After surviving the earthquake in Nepal, Melody Schreiber of the International Reporting Project describes what locals are up against in one of the poorest and least-developed countries in the world. Even before the quake, the numbers were stark: One-quarter of the…

Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) has dropped out of the World Humanitarian Summit, scheduled to take place in Istanbul later this month, saying it has “lost its way.”

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador over the weekend, killing at least 272—and the death toll is likely to rise. The quake—the country’s most devastating in 40 years—hit in a sparsely populated coastal area around 100 miles west from the capital, Quito. But many people…

If you have an emergency in Jakarta, you can dial 1-1-8—Jakarta’s 911. But it’s iffy whether an ambulance will be able to get to you in time. In this city of 10 million people, over 1,000 died in traffic accidents in 2010 (2x as many as Seoul); thousands more died of heart…

Following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown in Japan in March 2011, the Japanese government screened the thyroids of Fukushima children and found 1/2 of the 300,476 screened showed thyroid abnormalities. 

Record-busting Cyclone Winston hit Fiji late Saturday, killing at least 21 people, flattening and flooding remote villages. Fiji faces a daunting cleanup, and aid agencies warned of the possibility of a broad health crisis, as the massive storm wiped out food supplies and…

The announcement yesterday by President Obama that he will seek $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight Zika shouldn’t have surprised anyone, argues Amanda Glassman in the Center for Global Development blog.

Writer Cathy Shufro traveled to Vietnam to investigate why 1.2 million people die in traffic crashes every year—most in developing countries. That number is predicted to surge to 1.9 million by 2020 unless there are interventions, she reports. In fact, globally, traffic…

As the window of political opportunity following the West African Ebola epidemic rapidly closes, “International institutions are poised to make one of the most momentous decisions about the future of global health security since the formation of the World Health…

El Niño looms, and threatens to spur epidemics of Rift Valley fever, break bone fever and even snakebites.