Since taking charge of WHO in July 2017, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has sought to transform the organization. Tedros (as he likes to be known) has focused WHO on health equity, confronting new threats, and emergency preparedness and response. David Peters,…

In 2006, wild pigs in a spinach field caused an E. coli outbreak linked to salad greens. The cause of this past spring’s outbreak, however—which sickened at least 200 people and killed 5—was harder to track down.

Journalist Alec Wilkinson leads a water crises tour in his sobering report on the world’s pressing water problems. The overburdened Colorado River. A 3-year drought in Cape Town. Violent clashes over water in Sudan and India. Hydrologist Peter Gleick, a founder of the…

6 countries in the Western Hemisphere account for half of global firearm deaths, according to research covering 1990-2016, published this week in JAMA. Brazil—with 43,200 deaths—topped the list for firearm-related deaths in 2016, followed by the US, Mexico, Colombia,…

CAPE TOWN—With a dozen empty plastic water jugs slung over her shoulders, Rukayah Salie hurries across a busy road in Muizenberg just outside of Cape Town, South Africa and joins the thirsty Capetonians queued up to collect free, clean drinking water from the roadside tap…

In the few short days since his death, the legacy of Senator John McCain has been examined at length. Its final chapter highlights glioblastoma, the brain cancer that killed him. The most common form of brain cancer, 14,000 people are diagnosed each year in the US; all but…

The verdict is in: the only no-risk level of alcohol consumption is… zero, according to researchers behind the latest Global Burden of Diseases study.

The UK will bankroll disaster relief in overseas territories deemed too wealthy to receive aid under international guidelines set by the OECD. The moves comes after devastating hurricanes hit Caribbean territories last year. The UK has lobbied for an official rule change,…

Kofi Annan, the widely-respected former UN secretary general, died unexpectedly this weekend after a short illness, PassBlue reports. He was 80 years old.

Calling the killings of aid workers “unconscionable,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock renewed the call to protect aid workers—and the civilians they protect—ahead of World Humanitarian Day this Sunday, August 19.   “It is imperative that we hold men with guns…