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…

It’s time to act on the world’s worst humanitarian and food security emergency: Yemen, which is barreling toward a total collapse, according to the UN.   The Numbers:

By the start of the next decade, China’s government plans to resettle 2.6 million “ecological migrants” away from “geological threats.” The mass relocations are part of the country’s disaster preparedness efforts and a step to achieving its stated goal of eliminating…

“Good intentions are not good enough:” was the key message that resonated at the WHO Global Meeting of Emergency Medical Teams in Hong Kong in late 2016. Unlike other medical disciplines, charity, rather than results, traditionally drives disaster response, with teams…

Michael Vanrooyen recounts his time as an emergency worker in wartorn Somalia in the early 1990s in a compelling excerpt from his book, “The World’s Emergency Room: The Growing Threat to Doctors, Nurses, and Humanitarian Workers.” Soon after arriving, he learned this was a…

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook Indonesia’s Aceh province early Wednesday, taking nearly 100 lives—and there are fears that more victims are trapped in the rubble.   The quake stirred memories of the 2004 earthquake that triggered a tsunami and killed over 230,000 people…

A month after Hurricane Matthew blew through Haiti causing at least 546 deaths, 800,000 residents are in desperate need of food, and the fight for scarce resources is undermining order, reports The Washington Post.