For years, Texas laws have scaled back access to low-cost abortion and reproductive health services, making access increasingly difficult for Latinx women.   For much of April, the state had a near-total ban on abortions, deemed “non-essential” amid the pandemic.     The…

Immigration status is the biggest predictor of COVID-19 infection status among Latinos in Massachusetts—followed by housing and work status, a new Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study shows.

“If you tangle with culture, culture will always win.” When it comes to COVID-19, global health leader Bill Foege’s words have never been more apt. Culture is critical to understanding Americans’ divided response to COVID-19, but no one is talking about it.

The Darien Gap “a wild, lawless stretch” of jungle between Colombia and Panama, is one of the world's most dangerous migration routes.  

Grim forecasts for COVID-19’s toll on California’s homeless population have yet to happen. No one knows exactly why but part of the reason may be because of the potentially lower risk of being outdoors.   A lack of good data blurs the picture—hospitals and death…

The economic toll of COVID-19 is gutting Latin America’s research infrastructure at a time when it’s needed most.   Latin America is home to less than 10% of the global population but nearly a third of reported COVID-19 deaths. Researchers who rushed to lend their expertise…

Navajo Nation has suffered more COVID-19 deaths per capita than any US state, a scourge enabled by a basic lack of infrastructure on the reservation, where some 30% of homes lack running water.   Reservation leaders want to use a chunk of the $714 million federal aid…

The US has just 4% of the world’s population but an estimated quarter of its confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.   Despite the country’s considerable advantages, its response was built on woefully unstable foundations, Ed Yong reports. “Shredded” social safety nets, a…

The largest indigenous group in Colombia—the Wayuu—have long battled the multinational owners of the one of the world’s largest coal mines, which stands bang in the middle of their ancestral territory.  

The Chinese government has sustained a draconian forced birth control campaign aimed at limiting Muslim minority populations—such as Uighurs—while encouraging members of the Han majority to have larger families, an AP investigation found.   Over the past 4 years, the…