Tackling the toughest disease challenges for underserved populations

Related program: Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access

PATH’s Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access focuses on deadly and disabling diseases that pose the greatest threats to long–term health and development.

All too often, vaccines against diseases that affect people in low- and middle-income parts of the world remain out of reach. Sometimes no vaccine exists at all because of lack of investment; other times natural market forces are insufficient to drive the development of newer, more affordable vaccines. In pandemic situations, vaccine supply shortages can mean that lower-income populations are left behind. Even when vaccines exist and are affordable, making them accessible to everyone—including the hardest to reach—can still be difficult because of various challenges, from insufficient delivery supply chains to a lack of strong immunization-related policy decisions.

We seek to fill these gaps by working on the most urgent needs—infectious diseases responsible for the highest number of preventable deaths—of children, women, and communities around the globe. Our efforts span the entire vaccine development and delivery spectrum with a focus on the following diseases: