PATH, the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, headquartered in Seattle, WA, is an international nonprofit organization and leader of global health innovation. For 40 years, PATH has improved health and saved lives.
PATH recently released the Innovation Count Down 2030 report, which identifies 30 key global health innovations. With support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, PATH assembled a group of experts and innovators from around the world “to identify, evaluate, and showcase health technologies and interventions with great promise to accelerate progress toward solving the world’s most urgent health issues,” according to the report.
The report features innovations that could hasten the pace of progress towards the health targets in the proposed United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Those targets include reducing the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births and ending preventable deaths of newborns and children under five years old; ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other diseases; reducing by one-third premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases; and ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services.
The global health innovations listed below, are presented in four categories that align with the SDGs proposed health targets. To read the summary of each goal, visit path.org and click the IC2030 report.
Innovations for maternal, newborn and child health:
- New formulations of oxytocin
- Uterine balloon tamponade
- Handheld device to measure blood pressure
- Simple, safe device for assisted delivery
- Chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care
- Kangaroo mother care
- New neonatal resuscitators
- New treatment for severe diarrhea
- Rice fortification
- New tools for small scale water treatment
- Portable pulse oximeters to measure oxygen
- Better respiratory rate monitors
Innovations for combating infectious diseases:
- Protective malaria vaccine candidates
- Malaria transmission-blocking vaccine
- Potent, single-dose antimalarial drug
- Expanded use of rapid malaria tests
- Broadly neutralizing antibodies in HIV vaccines
- Long-acting injectable antiretrovirals
- Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis
- Novel multidrug treatment regimen for TB
- New vaccines to prevent TB
- Nucleic acid amplification tests
Innovations for reproductive health:
- Expanded access to implants and intrauterine devices
- Injectable contraceptives
Innovations addressing non-communicable diseases:
- One-year contraceptive vaginal ring
- Broader use of HPV vaccine
- Task-shifting for diabetes care
- mHealth innovations
- Portable, affordable screening for eye problems
“On the eve of launching the SDGs, the global community now knows what we can accomplish by coming together around a common set of goals and throwing our collective weight behind health solutions with the most potential for impact,” the report states. “As world leaders consider how to finance and scale up those solutions, we know that coordinated investment and financing will be essential in our efforts to reach the 2030 health targets—and to ensure we can financially sustain those gains into the future.”
– Kelsey Parrotte