Battered by 3 major wars since 1980, Iraq has seen its life expectancy fluctuate dramatically: 58 years in 1999 to 63 in 2001 and 58 in 2005 and more recently 72 in 2011 before trending down to 69 in 2015, according to WHO data. Since 2014 when ISIS seized territory in…

A 2-year program designed to mentor science journalists and improve science coverage in Africa launched this month, funded by the African Academy of Scientists and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and African journalist associations.“Science is a…

NEW YORK—Exploring the role businesses can play tackling some of the world's thorniest challenges, the Bloomberg Global Business Forum is underway at the Plaza Hotel. Hosted during the UN General Assembly in New York, the forum convenes top government and business leaders…

This contest is now closed, and the winners have been announced here. Keep an eye out for our announcement for next year's contest, and get your ideas ready! If you know of an important global health story that’s been overlooked by the media and deserves special…

Last week, thousands of people descended on New York City for the opening of the 72nd General Session of the UN. Later in the week, a delegation of 30 from North Carolina’s Carrboro High, led by teacher Matthew Cone, will join them. It marks Cone’s third trip to the UN…

The world is not on track to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals for health and poverty, Bill and Melinda Gates warn in a Goalkeepers report released today.

Brazil’s periphery regions, once called favelas—which loosely translates to shantytown or slum—have gained access to health resources through a scale-up of the country’s primary health care strategy: Unidades de Saúde da Família (USF), or Family Health Units.   These…

Increasingly common extreme weather events like drought, cyclones, floods and extreme heat are taking a toll on India’s cities—but nowhere are people more vulnerable than in the country’s densely populated urban slums.   About 65 million people are estimated to live in such…

The Aspen Institutes invites nominations for a year-long, non-resident program for development professionals from the developing world. Fellows will receive training in media skills, communication and leadership to empower them to share their perspectives with an…

Despite President Trump’s proposals to slash international health and development funding, Bill Gates is optimistic about US support for Africa.The drastic cuts won’t happen but there still may be some reductions, Gates said in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, following recent…