Coalition Member Spotlight: PATH
For the last 40 years, global health NGO PATH has strived to “save lives and improve health, especially among women and children.” With a presence in more than 70 countries, the organization accelerates innovation in numerous issue areas, including but not limited to: HIV/AIDS, malaria, reproductive health, nutrition and noncommunicable diseases. PATH was awarded the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 2009 for “advancing technologies, strengthening systems and encouraging healthy behaviors.” Through partnerships with the private sector, governments, civil society organizations and local communities, PATH certainly leaves an impression: in 2014 alone, they reached more than 160 million people with “lifesaving vaccines and drug treatments, new health technologies, and strategies to build healthy communities.”
PATH has a long-standing history of partnerships with myriad organizations around the world. One such partnership resulted in Uniject, the “world’s most inexpensive prefilled syringe with autodisable features.” The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), PATH and BD (the largest syringe manufacturer in the world) worked together to boost vaccine coverage and improve access to contraception with this product. Read more about Uniject on the PATH blog.
PATH also frequently collaborates with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the early 2000s, in response to the world’s largest meningitis epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH and the World Health Organization (WHO) partnered to distribute a low-cost vaccine. By combining innovative solutions through partnerships and implementation strategies, PATH has exemplified how collaboration is a keystone of improving global health.
PATH and the Hilton Prize Coalition
PATH remains committed to the goals of the Hilton Prize Coalition, most recently through its involvement in the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program. Nikhila (Nikki) Kalra began her Fellowship at PATH in Seattle, subsequently traveling to West Africa through the organization’s Nutrition Innovation Program. Nikki’s fieldwork in the Ashanti region of Ghana allowed her to observe micro-farming initiatives that have generated income for many in the community: growing palm weevil larvae. With health, economic and environmental benefits, palm weevil larvae have proven to be a staple in many different Ghanaian communities (photos below). “This is just the kind of triple impact that we’re looking for at PATH,” says Nikki. Through her Fellowship, Nikki says she experienced opportunities to explore “innovative avenues for implementation that I would probably never have thought of sitting at my desk in Seattle.” Read more about her experience here.
PATH has reached several milestones in its history by offering the world valuable contributions in global health innovation, improving and saving the lives of millions. By advocating for collaborative solutions to global health and well-being, the organization exemplifies what it means to be a member of the Hilton Prize Coalition.