NEW PARTNER: PATH – a global health innovation leader

By Genelle Adrien

March 3, 2017

We are thrilled to welcome our newest partner to the Global Moms Challenge family: PATH.
From developing and delivering lifesaving vaccines to training local communities to use digital media to improve health, PATH is a leader in global health innovation around the world. We’re especially excited by their work to save lives and improve health among women and children.

International Women’s Day is right around the corner, so we’re highlighting a few of PATH’s innovative projects empowering women and lifting up communities.

1. Period. To Possibility.

Menstruation is a natural part of life for healthy girls and women, but in many parts of the world it’s still a taboo topic. This means women and girls are being left behind. Poor menstrual health is linked to missing school and lost work time, and can limit mobility. PATH is starting a conversation about it with She’s Just Getting Started. This campaign brings together leaders, experts and communities worldwide to address and improve menstrual health in many ways. It is helping to break down the taboo, expanding women’s potential and promoting gender equality.

2. Power in her hands

What if all women around the world could decide for themselves when and whether to have a child? An all-in-one injectable contraceptive called Sayana Press is helping women do just that. It’s small, light, easy to use, and provides a safe and effective family planning solution for women in Senegal, Uganda, Burkina Faso and Niger. It’s also designed to be easily administrated by community health workers and the women themselves. Sayana Press is helping moms like Sunday provide her children with the best possible future and take control over her own health. 

“I grew up in hardship, so I decided to work hard so I can pay for my children to go to school,” says Sunday, with her youngest, Trevor. “Family planning allows you to feed and care for your children well.” “I grew up in hardship, so I decided to work hard so I can pay for my children to go to school. “Family planning allows you to feed and care for your children well.”

Check out PATH’s digital feature that follows Sayana Press’ journey from PATH’s workshop in Seattle to remote villages in Africa, and spotlights the people, like Sunday, who make that journey possible.

3. Storytelling for women’s health

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.” – Robert McKee

Around the word, female scientists, researchers and leaders are improving health for women and girls in their countries and communities. PATH’s blog series Local Brilliance is putting a spotlight on these powerful women and sharing their stories. One of our favorites is from Adepeju Jaieoba who reflects on how the loss of a friend to childbirth complications sparked a journey to become an innovation champion. Here’s an excerpt:

2011 was the year destiny called.

That year I lost a very close friend to childbirth complications. Her death put a face on every maternal and child death statistic I had heard. She was educated and brilliant, and she sought out health care services during her pregnancy. Yet she became one of the 13 women who die daily during childbirth in Nigeria. The health care system had failed her and her unborn baby.

Confronted by the loss, I could have chosen to sit still and remain docile as a citizen while I continued to wait for health care to improve in Nigeria. I had many valid excuses to justify inaction. I had just spent six years training for a career as a lawyer, and I had no experience in the workings of health care or how to improve services for expectant mothers. However, my passion to create change was greater than my desire to make excuses. 

Read the rest of her inspiring story here.

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These are just a handful of ways PATH’s work is transforming the lives of families and communities and putting the world on a path to a healthier future.

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