Pakistan’s human rights minister, Shireen Mazari, marked Human Rights Day today with a tweet professing Pakistan’s support–just days after expelling 18 aid groups from the country for allegedly spreading disinformation.  

Western countries pluck many of Nigeria’s best doctors for plum jobs, leaving retired nurses, community health workers, and newly graduated doctors do the heavy lifting in public hospitals.   African countries have spent $4.6 billion to educate doctors hired by the UK, US,…

A Lancet Commission is calling for a “revolution” after an assessment of care in LMICs revealed that more people are dying from poor quality care than lack of access—a key objective driving UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Black men are far more likely to make preventive health choices if the recommendations come from a black doctor, according to a revealing analysis of patient/doctor visits published by the National Bureau for Economic Research.

Americans living with hemophilia (mostly men, as the genetic condition affects the X chromosome) have to live with care, prioritizing their safety and ability to pay for costly medical support. A single fall or bump can lead to a life-threatening bleed and medical bills can…

A growing elderly population in sub-Saharan Africa points to improved health care but presents a new quandary: coverage for elders. Regional life expectancy rose by 20 years since 1960, guaranteeing a growing elderly population requiring unique care. Rural clinics and…

There are any number of “voices” in a patient’s treatment plan—the doctor, insurance and drug companies, legal teams, etc.—each with certain priorities.   These competing interests “contribute to the seeming inexorable rise in healthcare costs (and a host of adverse…

Singapore’s health care system, revered for its quality care, low cost and balance of public and private services, has 2 secret ingredients: mandatory health savings and plenty of government regulation, according to Aaron E. Carroll and Austin Frakt, editors of the…

Brazil’s periphery regions, once called favelas—which loosely translates to shantytown or slum—have gained access to health resources through a scale-up of the country’s primary health care strategy: Unidades de Saúde da Família (USF), or Family Health Units.   These…

The documentary “Bending the Arc” examines the thorny question of who will pay for health care for the poor. Drawing on archival footage and photographs, the film follows the young idealists who in 1987 founded Partners in Health, a group that included physician Paul Farmer…