Public Health

A H7N9 bird flu patient is treated in a hospital in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province, on Feb 12, 2017.

The Real Reason to Panic About China’s Plague Outbreak

It’s not the disease that’s worrisome—it’s the Chinese government’s response to it.

A technician extracts blood from a patient for an HIV test in Mexico City on July 18.

Mexico Is Setting a Global Example on HIV Treatment

But the president’s recent funding cuts to civil society organizations threaten to imperil their progress.

A health worker puts on his personal protective equipment before entering the red zone of a MSF (Doctors Without Birders) supported Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC), where he will check up on patients on Nov. 6, 2018 in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

On the Front Lines of the Trump Administration’s Ebola Response

The United States has mounted a wide-ranging response to the latest deadly outbreak, as only it can.

Members of the German military wait to have their suits decontaminated after a search for dead birds in northern Germany, where swans infected with bird flu were found, on Feb. 22, 2006.

The Presidential Candidates Are Ignoring One of the World’s Biggest Looming Threats

Whoever sits in the White House come 2021 will likely have to confront a pandemic of some kind. He or she should start preparing now.

Staff at the Prince of Wales hospital in Hong Kong wear face masks to protect themselves from SARS on March 14, 2003.

What Terrorism Experts Can Learn From Public Health Experts

National security professionals have a duty to use their influence to fight hyperbole.

Afghan schoolchildren study amid the rubble of Papen High School in Nangarhar province on July 25.

Endless Conflict in Afghanistan Is Driving a Mental Health Crisis

A generation of Afghans came of age amid relentless violence. Saturday’s election offers little hope for help.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 25, 2018.

Trump Takes Center Stage at U.N. Summit

The U.S. president’s third UNGA address could be more toned down than before.

A Chinese U.N. soldier prepares a truckload of Ebola relief aid after it was airlifted by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), on August 23, 2014 in Harbel, Liberia.

The World Knows an Apocalyptic Pandemic Is Coming

But nobody is interested in doing anything about it.

Volunteer community mobilizers (VCMs) hold flip charts used for educating parents about polio and other routine immunizations at a health center in Kano, Nigeria, on July 23.

Nigeria Just Won a Complex Victory Over Polio

The country’s vaccinators have overcome distrust, misinformation, and an insurgency to reach this point, but they can’t stop yet.

A man receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse outside the Afia Himbi Health Center in Goma on July 15.

The World Bank Has the Money to Fight Ebola but Won’t Use It

In Congo, thousands of people have died due to a misguided finance-driven approach to fighting pandemics that puts investors before victims.

A health worker waits to handle an unconfirmed Ebola patient at a newly built, Médecins Sans Frontières-supported Ebola treatment center in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Nov. 7, 2018.

In Fragile States, Disease Outbreaks Don’t Stay Local for Long

U.S. health aid can also promote stability, mitigate extremism, and avoid costly longer-term military interventions.

Women wear American flag headscarves at an event in New York City on Feb. 1, 2017.

Muslim Health Care for All

How religious communities in the United States are providing free health care and overcoming anti-immigrant sentiment.

A Burmese Rohingya girl gives a blood sample to test for malaria at a special clinic in Rakhine state on May 4, 2009.

Good Health Supports Good Governance

Trump’s budget reopens old—and unnecessary—arguments about the efficacy of health aid.

People line up to wash their hands with chlorinated water designed to prevent the spread of Ebola at a symbolic polling station in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Dec. 30, 2018.

Cliches Can Kill in Congo

The country’s Ebola outbreak is spreading out of control—but it's not because of a fight over "conflict minerals."

A miner stands on a mound of dirt at an abandoned industrial mine March 28, 2006 in Mongbwalu, Congo. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Your Cell Phone Is Spreading Ebola

A deadly outbreak in Congo has become a global emergency because of a raging conflict over valuable minerals.

A nurse prepares a measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in New York on April 5. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

How Russia Sows Confusion in the U.S. Vaccine Debate

Not content to cause political problems, Moscow’s trolls are also undermining public health.

A nurse administers a measles vaccine to a boy in the school of Lapaivka village near the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Feb. 21, 2019. (Yuri Dyachyshyn/AFP/Getty Images)

The World’s Many Measles Conspiracies Are All the Same

The deadly disease is spreading rapidly around the globe, fueled by a cratering of social trust.

A member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit at the Bwera General Hospital in western Uganda on Dec. 12, 2018. (Isaac Kasmani/AFP/Getty Images)

Ebola Has Gotten So Bad, It’s Normal

Africa isn’t just dealing with an outbreak anymore—and that’s bad news for everyone.

Protesters attend an anti-government demonstration in support of abortion rights in Warsaw on April 9, 2016.

Poland Is Trying to Make Abortion Dangerous, Illegal, and Impossible

Ireland voted to liberalize abortion laws. The far-right government in Warsaw is moving in the opposite direction.

A woman wears an air-filtration mask while crossing a street in San Francisco, California, October 13, 2017. (Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

How to Make Climate Change Doubters Pay a Political Price

Leaders who refuse to acknowledge the public health consequences of air pollution, disease outbreaks, and drought will soon feel the wrath of voters at the polls.

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