The global fight to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) is at a critical crossroads, a new report warned today. An emerging epidemic of multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis “threatens to derail decades of progress,” unless countries quickly provide the political will and funding for a multipronged offensive against the disease.
As a nurse in rural Democratic Republic of Congo where health facilities are scarce and patients often arrive too late for treatment, Jeanne Empunda is used to dealing with child deaths. But since becoming head nurse at Athenee clinic when it opened in 2013 in the western province of Kongo Central, Empunda has not recorded a single child death.
Life expectancy is increasing in nearly every country in the world – a testament to modern medicine, public health policies and socioeconomic development. Nowhere is this more evident than in East Asia, where a recent study estimated that South Korean women will likely be the first to reach an expected life span of 90 years.
Despite dire warnings recently from humanitarian agencies, thousands of children remain severely malnourished and remain vulnerable to cholera, diarrhea and other diseases in Somalia; the international community is not prepared.
As crowds gathered around the world yesterday to celebrate women, India’s Prime Minister Modi paid special honor to thousands of “women champions” who are fighting for a most basic dignity: toilets.
Hundreds are gathering today in Washington, D.C., to protest President Donald Trump’s Global Gag Rule, which critics say will threaten the health of millions of the world’s most vulnerable women and families.
A recent surge of bird flu infections in humans this season has alarmed scientists and public health officials. Although the risk of sustained transmission between humans remains low, the changing nature of influenza viruses requires close monitoring, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria said it was announcing its next leader this week. It didn’t happen. The global health organization’s board was not satisfied with the final three candidates put forward after a months-long search and interview process held by the board’s nominations committee.
South Korean women could be the first to live longer than 90 years thanks to a healthy lifestyle and equitable health care. According to a new study published last week, life spans should increase in all 35 of the high-income countries examined if business continues as usual. Sadly, gains are “notably low” in the U.S. – the only country in the study without universal health care.
Guatemala is the latest of a handful of countries to resist Women on Waves, a Dutch nonprofit that provides medical abortions to women in countries where the procedure is banned.