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.

The percentage of Indonesians with Type 2 diabetes has doubled in the last few decades. An estimated 16 million adults are now affected, but doctors there are especially worried about youth, fearing many cases remain undiagnosed.   A core challenge is getting primary care…

This is a story about my best friend’s mother and my mother’s best friend. One died from cervical cancer. One survived. 

The idyllic Micronesian island of Kiribati, next door to French Polynesia (Tahiti) and boasting one of the largest marine sanctuaries in the world, is a tropical paradise. It’s hard to believe that its people are expected to become some of the world’s first climate change…

The Black Death and the Spanish flu may be the most famous epidemics—but have you heard of the Vatican malaria outbreak of 1623? Or the 1875 Fijian measles outbreak that killed 40,000?   Such lesser-known outbreaks changed the course of history and public health—sometimes…