World hunger has risen for 3 years straight even as obesity and overweight continue to climb across the board, according to a new WHO report with sobering implications for achieving the SDG of Zero Hunger by 2030. This year’s report added a new indicator for measuring…

Later this month, Malawi will submit evidence to the WHO that it has eliminated lymphatic filariasis, meaning its prevalence has fallen below 1%.   The parasite causes the debilitating, stigmatizing elephantiasis and excessive scrotal swelling in men—and in 2003 was endemic…

About a third of children exposed to the Zika virus in utero suffered from neurological problems, according to follow-up study published yesterday in Nature Medicine.  

At the G20 summit, President Trump made the US the sole dissenter in an agreement to double down on climate change response.   The relatively modest consensus was criticized by environmental groups, but it did manage to unite all other G20 nations.   For his part, Trump…

Key donors are kick-starting a “total reset” for Ebola response efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Devex reports.   The change in tack from the US, the UK, the EU and the World Bank comes amid a need to take the reins from the WHO’s faltering leadership,…

A $2 on-the-spot diagnostic test could reinvigorate efforts to fight yaws—a “forgotten disease.”   Affecting thousands of the world’s poorest children, the bacterial skin disease causes lesions and ulcers all over the body. Left untreated, its victims become disabled and…

In the last 2 decades, more than 30 countries moved from low-income to middle-income status, a billion people were lifted out of poverty, and there were major reductions in maternal and child mortality globally. Despite this progress, middle-income countries, where over 70…

Over 70 public health and medical groups teamed up to call climate change a health emergency and push for a shift away from fossil fuels, NBC reports.  

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Yemen’s relentless war has killed nearly 100,000 people, according to a retrospective report that folds in data from 2015—the year that a Saudi-led coalition entered the conflict, ReliefWeb reported.