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 

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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…

Marechal Rondon, a favela in Salvador, Brazil, isn’t an easy place to live. Its 20,000 residents struggle with poverty, poor sanitation, rats, and drug gangs.  Working with local people, the international Urban Health Programme is mapping the scale—and locations—of the…

President Trump’s proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could save $9.3 billion over 5 years. Critics say low-income working families and elderly people would be hit hardest.  

The world’s poorest 40% have made significant economic progress in recent years, according to a new report from UNDP and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative.  

Baltimore’s legacy of segregation, high poverty rates and massive socio-economic disparities means the toll of opioids is especially acute in the city's black communities. Overdose deaths in the 1990s prompted the state of Maryland and Baltimore to expand access to…