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We dare to believe that innovation can change the world

PATH is the leader in global health innovation. An international nonprofit organization, we save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

Our approach 

PATH blends the entrepreneurial spirit of business, the scientific expertise of a research institution, and the passion and on-the-ground experience of an international NGO.


We’re accelerating innovation to improve health 
and save lives.
Read more in our 2013 online annual report. Photo: PATH/Dave Simpson.

For nearly 40 years, we have been pioneers in the development and delivery of health solutions. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. Our work bridges borders, sectors, and disciplines to shape the next generation of health innovations and maximize their lifesaving potential.

Defining innovation

We are known for developing lifesaving health technologies with global impact. From the vaccine vial monitor that alerts health workers when a vaccine has been damaged by heat to low-cost diagnostics that detect malaria, diabetes, and other health threats in minutes, our tools and technologies reach millions of people around the world.


But innovation is more than technology. We also bring innovation to:


  •    Collaboration. We connect hundreds of diverse partners, mobilizing the expertise and resources of in-country and public, private, and nonprofit partners to improve lives.
  •    Community engagement. We tap the insights and expertise of the people we serve to create affordable, effective, and culturally relevant solutions with enduring health impact.
  •    Market dynamics.  We create market-based solutions to bring health products and services in reach for low-income consumers.
  •    Health systems.  We strengthen health systems by improving health care delivery, policies, financing, and processes to ensure lifesaving innovations are delivered efficiently and equitably.

Taking innovation to scale

Across all of our innovations, we use a rigorous process to accelerate the best ideas through our development pipeline. We research and develop targeted health solutions, test and refine them, seek policy changes and regulatory approvals to pave the way for their use, and then introduce and scale them up where they are needed.

This is one of our unique strengths—working across the spectrum from development to delivery, channeling the tremendous potential of inventive ideas, scientific discovery, and groundbreaking collaborations into better health and opportunity for all.

What we do

PATH, as the secretariat of the Chlorhexidine Working Group, leads an international collaboration of organizations committed to advancing the use of 7.1% chlorhexidine digluconate for umbilical cord care through advocacy and technical assistance. PATH is working to establish manufacturing in selected African countries to increase availability of the product at affordable pricing.