The number of people displaced within their own countries has reached a record high of 41.3 million worldwide, according to a report released yesterday by the Norwegian Refugee Council. That figure—which far exceeds the number of refugees—has risen by over a million since…

Before Cyclone Fani pummeled one of India’s poorest states on Friday, authorities in Odisha deployed everything they had. 2.6 million texts, 43,000 volunteers, 1,000 emergency workers, sirens, TV commercials, a 5-page action plan. The messaging was simple and relentless: “A…

A couple months after a November wildfire devastated Paradise, California, resident Kyla Awalt’s insurance company told her it was time to move back home.   But the town still has no potable water; preliminary tests indicate the fire contaminated pipelines with cancer-…

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:

Elise Mann knows the roads in rural Malawi—and they are about as inhospitable to aid delivery as possible. With Malawi and neighboring countries in Cyclone Idai’s wake facing a Herculean recovery mission, the rough roads highlight another fundamental global health need, the…

The UN has declared Cyclone Idai a level 3 emergency, putting it on par with Yemen, Syria and South Sudan, the World Food Programme announced Friday.

The crushing Cyclone Idai that tore through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi last week has killed 300 people so far and left 15,000 in need of rescue from roofs and treetops. The flooding left “inland oceans” trapping survivors and washing away roads, and a dire shortage of…

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…

The devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake left tens of thousands dead and 1.5 million homeless. Thousands of bodies were buried in Titanyen—a notorious dumping ground for bodies. But after the dead were buried, the lively new community of Canaan arose. With the area around…

South Asia is a dynamic, fast growing region home to almost a quarter of the world’s population—and a complex health landscape. Bringing together authors from 5 South Asian countries, a new collection of BMJ articles takes the temperature on the region’s health landscape—…