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A doctor treats a Yemeni child infected with cholera at a makeshift hospital operated by Doctors Without Borders in Yemen’s Hajjah province on July 16. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Yemen’s Man-Made Cholera Outbreak Is About to Break a Record

In Haiti, it took seven years for the number of cholera cases to surpass 800,000. In Yemen, it’s taken several months.

A CSX locomotive passes by a heroin encampment in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 10, 2017.


In North Philadelphia, railroad gulch as it is known, is ground zero in Philadelphia?s opioid epidemic. The tracks and the surrounding property are owned and operated by the Consolidated Rail Corporation, a joint subsidiary of Norfolk Southern and CSX. Last month, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced citations against the Consolidated Rail Corporation for what the mayor, in a release, said was Conrail?s failure to clean and secure their own property.  Visitors and homeless residents of the gulch say the trash isn?t their fault, and that they are only there because they have nowhere else to go
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How Not to Handle the Opioid Crisis

America’s drug pushers aren’t in Mexico — they’re right at home.

BANGKOK - JULY 18:  A nurse prepares the AIDSVAX B/E vaccine for injection July 18, 2002 at the Boon Mee Clinic in Bangkok, Thailand.  Some 2,500 uninfected intravenous drug users  at risk of HIV-1 infection are being tested at 17 different clinics in Bangkok on a volunteer basis during the Phase III trial to determine the efficacy of the vaccine. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

The Next AIDS Pandemic

Funding cuts to key U.S. programs that support medicine and treatment are coming. And with a booming African population and drug-resistant strains on the rise, the future is grim.

NAIROBI, KENYA - DECEMBER 2006: Images photographed on the site of the Coptic Hospital, 2 December 2006 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Coptic hospital is run through donations and is a benificary of the PEPFAR prject, part of the US presidents program on Aids. HIV rates in Kenya are now at 5 to 1 in terms of women to men, indicating a strong feminisation of the disease. As a result groups of Kenyan HIV+ women are banding together to offer each other education and support. They are utilising their sewing, weaving and other skills to create financial resources and at the same time creating womens groups to discuss Aids issues and awareness.  Getty Images is partnering with the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS ongoing projects. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

Trump Is Wrong to Retreat From the Global Fight Against AIDS

U.S. efforts to fight pandemics are in the country's best interest — and provide an astounding return on investment.

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First-Ever Malaria Vaccine To Begin Tests Next Year

If effective, it would be a big deal for Africa, which bears the brunt of malaria cases and deaths.

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Ukraine’s Underground AIDS-Treatment Railroad

For HIV-positive eastern Ukrainians, the struggle against Russian-backed separatists isn't just about dignity — it's about their right to stay alive.

MANDO, Ghana: Students stand in front of a chalkboard where a diagram has been drawn showing how to use a female condom. At the local Methodist high school in Mando, a sexual health club meets weekly, and students are grilled on how to use a condom, the difference between short-acting contraceptives like pills and long-acting ones like IUDs, and why abstinence is the only 100 percent way to prevent pregnancy. 

The past decade has brought significant progress in making abortion safer and more accessible across Ghana, coming hand in hand with a marked uptick in contraception use and easier access to family planning measures than ever before. Abortion remains stigmatized, taboo, and often clandestine, but in big cities, if not quite yet in the country’s more rural reaches, it is slowly being talked about more openly, and women are better able to get safe procedures. But that progress may have just hit a wall, in the form of an American president bowing to domestic anti-abortion forces and implementing restrictive policies that will cut off U.S. aid to any foreign organization that so much as talks about abortion. This new policy, an executive memorandum known alternately as the Global Gag Rule or the Mexico City Policy and signed by President Donald Trump on his fourth day in office, yanks any foreign aid whatsoever -- including money that pays for contraception, safe pregnancy and delivery, childhood vaccinations, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, Ebola, or other infectious diseases -- from organizations abroad that offer abortions with their own non-U.S. money, refer their clients for safe, legal abortions, or advocate for abortion rights in their own countries. (Photo by Nichole Sobecki)

The Global Gag Rule: America’s Deadly Export

The policy that plucks U.S. dollars from any international health care initiative tied to abortion has been reinstated by President Trump — and a lot of African women are going to die as a result.

This picture taken on February 23, 2015 shows a polar bear robot "Robear" lifting a woman for a demonstration in Nagoya, central Japan. The "Robear", developed by Riken Institute and Sumitomo Riko, has a polar cub-like face with big doey eyes, but packs enough power to transfer frail patients from a wheelchair to a bed or a bath. A historically low birth rate and ever-increasing life expectancy means Japan's population of elderly people is growing, while the pool of youngsters to look after them is shrinking.  AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS    JAPAN OUT        (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan Prefers Robot Bears to Foreign Nurses

A country notoriously resistant to immigration is exploring the newest frontiers of elder-care.

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Age Boom

Why now is the time to retire the idea of retirement.

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The Zika Virus Just Quietly Spread to Southwest Africa

While it’s only two cases so far, it’s a stark reminder of West Africa’s vulnerability to epidemics.

A nurse injects an anti-flu vaccine to a woman on September 14, 2009 at the Clermont-Ferrand hospital, central France, during a test with volunteers directed by medicine Claude Dubray as a preventive measure from the H1N1 virus (swine flu). At least 3,205 people have died of the disease worldwide since it was uncovered in April, the World Health Organisation (WTO) told in a conference in Vienna today.  AFP PHOTO THIERRY ZOCCOLAN (Photo credit should read THIERRY ZOCCOLAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump and the Anti-Vaxxer Conspiracy Theorists

The president-elect’s dangerous views on the safety of vaccines threaten the lives of millions of Americans.

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People gather  outside the National Maternity Hospital where a woman only known as "Beatriz" who is pregnant with a anencephalic baby in San Salvador, El Salvador on May 30, 2013.  A chronically ill Salvadoran woman pregnant with a malformed fetus that doctors say will probably die has lost her Supreme Court bid to have an abortion. The Inter American Human Rights Court on Thursday ordered El Salvador to adopt urgent measures to protect the life of the young Salvadorean mother, who is affected by lupus erythematosus.  AFP PHOTO/Jose CABEZAS        (Photo credit should read Jose CABEZAS/AFP/Getty Images)

On the Front Lines of El Salvador’s Underground Abortion Economy

Amid an indifferent state and an activist Church, a defiant network of health workers struggle to offer a reprieve from the world’s most restrictive abortion laws.

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Will Foreign Aid Get Cut on Trump’s Chopping Block?

USAID is in the dark on Trump's plans, but Republicans in Congress could be the main defenders of foreign assistance.

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