The Zika virus has fallen off the global radar since Brazil's 2016 outbreak triggered anxiety about the birth defects brought on by Zika-related microcephaly.  

The death toll from viral hepatitis now outpaces that of HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB. Approaching World Hepatitis Day on July 28th, a recent WHO progress report illuminates the disease’s impact in Africa.     Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the highest hepatitis B numbers with…

Key donors are kick-starting a “total reset” for Ebola response efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Devex reports.   The change in tack from the US, the UK, the EU and the World Bank comes amid a need to take the reins from the WHO’s faltering leadership,…

A 21-month-old girl in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province became the country’s 10th polio case this year.   The girl, whose parents refused her vaccination, was left partially paralyzed.     Of ~9 million children eligible for vaccination in the country, around 860,000 did not…

In 2018 North Korea’s WHO official announced that the country had zero reported HIV cases thanks to a robust prevention program. In fact, HIV has spiraled in North Korea in recent years, and officials are well aware, according to an unusual collaboration between North Korea…

In the last 2 decades, more than 30 countries moved from low-income to middle-income status, a billion people were lifted out of poverty, and there were major reductions in maternal and child mortality globally. Despite this progress, middle-income countries, where over 70…

Deploying antiretrovirals as soon as HIV is found—or “test and treat”—is standard practice in wealthy countries. When researchers set out to try the method in South Africa and Zambia, they encountered skepticism about whether communities would trust, embrace and stick to…

How do flu super-strains happen? When 2 or more strains have the opportunity to convene within one cell. Such an opportunity is created when migratory birds mix with local fowl—as when red knots from Argentina arrive on New Jersey’s Delaware Bay, a hotbed of avian influenza…

Funds are running low for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ebola response, threatening operations at a critical moment, The Economist reports.   Donors have supplied just half of the $98 million in projected costs for the first half of this year, forcing the WHO to…

When an outbreak hits, how do we immediately get a Ministry of Health representative, an animal health specialist, a communications expert and a laboratory sample transporter on the same page?  The answer isn’t flashy or particularly exciting, but it is crucial: program…