Over 20,000 El Salvadoran migrants return through San Salvador’s repatriation center every year. Since 2014, the spike in returning citizens pushed the government to overhaul the strained facilities at Dirección de Atención al Migrante with assistance from USAID and the…

In 2011, Rwanda became one of the first African countries to establish a palliative care mandate. Prior to that, in 2009, Kigali’s Kibagabaga Hospital launched one of the first palliative care programs under then-director Christian Ntizimira. Ntizimira discusses in a Q&…

HOUSTON – Eric Boerwinkle isn’t your typical public health school dean. He manages six campuses as dean and M. David Low Chair in Public Health at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. The main campus in Houston is a…

Pernicious myths about contraception—that they render women sterile or cause uterine swelling—must be dismantled to address Uganda’s teen pregnancy crisis, writes Suzanne Moore on World Contraception Day.   Sex education is also critical, considering that a quarter of…

Cities’ shape-shifting nature means businesses are constantly coming and going—leaving behind hundreds of millions of pounds of hazardous waste. Regulators seldom deploy historical data on the leftover waste. But in the new book Sites Unseen: Uncovering Hidden Hazards in…

“In a lot of Indigenous languages, there’s no word for cancer,” says Aboriginal patient navigator Leonard Benoit—a nurse-cum-advocate for First Nations patients with the Toronto Central Regional Cancer Program. In this role, he helps translate and clarify diagnosis and…

Surgeons in Venezuela are being forced to cancel procedures because there’s no water available to scrub in. The malfunctioning water system is the latest in a string of health system failures—basic antibiotics and vaccines are also lacking—as the country’s economic crisis…

Since the 2014 Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, donated ambulances have been sitting idle in a country with no emergency transport budget. But in 2019 they’ll start their engines again under the new National Emergency Medical Service (NEMS), which will take on 170 donated…

Indigenous peoples leave the smallest carbon footprint, yet they disproportionately face the consequences of climate change—including forced migration.  

Researchers have posited another benefit of reducing obesity rates: limiting the toll of viral infectious diseases. According to a study of Nicaraguan households spanning 3 flu seasons, the influenza A virus sheds longer in obese people because of chronic inflammation…