With spring approaching, many students are considering summer global health opportunities. Before you sign up, here are 6 essential things to keep in mind to ensure your experience is safe and ethical. 1. If it looks like your destination has no health care system…

1 in 3 married Palestinian women are exposed to some form of gender-based violence—yet most women who seek physical treatment aren’t referred on for further care.   Hoping to change that, Palestinian epidemiologist Amira Shaheen is researching the Palestinian health care…

US government epidemiologist Bill Jenkins, known for his effort to expose the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study, has died at age 73.   For Jenkins, who was black, the infamous act of deception confirmed his belief that research was biased against people of color. From 1932-…

Since the WHO’s 1988 resolution to eradicate polio, cases have dropped by 99% with only 6 known cases this year in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But total containment means addressing where the virus still exists, perhaps clandestinely buried in lab freezers—just one…

Farming is the major source of income for young adults residing in sub-Saharan Africa. But for those living in the mycetoma belt, it’s also a curse—one that will continue to destroy lives until affected countries step up and prioritize mycetoma surveillance, management and…

The US hold on food and medical aid at the Venezuelan border in exchange for specific demands is deeply problematic and part of a larger issue. Globally, aid has also been compromised in Syria and Yemen.   The Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health’s Paul Spiegel…

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…