Anemia is a scourge on pregnant women and children, particularly in the developing world. Iron supplements may be a key intervention, but existing research on their efficacy and safety is patchy. The WHO recommends iron supplements and micronutrient powders for children in…

Human trafficking has risen to “horrific dimensions”—with children now accounting for nearly a third of the victims, a UN Office on Drugs and Crime report released yesterday reveals.  

Less restrictive abortion laws are linked to lower maternal mortality, and vice versa, according to University of Melbourne researchers. Their findings show that reforming restrictive abortion laws could lower maternal mortality and demonstrate a need for services shielding…

After decades of advancement in the fight against malaria, infection rates are sneaking back up again, according to the WHO’s most recent estimates.  

Hundreds of refugees have entered Uganda from the Democratic of the Republic of the Congo after its contentious election Sunday. The influx fuels concerns that Ebola could spread; some people attempting to cross the border resisted Ebola screening efforts by Ugandan health…

Protests surrounding the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Sunday presidential election turned violent, further damaging Ebola response efforts. Protesters set on fire the Rwangoma Health Center, the Malepe Health Station and the Ngongolyo Health Center and destroyed many…

Amid relentless conflict that has left Yemen on the brink of famine, food and aid intended for the neediest people have been stolen or lost in logistical disarray. An AP investigation found that all sides of the conflict have blocked food aid from “going to groups suspected…

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ebola case count continues to rise, but the WHO cited a promising development yesterday: Activity is declining in the hotspot of Beni.   The Numbers, according to the latest health ministry update:

Myriad causes have been proposed for “nodding syndrome,” a deadly condition that has plagued children in war-torn areas of East Africa, bringing on progressive seizures and cognitive issues. Now, the first published study of victims’ brains links the condition to…

Earlier this week, the US—with just Hungary for company—opposed the adoption of a new UN pact to strengthen international cooperation on large movements of refugees.