On Friday, the Trump administration announced a plan to strip federal funding from organizations like Planned Parenthood that offer abortion referrals.   Under the new rule, clinics will not be required to counsel women on all their reproductive options—including abortion—…

Around the world, countries’ health spending is outpacing the rest of the global economy, but out-of-pocket spending is still pushing millions into extreme poverty, according to a new WHO analysis.

It’s time to shake up global health training courses that emphasize downstream individual approaches and neglect the upstream drivers of health inequities, according to a team of authors led by Tolu Oni from South Africa’s University of Cape Town.   They call for a…

Venezuela’s descent into disaster is spreading health concerns to neighboring countries, NPR’s Jason Beaubien reports.   A measles outbreak that started in Venezuela in 2017 has spilled over into Brazil, and cases are popping up in Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile and…

Treatment for the flesh-eating, bone-destroying disease mycetoma is long and expensive. Little is known its incidence and prevalence, and rapid diagnostic tests aren’t available for primary care clinics.   For these reasons, 500 delegates gathered at a mycetoma conference…

The world still doesn’t have a vaccine for one of the world’s deadliest pathogens—Strep A. Emily Sohn’s thoughtful, finely detailed piece exploring the global cost of ignoring the problem—and the people working to solve it—is a good long-read for your weekend.Mosaic

Over 22,000 medical professionals fled Venezuela from 2012-2017 and sought jobs in other Latin American countries. The influx of specialists in places like Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and Peru has helped address critical gaps in care—patients in poorer or rural communities…

A century ago in the US, it was illegal to provide information about contraception. But Where Are My Children?—a 1916 silent film directed by Lois Weber “paved the way for American cinema to openly discuss birth control,” writes Rebecca Kaplan.  

Rwandan President Paul Kagame closed out his tenure as African Union chair this past weekend with an ambitious push to advance health care on the continent, which has 24% of the global disease burden and just 1% of global health spending, IOL reported.

Today in London, The Lancet launched a sweeping new theme issue on advancing women in science, medicine and global health.