On Halloween, kids 17 and under are 3X more likely to die in a traffic accident than any other day of the year—a trend that underscores how badly designed US cities are for pedestrians and cyclists in general.   US pedestrians are dying at twice the rate of those in other…

Killings in the US were up a historic 30% last year, a scourge driven by guns, according to the FBI’s annual crime statistics released Monday.  

Tewodros Tefera—a surgeon and father—is one of 60,000+ people who have fled ethnic violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.   Since entering Sudan, he has worked nonstop treating patients with the Sudanese Red Crescent Society—without running water or electricity.   Fresh from…

As Brazil battles one of the world’s deadliest coronavirus outbreaks, it can be proud of progress tackling another deadly global public health challenge. Following 6 years of extraordinary efforts, Fortaleza has met a 2020 UN goal to reduce road traffic fatalities by 50%.

US gun and ammunition sales have increased along with COVID-19 cases with reports of lines weaving around gun shops in California and elsewhere. The Trump administration early this week issued guidelines ruling that gun shops be considered essential businesses like grocery…

Countries should fight public health threats with the same vigor they use to tackle terrorism, WHO warns in a roundup of the top health challenges of the next decade.   Highlights from the list (in no particular order): 

One day last summer after I returned home to Mongolia, my uncle knocked frantically at the door. He stormed inside, gasping for air. He had been diagnosed with cancer a few months earlier and was now struggling to breathe. We needed to get him to the hospital right away.…

In a rush to deliver Amazon packages, the driver crashed into a car stopped at a light, killing a 9-month old. He belonged to Amazon’s vast contractor network that a ProPublica investigation found is responsible for 60 accidents with injuries, including 10 deaths, since…

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…

The encouraging news is that even as global population and vehicles on the roads are increasing, road traffic fatalities are leveling off.