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Breakthrough Innovations That Can Save Women and Children Now highlights ten proven innovations that could save more than one million mothers and children. Photo: PATH/Evelyn Hockstein.

PATH incorporates advocacy into all of our work

What does it take to ensure that global health innovations result in lasting change? Resources and political will—informed by the experts and communities who understand what is needed.

It’s not enough to invent solutions to global health problems. The global health community must secure the support of decision makers, policymakers, and others who can commit the necessary resources or enact supportive policies. It takes advocacy as well as ingenuity to make sure creative solutions to health problems reach those who need them most.

At PATH, our advocacy efforts extend to all levels of government. We work in the US, in the international arena, and in countries and communities around the world.

Advocacy in the US Capital

PATH brings our expertise to Capitol Hill via our office in Washington, DC, where we link our technical experts and collaborators from the field with members of Congress and the Obama Administration.

We reach out to policymakers through congressional events, publications, meetings, and other opportunities for engaging. This outreach helps US policymakers understand the multiple facets of an issue—and motivates them to commit funding, craft policies, and sponsor initiatives that will strengthen global health efforts.

For example, in PATH’s role as convener of the Global Health Technologies Coalition, we have partnered with US members of Congress and other like-minded organizations to organize congressional briefings on the need to accelerate the development of new vaccines for low-income countries, through incentives and innovative financing.

We also sponsor a series of panel discussions, collectively titled Conversations in Global Health, that bring select members of the global health community together with researchers, advocates, and policymakers to discuss potential solutions to policy challenges.

In the international arena

PATH advocates for policy change at the global level through partnerships with the World Health Organization, United Nations agencies, and other international bodies. We often work through global partnerships. PATH plays a convening role in many of these international alliances, including the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, Global Campaign for Microbicides, and others. Read more about our advocacy partnerships.

In countries and communities around the world

And finally, in countries and communities around the world, we provide decision-makers in developing countries with the data and information they need to set public health policies and priorities. For example, in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and other countries, we have provided policymakers with important data on the prevalence of Japanese encephalitis, a disease that strikes children, kills about 30 percent of its victims, and causes permanent brain damage in 40 percent more. Officials in several of these countries are now using these data to develop plans for controlling the disease through immunization.

Learn more about our work in Japanese encephalitis.

Get more examples of our advocacy work in the publication Advocacy to Improve Global Health: Strategies and Stories from the Field.

A solution is just the beginning

Because we’re committed to making an impact, our work never ends with finding a solution. We don’t rest until the solution has been presented to the people who can fund it, prioritize it, and influence policies that will lead to change.

For more information on PATH’s policy and advocacy initiatives, contact advocacy@path.org.