Jamaican health administrators say that foreign recruiters are luring away their most skilled nurses.   The Nurses Association of Jamaica reports that about 200 of the country's 1,000 specialized nurses left last year. James Moss-Solomon, chair of the University Hospital of…

Large families signify status and success for northern Nigerian men. Consider bricklayer Mohammed Umar, who lacks formal education, struggles to feed and support 4 wives and 17 children in Kano city, where 80% of children are stunted.   According to a national health survey…

US life expectancy slipped last year, reversing a trend of steadily increasing advances over the past few decades.   The 78-year, 9-1/2 month average life expectancy for an American born 2015, reported by the CDC, is a month less than that of one born in 2014.  

Is the embrace of the concept of chabuduo, or “close enough,” to blame for frequent accidental deaths in China? British writer James Palmer seems to think so. He says the philosophy manifests itself in expired vaccines, workplace accidents, poor waste management practices…

Japan has the oldest population in the world, with close to 27% of inhabitants age 65 or older. This week, NPR reporter Ina Jaffe explores how an aging populace is affecting the country’s economy, health care system and culture.  Jaffe says a dip in birth rates is one…

To better inform local family planning programs and policies, Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) has released family planning data from 3 countries in Francophone Africa: Burkina Faso, Niger and The Democratic Republic of the Congo. The publications,…

Dual forces of longer life expectancy and shifting demographics are increasing the need for policies that support informal caregiving of elders.

Mathuram Santosham, a self-described “champion of failure,” repeatedly turned challenges into successes in an astounding public health career that can be credited with saving millions of  lives. The physician-researcher-trailblazer-teacher stepped down this spring after a…

Access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV/AIDS continues to grow, but not for some of those most at risk—including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.

Life expectancy globally increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s, according to a new World Health Statistics report by WHO. The greatest gain was in the African Region of WHO where life expectancy increased by 9.4 years to 60 years…