Farming is the major source of income for young adults residing in sub-Saharan Africa. But for those living in the mycetoma belt, it’s also a curse—one that will continue to destroy lives until affected countries step up and prioritize mycetoma surveillance, management and…

Chikwe Ihekweazu had his work cut out for him when he took the helm at the fledgling Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in 2016. In one of the world’s poorest health systems, he’s juggling real time outbreaks, pushing pandemic preparedness measures, growing his staff, and…

Cambodia’s acid attack victims face lifelong pain—with little hope of justice or recovery given deep flaws in the legal and health care systems.   Human Rights Watch tracked 17 cases of violent attacks using acid from 2013-2017, and learned that perpetrators rarely go to…

The global city-dwelling population is set to climb by 2.5 billion by 2050, with nearly 90% of the growth in lower-income nations in Africa and Asia. Now the challenge is making those cities healthy and habitable. Population growth is outpacing urban infrastructure, leading…

The location of Rwanda’s University of Global Health Equity was chosen strategically. Rather than mimic other med schools, it mirrors the lives of most patients and teaches doctors accordingly. Based in Butaro—a poor, rural part of Rwanda—the limitations of real-world…

Doctors in Zimbabwe are performing surgery with their bare hands and using rope in place of bandages as the country’s massively underfunded health system faces collapse. As elite politicians seek health care in neighboring South Africa, promises of affordable quality health…

Over the next 20 years, Nigeria’s health system faces implosion as foreign funds expire.   A failure to prioritize health spending means global grants fund most of the country’s health care. The government currently slates less than 5% of its budget for health, but…

Before Hannah McNeish began her research on hemophilia care in Kenya, she expected to write a medical story. Factor concentrates—the medications used to treat the blood disorder—were an important part of the story, but she found much more. 

MURANGA, KENYA – Jane Mugasha only learned about hemophilia 8 years ago after nearly losing a patient who had come to her hospital for a routine circumcision. “When we tried to dress the wound, the boy would keep on bleeding and bleeding and we did not know what to do,”…

Countries’ health systems differ widely, but they are united by the same backbone: primary health care (PHC), which serves as a key gateway to universal health care (UHC). A new report from the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative examines how 5 nations—Argentina,…