Vaccines are a touchy subject. For some, vaccine mandates symbolize government overreach and prompt anxiety and avoidance, according to Heidi Larson. Add in cultural and religious complexities, and the potential of vaccine programs is limited. Amazing progress has occurred…

The Philippines has halted a dengue immunization campaign after a drug manufacturer announced its flagship vaccine could make the disease worse in people not previously infected. The alarm was raised after an 11-year-old boy with congenital heart disease died after…

Marvin C. Masalunga, a doctor in the Philippines who gave up far more lucrative prospects to serve rural communities, is next up in GHN’s Q&A series highlighting 120 Under 40 leaders.

As the wealth gap in the Philippines steadily grows, leaders in poor communities are educating their neighbors about the importance of immunization. Childhood immunization rates in the Philippines have fallen due to stock-outs, poverty and long queues at health centers.   “…

The Philippine government’s war on drugs has overshadowed another harrowing problem: increased incidence of HIV, in what the WHO calls one of the fastest growing epidemics in the world.   4 underlying factors are driving the spike, writes author Alex Adia. Filipinos are…

It’s one thing to read about Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal antidrug campaign. It’s another thing indeed to see its effects on human beings.   New York Times photojournalist Daniel Berehulak spent 35 days in Manila, documenting 57 homicide victims. His images…

More than 1/2 the world’s 7.4 billion people live in urban areas. And 800 million of those urban dwellers don’t have access to an adequate sanitation system, including safe, private toilets. Such circumstances encourage outbreaks of diseases, including cholera.

Despite trending global declines, HIV infection rates in the Philippines have increased by more than 25% from 2001 to 2011. “Increasing infections among injecting drug users combined with low condom use and high fertility rates have health experts worried about ‘downstream…

As new cases of HIV have declined worldwide, they are on the rise in the Philippines, where in the last decade has the disease taken off. Injection drug use with unclean needles is driving an HIV epidemic in hard-hit Cebu City, with needle sharing accounting for 74% of the…