Venezuelans who fled their country’s economic collapse have returned home to escape Colombia’s strict coronavirus lockdowns, thinking they might be better off. Instead, hundreds have been met with dire conditions.   Venezuelan returnees reported being treated “like dogs”…

People least able to control their environment—those in homeless shelters, prisons, and crowded group homes—are highly vulnerable to COVID-19, yet they’re being ignored, researchers warn. “These populations will become the sources of new outbreaks, even when we feel like…

Long before COVID-19 hit, 70% of Syria’s health care workers fled the country’s civil war. Those who remain believe most critical coronavirus patients will die because of staffing shortages.     While experts are hesitant to draw projections for places as unstable as Syria—…

The economic fallout from COVID-19 is on track to create a “hunger pandemic” that could kill more people than the virus itself, World Food Programme chief David Beasley warns, AP reports.   As ever, developing nations will be hit hardest. Without swift intervention, “…

Through world wars, natural disasters, and a slew of other challenges, Muslims have still managed to gather during the holy month of Ramadan. This year is very different: The observant are advised to conduct their spiritual activities solo and from home.  

Laboring women in Venezuela are forced to travel from hospital to hospital in a cruel game of “roulette,” desperate to find a facility equipped to deliver their baby. If that doesn’t happen in time, they deliver on the street or in facility lobbies—mothers and babies have…

The vast majority of sex trafficking victims have contact with health care providers—but most health workers have no idea they’re seeing trafficking cases. “People, including health care providers, think of trafficking as this mythical or foreign problem,” says Shantae…

When hospitals are forced to ration lifesaving treatment, state policies—or lack thereof—could push COVID-19 patients with disabilities to the end of the line, according to the Center for Public Integrity.  

During a pandemic that is forcing doctors to make life or death decisions because of equipment shortages, what are the ethics of who gets what?  

“This is the humanitarian mission of our lifetimes. And we won’t win every battle,” the chief medical officer of a New York City health system wrote to her staff last week. She warned that patients requiring ICU-level care were going to surpass their resources, according to…