This year’s World Population Day headlines have a single theme: massive population growth in Africa.     By 2100, new UN figures show that 4 of today’s 10 most populous nations will be replaced by African countries.

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…

An international accord overseeing safety in Bangladesh’s garment industry may cede control to the government pending a Supreme Court ruling next week.   The accord was installed after the catastrophic 2013 Rana Plaza collapse that killed over 1,100 people. Under its watch…

In sub-Saharan Africa, housing classified as “improved” by UN standards—better water and sanitation, sufficient living area and durable construction—doubled from 11% in 2000 to 23% in 2015, per a new study led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Africa’s population is among the fastest-growing and fastest-urbanizing in the world. More than half of the globe’s population growth from 2015-2050 is set to take place on the continent. And by 2050, city-dwellers will make up almost 60% of its population. How will global…

Strengthening African public health institutions could make all the difference in the response to the next disease outbreak.   “Waiting for emergency help from the West costs lives, health and resources,” said John N. Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease…

In Texas’s Rio Grande Valley—where a third of people have diabetes—an alarming number of people are losing limbs to a disease they can’t afford to manage. Chronically underinsured, the region is also overwhelmingly Hispanic—a demographic more likely to develop type 2…

By 2006, the average per person morphine consumption in Western Europe was 12X that of Eastern Europe—and the divide remains stark. Before the palliative care movement took off in the 1960s, Europe’s morphine consumption was more even.   A Soviet legacy and “tough it out”…

The high-profile childbirth difficulties of women like Serena Williams—who suffered blood clots after giving birth at 36—have highlighted racial inequities in maternal health long observed by Arline Geronimus of the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

The rise of IUDs in America has led some to suggest that the devices can help quell poverty. Wider access to IUDs is seen as a positive, but this argument walks dangerously close to America’s shameful history of reproductive coercion, write Christine Dehlendorf and Kelsey…