Wherever PATH is working to bring health to the people and communities we serve, we try very hard to make smiles a regular part of every day. Smiles mean that people are happy. And a big guffaw? Well, that’s just priceless.
Another way we can generate even more smiles and happiness is by reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which call for the global community to end poverty and improve the quality of life for all people by 2030. Several of these goals directly align with PATH’s work to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children, in over 70 countries around the world.
Here, in no particular order, are five of our favorite smiles.
We took this photo of people practicing laughing yoga at 6:00 a.m. during a recent trip to Vietnam. And for those of you wondering how good laughing can be for your health, the benefits are a reduction of stress hormones, the release of endorphins, and an increase in infection-fighting antibodies. It’s free medicine!
Happy students in Uganda
This photo of Veronica Nanyombi (left) and Sarah Kemirembe (right) was taken at Nakasongola Primary School in Uganda. The girls received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as a part of a PATH pilot study.
Our work in vaccines and immunization and women’s cancers addresses SDG #3: ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
An ounce of prevention creates more opportunities for happiness
We visited Quynh Van Nguyen in his home recently to see how a new program in Vietnam is encouraging people to get screened for hypertension and improving the quality of referral, treatment, and follow-up care.
Our work in noncommunicable diseases also addresses SDG #3: ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Cleaning up with your friends
While testing early design prototypes for a hand-washing system, this young man not only washed his hands, but he delivered a sparkling smile that encouraged the rest of his friends to do the same.
We took this photo of Winnie Navumbia during a recent presentation of family-planning options in the village of Kitalegerwa, Uganda.
Our work in reproductive health addresses SDG #5: achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
- Tracy Romoser was formerly a communications officer and the blog editor at PATH.