THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR A HEALTHY LIFE ARE APPALLINGLY UNEQUAL WORLDWIDE.
Health is as essential as food, water, and shelter. But for people in developing nations, this basic need is often out of reach:
- Diseases nearly forgotten in the Western world—like malaria and meningitis—are part of daily life.
- Deaths that we know how to avert, like those from complications in childbirth, are all too common.
- Innovations we take for granted—like contraceptives, antiseptics, or vaccines—are inaccessible to millions of people.
Human potential and possibility are wasted, miring families, communities, and countries in a cycle of poor health and poverty.
WE MUST ENSURE EVERYONE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A HEALTHY LIFE—BECAUSE WE CAN.
The impact of innovation in the world’s poorest communities is clear. More children are living past their fifth birthdays, more places are malaria-free, and more women are able to plan their families.
In fact, in the last quarter century, the world has halved the number of unnecessary deaths among women and children. Now the global community has set new ambitious targets, including the Sustainable Development Goals, to reduce preventable deaths among women and children even more sharply in the next two decades.
PATH is fully committed to this goal. But we believe the current trajectory is not nearly steep enough. It still leaves millions to die each year unnecessarily. We can save more than 2 million additional lives each year—if we act now.
And with your assistance, we will. Through the Reach Campaign, we will vastly extend our reach and impact—and help give millions of women and children the hope of a healthy life.
Photos: PATH/Gabe Bienczycki, PATH/Satvir Malhotra