Pregnancy and childbirth resulting from child marriage kills more than 60 girls a day—~22,000 a year, according to a new analysis by Save the Children shared on yesterday’s International Day of the Girl Child.  

WHO weighed in yesterday on climate change discussions with a new report and some of its strongest language to date, in advance of next month’s UN climate change conference.  

Health care workers have already endured at least 695 attacks so far in 2021, a year marked by a rise in complex humanitarian emergencies. Myanmar alone has seen 260 attacks. Afghanistan and Central African Republic have seen over 42 and 81 attacks, respectively. The list…

The COVAX facility launched early in the pandemic with the best of intentions: fair access for all countries to COVID-19 vaccines and a strong counter move to rich countries determined to buy up vaccines first.   But, then the inspired goals ran into reality and things fell…

The Namibian government is violating the indigenous San people’s right to health by neglecting the massive TB burden on the hunter-gatherer indigenous group, according to an Amnesty International report.

The degradation of natural systems now threatens all aspects of health—and COVID-19 must serve as a turning point, warns the São Paulo Declaration on Planetary Health—a global call to action published Tuesday in The Lancet.  

England has nixed school mask mandates, embracing a more laissez-faire approach even as cases and COVID-related absences soar among school-age children, The New York Times reports. Government officials say the numbers support the decision:

The Biden administration yesterday reversed a Trump-era rule blocking federally funded family planning clinics from providing abortion referrals, The Hill reports.  

In the first half of 2021, nearly 20% of 15-24-year-olds reported often feeling depressed, according to a UNICEF/Gallup survey of young people across 21 countries, The Guardian reports.   Country by country:

Even as the US is seeing signs of the latest wave cresting, COVID-19 has a way of brutally reminding Americans it remains a dangerous threat to life.