Dozens of member states pledged continued support for the global effort to eradicate polio during a #WHA72 committee meeting on Thursday morning.  But one mattered more than most: Pakistan.

The World Health Assembly—WHO’s supreme decision-making, policy-setting gabfest—is underway, and GHN is on the ground in Geneva. Follow the latest important (and not-so-important but fun) news from at #WHA72 here.

Laurie Garrett has some advice for everyone working in public health and global health: “Never let your guard down.”

An Ebola outbreak rages. Prices of medicines and vaccines continue to climb skyward. Health care costs force 100 million people into extreme poverty. The globe’s preeminent health organization has been massively reorganized—and needs a new budget. Delegates to the 72nd…

When debt mounted to over $1 million at the 15-bed Fairfax Community Hospital in Oklahoma, the local mainstay managed to stay open because staff—many who were born or gave birth there—worked for free. They narrowly averted the fate of over 100 rural hospitals that have…

Scores of Indian families are imprisoned by medical debt after falling victim to hysterectomy scams, according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation. Unscrupulous doctors prey on women seeking solutions to minor ailments like abnormal bleeding or painful periods. …

It’s still poorly understood how Nipah virus slipped from Malaysia to Bangladesh, where it has caused near-annual outbreaks since 2001, and to India in 2018.  

The US Congress has repeatedly rejected Trump administration proposals to slash funding for foreign assistance, including global health. This year, the global health community is looking to Capitol Hill to again turn back deep funding cuts proposed for fiscal year 2020 and…

GHN lives to highlight the critical health stories in the news—so we’re thrilled to be at the Association of Health Care Journalists conference happening now in Baltimore.

What’s a better use of development funds: services—or cash? As India considers a universal basic income, a survey in rural Bihar found an overwhelming preference for investment in services like public health and infrastructure. Just 13% of respondents preferred cash to…