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

Years of post-World War II US nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands have had long-lasting effects on citizens’ health—from cancer and birth defects to diabetes and heart disease. And while many have migrated to the mainland US over the past 2 decades as legal residents…

A story of iodine deficiency in Cambodia illustrates how events in one country can impact public health in another.   Starting in 1999, UNICEF and other donors helped Cambodia boost iodized salt users from 13% of households to 70%. But when the government and salt producers…

Each year, the world faces health crises orders of magnitudes larger than Ebola—and does little to confront them, World Vision International advisor Gerard Finnigan said at the Asia Pacific Humanitarian Leadership conference last week.

Intense violence against health workers persisted in 2016—and accountability for the attacks remains inadequate or non-existent, according to a new report released today by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition. Released to mark the 1-year anniversary of the UN…