Latin America has some of the highest rates of violence against women—and university campuses are far from immune.     A lack formal reporting protocol—or an unwillingness to enforce policies—has long enabled a “culture of machismo” that allows bad actors to maintain…

Throughout the US, it’s legal for medical students to perform pelvic exams on unconscious women without obtaining explicit consent. Legal frameworks vary. Some teaching hospitals have implied consent while other institutions have hazy policies allowing physicians to…

Immigrant children held by the Office of Refugee Resettlement receive mandatory therapy sessions. In 2018, ORR agreed to share information with ICE, including therapists' notes that could become “prosecutorial weapons” in court filings. Minors who admit to witnessing gang…

The loss of a spouse is devastating—all the more so if you are denied the rights that many couples take for granted. Chris Beyrer, the Desmond M. Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, shares the pain of…

During a historic 2015 outbreak, HIV incidence rates in Austin, Indiana—population 4,000—exceeded those in sub-Saharan Africa.    Why?   Spiraling opioid use—and a slow uptake on needle exchanges that, according to one study, could have slashed Austin’s HIV incidence by 90…

As Syrian government-led forces close their grip on Idlib—the last rebel-held enclave—they are pushing hundreds of thousands of Syrians into cold, overcrowded camps, Al Jazeera reports

South Sudan buried years of reports detailing the dire health problems that coincide with the oil operations that prop up the young nation’s economy.   Birth deformities have spiraled since oil production began. People die of “unknown diseases”; babies are born with six…

At 49%, Indonesia’s rate of female circumcision is the third highest in the world—despite laws banning the practice.   What keeps it going? In Indonesia, female genital mutilation is rooted as much in family tradition as in religion, according to new research from Gajah…

Eastern Africa is dreading the hatching of a new generation of locusts that stands to be 500% larger than the swarms that swept the region earlier this year.   Tens of millions of people in the region already face extreme hunger—and the swarms wreak havoc on crops,…

Compared to white women, American Indian and Alaska Natives are more than 2X as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes.   And Native women in urban areas—where there’s better access to care—fare no better than those on rural reservations.