David Sanders, a renowned physician and public health researcher and supporter of rights-based health care, died on August 30.   Sanders, who saw socialist democracy as a path to a fairer, healthier world, passionately supported the fight for health rights in Zimbabwe, the…

Poverty is pushing people deeper into DRC’s jungles in the quest for food, upping encounters with poisonous snakes that call the region home.   In another cruel twist, the remoteness of the equatorial forest renders medical intervention with anti-venoms nearly impossible—…

Wiping out malaria by 2050 is a lofty—but achievable—goal, according to a landmark report published yesterday by The Lancet Commission on malaria eradication.  

War-weary South Sudanese women trying to reach Uganda’s refugee camps often faced a second wave of attacks along the way—sexual violence. Rape has been a defining part of the civil war that has collapsed South Sudan, writes Pulitzer Center fellow Amanda Sperber, driving…

Cancer, now the leading killer in wealthy countries, is on track to outpace cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death globally in the next few decades, according to research published yesterday in the Lancet.  

In Africa and Asia, 2 million women and girls live with obstetric fistula that leaves them incontinent.   The condition is “effectively a hole in the birth canal” resulting from lengthy, obstructed labor without key emergency care, Sarah Newey reports. In developed nations…

In 2014, NPR reported a rise in chronic kidney disease of unknown origin among young, healthy Central American laborers.

It’s not a surprise, but it’s worth calling out governments for failing to invest in water and sanitation systems. After all, 2.2 billion people lack “safely managed” water. The WHO makes an urgent call for funding in a new report released during a World Water Week…

South African health officials are recommending that more pilot programs offer AZT and PrEP to mixed status couples—one partner is HIV positive and the other isn’t—who want to have children.   Research over the past several years has shown that with early and consistent use…

25 years after a lead mine closed in Kabwe, Zambia, children are still playing in contaminated soil, according to a new Human Rights Watch report, which calls out the government’s insufficient response.