The most chilling refrain from Hurricane Harvey survivors: “the water is rising.”  

On 2 continents, catastrophic flooding has led to unprecedented destruction and a death toll that promises to rise.

About 40 million people in Bangladesh—1/4 of the population—are exposed to drinking water containing arsenic, leading to as many as 43,000 deaths each year.   But this public health crisis, considered one of the world’s largest, is little known outside of scientific circles…

Sierra Leone’s devastating mudslides, which killed about 400 people and rendered more than 3,000 homeless, raise critical questions about the underlying causes. To identify lessons that could avert future disasters, the Thomson Reuters Foundation turned to aid organizations…

Torrential flooding created mudslides in Freetown, Sierra Leone yesterday, killing hundreds and trapping many more, reported Jaime Yaya Barry for the New York Times. The city’s inadequate drainage system was overwhelmed by the floodwaters, spelling devastation for the…

Today’s delivery of oxygen to a state-run hospital in India where 63 people died last week did little to quell public anger.The hospital, in Gorakhpur, ran out of oxygen and other supplies after failing to pay its bills, but officials declined to say the lack of oxygen…

Frustrated by the lack of response to severe famine threatening 20 million people, 8 international aid organizations teamed up this week to form the Hunger Relief Fund.

By tackling factory farming, the WHO could fight all 3 of the “slow-motion disasters” outlined by outgoing WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, MD at last year’s World Health Assembly (WHA): climate change, antibiotic resistance and noncommunicable diseases threatening…

Q&A with Course Creators Mija-Tesse Ververs and Gilbert Burnham Noticing people in East Africa fishing with bednets intended to prevent malaria prompted Mija-Tesse Ververs, a public health expert specialized in humanitarian crises, to think about the need for all…

Even as the world struggles with multiple crises that have forced tens of millions of people from their homes—a scale unseen since World War II—the humanitarian response system designed to help them is broken, says Paul Spiegel, author of an article in a Lancet