Advancing solutions for WASH for women and children in low-resource settings

PATH is the leader in global health innovation. An international nonprofit organization, we save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms -vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations -that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity.

For more than 30 years, PATH has been applying its competencies in user-centered design, product development, commercialization, and consumer financing to increase the uptake and consistent use of products that improve the health and livelihoods of the world’s poorest populations -water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) has been a focus since 2007. Over the past eight years, PATH has implemented numerous projects across the globe, ranging from the launch of new household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) products to developing new low-cost latrine designs for low-income families in India and working with local partners to develop creative financing mechanisms to enable/support access to WASH products.

The PATH WASH team continues to be involved in areas of household and community water, air quality and cookstoves, improved sanitation and fecal sludge management, and hygiene. Many of our projects are focused on developing and/or improving the design of WASH products, such as latrines, handwashing stations, and water treatment and storage devices. The PATH team takes a market-based approach to the delivery of WASH products to consumers, using key behavior change drivers to incentivize product adoption and continued use. Both approaches focus on sustainability and work closely with existing private sector actors, community networks, as well as government structures to catalyze change.