It’s been a decade since WHO endorsed a 19-item surgical checklist covering everything from patient identity to ensuring anesthetics are on hand.      Research has shown the checklist reduces major complications by 60%. Yet adherence is inconsistent.   Wealthy countries use…

The 2010s marked the hottest decade on record, data published yesterday by NASA and NOAA confirm, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.2019 was the second-warmest year ever.  The analyses tie the trend to emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, and “a…

Despite the life-changing potential of antiretroviral treatment, South Africa has an ART uptake problem among its youth—a huge issue for a country that bears 21% of the world’s HIV burden.  Just 44% of 15-19-year-olds who seek HIV care end up taking ART. So…

Countries should fight public health threats with the same vigor they use to tackle terrorism, WHO warns in a roundup of the top health challenges of the next decade.   Highlights from the list (in no particular order): 

Significant advancements in sub-Saharan Africa’s health care in the last decade are giving the International Finance Corporation’s Biju Mohandas “many reasons for optimism.” 4 “essential elements” are driving change:

Nigeria is hemorrhaging doctors to countries with better infrastructure, less corruption, and bigger bankrolls for competitive salaries.More than half of Nigeria’s 75,000 doctors practice abroad. Those who stay grapple with frequent power cuts, paltry…

The DRC’s measles outbreak death toll has passed 6,000, spurring the WHO to call on countries to step up assistance.   It is the world’s worst measles epidemic, with more 310,000 suspected cases reported since early 2019. Complicating the response: The country's…

Editors’ Note: This week we will highlight 5 takes on ending HIV in the US by 2030, from the Fall 2019 issue of Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health magazine. Read the complete set here.

When conflicts arise between Ebola responders and the communities they’re trying to protect, Julienne Anoko, an anthropologist from Cameroon, is summoned.    In the DRC, that includes mourning with grieving mothers, arm-wrestling to bond with teenagers—even crawling into…

Fewer than 16% of medical schools address climate change in their curricula, an International Federation of Medical Students' Associations survey of schools in 118 countries reveals.   “Climate change is truly that threat multiplier,” impacting every facet of medicine, says…