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…

War in Yemen is driving the Arabian Peninsula's poorest state toward humanitarian disaster, according to UNICEF. Tens of thousands of families have been displaced, exposing many more to the threat of disease and malnutrition, United Nations children's agency reports.

What happened to more than half of the $18 million allocated by the Sierra Leone government to fight Ebola? The question is the subject of an investigation into mishandling of funds set aside to respond to the Ebola epidemic, which killed more than 3,700 in Sierra Leone.

Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi called for global human compassion to combat child labor and child slavery at a recent UN event. There are 168 million kids worldwide who work fulltime, and more than half of them (85 million) are in hazardous jobs, reports the…

A proposed global disaster reduction plan under consideration today at a UN conference in Japan will emphasize protecting the health of affected populations and strengthening health care infrastructure, according to Reuters.

There is an elephant in the room. He has been stomping around the world for years, spraying graffiti on mosques, igniting fights and fires. His memory is exceptional, but selective, holding fast to images of war and terrorist attacks.  He even takes lives point blank.

Water-boarding. Rectal feeding. Shackling. These are examples of brutal detention and interrogation practices that physicians, psychologists and nurses have been required to engage in while serving the Department of Defense (DoD) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). But…