Liberia released its last Ebola patient from a treatment center yesterday—but the country must pass 42 days with no new cases to be officially declared Ebola-free. Beatrice Yardolo, a 58-year-old English teacher, called herself “one of the happiest persons on Earth today…

Dengue is sometimes mistaken for malaria, especially in areas where diagnosis relies on clinical exams—and the implications for the fight against malaria could be profound.

In an outstanding piece of multimedia journalism, NPR investigates Ebola’s lasting toll on Barkedu, a Liberian village of 6,000 about 250 miles and a world away from Monrovia, the capital.

In an era when social media outpaces the global spread of viruses and reliable news, government and health leaders no longer have the luxury of weighing all the evidence before addressing public concerns. Too often leaders neglect one of their most important tools:…

An innovative approach to screening infants in Uganda for sickle cell disease—the world’s most prevalent genetic disorder—presents an opportunity to improve diagnosis of the condition in other African countries.

Public health has always been both global and local. Today the need to understand this is more urgent than ever. For example, until very recently, Ebola was addressed as local, thus it was ignored too long as a major global health risk.  Everyone now knows that Ebola can…

Nearly every January since 2003, Alfred Sommer has journeyed to Switzerland to participate in the annual World Economic Forum. This year Sommer, Dean Emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, sent GHN his highlights on health from Davos.

By Brian W. Simpson, MPH It’s 1967. 2 million people will die an exceedingly painful death this year, covered in pustules. Just over 10 years later, no one would have ever have to worry about that disease again.   Few people these days bother to think about the…

How could Open Access (OA) publishing possibly help fight the Ebola epidemic afflicting some of West Africa’s poorest nations? The Answer: In several ways. OA allows authors to disseminate their research for free around the world whilst maintaining the copyright to…