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…

The WHO can expect more pressure from member states and civil society ahead of May’s World Health Assembly, as the executive board session earlier this month left questions on the table about internal reforms and controversies.   Efforts to make UN meetings more efficient “…

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is launching an internal investigation after a trove of anonymous emails alleged that racism, sexism and corruption are rife at the UN agency. The laundry list of complaints sent to top WHO directors included “systemic racial…

Noncommunicable Diseases got the spotlight at the UN General Assembly last Thursday, scoring a High-level Meeting that gave world leaders a chance to talk about their challenges and progress tackling diseases from cancer, to heart disease, to diabetes.

NEW YORK—The UN General Assembly’s first ever High-level Meeting on Tuberculosis this past Wednesday culminated in a slew of commitments to end the disease that kills more people than any other infectious disease—1.6 million in 2017, by the WHO’s count.

To the government leaders gathered in New York today for the third UN high-level meeting on noncommunicable diseases, Michael R. Bloomberg brings a positive message: The 41 million annual deaths from NCDs are largely preventable. What’s needed to save millions of lives is…

The WHO launched its first investment case yesterday, detailing an “ambitious, but achievable” 5-year strategic plan to transform global healthcare. The WHO said the plan, fully financed for 5 years, could: