Over 26 years of civil war in Somaliland completely decimated its health services. In the chaos, many health care professionals were either killed or fled the country, more than half a million people lost their lives, and a further million became refugees. Civilians were…

Emaline Laney is the reason that Global Health NOW sent journalist Joanne Silberner to Nepal to cover the devastating problem of burns, culminating in the 3-part "Blazing Injustice" series.

For people in low- and middle-income countries, emergency care is often the only touchpoint with a health system—and international targets suggest that 80% of people should live within 2 hours of a hospital.

Viral surgeon Shafi Ahmed racked up 2 million views for a single surgery broadcast over Snapchat using high-tech eyewear, cracking open discussion about the potential and pitfalls of virtual medicine.With Microsoft’s HoloLens headsets, he united far-flung surgeons to…

In Africa, the risk of dying from scheduled surgery is more than double the global average, reports a new study in The Lancet—considered a deep dive into a little-studied issue.

Female surgeons faced harsher critique for mistakes and minimized credit for successes in a recent study illustrating gender bias in medicine.

In Malawi, 35% of people sampled in a hospital survey reported living with an untreated condition requiring surgery. A majority of the nearly 3,000 respondents to the survey, conducted by group of researchers led by Carlos Varela of Kamuzu Central Hospital, did not seek…

A mere 1 in 200,000 births results in conjoined twins.   A case study of 22-month-old conjoined girls from East Africa, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, reveals how in wealthy countries, the option of surgery still poses an agonizing dilemma.   At home,…

The advent of anesthesia brought new horizons—and myriad infections—to surgery. But it didn’t really take off until Joseph Lister’s invention of antisepsis curbed the scourge of “slow moving execution” by infection, argues Lindsey Fitzharris in The Butchering Art: Joseph…

In Part II of GHN's Exclusive 3-part special series on burns in Nepal—the Untold Global Health Story of 2017—Joanne Silberner puts the extent of untreated burns in Nepal into focus: Of an estimated 56,000 burn injuries in the country in 2008, only about 1,000 received …