After decades of effort by the global health community and governments, more women are giving birth in health facilities than ever, and maternal and newborn mortality have declined since 1990.

In September 2017, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control faced an outbreak of monkeypox—a disease unseen in our country for nearly 40 years. The skin rashes, swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms of this “cousin to smallpox” caused great concern in communities. Misleading…

By Inon Schenker & Emma Brofsky “Poop” is not something we like to talk about publicly much less smell or see.

The digital collection pot that is GoFundMe is angled heavily toward covering medical costs, which commanded a third of its fundraising in 2017. Perhaps that’s unsurprising given the spiraling cost of health care in the US, where health insurance deductibles outpace wage…

In the last 2 decades, more than 30 countries moved from low-income to middle-income status, a billion people were lifted out of poverty, and there were major reductions in maternal and child mortality globally. Despite this progress, middle-income countries, where over 70…

When Shannon VanRaes was bitten by a feral dog in India, she encountered an epic journey to receive post-exposure treatment. A longtime reporter on zoonosis, she was able to second-guess a doctor who told her she wasn’t an infection risk. She could afford treatment, and…

When an outbreak hits, how do we immediately get a Ministry of Health representative, an animal health specialist, a communications expert and a laboratory sample transporter on the same page?  The answer isn’t flashy or particularly exciting, but it is crucial: program…

Minnesota mom Lija Greenseid recently led a caravan to the Canadian border on a quest for insulin her daughter’s Type 1 diabetes.   Outraged by the near-doubling in cost of insulin in the US in recent years, she organized a small group of Americans to Ontario, where they…

One of Malawi’s first female engineering graduates, Mercy Masoo, now WaterAid Malawi’s country director, chose an unusual career path for women in Malawi at the time. She entered the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) field at a time when few women in her country had…

Soured relations between Cuba and Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro has left 28 million Brazilians with reduced access to medical care.   During his presidential campaign, Bolsonaro insisted that payment for the more than 8,500 Cuban doctors working in Brazil should go…