The 2014 Ebola outbreak exposed some harsh realities—not least that clinical research into Ebola therapeutics and vaccines hadn’t advanced far enough to stop the devastation in West Africa.

The tragic consequences of the play-it-by-ear response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak has world leaders planning ahead.   The World Bank held its 4th pandemic simulation of the year at its annual meeting, reflecting increasing concern over the ever-faster, more aggressive…

A dearth of comprehensive and reliable data on Africa thwarts successful innovation and development in that continent, says Ayo Ajayi, Africa Director for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.   According to the World Bank, between 2000 and 2009, 26 countries in sub-…

Children, especially those under 5, are more likely to live in extreme poverty than adults, a new joint analysis by the World Bank Group and UNICEF reports. The study, “Ending Extreme Poverty: A Focus on Children,” crunched numbers from 89 countries to reveal that close to…

Linking extreme poverty and stunting among children to poorer educational outcomes and earnings as adults, researchers said that failing to invest in early child development is blocking about 250 million children globally from reaching their potential—cutting their future…

Despite overwhelming evidence that mental illness poses an enormous disease burden, mental disorders and addiction are treated very differently than other health problems. A World Bank Group and WHO event aims to address the disparities and make mental health a central…

The challenge: How to encourage impoverished mothers in the village of Tritriva, Madagascar, to spend their food money on something besides rice. To help the village’s chronically malnourished children, World Bank researchers are applying nudge theory. Based on behavioral…