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,…

NAIROBI, KENYA – After months of traversing Kenya on buses to get a bruised and constantly bleeding baby to the country’s best hospitals, and after lost tests, delayed results, and wrong diagnoses, Maureen Miruka finally learned in 2001 that her son had hemophilia.

Kenya is rolling out universal health coverage in 4 counties as part of a pilot program ahead of the goal of total coverage by 2022. County selection was needs-based: Machakos county, for example, has the highest number of road accidents in Kenya while the more sparsely…

Why do patients drop out of HIV treatment services in Zambia? Using their own words, and those of health workers, aidsmap lays out 10 reasons, as revealed by the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia. The investigation, published in BMJ Global Health, found that…