Countries convened in Astana, Kazakhstan today vowed to strengthen their primary health care systems as an essential step toward achieving universal health coverage.  

The cost of menstrual products keeps scores of girls out of school during their periods. 1 in 10 girls in sub-Saharan Africa miss class—sometimes dozens of days—as a result. Many rely on homemade pads made of rags, which can cause infection. But since 2009, from small…

40 years on from the Alma Ata declaration, world leaders are heading to Kazakhstan this week for the WHO’s Global Conference on Primary Health Care.

Sitting in a large auditorium, my eyes scanned across the 300 or so highly respected cardiothoracic surgeons who came from all over Japan. Many were dozing or fast asleep. All but 5 or 6 of the surgeons were men. The gender imbalance shocked me. It shouldn’t have.

The diary of ex-obstetrician Adam Kay tops UK bestseller lists for its brutal-but-funny account of his traumatic years working for the NHS.   The universal health system—Britain’s largest employer—provides free care to a population of 65 million. But the NHS is in turmoil…

As patients move from facility to facility within the US health care system, key medical records are frequently lost in the shuffle. These information gaps come at an untold cost to patients, hospitals, and the economy, writes Stanford University's Ilana Yurkiewicz. For…

In 3 decades, China has transitioned from a poor farming country the world’s second largest economy. But China’s “cradle-to-grave system of socialized medicine” is cracking under the weight of 1 billion+ people. China has just 1 general practitioner for every 6,666 people;…

In 1975, the WHO lauded the lifesaving importance of blood transfusion services. But issues of safety, supply, access and use protocols still plague BTS in sub-Saharan Africa where anemic children and maternal emergencies comprise most BTS needs, writes Imperial College…

HOUSTON – It’s a sad axiom of preparedness: Disasters are great teachers.  Example: After Tropical Storm Allison swamped the city of Houston with nearly 3 feet of rain in 2001, hospitals in the city lost power because electrical equipment and backup generators were in…

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched “Modicare,” a plan promising free health insurance for half a billion of India's poorest citizens yesterday. The scheme will cover the bottom 40% of India's population at a cost to the government of $1.6 billion per year. The…