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…

Child car seat manufacturer Evenflo marketed its Big Kid booster seat as “side-impact tested,” even though it posed deadly safety risks.A flawed regulatory system meant the company “could make up its own test, and pass itself.”   “The company’s test bar was…

Over 15+ years, Kenya received $72.5 million from the US government to build up its blood safety and transfusion program “nearly from scratch.”   But that funding has tapered off and dried up—and the Kenyan government hasn’t budgeted to fill the gap this year, leaving…

Countries should fight public health threats with the same vigor they use to tackle terrorism, WHO warns in a roundup of the top health challenges of the next decade.   Highlights from the list (in no particular order): 

California’s fast-moving wildfires are sending plumes of smoke and particulates over urban areas, triggering air quality alerts and other public health warnings, Vox reports.   Millions of people in Los Angeles and the Bay Area risk breathing difficulties because of the…

Unprecedented flooding has displaced or affected nearly 1 million people in South Sudan, Deutsche Welle reports.   No hospital, surgeon, no cold chain. That’s the reality in the worst-affected areas, MSF reports.  

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.

The WHO expressed grave concern over the humanitarian health catastrophe unfolding as the Turkish military pushes into Kurdish-controlled areas in northeast Syria.  The Numbers:

In the developed world, Google and Apple Maps may seem to have just about every inch of ground covered—but huge swaths of the globe remain digitally unmapped, posing huge challenges to disaster response.   Why the map gap? Digital mapping projects are propped up by ad sales…

Hurricane Dorian, one of the strongest storms the Atlantic has seen, left 1,300 people missing and health care facilities operating on a shoestring—if at all.   At Cooper’s Town Community—which is both a local hangout and a sorely needed health resource on on Great Abaco…