Health

In this photograph taken on August 22, 2017, doctors prepare instruments during a patient's plastic surgery procedure at Huamei Medical Cosmetology Hospital in Shanghai. (CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Under the Knife in China

Lack of proper training leaves Chinese surgeons dangerously under-skilled.

Mozambican women and expecting mothers wait to receive medical care at the Murrupelane maternity ward in Nacala, Mozambique, on July 5. (Gianluigi Guercia/ AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Administration Is Erasing Reproductive Rights at Home and Abroad

The removal of information from the State Department’s annual reports has grave consequences for human rights monitoring worldwide.

Pictures of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winners, Nadia Murad, a public advocate for the Yazidi community in Iraq and a survivor of sexual violence, and Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, displayed in Oslo on Oct. 5. (Fredrik Hagen /AFP/Getty Images)

How Political Is This Year’s Nobel Peace Prize?

The Nobel committee is usually looking to make a statement. Is it trying to tell us something about #MeToo—maybe even Brett Kavanaugh?

Medical staff check each other's protective suits before entering the isolation unit at a hospital in Bundibugyo, western Uganda, during a suspected case of Ebola. Aug. 17. (Sumy Sadurni /AFP/Getty Images)

The Next Pandemic Will Be Arriving Shortly

Deadly diseases like Ebola and the avian flu are only one flight away. The U.S. government must start taking preparedness seriously.

A doctor examines the X-rays of a tuberculosis patient at a clinic in Brooklyn, New York, on Nov. 27, 2002. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images

You Can’t Treat Tuberculosis With Platitudes

Washington nearly killed the U.N. anti-TB effort, but it didn't need to. The U.N. will do that itself.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) questions witnesses during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on May 26, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. Lawmakers Press Pompeo to Fix Policy for Diplomat Families

The State Department has scaled back benefits to family members with special needs.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington on July 25. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pompeo Ignores Plea From Diplomats With Children With Special Needs

Families say the State Department continues to curb benefits mandated by law.

John Tomac illustration for Foreign Policy

Who Will Care for the Carers?

As populations age, countries will need ever more primary health workers and aides — jobs robots will never do well. So why do we treat these workers so badly?

Denis Pierard, a specialist in microbiology and virology in Brussels, holds up a dish of bacteria culture in a microbiology lab on August 13, 2010. The researcher was studying the death of a Belgian man killed by a drug-resistant superbug that originated in South Asia. (Benoit Doppagne/AFP/Getty Images)

Superbugs Are Going to Eat Us Alive

Drug-resistant diseases are on the rise. Only a global effort to prevent overuse of antibiotics can halt the threat.

Pedestrians pass a billboard urging a 'no' vote in the referendum to preserve the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution in Dublin on May 13, 2018.

Ireland’s Nasty No Campaign

Anti-abortion activists are deploying every imaginable scare tactic to defeat a referendum that would grant Irish women the right to choose.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart the Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The Royal Baby Is Lucky He Wasn’t Born in America

Everyone in the West, royalty or not, gets better maternal health care than parents in the United States.

A patient receives cupping treatment by a doctor at a Chinese medicine clinic in Hong Kong.

Is China the World Leader in Biomedical Fraud?

Xi Jinping should be promoting evidence-based medicine, not quackery.

Performers entertain the crowd during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on Feb. 9 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

And the Gold Medal for Vomiting Goes to…

There’s a sudden outbreak of the nasty, fast-spreading norovirus — right near South Korea’s Olympic Village

Czech President and presidential candidate in next Czech presidential election Milos Zeman addresses a press conference announcing a petition to support his presidential candidacy on Nov. 6, 2017 in Prague. (Micahl Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

If a President Is Dying, and Nobody Says Anything, Does It Make a Sound?

The Czech Republic's populist president is running for re-election — and his ailing health is an open secret.

Indian doctors inspect an x-ray photograph at the  Ahmedabad Civil Hospital on March 12, 2013. (Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Hospitals Are Filling Up With Desperate Americans

Are deep-pocketed medical tourists the cause of, or solution to, India's health care problems?

Aida Abdulla speaks to Dr Samrin Farouk Habbani at the Khartoum Breast Care Centet on Oct. 15, 2015.  (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)

The Crime of Gender Inequality in Global Health

There’s no way we’ll be able to grapple with the coming health crises unless we fix the gaping problem of women’s empowerment in global health.

The Kenwa Center for HIV positive women in Nairobi, Kenya in December, 2006. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

Proposed U.S. Cuts to AIDS Funding Could Cause Millions of Deaths: Report

While the Trump administration praises its progress on the AIDS fight, health campaigners warn they are making the fight that much harder.

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
 / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTER        (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

How Not to Handle the Opioid Crisis

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

TOPSHOT - A young child suffering from severe malnutrition lies on a bed in the ICU ward at the In-Patient Therapeutic Feeding Centre in the Gwangwe district of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, northeastern Nigeria, on September 17, 2016. 
Aid agencies have long warned about the risk of food shortages in northeast Nigeria because of the conflict, which has killed at least 20,000 since 2009 and left more than 2.6 million homeless. In July, the United Nations said nearly 250,000 children under five could suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year in Borno state alone and one in five -- some 50,000 -- could die. But despite the huge numbers involved, the situation has received little attention compared with other humanitarian crises around the world -- even within Nigeria. / AFP / STEFAN HEUNIS        (Photo credit should read STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Global Hunger Crisis Will Not Be Tweeted

Americans are exhausted keeping up with Donald Trump’s every tweet. People in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen are exhausted by violence and hunger.

Jamila at her death bed. Hodeida Public Hospital. 2 May 2017

The Human Toll of Yemen’s Unending War

With the country's health services decimated by conflict, cholera is raging through the civilian population.

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