Protests against police brutality against black Americans risk spreading COVID-19—but police violence is a public health crisis that cannot be ignored, either. “These two stories are linked. They are both public health stories. The link is systemic racism,…

While headlines highlight COVID-19’s disproportionate toll on black communities, few discuss the potential added dangers to black doctors and nurses who work in underserved minority communities. They are serving patients who often “can’t afford primary care physicians, use…

When hospitals are forced to ration lifesaving treatment, state policies—or lack thereof—could push COVID-19 patients with disabilities to the end of the line, according to the Center for Public Integrity.  

The loss of a spouse is devastating—all the more so if you are denied the rights that many couples take for granted. Chris Beyrer, the Desmond M. Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, shares the pain of…

While Tanzania’s president bowed to international pressure when he disavowed an official’s 2018 pledge to round up homosexuals and jail them for life, the country’s institutionalized homophobia hasn’t budged, Human Rights Watch warns.   On top of criminalizing homosexuality…

Overwhelming stress. Discrimination. Bullying and harassment.  

A Ugandan bill known as “Kill the Gays” that imposes the death penalty for homosexuality is expected to pass in parliament, according to a government minister. The proposed legislation also criminalizes those involved in advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights under “promotion and…

Punched. Mocked. Shouted at. Held down by force. These are some of the ways women remember childbirth, according to a new WHO-led Lancet study that interviewed over 2,600 women in Nigeria, Burma (Myanmar), Ghana and Guinea.

Renew Ganga, a pilot effort in India, has turned to Varanasi’s waste pickers to clean up the polluted Ganges River and keep plastic from reaching the ocean.   As it winds through India, the sacred river soaks up untreated sewage and trash, including ~1.2 billion pounds of…

While there’s general consensus among Arabic-speaking delegations to oppose discussion of gender identity or sexual orientation, a recent report reveals how some are breaking rank when savvy LGBTQ organizations approach the UN.