The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, celebrating its 30th anniversary today, is has led to remarkable strides but not complete success, UNICEF reports.

In 2017, 3,483 civilians were killed in the Afghan war. That same year, pollution was responsible for some 26,000 deaths.  Ancient cars and unchecked development pump toxins into the air. But nearly 75% of the deaths are attributable to household pollution.…

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…

When a teenager was diagnosed with measles at a health clinic in Rockland County, NY, last October, the clock started ticking. What was at stake wasn’t just the public’s health—America’s WHO-certified measles-free status could be revoked if the outbreak wasn’t contained…

Parents—and doctors—blame the massive Ilva steel plant for the area’s high number of cancer cases, calling it a “cancer factory” and pushing for its closure.   The factory has spewed toxic red dust around Taranto, Italy for 6 decades—flouting environmental standards.    

The sudden spike of HIV cases among the children of Ratodero, Pakistan that began this spring is getting worse. Nearly 500 children were confirmed to be infected with HIV in April, as reported by NPR at the time.

Intoxicated patients turned away from clinics. Diagnoses botched. The deaths of 2 children from strep infection. A Reuters investigation found health care wanting in Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch with its 79 clinics (50 of which it directly manages). 

North Korea’s “gross failure” to protect even the most basic health of its children is a violation of human rights, says W. Courtland Robinson, lead author of a new study on the health of DPRK children.    The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea cites systemic abuses…

Madagascar. The DRC. The Philippines. Ukraine. An “alarming upsurge” of measles outbreaks in these countries and more has WHO experts on high alert, asking governments to double down on vaccination efforts. Measles cases rose a shocking 300% in the first 3 months of 2019…

25 years after a lead mine closed in Kabwe, Zambia, children are still playing in contaminated soil, according to a new Human Rights Watch report, which calls out the government’s insufficient response.