In an Iquitos, Peru, hospital conditions are harsh. Thermometers, blood pressure cuffs, ultrasound machines and other basic equipment and supplies are lacking.   That puts a lot of pressure on doctors like Ernesto Salazar, the area’s lone brain surgeon. He makes $24,000 a…

The world’s poorest 40% have made significant economic progress in recent years, according to a new report from UNDP and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative.  

Heavy rainfall threatens thousands of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh with flooding and landslides, UNICEF reported yesterday.  

Too often, global research projects take place in the Global South—but the Northern funders rely on junior local staff to translate the language and social codes. It’s a delicate process that puts them in a difficult position with their kinfolk—yet many are afraid that…

Amnesty International called on the UN to investigate the deaths of thousands in the Philippines under President Duterte’s “war on drugs,” saying in a report released today the killings of mostly poor people amount to crimes against humanity.  

A case of Ebola has been confirmed near the South Sudan/Democratic Republic of the Congo border after a 40-year-old woman exposed to the virus defied warnings not to travel, AP reports.   This is the closest the DRC’s outbreak has come to South Sudan. The outbreak has…

There are only 3 psychiatrists and 5 WHO-recognized mental health centers in Somalia where 1 in 3 people has some form of mental illness.    Decades of war and a staggering 80% unemployment rate exacerbate the crisis. Men are particularly vulnerable and often denied…

A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to allow medical professionals to access facilities detaining children near the border with Mexico, amid reports that the children are being held in deplorable conditions, Newsweek reports.

Researchers have observed a “whoppingly strong” correlation between suicide rates and elevation. US counties above 4,000 feet have twice the suicide rate as those at 2,000 feet. The highest rates occur above 9,000 feet. A lack of oxygen can cause hypoxia, which disrupts…

Viruses are to blame for most of the severe childhood pneumonia cases in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new study published in The Lancet by a global consortium of scientists—highlighting the need for vaccines against these pathogens.