The current pace of progress in sub-Saharan Africa’s health is a “recipe for failure,” according to a new Lancet Commission report on the region’s future. The commission warns against “more of the same” approaches by health systems facing the double-burden of persistent…

A lack of political will and inadequate funding to the health sector exacerbate Africa’s gaping health inequalities, according to WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who spoke at the 67th annual session of the World Health Regional Committee this week.   Tedros…

How countries can move toward building sustainable community health programs

In 2015, Florida removed more than 13,000 children—“the sickest and most vulnerable,” argues one physician—from a well-respected and comprehensive Medicaid plan called Children’s Medical Services. Two years later, physicians and families are still reeling, and seething, in…

A robot powered by artificial intelligence has the potential to improve health care—but can it address other social, economic and political questions too? In an essay published in The McGill International Review, writer Kara Anderson speculates that it can.

Urban leaders and innovators from across the US convened in Baltimore yesterday to talk about cities—what works, what doesn’t and what’s next—for CityLab Baltimore, the latest in a series of global gatherings in cities across the world to explore the challenges and…

A petition filed by Consumers for Dental Choice calls on the US FDA to ban the use of a dental filling containing mercury in children under age 15, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. The EU recently adopted such a policy, and countries including Norway, Sweden and…

While Iran has been praised for offering health insurance and education access to the nearly 1 million legally-documented Afghan refugees in the country, an estimated 2 million more remain undocumented with no such access—many caught up in an overwhelming paper backlog.…

Greece’s public health and hospital systems are floundering in a chaos induced by the country’s austerity measures, marked by staff shortages and poor sanitation. Hospital patients—given beds that haven’t been disinfected, and treated by overworked staff who lack access to…

Last week, Southern African countries met to kick off the opening of the Africa CDC’s Regional Collaborating Centers (RCC) in Lusaka, Zambia, to enhance surveillance, emergency responses and infectious and non-infectious disease prevention. The RCC will work closely with…