Persecution has not prompted the exodus thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Burma’s Rakhine state, according to the state’s chief minister. Instead, the government blames human trafficking. Most of Burma's 1.1 million Rohingya are stateless and live in apartheid-like…

Noncommunicable diseases represent one of the most urgent yet underfunded health crises facing Syrian refugees displaced by civil war, says MSF’s Jon Gunnarsson, who leads an NCD nurse team in Jordon. Many of the 600,000 Syrian refugees are afflicted by NCDs such as…

Up to 50,000 Burundian refugees are stranded near a lake on the border with Tanzania, and aid agencies fear that diseases could spread in the overcrowded village of Kagunga. People are sleeping out in the rain, and crowded into a small area with a lack of latrines and…

More than 250,000 children younger than 16 harvest food in the US each year, with many working in unsafe or exploitive environments. Farms and farm labor companies across the US have been cited for child labor violations in the last 5 years, some involving 5 and 6 year…

Nepal, struggling to pick up the pieces from last month’s earthquake, suffered another major tremor today. The 7.3 magnitude-quake killed at least 9 and injured at least 300 in the region, which extends across the Indian border, and sent buildings weakened from the last…

International relief organizations must do better to assist people with disabilities—both physical and mental—in humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters. The message came out of a recent conference in Geneva hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross and…

Residents of one West Baltimore neighborhood die at substantially higher rates from major diseases—heart disease, prostate cancer, AIDS—than the rest of the city, and life expectancy here is just 68 years, one notch above Pakistan, writes Sabrina Tavernise. “The fact that…

Health professionals have a responsibility to fight the racism that contributes to poor health, writes Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, New York City's health commissioner, in a recent New England Journal of Medicine commentary. Bassett challenges the medical and public health…

Reports of another ship with African migrant capsizing this weekend worsened the crisis, pressuring European leaders to come up with solutions and igniting anger from humanitarian organizations. The latest tragedy occurred about 60 miles north of Libya with more than 700…

All too often, poor people in low- and middle-income countries who can’t pay for medical treatment end up imprisoned in hospitals, according to this commentary. “The detention of poor patients is indisputably a violation of human rights,” write Michael Otremba, Gretchen…