The new coronavirus that's infected hundreds of people and reached 5 countries has public health officials grappling with the possibility of severe pandemic.  Human-to-human transmission was confirmed on Monday, sharply raising global concerns. The same day, the WHO…

“History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children,” said Nelson Mandela at the 2002 UN General Assembly Special Session on Children. 1.3 billion children around the world lack access to surgical and anesthesia care.

A coronavirus outbreak that began in a seafood and animal market in Wuhan, China in December 2019 has spread to other countries and led experts to worry about the potential for a severe pandemic. This FAQ provides the basics of what a coronavirus is, how it’s transmitted…

Here’s the stereotype of how global health programs are developed: Experts in wood-paneled rooms in Washington, DC or Geneva determine the priorities, the interventions and the money required. Then they tell countries what their problems are and how to fix them. Here’s the…

As an emergency medicine physician, I find some of the toughest days in the emergency department are on holidays.  This year’s New Year’s Day was no exception. Waiting rooms were filled with adults and children who were sick or injured and didn’t know where else to go. A…

In a worrisome trend, mother-to-child transmission of HIV have been creeping back in a handful of countries over the last 18 months—jeopardizing prog

Universal Health Coverage is a nation’s promise to its people that health is a fundamental right. And on UHC Day today, the focus is on leaders keeping the promises they made in September at the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC in a political declaration on UHC—the most…

One common argument some parents make for declining vaccines for their children is that vaccines are not necessary—that their children are unlikely to get sick even if they are not vaccinated. Perversely, this argument relies in part on parents’ confidence that many other…

The future of global HIV response must be very different from today’s efforts. It must be youth focused and youth led. Otherwise, many of our successes against HIV may be endangered by the rapid growth of vulnerable youth populations in the highest burden countries. Nearly…

In the push to advance universal health coverage, certain governments have advocated for watered-down language surrounding sexual and reproductive health rights to dilute international declarations. But UHC cannot be comprehensive without strong language defining sexual and…