For $115.5 billion, preventable maternal deaths could be ended by 2030, according to a UN report presented yesterday at the International Conference on Population and Development, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. And for $264 billion, countries could end maternal deaths…

Fed up that pneumonia—curable and highly preventable—kills a child every 39 seconds, a collection of 6 health agencies issued a joint call for governments to act.   Last year, 800,000 children died from pneumonia. Yet despite causing 15% of deaths in children under 5, it…

53 million more women have gained access to modern since Family Planning 2020 launched in 2012, according to the group’s new progress report—with the sharpest increases in Eastern and Southern Africa.  

The world’s first Ebola vaccine was greenlit yesterday by the European Commission. Over 250,000 people have already received the vaccine—donated by Merck—under a compassionate use protocol amid the DRC’s ongoing Ebola outbreak. The vaccine—Ervebo—will now go through WHO’s…

Tens of thousands of refugees from Burundi live in Rwanda’s Mahama refugee camp. For years, they faced a major threat from malaria.But since 2017, malaria cases are down 82%. How did they do it? A lot of credit goes to indoor insecticide spraying campaigns…

Glaswegians have a 30% higher risk of dying before age 65 compared to people in other British cities. Suicide rates are 70% higher for them than Manchester and Liverpool residents.The phenomenon is known as the “Glasgow Effect.” Researchers have pored over…

Jean-Jacques Muyembe could have stayed in Europe after earning his PhD.   Instead, the epidemiologist returned to DRC in 1976, where he discovered the new, fast-killing disease later named Ebola.   The rest is history—much of it contorted to fit a colonial mold, writing out…

Ebola survivors, believed immune to reinfection, have played a welcome and vital role caring for Ebola patients in DRC.     But a survivor’s death in July raised “a big red flag,” the WHO’s Janet Diaz says—forcing the WHO and DRC to reconsider the practice, Reuters reports…

Rap. Rap. Rap. On the rare occasions when Mike Ryan’s office door is closed, colleagues start knocking. A plethora of infectious disease outbreaks and crises demand constant attention from the executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Program, according to this…

The world let down its guard on typhoid, and now untreatable strains threaten to cause a major global health emergency, Oxford Martin School researchers warn in a supplement on typhoid in Clinical Infectious Diseases.