The Middle East’s 580 million people are facing sharp increases in chronic disease. The death rate from diabetes, for example, increased by 216% from 1990 to 2015, according to articles in the International Journal of Public Health.  During the same period, violent deaths…

Tilapia lake virus is affecting huge populations of both open water and farmed fish in Colombia, Ecuador, Egpyt and Israel. And in Thailand, 90% of farmed stock were decimated.While TiLV is not transferrable to humans, tilapia is a prevalent source of protein for rural…

A brutal heat wave in the Middle East may be a harbinger of worse water scarcity and temperatures almost too hot for human survival, climate scientists warn. In Baghdad, the number of days with temperatures at 118 degrees or higher has more than doubled in recent years. As…

Scorched by drought just a few years ago, Israel embraced desalination to go from water shortage to surplus. Desalination filters saltwater through membranes, leaving larger salt molecules, but biofouling—when seawater microorganisms clog the membrane’s pores—has challenged…

A new series of household surveys in Morocco will collect valuable information on noncommunicable diseases (NCD) risk factors, to inform policy and funding. Health data collectors will survey adult residents on tobacco use (a major issue in Morocco), alcohol consumption,…

To support Syria’s embattled surgeons, international NGOs and doctors have created an underground support network for surgeons in Syria. They’ve equipped hospitals with Go-Pro cameras to allow surgeons abroad to guide Syrian doctors through surgeries and help monitor…

 Saudi Arabia and Qatar are rich in oil—but their public health systems are weak and broken. 10 Bloomberg School and Ernst & Young health researchers embarked on a study of public health systems in the 2 countries, sparked by the realization that in all of the Gulf…

The destructive path of war means that many children living in conflict-riddled areas miss out on their vaccines. In fact, nearly 2/3 of children who haven’t received basic immunizations live in war-torn countries, according to UNICEF, marking World Immunization Week with…

Produce grown in soil irrigated with reclaimed wastewater exposed consumers to drugs, a study in Israel showed, prompting concern over the increasing use of the practice in times of water scarcity.

The reemergence of a cutaneous leishmaniasis epidemic, fueled by population displacement, is a little-discussed consequence of the Syrian conflict. Up until 1960, prevalence of the sand-fly transmitted disease was limited to 2 endemic areas. Around 2010, pre-conflict…