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Bridging the Gap

November 2012

#GivingTuesday: A new day to give back

November 27 is the first ever #GivingTuesday. Following two major retail shopping days in the United States—Black Friday and Cyber Monday—#GivingTuesday is shifting the focus back to charitable giving. Join more than 2,000 organizations and thousands of individuals in putting this new day for giving on the calendar.

In honor of #GivingTuesday, we’re launching our year-end challenge early. A group of PATH donors will match your gift to our Catalyst Fund, up to a total of $100,000, through December 31. On #GivingTuesday, stand up for global health equity, and donate to PATH.

Meningitis: Celebrating 100 million vaccinated

The close of the year brings another reason to rejoice. In December, the number of people protected from deadly meningitis A will reach 100 million in ten countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

This milestone is no small feat. Devastating meningitis epidemics, killing tens of thousands of people, have swept through Africa’s “meningitis belt” for a century. The development of the very first meningitis A vaccine involved more than two dozen collaborators on four continents, including PATH, the World Health Organization, the Serum Institute of India, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The first vaccination campaign, in December 2010, brought hope that an end to meningitis was possible. Now, on the verge of the 100 million mark, we are on our way to making this a reality. Read more about this milestone.

Get involved

Honor someone special. Looking for a gift or a meaningful way to say thank you? Make a gift to PATH in honor of a friend, family member, or colleague. Not only will you pay tribute to someone special, you’ll bring the hope of a healthy life to someone in a low-resource country. For each tribute gift, we’ll send an acknowledgment card to whomever you choose.

Hear from our CEO at CityClub’s Year in Review, December 11. If you’ll be in the Seattle area, join Steve Davis, PATH’s president and CEO, to reflect on 2012 and look ahead to 2013. What were the critical trends of 2012? How are businesses, governments, and nonprofits partnering to improve health, education, and economic prosperity for all? Steve and other regional leaders will address these questions—and yours. Visit CityClub’s website for more information.

Take two minutes and make a difference. Help us get the word out: everyone deserves a chance at a healthy life, no matter where they were born. Share PATH’s Facebook posts and retweet our messages on Twitter in December—with the tap of a finger, you can change hearts and save lives throughout the holiday season.

In the news

The Guardian: Family planning must be development priority, says UNFPA report (November 14, 2012)

Access to family planning is a human right and a sound economic investment at a time when the number of young people in developing countries has reached an all-time high . . .

The Washington Post: Tests find malaria vaccine useful (November 9, 2012)

A malaria vaccine tested on infants in seven African countries has shown a protective effect that is small but possibly enough to prove useful in areas where the infection is a serious threat to children . . .

The Wall Street Journal: Building on India’s success on polio (October 24, 2012)

More than 26 million children were born in India last year, many of them in remote parts of the country or in areas of poverty, poor sanitation and weak infrastructure. Yet, nearly every one of these children received vaccines that protected them against polio . . .

For more coverage, visit our press room.

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Photos: PATH/Patrick McKern; “Steve Davis on malaria,” PATH.


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