Despite overall improvements in infant health, startling numbers of infants in West and Central Africa don’t make it past their first month.

Afghanistan’s sole high-security psychiatric facility is saddled with the growing mental health fallout of decades of conflict.The BBC’s Sahar Zand visited the 300-patient Red Crescent Secure Psychiatric Institution, where patients—many former militants—are restrained and…

Resurgent violence in Afghanistan is mounting pressure on, and violence against health workers. Fighting has shuttered some clinics entirely, and attacks on health care have more than doubled so far this year—the UN reported 100 incidents through September. The violence…

“Coffee With Polio Experts” is not a flashy production, but it features the A-listers of The Global Polio Eradication Initiative. In the video series, warriors share tales from the trenches. It began in the 1980s, when the disease paralyzed 1,000 children a day. That number…

While Iran has been praised for offering health insurance and education access to the nearly 1 million legally-documented Afghan refugees in the country, an estimated 2 million more remain undocumented with no such access—many caught up in an overwhelming paper backlog.…

Opium production is exploding in Afghanistan. So, too, is drug addiction among women.Pamela Constable paints a harrowing portrait of female drug addiction at a recently opened center in in Kabul. The center offers detox and therapy to the women, as well as classes for…

An Afghan initiative to control TB in densely populated and conflict-prone Kabul has boosted treatment accessibility and success, according to a new study in PLOS One.   The comprehensive urban DOTS (directly observed treatment, short course) program lifted success rates…

A disputed maternal mortality survey conducted in Afghanistan in 2010 suggests the country could have achieved its MDG maternal mortality reduction 5 years early if it had stayed on track, observes Stewart Britten of the NGO HealthProm in a Lancet Commentary. To many…

Intense violence against health workers persisted in 2016—and accountability for the attacks remains inadequate or non-existent, according to a new report released today by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition. Released to mark the 1-year anniversary of the UN…

More than 240 attacks on medical facilities in Afghanistan over the last 2 years have completely eroded an already fragile health system, according to a new report by Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict.   Attacks by the Taliban, the Afghan government and other groups…