President Trump’s Executive Order on January 27 suspending the US refugee admissions program for 120 days—and barring entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely—has already had far-reaching effects for many, including those in the public health community who study refugee crises.

An infection caused by the bite of a sand fly, visceral leishmaniasis has a 100% fatality rate if left untreated. Characterized by bouts of fever, significant weight loss, swelling of the spleen and liver, and anaemia, the disease can only be treated with medication that…

More than 60% of world’s total new annual cancer cases occur in Africa, Asia and Central and South America—and the same regions account for 70% of the world’s cancer deaths, according to the WHO.

Human African trypanosomiasis, also known as African sleeping sickness, is a parasitic disease that causes fever, headaches, joint pains and itching. If left untreated, the disease can also cause behavior changes, confusion and poor coordination. About 61 million people in…

Chagas is an infectious disease caused by the bite of a triatomine bug typically found in South America, Central America and Mexico. Though the disease can be mild and include swelling and fever, if left untreated, chagas can result in congestive heart failure. Today,…

They came from Mozambique, India, Sri Lanka, Qatar, Switzerland, Brazil, the US and Uganda. The 20 public health experts gathered in late November in Bellagio, Italy. Their goal: Help countries strengthen public health practice so they can achieve the Sustainable…

Though 90% of malaria cases and 92% of malaria deaths took place in sub-Saharan Africa last year, eradicating the disease means making sure it’s elminated everywhere — and doesn’t pop up again in places there it’s thought to be gone. Researcher and Peru native Marlon…

The practice of giving prelacteal and early newborn ritual foods, common to populations across much of South Asia, parts of North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, is not benign, and has serious implications for the immediate initiation of breastfeeding, concludes a…

“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…

Intrigued by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) 2016 Annual Meeting Travel Awardees, we reached out to some of them for a special Q&A series.