Five years ago today, I got up early and pounded out the first issue of what was then called “Global Health eNews.”

Heading off on a holiday break too, and interested in more good reads? We’ve rounded up a list of our favorite year-end compilations.

Current and former staff at Planned Parenthood—America’s largest provider of reproductive health services—have accused the organization of mistreating expectant employees and discouraging women from getting pregnant, according to a New York Times investigation.

Every morning, we look for the stories that make us sit up straight in our chairs and send chills down our back. Gifted reporters all over the world often inflict those twin conditions on us. And we're happy to share them with you. Today, we share—after much deliberation—…

Snakebites kill up to 138,000 people every year and some 400,000 suffer paralysis, heart failure and other effects. And while antivenom treatment—which has changed little in 123 years—can prevent death, it also can cause side-effects including anaphylactic shock. 

2018 wasn’t a quiet year in global health. Between human rights atrocities, reemerging diseases, and climate change, we’ve pulled together our list of problems that couldn’t be conquered in 2018, setting a busy agenda for 2019.  

Before Hannah McNeish began her research on hemophilia care in Kenya, she expected to write a medical story. Factor concentrates—the medications used to treat the blood disorder—were an important part of the story, but she found much more. 

MURANGA, KENYA – Jane Mugasha only learned about hemophilia 8 years ago after nearly losing a patient who had come to her hospital for a routine circumcision. “When we tried to dress the wound, the boy would keep on bleeding and bleeding and we did not know what to do,”…

NAIROBI, KENYA – After months of traversing Kenya on buses to get a bruised and constantly bleeding baby to the country’s best hospitals, and after lost tests, delayed results, and wrong diagnoses, Maureen Miruka finally learned in 2001 that her son had hemophilia.

MURANGA, KENYA — Peter Muchoki spent much of his childhood lonely. He wondered why he was different from the other children. He prayed that he and his brother would be cured of what they called their curse.