David Sanders, a renowned physician and public health researcher and supporter of rights-based health care, died on August 30.   Sanders, who saw socialist democracy as a path to a fairer, healthier world, passionately supported the fight for health rights in Zimbabwe, the…

Poverty is pushing people deeper into DRC’s jungles in the quest for food, upping encounters with poisonous snakes that call the region home.   In another cruel twist, the remoteness of the equatorial forest renders medical intervention with anti-venoms nearly impossible—…

Wiping out malaria by 2050 is a lofty—but achievable—goal, according to a landmark report published yesterday by The Lancet Commission on malaria eradication.  

One of the many horrors inflicted on the Rohingya people by soldiers from Burma (Myanmar) isn’t talked about: Male rape. Widespread sexual violence against women and girls has been documented in the genocide that drove more than 700,000 Rohingya from the country beginning…

Five years into a conflict that has left 80% of Yemen’s population in need of humanitarian aid, the UN has issued a broad and scathing report detailing violations of international human rights and humanitarian law by all sides in the conflict.

Marechal Rondon, a favela in Salvador, Brazil, isn’t an easy place to live. Its 20,000 residents struggle with poverty, poor sanitation, rats, and drug gangs.  Working with local people, the international Urban Health Programme is mapping the scale—and locations—of the…

Philippines villagers have deployed toads and mosquitofish to root out the larvae of Aedes mosquitoes behind the country’s deadly dengue epidemic that's caused 900 deaths and 209,000 cases this year.   The toads and fish face a formidable foe. “These mosquitoes are…

Stalling for a day over the northwest Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian has unleashed a storm surge that brought water to the second floors of buildings, trapping people in attics and killing at least 5 people, reports AP via the Tampa Bay Times.  “We are in the midst of a historic…

Sounding “an alarm bell that is ringing across the world,” the WHO announced yesterday that 4 European countries—the UK, Greece, Albania and the Czech Republic—have lost their measles elimination status, France24 r

“As some collect butterflies, he collects beautiful minds,” a 2002 New York magazine article said of now-disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who recently killed himself in a jail cell while facing charges of trafficking underage girls for sex.