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…

Global birth rates have been falling since the 1980s. So why, in some African countries, did they creep up 20 years later? Perhaps because of 1980s austerity, say researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

Reams of research show that diverse groups delving into topics they care about perform better. Yet, underrepresented and often the subject of suspicion, many minority students feel out of place in the biomedical field—and leave. Hispanics, African-Americans and Native…

Jaime Sepulveda lives global health. A veteran of senior health posts in Mexico’s government and a leadership position at the Gates Foundation, Sepulveda designed Mexico’s universal vaccination program and founded the country’s National AIDS Council. (An HIV/AIDS clinic in…

Retiring baby boomers could strip the governmental health workforce by over a quarter in coming years—a tough gap to fill amid ever-growing competition from the private sector.

Q&A with Course Creators Mija-Tesse Ververs and Gilbert Burnham Noticing people in East Africa fishing with bednets intended to prevent malaria prompted Mija-Tesse Ververs, a public health expert specialized in humanitarian crises, to think about the need for all…

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.