The European Patent Office ruled yesterday to uphold US pharma giant Gilead Sciences’ patent related to sofosbuvir, the key hepatitis C drug. The decision left Médecins Sans Frontières “gravely disappointed,” according to a statement.  

China is censoring discussion of African swine fever, closing social media accounts and withholding information following an outbreak among pigs.   Police detained a woman in Shandong for "rumor-mongering" after she warned friends not to eat pork or chicken—even though she…

Rita Thapa was in the room when it happened. September 12, 1978 in Alma-Ata. 

A Lancet Commission is calling for a “revolution” after an assessment of care in LMICs revealed that more people are dying from poor quality care than lack of access—a key objective driving UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Complex problems. Competing priorities. Insufficient resources. Conflicting opinions. Political concerns. Just 24 hours in a day... There’s no end to obstacles in public health, but leaders must find a way—or fail. In September 2018, Global Health NOW launches a series (a…

When he was the Minister of Health for Ethiopia, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus used to worry instead about the health of 100 million people. Now as WHO’s Director-General, Tedros has 7.5 billion people to worry about.

Since taking charge of WHO in July 2017, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has sought to transform the organization. Tedros (as he likes to be known) has focused WHO on health equity, confronting new threats, and emergency preparedness and response. David Peters,…

Scores of people rely on South Africa’s disability grants to make ends meetbut who should qualify? Health workers don’t always agree, writes Koot Kotze, a community service doctor who evaluates patients for disability grants daily. It leaves him “vexed”:…

Black men are far more likely to make preventive health choices if the recommendations come from a black doctor, according to a revealing analysis of patient/doctor visits published by the National Bureau for Economic Research.

NYU medical school tuition will be free from now on, regardless of merit or need, the school announced yesterday, making it the first top-10 med school to do so, CNN reports.