Soon after the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in Pakistan, in March, 2020, the government shut down all non-essential services, including outpatient care for an array of diseases not requiring emergency treatment. As a result, Médecins Sans Frontières was forced to…

Evidence from past health emergencies sparked fears that COVID-19 would disrupt access to contraception, especially for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa—but data collected in 4 countries yielded had some surprising findings.

A newborn’s cries break the expectant stillness of the delivery room. Beaming beneath her surgical mask, midwife Kimberly Moorhouse lifts the baby to the new mother’s glistening face as the sun begins to crest over the Inukjuak midwifery center in Nunavik, a remote region…

South Africa’s sugar tax is working, reducing sugary drink purchases by 28% since 2018, offering a key means to address the country’s sky-high levels of diabetes and obesity.  But still:

Possible ancestors of SARS-CoV-2 have been found in 3 coronaviruses in horseshoe bats that inhabit limestone caves in northern Laos, according to a not-yet-peer-reviewed article by Laotian and French researchers.  

With 12,000+ migrants congregating near a Texas-Mexico bridge, the US has taken aggressive steps to deter future migrants.

Rising sea levels, water scarcity and declining crop productivity could displace 216 million people within their own countries by 2050—hitting the world’s poorest countries the hardest, a World Bank report released this week shows.    

Indoor residual spraying of insecticides is a tried-and-true method of malaria control—but a costly one, making scalability and sustainability a challenge. A new study of An. gambiae mosquitoes in 8 communities in northern Ghana found that partial spraying—targeting only…

Chile’s well-tuned vaccination campaign is an exemplar for wealthy countries and the rest of the world. 87% of eligible Chileans have been vaccinated. It has 36 million doses for its population of 19 million. It’s also approved vaccinations for children ages 6 to…

Emerging data show the Moderna vaccine may retain higher effectiveness over Pfizer’s as months go by, but experts caution that it’s still early days and the comparisons may be flawed, Axios reports.