Birth certificates are a ticket to ride … they unlock a host of social services, as Philip Setel, a Vital Strategies vice president and director of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics improvement program explained at a Data for Health convening last week.

Road traffic injuries (RTIs)—90% of which occur in low- and middle-income countries—are a preventable tragedy, and a hindrance to economic growth and developing countries’ overall welfare, according to a new data roundup.

The Philippines’ hardline policy against illegal drugs may be facilitating transmission of HIV, which has increased by 220% over the last 5 years.  

Surging methamphetamine use in Asia has encouraged governments to embrace get tough drugs policies that may make the situation worse. The Philippines has embarked on a bloody "war on drugs" that has led to at least 2,400 deaths in just 2 months. Indonesia has resumed the…