Madam Speaker, this year marks 30 years since PATH began working to create innovative solutions that enable communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health. Originally founded in 1977 as the Program for the Introduction and Adaptation of Contraceptive Technology (PIACT), PATH began by helping manufacturers set up facilities for making high-quality condoms in China.
Today, PATH implements health programs in many countries, works with a variety of private partners to develop new vaccines and microbicides, and has advanced more than 30 health technologies for low-resource settings. By collaborating with diverse public- and private-sector partners, PATH provides appropriate health technologies and vital strategies to improve global health and well-being worldwide.
Over the past three decades, PATH has worked in more than 100 countries and received many prestigious international awards for its work. PATH's president, Dr. Christopher Elias, was the Schwab Foundation's ``U.S. Social Entrepreneur of the Year'' in 2006 and the organization has earned four-star ratings from Charity Navigator, the Fast Company Social Capitalist Award, and recognition by Amazon.com as one of the ten most innovative nonprofits.
The breadth of PATH's work includes many innovative technologies. One example, the Uniject
PATH's efforts maximize health equity to ensure health products and programs reach the poorest and most vulnerable. They strengthen the capacity to foster demand-driven and scalable solutions by promoting an inclusive approach to innovation and discovery--one that builds strong partnerships with communities, industry, and local governments. Admirably, the organization enhances programmatic integration and improving the monitoring, evaluation, and dissemination of results.
As health inequities continue to persist, the effects of preventable disease and deaths become greater, particularly in our increasingly interconnected and global society. PATH demonstrates a commitment to address these threats. They have demonstrated dedication to finding innovative, scalable solutions for some of the world's greatest challenges by harnessing the promise of science and technology, the ingenuity of individuals and communities, and ensuring solutions can be realized for everyone.
Please join me in celebrating PATH's 30 years of success and innovation in improving the world's health.