Well-intentioned aid organizations can miss the mark when trying to engage African communities in disease prevention.   For example: Giving written pamphlets to illiterate communities; videos featuring people cleaning themselves with their right hands post-toilet (highly…

With digital tools taking health care by storm, the WHO paused to take stock on its strengths and limitations. In its new review of digital technologies in global health, WHO provides a new guideline for deploying these innovations.

The Skoll Foundation’s World Forum this week celebrates 5 Social Entrepreneurship awardees. Here’s what they hope to accomplish by 2030:

A $2,000 handheld ultrasound device is useful for doctors anywhere. But in poor countries where CT and MRI scanners are scarce, emergency medicine specialist William A. Cherniak has big plans for the Butterfly iQ. The electric shaver-sized device is used mainly to check for…

Pregnancy tracking apps have become wildly popular for helping mothers track their experience—and employers and insurers shell out to get access to that data. Some employers give financial incentives to use the app, then track the anonymized data, helping evaluate employees…

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.

Welcome to the new workplace benefit: constant health surveillance.   Employers and insurance companies are increasingly relying on data from wearable fitness monitors. Fitbit and other devices provide a trove of data on steps, heart rate, sleep length and quality, and…

As the old adage goes: “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting its shoes on”—and today, rumors take the express train via WhatsApp. India endured violence fueled by rumors long before the age of digital tech. But recently, the ubiquitous…

Facebook’s suicide prevention program may border on unchecked medical research, experts argue. Facebook’s algorithm flags posts that potentially include suicidal threats. A team assesses imminent risk before contacting authorities who can deploy first responders for a “…

Using the make-do “MacGyver” method, emergency physician Thomas Burke designed a lifesaving kit to stop deadly postpartum hemorrhage—which causes 1 in 3 maternal deaths. His low-tech “uterine balloon tamponade” has been deployed thousands of times and boasts a 97% survival…