The Gates Foundation’s 5th annual Goalkeepers Report is out, and it zooms in on how the pandemic has derailed progress toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Released yesterday ahead of the UN General Assembly, which starts today, the report calls for ramped-up…

When Serbian forces bombed Sarajevo, Bosnia on May, 26, 1992, the pediatric hospital came under direct attack. Nurses scrambled to save 17 premature babies—carrying 2 or 3 apiece to the basement while bullets and shells rained down. 9 of the babies died.

Results from a new global survey released today show more than half of those who are unvaccinated in 50+ countries indicated they definitely or probably won’t get a COVID-19 vaccine. Key reasons for hesitation, according to August 16–31 results from the survey, include:

A dengue fever outbreak is believed to have caused the deaths of 114 people—including 88 children—and sickening ~12,000 people since the beginning of the month, The Times of India reports.

There’s been plenty of alarm—but how likely are breakthrough infections, really?   Based on recent US data, it looks like around 1 in 5,000 per day, according to estimates from Utah, Virginia, and King County, Washington.   These odds vary by region and vaccination uptake.…

As the COVAX initiative was taking shape—signing on countries, securing financing, and pooling demand “to organize the most complex vaccine rollout in human history”—rich countries were already buying up most of the global supply of COVID-19 vaccines. The disconnect set…

India’s Kerala state is on high alert amid an outbreak of the Nipah virus that killed a 12-year-old boy over the weekend and infected health workers, Hindustan Times reports.   Contact tracing efforts have revealed additional infections, according to CBS News.  

In a historic decision, Mexico’s supreme court justices overturned an abortion law yesterday that penalized women for getting an illegal abortion.

It’s little surprise that—like every other part of life on earth—COVID-19 has caused massive disruptions to efforts to prevent and treat HIV, TB, and malaria, as a Global Fund report released today details. The surprise is that any advances were recorded at all, given…

From birth, 7-year-old Julissia Batties “grew up in a blur of city agencies, social workers, judges and case workers” before she was beaten to death last month in her home in the Bronx.  Not long before, she had been returned to her mother, who lost custody of her 5 other…