In developing countries, teenage girls have the best chance of succeeding later in life if they avoid unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Both directly impact the health of girls and force them out of school. A new working paper from Cameroon shows evidence that simply talking about HIV can reduce teen pregnancy.
Less than a month after President Donald Trump reinstated the Global Gag Rule, banning federal funding for international organizations that provide or offer information about abortion, eight countries around the world are attempting to replace hundreds of millions in lost funding for reproductive health.
Nepal’s government had hoped to tackle a monumental health crisis by 2017: smoky kitchens. According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, smoke from open cooking fires kills 4.6 million people globally and nearly 23,000 just in Nepal every year. Although Nepal’s target will not be met this year – though not for lack of trying – a new report suggests that a women-led market-driven approach may make it achievable by 2022.
Afghanistan recorded its first case of wild poliovirus this week for 2017 – an 11-month-old girl in Kandahar district. Still, the World Health Organization (WHO) says eradication is on the horizon, and Afghanistan is poised to lead the way.
The Swedish physician and statistics expert Hans Rosling died today, age 68, from pancreatic cancer. Humanosphere has met with and reported…
Reports are calling it a “deadly fruit,” as investigators recently discovered lychee is behind the mysterious outbreak that has taken hundreds of children’s lives every year in Muzaffarpur, India. The discovery, published Tuesday in the Lancet Global Health journal, is a celebration of scientific collaboration and quality sleuthing. However, others say what comes next could have an even greater global impact.
Pollution is not just a plague of industrialized cities. Relatively low levels of pollution from traditional crop-burning methods used across the developing world can harm infant health, according to recent research.
Brazilian officials are concerned that a recent yellow fever outbreak will spread to urban areas, threatening the lives of pregnant women, children and other vulnerable groups.
For young girls, their first period is not necessarily a fun experience. For young girls in developing countries, not knowing how to manage their periods may hinder access to education, according to a new study.
A group concerned that malaria eradication might be falling from the radar announced a special council to keep the issue front and center.