Country Director of PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health) in South Africa
Kevin Osborne is currently the Country Director of PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health) in South Africa. PATH – which is headquartered in Seattle -is an international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation. PATH’s approach blends the entrepreneurial spirit of business, the scientific expertise of a research institution, and the passion and on-the-ground experience of an international NGO. For nearly 40 years, PATH has been pioneers in the development and delivery of health solutions and the work spans five platforms: vaccines, devices, diagnostics, drugs, and system and service innovations; and includes a strong focus on epidemic and emerging diseases including HIV and TB.
Kevin’s 20–year career in public health includes senior posts at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in London and at the Futures Group International in Washington, DC and experience in pioneering major projects and approaches in shaping responses particularly towards Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV integration at the policy, systems and service delivery levels. He conceptualised the development of a groundbreaking research initiative to gain an enhanced understanding about the various modalities of service integration in sub-Saharan Africa and their associated costs and benefits.
With a background in education and human rights gained in South Africa, Kevin has supported a number of national, regional and international programmes by forging sustainable partnerships with government, UN agencies and the donor/foundation community. From managing diverse and large teams, supporting operations research initiatives such as the development and application of the People Living with HIV Stigma Index and the ‘Criminalise hate, not HIV’ Campaign to having served as a member of the editorial team of the Cochrane Collaboration HIV Review Group and as a steering committee member of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS, Kevin has excellent communication skills. He has written extensively on a number of thematic issues for a variety of fora and is well known and recognised speaker at regional and international conferences. Most recently – as South Africa prepares to recognise World AIDS Day – Kevin is part of a national campaign among people living with HIV to showcase the advantages of knowing your HIV status, taking treatment and adhering to it.
Kevin – whose roots lie in activism – has been HIV positive for more than half his life and brings a unique perspective of how the response to HIV has evolved and morphed over time. Kevin is currently a steering committee member of the Global Forum of Men who have sex with Men and HIV (MSMGF) and also a member of the Human Rights Technical Task Team of the South African National AIDS Council.
Kevin is currently based in Johannesburg – but he considers Cape Town his spiritual home.