They came with stories. There was a video of a Ghanaian man suffering from a psychosis. His family had put his foot through a hole in a log and secured it there with nails. He stayed attached to the log for 2 years. Another video captured a Peruvian man’s spiral into…

It wasn’t so much the message as the messenger.  “Vaccines are some of the most thoroughly tested medical products we have. Vaccines are safe, effective, and lifesaving.” No one in Salle XXIII at the World Health Assembly on Tuesday afternoon was expecting anything…

Ebola is a dragon with multiple heads—starting in one place and then popping up in others, Oly Ilunga Kalenga, Minister of Health for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, told a packed committee room at a #WHA72 meeting this morning. And all around the dragon: violence.…

Experts who want to move the needle on noncommunicable diseases have a few challenges. First among these is explaining the awkward umbrella term for a slew of diseases ranging from cancer and cardiovascular disease to diabetes and Alzheimer’s.   To provide some outside-the…

Something unexpected happened this morning at the opening of the 72nd World Health Assembly.  Usually a rote exercise of procedure and aggrandizement, the Assembly surprised many with an unexpected quality: Emotion. The change came early in the morning when Richard Horton…

The World Health Assembly—WHO’s supreme decision-making, policy-setting gabfest—is underway, and GHN is on the ground in Geneva. Follow the latest important (and not-so-important but fun) news from at #WHA72 here.

Air pollution contributes to 5 million deaths globally each year and causes stunted growth, cognitive deficits, heart and lung disease and other problems.  But some cities and countries have made significant progress in reducing air pollution. The key is to know the local…

An Ebola outbreak rages. Prices of medicines and vaccines continue to climb skyward. Health care costs force 100 million people into extreme poverty. The globe’s preeminent health organization has been massively reorganized—and needs a new budget. Delegates to the 72nd…

The good news is that tuberculosis deaths are declining steadily. The bad news is that we are wildly off track to meet the bold targets set for controlling the world’s #1 lethal infectious disease.

Farming is the major source of income for young adults residing in sub-Saharan Africa. But for those living in the mycetoma belt, it’s also a curse—one that will continue to destroy lives until affected countries step up and prioritize mycetoma surveillance, management and…