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Family planning: A path to greater health equity

Family planning isn’t just about birth control—it’s about giving women the ability to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of their families.

Millions of women in developing countries have an unmet need for family planning. Poverty, isolation, and lack of health services can all stand in the way. But given information and reliable access to contraception, women and couples can control when and how many kids to have. They are healthier and stronger—and that means their families and communities are as well.

From an injectable contraceptive to community theater in Benin, PATH is empowering women to improve their own health. Read more about our family planning solutions.

Hepatitis B vaccine: A success story in Vietnam

In Vietnam, it’s tragically common for mothers to pass hepatitis B to their babies during delivery. Almost all infected infants become chronic carriers, and one out of four will die from liver cancer or cirrhosis. Fortunately, mother-to-child transmission can be prevented—with a “birth dose” of vaccine given within 24 hours of birth. The challenge? To reach vulnerable newborns quickly.

PATH has partnered with Vietnam to test new strategies for getting vaccine to newborns in Hai Duong, a province with dramatically low rates of birth-dose vaccination. The results have been phenomenal: an increase in vaccination rates from 2 to 85 percent in just four years. Read more—and find out what comes next.

Get involved

Give through work, increase your impact. ’Tis the season for workplace giving. Here are two good reasons to take part in your employer’s workplace giving program:

  • It’s easy. You decide how much and how often to give to PATH, and your donation is made directly through payroll.
  • It’s smart. Many employers will match your gift, doubling the impact of your support. Last year, we were able to put an extra $90,000 toward our work, thanks entirely to donors and their employers!

For more information, contact your human resources department. Use our online search to find out whether your company will match your contribution.

Attend GlobalFest 2012: Stand for Girls, September 22. If you’re in the area, stop by the Seattle Center to learn how Washington State organizations are making a difference for girls locally and globally. Hosted by Global Washington, this event will feature interactive exhibits, live music, and speeches by young women who are changing the world from right here in Seattle. Find out more.

Tell us what you think. Why is global health important to you? What do you love about PATH? We want to hear from you! Email us at, and we may select your inspirational quote to use online.

In the news

Voice of America: New tests rapidly identify counterfeit medications (August 21, 2012)

Counterfeit medications are a serious and sometimes deadly problem in developing countries. But two teams of US-based scientists have developed quick tests that can identify counterfeit drugs before they can cause harm . . .

Xconomy: Bill Gates turns his attention, and money, to toilet innovation (August 15, 2012)

Very little innovation has happened with toilets over the past 200 years. If Thomas Crapper, the 19th century plumber associated with commodes, were alive today “he would find the toilets we use quite familiar,” Bill Gates said yesterday afternoon . . .

GlobalWA news: Dr. Michael J. Free: Where bliss meets global needs (July 25, 2012)

Flu-like symptoms are not usually cause for alarm—unless you live in or have recently travelled to a malaria-prone area. “Because you’ve been in Africa, we’ll need to test you,” my doctor told me recently, when I complained of an unexplained fever . . .

Seattle Times: Gates Foundation: $1B for contraceptives in developing countries (July 11, 2012)

Innovation and social change will both be necessary to improve access to birth control around the world, Melinda Gates said Wednesday, announcing that her foundation will devote more than $1 billion to the cause between now and 2020 . . .

For more coverage, visit our press room.

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Photos, from top: PATH/Siri Wood, PATH/Nguyen Chien Thang, courtesy of Steve Davis, PATH/Patrick McKern, Natawit Thani.


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