Ebola is a dragon with multiple heads—starting in one place and then popping up in others, Oly Ilunga Kalenga, Minister of Health for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, told a packed committee room at a #WHA72 meeting this morning. And all around the dragon: violence.…

Experts who want to move the needle on noncommunicable diseases have a few challenges. First among these is explaining the awkward umbrella term for a slew of diseases ranging from cancer and cardiovascular disease to diabetes and Alzheimer’s.   To provide some outside-the…

Something unexpected happened this morning at the opening of the 72nd World Health Assembly.  Usually a rote exercise of procedure and aggrandizement, the Assembly surprised many with an unexpected quality: Emotion. The change came early in the morning when Richard Horton…

The World Health Assembly—WHO’s supreme decision-making, policy-setting gabfest—is underway, and GHN is on the ground in Geneva. Follow the latest important (and not-so-important but fun) news from at #WHA72 here.

Air pollution contributes to 5 million deaths globally each year and causes stunted growth, cognitive deficits, heart and lung disease and other problems.  But some cities and countries have made significant progress in reducing air pollution. The key is to know the local…

Laurie Garrett has some advice for everyone working in public health and global health: “Never let your guard down.”

An Ebola outbreak rages. Prices of medicines and vaccines continue to climb skyward. Health care costs force 100 million people into extreme poverty. The globe’s preeminent health organization has been massively reorganized—and needs a new budget. Delegates to the 72nd…

The US Congress has repeatedly rejected Trump administration proposals to slash funding for foreign assistance, including global health. This year, the global health community is looking to Capitol Hill to again turn back deep funding cuts proposed for fiscal year 2020 and…

GHN lives to highlight the critical health stories in the news—so we’re thrilled to be at the Association of Health Care Journalists conference happening now in Baltimore.

There’s a saying: “Statistics are human beings with the tears dried off. As somebody who is responsible for building empathy for people forced to flee their homes, I really don’t like statistics,” Melissa Fleming, chief spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees…