As far back as 4 AD, Egyptians mixed crushed rock salt, mint, dried iris flower and pepper to fashion the world’s first documented toothpaste.

The Global Fund’s “Special Initiative on Value for Money and Financial Sustainability” aims to provide a needed framework for donors and countries to navigate a shifting landscape of donor aid for health.   As countries like Brazil, Ukraine and Indonesia transition toward…

When the Montana Supreme Court ruled last August that the city of Missoula could buy its own water system for $88.6 million, it was the conclusion of a years-long, David-and-Goliath battle between city leaders and one of Wall Street’s wealthiest private-equity firms, the…

To move forward with new development goals, the global health community must assess whether or not previous Millennium Development Goals made a difference. A new Brookings study by researchers John McArthur and Krista Rasmussen says the outcomes of the MDGs have been mixed…

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…

The refugee and migrant crisis, progress towards the sustainable development goals, climate change and global health were all top issues at last week’s UN General Assembly meeting. Yet the continent most affected by these—Africa—had little say, writes Sekou Toure Otondi, a…

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation has created an index that measures countries’ progress toward the UN’s much-publicized Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Working with SDG administrators, researchers at the institute synthesized several dozen health…

Where does economic development end and humanitarian aid begin? This is just one of the questions explored in a wide-ranging profile of World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. Kim’s belief that the Bank should actively address issues like pandemics, childhood malnutrition and…

Philippe Guinot, Senegal country leader for the international health organization PATH, has watched warily as a rising wave of isolationism travels around the globe. Particularly in the wake of Great Britain’s vote to exit the European Union, Guinot worries that…