During the early COVID-19 vaccine campaigns in South Sudan, Gabon and Somalia, just 30% of people vaccinated were women—raising concerns that women were being left behind across Africa as well as Asia and the Middle East, the AP reports.   Possible reasons include…

After its initial investigation into the origins of COVID-19 ended in a wobbly conclusion, the WHO launched a new team yesterday to take up the investigation. The 26-member Scientific Advisory Group on the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO) includes 6 who were part of a…

The pandemic blew up the concept of medical missions parachuting into poor countries.   Medical sociologist Judith Lasker estimates that 90% of the fly-in missions shut down amid the crisis.   After an initial shock, many are rebuilding differently, refocusing on training…

Picture 2 scenarios. You’re a health care worker dealing with the uncertainties of effective treatment protocols early in the pandemic. You prescribe antibiotics for a patient with COVID-19 to treat a possible co-infection or secondary infection, although you’re not sure…

People and publications—including GHN—have come to take for granted the now-ubiquitous Johns Hopkins website documenting COVID-19 data around the world.   But the data driving that machine is getting harder to come by in the US.   36 states have “pulled back” from daily…

Pregnancy and childbirth resulting from child marriage kills more than 60 girls a day—~22,000 a year, according to a new analysis by Save the Children shared on yesterday’s International Day of the Girl Child.  

WHO weighed in yesterday on climate change discussions with a new report and some of its strongest language to date, in advance of next month’s UN climate change conference.  

Health care workers have already endured at least 695 attacks so far in 2021, a year marked by a rise in complex humanitarian emergencies. Myanmar alone has seen 260 attacks. Afghanistan and Central African Republic have seen over 42 and 81 attacks, respectively. The list…

In the past decade, China—through a windfall of government funding and top-down policies—has embraced an AI-driven approach to medical innovations that can help relieve pressure on medical workers and health systems.   One example: An open-source algorithm…

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded this morning to the Philippines’ Maria Ressa and Russia’s Dmitry Muratov for the courageous stands they’ve taken for freedom of expression.   Ressa, chief executive of the Rappler news website that she co-founded, published the truth about…