Venezuela’s descent into disaster is spreading health concerns to neighboring countries, NPR’s Jason Beaubien reports.   A measles outbreak that started in Venezuela in 2017 has spilled over into Brazil, and cases are popping up in Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile and…

The percentage of Indonesians with Type 2 diabetes has doubled in the last few decades. An estimated 16 million adults are now affected, but doctors there are especially worried about youth, fearing many cases remain undiagnosed.   A core challenge is getting primary care…

Measles is making its mark with several simultaneous outbreaks in disparate hotspots. Madagascar is experiencing its worst measles outbreak in decades, with over 50,000 cases since October 2018 and 300+ deaths—most of them children, CNN reports. There, most families want…

When writer Wendy Muperi went undercover in Harare, Zimbabwe, she found a slew of underground options—from pills to herbal remedies—promising to end her fake pregnancy at a fraction of a doctor’s fee. Such services are the only abortion option for many women in Zimbabwe.…

Venezuela may have lost 2 decades of progress against infant mortality. With its health system collapsing, Venezuela is now the only South American country to see infant mortality rates return to 1990s levels, according to a new report published in The Lancet Global Health.

Before Hannah McNeish began her research on hemophilia care in Kenya, she expected to write a medical story. Factor concentrates—the medications used to treat the blood disorder—were an important part of the story, but she found much more. 

MURANGA, KENYA – Jane Mugasha only learned about hemophilia 8 years ago after nearly losing a patient who had come to her hospital for a routine circumcision. “When we tried to dress the wound, the boy would keep on bleeding and bleeding and we did not know what to do,”…

NAIROBI, KENYA – After months of traversing Kenya on buses to get a bruised and constantly bleeding baby to the country’s best hospitals, and after lost tests, delayed results, and wrong diagnoses, Maureen Miruka finally learned in 2001 that her son had hemophilia.

Why do patients drop out of HIV treatment services in Zambia? Using their own words, and those of health workers, aidsmap lays out 10 reasons, as revealed by the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia. The investigation, published in BMJ Global Health, found that…

WASHINGTON, DC—The day that Christy Turlington Burns became a mother is the day she became a maternal health advocate, she shared at a recent gathering of public health advocates.