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…

Michigan's woefully slow response to astronomical lead levels in Flint's drinking water "radicalized" local pediatrician Hanna-Attisha, she writes. The debt-ridden city switched its water supply to cut costs, and officials ignored the attendant lead disaster. So she…

This weekend, Italy’s new government turned away a ship carrying over 600 rescued migrants making the deadly Mediterranean crossing, including unaccompanied minors and pregnant women. An estimated 785 migrants have died on the route this year. The Aquarius, run by Doctors…

UN agencies and Burma’s government hammered out text for an MoU paving the way for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, UNCHR reported yesterday.