Elise Mann knows the roads in rural Malawi—and they are about as inhospitable to aid delivery as possible. With Malawi and neighboring countries in Cyclone Idai’s wake facing a Herculean recovery mission, the rough roads highlight another fundamental global health need, the…

New York City officials declared a public health emergency yesterday and ordered mandatory measles vaccinations over an outbreak centered in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn.   Officials tie Brooklyn’s eruption of cases—at least 285 since September, mostly in…

Mass produced generics have made first-line antibiotics like amoxicillin affordable to the world’s poor. In Kenya, easy access to antibiotics has led to drug resistance that means salmonella kills a third of kids severely sickened by the disease. Well known as a problem…

Yesterday marked a quarter century since the Rwandan genocide that saw nearly 1 million people slaughtered in less than 4 months, The New Humanitarian reports.

Some encouraging news came with words of warning from the WHO: Global life expectancy climbed 5.5 years from 2000-2016, the UN health agency said yesterday. Progress against diseases like malaria contributed to a dramatic drop in under-5 deaths; considerable advances…

The WHO has ushered Traditional Chinese Medicine into the mainstream by listing the practice on its international roster of treatments, which sets the medical agenda for more than 100 countries. The move is “an egregious lapse in evidence-based thinking and practice,” say …

The UN needs to recognize that Venezuela is in the throes of a full-scale humanitarian emergency and lead the response, according to recommendations in a new report from Human Rights Watch.  

Water, sanitation and hygiene services are the most basic frontline tools in any health care facility—but a new WHO/UNICEF report finds that inadequate WASH facilities affect billions of people worldwide, potentially fueling the rise of deadly superbugs,

In the face of persistent violence against hospitals, medical personnel and patients, 3 years ago the UN Security Council adopted a resolution reaffirming long-held norms of respecting and protecting health care in conflict and calling for concrete steps on prevention and…