Prison and police services in Basra, Iraq are stretched to the brink as scores of dealers and users are put behind bars, most of them unemployed and under 25. Crystal meth is the dominant drug. The city’s massive oil wealth stands in stark contrast to its poor living…

The UN needs to recognize that Venezuela is in the throes of a full-scale humanitarian emergency and lead the response, according to recommendations in a new report from Human Rights Watch.  

The European Union is “trapping refugees in ‘unsustainable, ineffective and dangerous’ conditions, a group of 25 NGOs charged in an open letter to European letters shared by Amnesty International.  

In the wake of Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquake—which left 22,000 injured—the country has embraced a more inclusive, rights-based approach to disability. In Kathmandu, people with disabilities choose from a growing roster of rehab centers offering services like…

Over 22,000 medical professionals fled Venezuela from 2012-2017 and sought jobs in other Latin American countries. The influx of specialists in places like Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and Peru has helped address critical gaps in care—patients in poorer or rural communities…

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.…

Cambodia’s acid attack victims face lifelong pain—with little hope of justice or recovery given deep flaws in the legal and health care systems.   Human Rights Watch tracked 17 cases of violent attacks using acid from 2013-2017, and learned that perpetrators rarely go to…

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is launching an internal investigation after a trove of anonymous emails alleged that racism, sexism and corruption are rife at the UN agency. The laundry list of complaints sent to top WHO directors included “systemic racial…

The interests of pregnant women must be addressed in the fight against Lassa fever, urge a trio of bioethicists.  

Afghans are among “the worst victims of the failed war on drugs,” but the nearly 3 million people addicted to drugs in the country are seen as a societal nuisance and government shelters are scarce.   But at Mother Camp, hundreds of people receive free help each year,…