David Sanders, a renowned physician and public health researcher and supporter of rights-based health care, died on August 30.   Sanders, who saw socialist democracy as a path to a fairer, healthier world, passionately supported the fight for health rights in Zimbabwe, the…

Literary legend Toni Morrison died Monday at the age of 88, leaving an America still grappling with the crushing racism that her work unblinkingly exposed.  

Known for his biting satire that hilariously upended stereotypes of Africa, the Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina died yesterday in Nairobi, The Star reports. He was 48. Gay sex is illegal in Kenya, but Wainaina made the Nairobi suburbs his home, and documented his life as…

Swiss pediatrician Beat Richner, beloved by many in Cambodia for his devotion to treating the country’s poorest children, died September 9.   In 1992, he traveled to war-ravaged Cambodia and took over a Phnom Penh pediatric hospital that became known as the Angel Hospital.…

Kofi Annan, the widely-respected former UN secretary general, died unexpectedly this weekend after a short illness, PassBlue reports. He was 80 years old.

To those of us who knew Babatunde Osotimehin, MD, he was simply “Prof.” Yes, he had many distinguished titles in his career. At the time of his death, Babatunde was the 4th executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the under-secretary-general of the UN. He…

Babatunde Osotimehin, a giant in the fields of population and reproductive health and head of the United Nations Population Fund, died Sunday night at his home in West Harrison, New York.  

R. Bradley Sack, whose work combating diarrheal diseases helped avert millions of deaths, particularly among infants and children, died on April 24 at age 81 at his home in Maryland.   Sack—a longtime professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the…

The global health community is mourning the sudden loss of pioneering AIDS researcher and advocate Mark A. Wainberg.   Wainberg, a professor at McGill University and director of the McGill University AIDS Centre, died swimming in rough waters in Florida last week. He is…

Hans Rosling, the gifted global health and development communicator, statistician and educator who had a knack for explaining complex data simply, died yesterday after a yearlong illness, The Guardian reports.   The cause was pancreatic cancer, according to Quartz.