Sheri Fink’s heartbreaking account of how Hurricane Harvey overwhelmed Houston's emergency response services brings home the urgent need to discuss and draw lessons from the storm.   In riveting detail, she describes how the breakdown unfolded, and how a series of decisions…

CAPE TOWN—With a dozen empty plastic water jugs slung over her shoulders, Rukayah Salie hurries across a busy road in Muizenberg just outside of Cape Town, South Africa and joins the thirsty Capetonians queued up to collect free, clean drinking water from the roadside tap…

The rains subsided today, but rescue workers are still at work in Kerala, India, following the area’s worst flooding in nearly a century.  

People still think of India’s Bhopal tragedy, when 40 tons of a toxic gas spewed from the Union Carbide factory, as one tragic night in December 1984, writes Apoorva Mandavilli—but the disaster is still unfolding.   The leak, Mandavilli writes, divided Bhopal’s residents…

As the world holds its breath for the boys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, more boys were freed in a second rescue operation. As of 8:00 a.m. EST this morning, CNN reported that a total of 8 boys had been brought out, leaving 5 boys and their coach still to be…

Attacks on healthcare services are a cruel reality of today's violent conflicts.

A gunman killed 5 people yesterday in Annapolis, Maryland at the Capital Gazette newspaper. Our hearts go out to the families and victims of America’s continuing tragedy of gun violence.

The White House wants to slash the ranks of the uniformed public health corps by 40%—reducing the corps of 6500 doctors, nurses, engineers and others to 4000.  The administration would replace members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps with civilians who…

Despite a 2016 UN Resolution protecting health professionals from attacks and threats, modern anti-terror laws in many states are misused to cast healthcare as a form of support to the enemy, leaving providers vulnerable to prosecution.

Vital humanitarian aid is at risk for hundreds of thousands of people living in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah as a Saudi-led coalition lays siege to the rebel-held port city.  80% of aid materials such as medicine, fuel and food enter Yemen through Hodeidah; to the…