Known for his biting satire that hilariously upended stereotypes of Africa, the Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina died yesterday in Nairobi, The Star reports. He was 48. Gay sex is illegal in Kenya, but Wainaina made the Nairobi suburbs his home, and documented his life as…

Yesterday Alabama lawmakers passed the most restrictive abortion law in America, banning virtually all abortions with no exceptions for victims of rape and incest. Clashing with federal court rulings, Alabama’s law allows only abortions needed to save a mother’s life.   The…

Before the US FDA greenlit the world’s first dengue vaccine last week, Dengvaxia made headlines for a deployment in the Philippines that led to criminal charges. After its 2016 rollout, concerns emerged that the embattled vaccine given to 100,000 Philippine children could…

A month after Cyclone Idai hit southern Africa, killing more than 1,000 and leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, the suffering continues. The Numbers, according to Reuters:

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.…