It was January of 1925, and Nome’s children were dying. Diphtheria had struck the Alaskan town, but the curative serum the local doctor needed was in Nenana, nearly 700 miles away.

War-weary South Sudanese women trying to reach Uganda’s refugee camps often faced a second wave of attacks along the way—sexual violence. Rape has been a defining part of the civil war that has collapsed South Sudan, writes Pulitzer Center fellow Amanda Sperber, driving…

Wealthy, conservative European microstates like Monaco and San Marino—born of antiquated politics—are among the last in the EU without abortion rights. Despite the Council of Europe’s proclamation that abortion is a human right, most microstates criminalize abortion even in…

Women everywhere can face obstacles to breastfeeding. In conflict zones, it can be near impossible.   Many young mothers have lost their mothers and grandmothers, losing critical sources of knowledge. Stress factors in, too. “When you are living in a stressful environment,…

The UN is investigating claims that Russian and Syrian forces used location information on humanitarian sites to bomb hospitals and civilian facilities, The Washington Post reports.

Suicide is on the rise among Yazidis struggling to cope with the unspeakable trauma inflicted at the hands of the Islamic State, who descended on their people some 5 years ago, killing and enslaving thousands.    Since April, Médecins Sans Frontières has recorded 20…

Planned Parenthood ousted president Leana Wen yesterday after just 8 months on the job amid clashes relating to her management style and the direction of the organization.   The move comes as America’s largest reproductive rights group stands to lose $60 million a year in…

Political violence following the collapse of Omar al-Bashir's regime in April 2019 is straining Sudan’s fragile health and emergency services. But Sudan has the resources and leaders, including experienced medical professionals needed to strengthen the system, says a group…

Amnesty International called on the UN to investigate the deaths of thousands in the Philippines under President Duterte’s “war on drugs,” saying in a report released today the killings of mostly poor people amount to crimes against humanity.  

Previous counts greatly underestimated those living in conflict zones who suffer from mental disorders, new WHO estimates published in The Lancet reveal.   More than 1 in 5 live with some form of mental disorder, from mild depression to psychosis; nearly 1 in 10 have a…