Follow us:

The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

July 15, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Seattle nonprofit setting a path to global health

pathsketch071409m.jpg
July 14, 10:58 a.m. [View larger]
I had never heard of PATH so when they recently invited me to their offices in Ballard I was flattered and intrigued at the same time.
PATH is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that has been developing innovative health solutions to improve global health, especially in the Third World, for the past 30 years. Among solutions that have been very successful are the vaccine vial monitors or Uniject, an injection device that is prefilled and disposable.
Past the typical cubicles you’d find at any office building, I was led to a workshop where health engineers Jered Singleton and David Sylvester were working on prototypes. I got a chance to see Singleton testing a cryotherapy device to screen and treat cervical cancer lesions.
Program officer Jennifer Winkler explained that cervical cancer is a very preventable disease and this device is a great alternative to other methods because it doesn’t need electricity. “It’s ideal for use in low resource settings,” she said. About 85 percent of the 270,000 women who die from cervical cancer every year reside in developing countries. 75,000 women die from the disease in India alone.
Some sobering figures that help you put the state of health care in the world in perspective. We need more organizations like PATH finding real solutions.

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►