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Bridging the Gap

April 2013

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Catapult women and girls to better health

This month’s “don’t miss” opportunity is the chance to improve the health of women and girls by contributing to potential PATH projects. We’ve posted three ideas to the rapidly growing crowdfunding site Catapult—but time is running out. Help us meet our goals by May 31 and turn these great ideas into reality!

  • Banking breast milk for babies
    When a mother’s milk is unavailable, donated breast milk can be a lifesaver—giving newborns the nutrients and antibodies they need to thrive. Your support will help establish milk banks in several South African hospitals.
  • Promoting “girl talk” among Burmese migrants
    In Thailand, young migrant workers are often vulnerable to sexual violence, which can have terrible repercussions on health. Make a gift to train volunteers to lead discussion groups and connect young women with important reproductive health services.
  • Supporting families facing tuberculosis
    In Vietnam, we’re training volunteers to educate tuberculosis patients and their families, especially female caregivers, on improving nutrition and adhering to treatment. Your gift will help promote recovery and prevent illness in Vietnam, which has one of the world’s highest rates of tuberculosis.

Give these projects an extra push, and encourage your friends to join you!

Expanding the supply of malaria treatment

PATH’s new drug development program is discovering, creating, and expanding access to desperately needed medicines for neglected diseases. One of these is artemisinin, a key ingredient in the most effective treatment for malaria.

Artemisinin is derived from the sweet wormwood plant, which is grown in just a few countries. Supply is often tight and prices fluctuate drastically. To solve this challenge, we partnered with research labs and a pharmaceutical company to create a semisynthetic version, which doesn’t depend on a botanical source and is quicker to produce.

We’re thrilled about launching industrial-scale production of semisynthetic artemisinin in April. This means a more dependable supply of lifesaving antimalarial treatments will soon be available to patients who need it most.

Get involved

For those of us in the United States, mid-April signifies the close of tax season. As you prepare your 2012 income taxes, remember that it’s never too early to consider your 2013 deductions. Here are two ways to advance PATH’s work in global health and give yourself a break on next year’s taxes:

  • Donate your tax refund. If you’re expecting money back this tax season, put those dollars to good use by giving all or part of your tax refund to PATH. Make a gift now.
  • Join our monthly giving program. Our PATH Partners program is an easy way to budget for charitable giving. You choose an ongoing gift amount that fits your budget, and it’s paid automatically each month. Become a PATH Partner.

In the news

Humanosphere: PATH and Sanofi to start major production of synthetic anti-malaria drug (April 10, 2013)

Malaria remains one of the world’s biggest killers and also a massive economic drag on poor countries, poor families . . .

NPR: How to get rid of polio for good? There’s a $5 billion plan (April 2, 2013)

Polio is on the verge of being eliminated. Last year there were just over 200 cases of polio, and they occurred in just two remote parts of the world . . .

TIME: Multiple vaccinations on same day does not raise autism risk (March 29, 2013)

Infants now receive several shots at a time, but the latest study says that does not increase their risk of developing autism . . .

Impatient Optimists: Barriers are back: Female barrier methods, that is (March 6, 2013)

In the wake of the London Family Planning Summit and other initiatives, methods like diaphragms and female condoms are again being discussed by policymakers and family planning (FP) providers as valuable methods . . .

For more coverage, visit our press room.


Photos: PATH/Nguyen Phu Cuong, Auston James, PATH/Gabe Bienczycki, Umit Kartoglu, PATH/Eric Becker.

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