Publisher’s note: today PATH bids a fond farewell to Tracy Romoser after more than three years with her as the PATH blog editor (or as we affectionately refer to her, #blogboss). For much of that time she’s had an “Animals of PATH” blog post on the “ideas” list. Here it is at last! We wish you all the best, Tracy.
As blog editor, I spend a lot of time looking through our library of fantastic photos documenting PATH’s work around the world. Our photographers often capture not just the people and communities we impact, and labs and shops where innovation happens, but also the little details along the way. In many cases, those details include a lot of furry cuteness.
So here’s a look at a few of the four-legged global citizens we encounter in the field, with a little detail about why we’re in their homes.
1. Zambia: “Gabe…piglets, piglets!”
In Zambia, our projects are as varied as a bold plan to eliminate malaria countrywide by 2021 to improving data quality, collection, and use. It‘s here that we hope to use our malaria work in a larger strategy to eliminate the disease in other African countries, too. Our communicators were documenting this work when one of them tapped our photographer on the shoulder, saying, “Gabe… piglets!!!”
2. Uganda: a gorilla in our midst
For over 15 years we’ve worked in Uganda. From our programs in behavior change on preventing HIV/AIDS among youth and adolescents to our current work to reduce high rates of cervical cancer, the leading cause of cancer in African women. PATH is also leading the introduction of Sayana® Press, an all-in-one injectable contraceptive created and championed by PATH and our partners that puts women in charge of their reproductive health.
3. Myanmar: feeding a flock of pigeons
Our work in nutrition spans continents and countries. In Myanmar, where this photo was taken, PATH partners with schools, local manufacturers, and civil society organizations to manufacture and distribute fortified rice so families and children can access the essential vitamins and minerals they need. We also work to improve newborn care, support women’s reproductive health, and strengthen immunization.
4. Ethiopia: water and supplies via donkey
Our work in Ethiopia improves access to health for women and children by integrating water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition interventions. As part of our maternal, newborn, and child health services, we are validating the use of the Nifty Feeding Cup (a low-cost, safe, and easy-to-use feeding cup for infants) through a hospital-based study that could influence the use of the innovative product across sub-Saharan Africa.
5. Burkina Faso: a watchful sub-Saharan hound
In 2010, PATH and our partners launched a mass vaccination campaign against a deadly strain of meningitis in Burkina Faso. MenAfriVac®, the first vaccine specifically designed for Africa, addressed a strain of meningitis that, in the last century, had killed hundreds of thousands in sub-Saharan Africa. PATH is now partnering with the Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd. to develop a vaccine that would cover all of the disease-causing strains of meningitis in Africa.
6. India: three camels and a very impressive woman
In India, PATH shares technical know-how to advance the development of new vaccines, improve the health of mothers and newborns through nutrition and safer births, and much more. We also support a unique public- and private-sector program in the crowded slums of Mumbai that utilizes a voucher system to refer people who show symptoms of tuberculosis to doctors where they receive the treatment they need to get better.
7. Kenya: a solitary baboon
Our work in Kenya has supported and empowered millions, creating a healthier future for families, communities, and the country as a whole. One of our larger projects is the AIDS, Population, and Health Integrated Assistance Zone 1 (Aphiaplus Western) project, which involves partnerships with more than 800 public and private health facilities, local organizations and communities, governments, health workers, and volunteers. We also work with decision-makers to encourage investments and policies that bring health within reach for women and children.
Bonus: a herd of impala in a meadow
Sayana Press is a registered trademark of Pfizer Inc.
MenAfriVac is a registered trademark of Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd.
- Tracy Romoser was formerly a communications officer and the blog editor at PATH.