Melinda Gates believes helping women in developing countries access contraception could break the cycle of poverty for many.   The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which Gates leads with her husband, has invested more than $1 billion on family planning and will spend…

For Pakistan’s estimated 23-32 million slum dwellers, the inspiring story of 28-year-old Mohammad Sabir is a beacon of hope about overcoming one’s circumstances. As a child from a low caste he salvaged trash to support his family of 11, yet insisted on also attending…

Turning to the Internet to treat sexually transmitted infections may spare embarrassment, but online treatments are often sub-optimal or incorrect and contribute to antibiotic resistance. For example, effective treatment for gonorrhea—which affects 30,000 people in the UK—…

Well-intentioned global health students are streaming overseas for volunteer community service in poor countries.

Having sex in a swimming pool and drinking hot water are examples of contraceptive methods that some teenage Kenyan girls believe will work.     Their answers, writes Jane Otai, community health educator with Jhpiego, reflect the dire need to better understand what drives…

Duke University has worked with Kenyan partners to develop a sustainable, multi-faceted cardiovascular care program at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret, Kenya—with great success.  The cardiac care unit admits nearly 300 patients annually and the cardiac…

Seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens could arouse your scientific impulse.  Michael Greshko serves up some surprising examples of research studies, from plasma physics to psychology, inspired by the saga. Pulling on pop-culture can be a surprisingly effective teaching tool.

Just as the need rises for infectious diseases specialists who address problems like antibiotic resistance and Ebola, interest may be waning—judging by the fact that 117 of 335 infectious diseases fellowships in the US went unfilled on Match Day this month. One issue is a…

Nahla Abdel Tawab, Country Director of Population Council-Egypt, is demanding the introduction of reproductive health education to Egypt’s school curricula. The Survey of Young People in 2014, which included 10,000 young men and women aged 13-35, reports shocking results:

The number of highly educated people leaving Sub-Saharan Africa to work abroad nearly doubled in a decade, a study reveals. In total, 13% of all degree holders from sub-Saharan Africa emigrated—the highest proportion of any region around the world.