The world faces a “potentially catastrophic” shortage of nurses, the International Council of Nurses warns, marking the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife,Nursing Times reports.  

The WHO has approved a biosimilar version of Herceptin—a “cheap copy” of the gamechanging breast cancer drug.    Herceptin targets HER2+ breast cancer and is considered an “essential medicine,” but its price tag—$20k per patient—is prohibitive.    A disproportionate number…

Global cholera cases plummeted 60% in 2018, according to the WHO’s latest numbers.   The progress is a credit to great strides in endemic countries like Zambia, Bangladesh, and Somalia. Many countries developed national action plans under aglobal roadmap designed in 2017 to…

Nigeria is battling a spike in yellow fever, with 2019 cases triple last year’s numbers, according to a WHO update.   So far this year, nearly 4,200 suspected cases have been recorded across the country’s 36 states. The country has been battling outbreaks of the disease…

Malaysia launched a vaccination campaign on Borneo Island after confirming a case of polio in a 3-month-old boy Friday—the country’s first case since 1992,AFP reports.  

WHO hatched a plan last year to defeat cervical cancer worldwide. To track progress toward that ambitious goal, researchers published updated numbers on the disease’s toll in the Lancet Global Health.   Here’s what they found:

Ebola is named after the Ebola River. Marburg virus after a German university town. Legionnaires’ Disease was coined after an outbreak at an American Legion convention.   These nicknames may roll off the tongue—but they can also “provoke a backlash against members of…

The Ebola response has been scaled back as machete-wielding militants terrorize Beni in eastern DRC—an outbreak hotspot, Amy Maxmen reports.  77 people have been killed in the recent violence.   UN staffers were evacuated after protesters—angry that the…

What worries WHO Director General Tedros more than anything else? The flu. A global pandemic is “not a matter of if but when,” says Tedros. An outbreak like the one that occurred 100 years ago could have a much broader impact with globalization.  Tedros called on countries…

The world will miss some targets in the fight against NTDs, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the Emirates News Agency—tempering expectations ahead of the Reaching the Last Mile forum now underway in Abu Dhabi.