Did WHO praise for China’s response early on hurt efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus? Mounting evidence that Chinese officials silenced whistleblowers and undercounted cases while the WHO praised China’s response are testing faith in the WHO’s…

As Sierra Leone was in the throes of the 2014 Ebola crisis, there was an alarming uptick in adolescent pregnancies.   The number of 15-19-year-old girls who were pregnant or already mothers more than doubled from 30% to 65%. Myriad factors contributed: Quarantined Ebola…

As Hong Kong braces for a surge in coronavirus cases, memories of the 2003 SARS outbreak are close at hand, NPR reports.   Some say Hong Kong hasn’t learned its lesson. While public transportation and schools are shut down, Hong Kong’s border with mainland China remains…

Li Wenliang, the doctor who sounded a warning early in the coronavirus outbreak, lost his life to the virus early Friday a.m. in Wuhan—spurring an outpouring of grief and outrage, CNN reports. Just 34 years old, he was silenced by the authorities after he warned other…

The WHO's new coronavirus response plan calls for $675 million to support response activities over the next 3 months, CIDRAP reports.  

There’s an important “window of opportunity” to block the coronavirus outbreak—but countries need to share information openly, warned WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a technical briefing in Geneva yesterday, according to the BBC.

As the media swarms the coronavirus story, most news articles focus on numbers of cases and deaths, new locations of cases, etc. 

Ramped-up cancer services could save 7 million lives over the next decade—and addressing huge service gaps between rich and poor countries is key to success, according to a new WHO report.  

Will the extraordinary and controversial efforts to contain the coronavirus work? This week could prove critical, University of Hong Kong epidemiologist Ben Cowling tells TIME: “What we’re worried about is that we don’t see any reduction in the steady increase,” Cowling…

Ghana has one of the most exemplary universal health care insurance systems in Africa—yet mental health care has languished amid stubborn stigma.   The WHO estimates that just 2% of the 2.75 million Ghanaians in need receive mental health care at medical facilities.   To…