As Hong Kong braces for a surge in coronavirus cases, memories of the 2003 SARS outbreak are close at hand, NPR reports.   Some say Hong Kong hasn’t learned its lesson. While public transportation and schools are shut down, Hong Kong’s border with mainland China remains…

While the global health community has mobilized swiftly against the Wuhan coronavirus,  preventable childhood pneumonia kills more than 800,000 children each year—making it more lethal than HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. 

Researchers have published the first genomic study of schizophrenia in an African population, helping create a fuller picture of the disease’s impact. The the study found several gene-damaging mutations are more common in people with the condition.   The findings match up…

As the media swarms the coronavirus story, most news articles focus on numbers of cases and deaths, new locations of cases, etc. 

A once-promising HIV vaccine candidate is dead in the water after a major human trial showed it worked no better than the placebo, Bhekisisa reports.  

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus kicked off the agency’s 146th Executive Board meeting in Geneva this morning with a rundown of WHO-led accomplishments in 2019—and a call for solidarity in the face of a challenging year ahead.

Over 15+ years, Kenya received $72.5 million from the US government to build up its blood safety and transfusion program “nearly from scratch.”   But that funding has tapered off and dried up—and the Kenyan government hasn’t budgeted to fill the gap this year, leaving…

“History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children,” said Nelson Mandela at the 2002 UN General Assembly Special Session on Children. 1.3 billion children around the world lack access to surgical and anesthesia care.

In the 1990s, Taiwan shifted to a single-payer health system. Early on, there were enormous wins: comprehensive, affordable benefits for every citizen which continue to contribute to longer, healthier lives.  The downside: Growing costs challenge the system’s financial…

In the 1990s, Taiwan shifted to a single-payer health system. Early on, there were enormous wins: comprehensive, affordable benefits for every citizen which continue to contribute to longer, healthier lives.  The downside: Growing costs challenge the system’s financial…