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What is PATH?

PATH is the leader in global health innovation. An international nonprofit organization, we save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. 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. 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.

What is PATH’s mission?

Our mission is to improve the health of people around the world by advancing technologies, strengthening systems, and encouraging healthy behaviors.

What does PATH stand for?

From 1980 until 2014, PATH stood for Program for Appropriate Technology in Health. Now we are simply PATH.

When was PATH founded?

PATH was founded in 1977 as PIACT, or the Program for the Introduction and Adaptation of Contraceptive Technology. We have been known as PATH since 1981. Learn more about the birth of PATH.

Does PATH take individual donations?

Yes! In fact, we depend on them. Learn why and find out how you can support PATH’s work.

Who funds PATH’s work?

Our work is funded by foundations, the US government, other governments, multilateral agencies, corporations, and individuals. Project-specific foundation and government grants currently make up the greatest part of our operating budget. However, unrestricted funds provided by individuals and families are essential to the development of new solutions. Unrestricted funds allow us to explore opportunities, test new strategies, and develop early prototypes. Learn more about how you can support PATH’s work.

How does PATH use its funding?

PATH maintains the highest standards for efficiency and transparency. Learn more about our finances, including our use of funds by focus area, sources of revenue, expenses, annual independent audits, and IRS returns.

Where does PATH work?

We work in more than 70 countries.

Where does PATH have offices?

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, we have more than 1,200 staff members and offices in 40 cities in 22 countries: Bangladesh, Belgium, Cambodia, China, DR Congo, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia, and the United States.

Who does PATH work with?

Collaboration and partnerships are essential to the success and sustainability of our work. We collaborate extensively with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNFPA, government ministries, other nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and local groups in the communities we serve. We also form unique agreements with the private sector, ensuring that our technologies and strategies are available where needed.

What is PATH’s expertise?

Our staff provide expertise in public health; epidemiology; technology design, development, transfer, and introduction; immunodiagnostics and vaccine development; vaccine distribution systems; business development; education and training; communication; advocacy; and procurement.

Can PATH fund my nonprofit or program?

PATH is a nonprofit organization that does not grant funds to other programs, nonprofits, or individuals.

Does PATH offer internships or volunteer opportunities? Does PATH need physician volunteers?

PATH does not have formal internships or volunteer opportunities, although such arrangements are occasionally made in conjunction with a particular project. Learn more about possible internship opportunities and other ways to get involved. We regret that we are unable to respond to general inquiries about volunteer opportunities.

Regarding physician volunteers, PATH does not provide clinical services in the United States nor abroad.

How do I learn more about working at PATH?

Please visit the employment and consulting section to learn more about working at PATH.

Can I do an informational interview?

While we are not able to provide informational interviews, we do host quarterly Community Coffees in our Seattle headquarters for students and job seekers. Learn more about our Community coffees and other events.

What is PATH Vaccine Solutions?

PATH Vaccine Solutions (PVS) is an affiliate of PATH that funds some projects conducted by PATH’s Vaccine Development Program. PVS is a nonprofit corporation with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and is a supporting organization of PATH. The PVS board of directors is chaired by PATH's president and CEO, Steve Davis.