Former PATH CEO cautions against creating new global health silos

Speaking with Devex’s Raj Kumar, Steve Davis reflects on eight years tackling global health challenges with PATH. Via YouTube.

NEW YORK — Turning outrage into optimism has been a motivating force for Steve Davis, who stepped down at the end of 2019 after eight years as PATH’s president and chief executive officer.

Davis recognizes the development community is off-track to meet many of the Sustainable Development Goal targets by 2030, but the global health leader remains encouraged by the number of multisectoral players working toward greater health outcomes at the national, local, and global levels.

“I think overall the trend lines are much better than the headlines. We’re making progress on adapting technologies, we’re making progress on key indicators around maternal-child health … I feel very positive overall about the global health sector,” he told Devex.

In September, Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar sat down with Davis at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly to take stock of how far the global health community has come in the last decade. Listen to the rest of the wide-ranging conversation with Davis on the role of private philanthropy — which is “more vibrant than ever,” he said — and the importance of continuing to work with traditional and nontraditional partners alike.

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  • Raj Kumar

    Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief at Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has led him to more than 50 countries, where he has had the honor to meet many of the aid workers and development professionals who make up the Devex community. He is the author of the book "The Business of Changing the World," a go-to primer on the ideas, people, and technology disrupting the aid industry.

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