March 12, 2014 | The Editors

What does PATH stand for?

Group of children standing next to a blue building.
We stand for accelerating innovation and making the world a more equitable place. Photo: PATH/Eric Becker.

Nametag with text reading, "Hello my name is PATH."ds, "HelloThroughout our 40-year history, people have asked us what our acronym stands for. In the beginning, it stood for a mouthful: Program for the Introduction and Adaptation of Contraceptive Technology, or PIACT. Later, we changed to Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, or PATH. For the last few decades, our partners and colleagues around the world have simply known us as PATH.

And now, it’s legal. Our name is PATH. Full stop.

So now when people ask us what PATH stands for, the answer is easy. PATH stands for the type of transformative innovation that save lives and improves health, especially among women and children. We stand for accelerating innovation and making the world a more equitable place.

We’re proud—and grateful—that you stand with us.

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