Module 9: Designing New Programs & Organizations

9.1 Principles of a Successful Global Health Program or Organization

Many individuals who initiate their own organizations are often motivated by a desire for social change. They first identify a need and then develop a creative solution. For instance, aware of the need to reduce the risk of HIV, hepatitis B, and other infections to patients during injections, PATH develops a one-time-use syringe. However, PATH also sees a potential problem, as countries would be unlikely to adopt this new technology because it is more expensive than a regular syringe. As a solution, PATH pools several countries’ orders together and purchases in bulk from the syringe manufacturers, thus keeping the prices low.(1)

A few principles are recommended when setting up a global health program or organization:

 9.2 Pitfalls to Avoid


(1) "PATH: Making Injections Safer." PATH. PATH. 15 Jul 2009