From drive-by Catholic funerals to forgoing the Islamic ritual of washing the bodies of the deceased, COVID-19 has upended mourning rituals across belief systems.   It’s not the first time.   During the 1918 flu pandemic, Italians expressed horrors at loved ones buried “…

Opioids are a cheap option for pain relief during palliative care—but across Africa, morphine shortages are about more than money. The legacy of America’s “war on drugs” in the 1980s and 1990s looms large, leaving behind stubborn stigma, plus prescription restrictions and…

Despite passage of the Clean Air Act 1956, London remains the “tuberculosis capital of Europe.” Author Francis Wilson traces TB’s indomitable evolution from the largely romanticized “‘disease of storytellers" consumed by a flame inside the body to modern outbreaks whose…

Marking the 10th anniversary of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute, Ilona Kickbusch and Andrew Cassels take stock of the past 2 decades of global health disruptors. This era has brought an understanding that global governance is rooted in “interconnected…

27 million lives have been saved by the efforts of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, according to the organization’s progress report launched today. Despite the progress, the report highlights considerable challenges. We face a slowing decline in HIV…

Gambian activists and Human Rights Watch are campaigning to bring the country's former dictator to justice for forcing his fake AIDS cure onto thousands of patients before being exiled in 2017. Replacing antiretroviral treatment and leaving immune systems in jeopardy,…

In western Europe opioid addiction is viewed “the way most Americans now look at AIDS — as a medical problem,” yet the US has been slow to act, writes Columbia University psychiatry professor Adam Bisaga. At 50,000 a year, US opioid overdose deaths are on par with the AIDS…

AIDS is the 2nd most common cause of death, after abortions, among female sex workers in Cambodia and the No. 1 killer of their children, according to a study from Global Health Promise, an organization that studies sex trafficking around the world.   The researchers…

Jamaica faces an extraordinary dilemma: HIV-positive orphans, originally given a death sentence and slated for hospice care, are aging out of residential care and need a host of services never anticipated.   The introduction of accessible and affordable antiretroviral…

By Jessica Taaffe I remember my first International AIDS Conference well.  It was 2010, and I attended the conference in Vienna to present a poster on my PhD thesis work. Walking through the conference one day, I came upon a group of activists loudly protesting for better…