Uncorrected vision impairment takes an outsized toll on women in low- and middle-income countries. The hazards of traditional roles are part of the reason—such as hygiene risks of child care and open-flame cooking, which can lead to trachoma. 80% of cases of advanced…

Not much is known about efforts to address antimicrobial resistance—an issue that a new Global Research and Development Hub will tackle.   First conceptualized in 2017, the hub—based in and funded by Germany—consists of a 5-person team initially focused on creating a…

As many as 1 billion in India live in areas lacking adequate water—yet the country is the world’s third largest groundwater exporter, a report published today by WaterAid reveals.  

Health outcomes are not looking up for the largest demographic in history: 10- to 24-year-olds, found new research calling for major investments in adolescent health.   In low-income countries young people make up 30% of the population, but command under 2% of health…

It’s time to shake up global health training courses that emphasize downstream individual approaches and neglect the upstream drivers of health inequities, according to a team of authors led by Tolu Oni from South Africa’s University of Cape Town.   They call for a…

Safe surgery and anesthesia are increasingly recognized as a crucial element of universal health care in low- and middle-income countries.

Measles infections are projected to double this year compared to 2018, hitting rich and poor countries alike, the WHO reported yesterday. The UN is calling on member states to close vaccination gaps as far-flung measles outbreaks spread. 

Using the make-do “MacGyver” method, emergency physician Thomas Burke designed a lifesaving kit to stop deadly postpartum hemorrhage—which causes 1 in 3 maternal deaths. His low-tech “uterine balloon tamponade” has been deployed thousands of times and boasts a 97% survival…

The condemned CRISPR baby experiment could be an example of “ethics dumping.” This egregious research practice occurs when studies based in countries with stricter regulations (which are typically wealthier) are conducted in countries with more lax rules (which are…

Neglected tropical diseases affect almost 50% of Africa’s population. But how is the continent faring in the fight against the debilitating slate of diseases? A new “league table” tracking progress and setbacks is set to be presented at the African Union Summit in Ethiopia…