A disease of extreme poverty, rheumatic heart disease afflicts 40 million of the world’s most vulnerable people, the

Neglected tropical diseases—a group of parasitic, bacterial, and viral infections affecting more than 1.7 billion people globally—have held back human progress for millennia, disabling, debilitating, and causing early death if left untreated. Yet NTDs struggle to attract…

Poverty and unemployment caused by COVID-19 are likely making children more vulnerable to being recruited as child soldiers, 

During COVID-19’s onslaught in April 2020, an undocumented patient called our clinic seeking a COVID-19 test so that she could return to work. Further questioning revealed she’d recently developed a cough and fever, and that she works in close proximity to multiple people—…

COVID-19 has derailed global health and development by nearly every indicator—setting back vaccine coverage, for example, by 25 years in just 25 weeks, according to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s sobering new 

Like everything else, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts are happening remotely.

Government leaders are walking a knife’s edge between viral and economic catastrophe as public health experts warn that premature reopenings could lead to COVID-19 resurging.  The stakes are immense: COVID-19 may push 500 million into poverty, according to a new UN…

A Mexican community of just 5,000 people has the highest rate of kidney disease in the world—and young people bear the brunt, not their parents and grandparents.   The scourge in San Pedro Itzicán has been linked to rising contamination around Laka Chapala—a key water…

70% of countries tracked by the World Bank give unconditional cash handouts as part of their aid programs; 40% set conditions for those receiving cash.   Both have been shown to reduce poverty—but critics fear cash grants can backfire by, say, triggering inflation or…

Glaswegians have a 30% higher risk of dying before age 65 compared to people in other British cities. Suicide rates are 70% higher for them than Manchester and Liverpool residents. The phenomenon is known as the “Glasgow Effect.” Researchers have pored…