Hospitals facing a possible need for 5X to 10X the number of beds they have. Doctors and nurses resorting to bandanas because they lack masks. Refrigerated trucks outside hospitals holding the dead. It’s been more than a century since the US health care system has faced…

Globally, deaths from congenital heart disease (the world’s most common birth defect) have declined 34.5% since 1990. But better diagnosis and treatments driving the improvement aren’t evenly accessible. 

Escalating violence has triggered an “unprecedented” mass exodus of Syrians, raising grave concerns about access to health care and the spread of diseases.   Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been forced to flee since the start of December which, coupled with violence,…

Opioid makers teamed up with a tech company to create a computer pop-up alert system designed to maximize—and extend—prescriptions to the addictive painkillers, a government investigation revealed this week, Los Angeles Times reports.  

Designing new health care facilities finds its exemplar in an old tuberculosis hospital. Without a cure for TB, doctors prescribed bed rest, clean air, and sunshine. So, the 87-year-old Paimio Sanatorium in Finland was designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto to be “an instrument…

Nigeria is hemorrhaging doctors to countries with better infrastructure, less corruption, and bigger bankrolls for competitive salaries. More than half of Nigeria’s 75,000 doctors practice abroad. Those who stay grapple with frequent power cuts, paltry…

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Universal Health Coverage is a nation’s promise to its people that health is a fundamental right. And on UHC Day today, the focus is on leaders keeping the promises they made in September at the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC in a political declaration on UHC—the most…

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, celebrating its 30th anniversary today, is has led to remarkable strides but not complete success, UNICEF reports.

The WHO and the African Union inked a historic agreement to deepen their collaboration and advance vital health goals in Geneva today.   The agreement, which follows on the political declaration on universal health coverage approved by member states at the UN in September,…