The world’s poorest 40% have made significant economic progress in recent years, according to a new report from UNDP and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative.  

Children in rural, low-income regions of Alaska are 5-6 times more likely to experience hearing loss than other US children. Worse, it’s preventable. Susan Emmett of Duke University is working with the Hearing Norton Sound project to use Alaska’s thriving telemedicine…

The pressure to excel in school affects students around the world—but for a new generation of ambitious girls in India the pressure is particularly acute. Good grades are “like hard currency for someone who’s poor,” said Safeena Husain. At the Skoll World Forum, the Educate…

A $2,000 handheld ultrasound device is useful for doctors anywhere. But in poor countries where CT and MRI scanners are scarce, emergency medicine specialist William A. Cherniak has big plans for the Butterfly iQ. The electric shaver-sized device is used mainly to check for…

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.