnership

  7. Esther Nasikye

    Global Immunization & MNCH Advocacy Lead and Uganda Advocacy & Policy Manager, Uganda

  8. Johnpaul Omollo

    Senior Policy Officer, R&D

  9. Melissa Wanda

    Policy & Advocacy Officer, Kenya

  10. Fata Acquoi

    Congressional Lead

  11. Anum Adrees

    Advocacy and Policy Associate, Global Health Technologies Coalition

  12. Deogratias Agaba

    Senior Communications Officer

  13. Esther Adhiambo Anyango

    Program Coordinator, Advocacy and Public Policy

  14. Elizabeth Bazuaye

    Program Assistant- Advocacy and Public Policy

  15. Taonga Chilalika

    Advocacy and Policy Officer

  16. Marissa Chmiola

    Deputy Director, Global Health Technologies Coalition

  17. Lindokuhle Dlamini

    Senior Communications Officer

  18. Claire Felten

    Advocacy and Policy Officer

  19. Susan Lin

    Senior Analyst-Public Health Advisor, Advocacy and Public Policy

  20. Adey Fentaw

    US Policy and Advocacy Associate, Global Health Technologies Coalition

  21. Philip Kenol

    Policy and Advocacy Officer, Global Health Technologies Coalition

  22. Alex Long

    Policy and Advocacy Officer, Global Health Technologies Coalition

  23. Wanjiku Manguyu

    Regional Advocacy and Policy Advisor

  24. Kristie Mikus

    Executive Director, Global Health Technologies Coaltion

  25. Diketso Mathelemusa

    Program Associate

  26. Rebecca Mwima

    Program Associate- Advocacy and Public Policy

  27. Pasqueline Njau

    Senior Advocacy and Public Policy Officer

  28. Frederick Okwi

    Program Officer

  29. Clayton Opiyo

    Advocacy and Policy Officer

  30. Hannah Sachs-Wetstone

    Senior Program Assistant, GHTC

  31. Martha Songa

    Regional Advocacy and Policy Officer

  32. Kate Sotos

    Communications Officer, External Affairs General

55 Article s
  1. Aminata Gaye, 29, (in pink) explains to Mossan Faye, 21, how to self-inject the contraceptive Sayana® Press at the Dominique Health Center in Pikine, Senegal. PATH/Gabe Bienczycki.
    May 28, 2024

    Correcting a historic injustice

    How women’s health innovations and a new alliance are helping to close the gender health gap.

  2. Aminata Gaye, 29, (left) explains to patient Mossan Faye, 21, how to self-inject the contraceptive Sayana Press in Pikine, Senegal. Mossan enrolled in a PATH-led research study in Senegal on self-injection. PATH/Gabe Bienczycki.
    April 30, 2024

    Ratifying the African Medicines Agency Treaty

    How PATH is helping countries ratify the African Medicines Agency Treaty, which will enhance the approval process for safe and high-quality medical products.

  3. Health worker injects vaccine into the upper arm of a young boy while another smiling boy watches.
    April 24, 2024

    Can gender equity increase the number of children vaccinated?

    Gender imbalances often influence who has access to health care, including immunizations. More gender equitable systems can bring immunizations within reach for more children.

  4. March 27, 2024

    Connecting the dots: Lessons learned, challenges, and opportunities for national, regional, and global MNCH advocacy

    A PATH-hosted webinar on maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) advocacy efforts.

  5. Community Health Promoters (CHPs) with their newly launched kits. Credit: MoH Kenya
    October 25, 2023

    A health revolution unleashed: PATH Kenya commends Kenya's 100,000 kitted health promoters

    PATH applauds the Kenyan Ministry of Health for successfully training and deploying 248 Primary Care Network master trainers to all 47 counties in the country. This is a significant step toward revitalizing primary health care services and achieving universal health coverage (UHC).

  6. Women at health clinic with children. Photo: PATH/Trevor Snapp
    October 19, 2023

    Advancing innovations in women's health through policy advocacy

    Innovative solutions for women’s health needs are critical to saving lives and advancing gender equality, but underfunding and inefficient regulatory systems leave millions of women unable to access high-quality, affordable products. How can advocates change the landscape?