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…

Sweat poured down Fenol’s body as he writhed in pain on a stretcher in a southern Haiti emergency room. Two days earlier, a motorcycle crash caused massive trauma to his abdomen. His internal injuries had precipitated multi-organ failure and shock, and he had lost precious…

A pathbreaker in global health and a former CDC director, Bill Foege has some startling advice for young people interested in global health: Don’t have a life plan. “Life plans are an illusion,” he writes in his new book, “The Fears of the Rich, The Needs of the Poor.”…

The European Patent Office ruled yesterday to uphold US pharma giant Gilead Sciences’ patent related to sofosbuvir, the key hepatitis C drug. The decision left Médecins Sans Frontières “gravely disappointed,” according to a statement.  

China is censoring discussion of African swine fever, closing social media accounts and withholding information following an outbreak among pigs.   Police detained a woman in Shandong for "rumor-mongering" after she warned friends not to eat pork or chicken—even though she…

Rita Thapa was in the room when it happened. September 12, 1978 in Alma-Ata. 

A Lancet Commission is calling for a “revolution” after an assessment of care in LMICs revealed that more people are dying from poor quality care than lack of access—a key objective driving UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Complex problems. Competing priorities. Insufficient resources. Conflicting opinions. Political concerns. Just 24 hours in a day... There’s no end to obstacles in public health, but leaders must find a way—or fail. In September 2018, Global Health NOW launches a series (a…