Big data is taking center stage at the Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm this week.   Attendees will seek ways to reduce road fatalities and injuries—now the top killer of 5-29-year-olds—by half by 2030, WHO reported.  

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…

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…

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: