Since human migrations began, germs have traveled with people, animals and traded goods. In an interconnected and mobile world, diseases such as HIV/AIDS and SARS can spread rapidly. Yet international cooperation through agencies such as the World Health Organization also allows for a collective response to global health threats and faster response times. Nations have developed diverse health care systems, aiming for cost-effective treatment. Yet the diverse systems contribute to disparities in global health, including availability of technology, pharmaceutical companies targeting innovations to maximize profits, and providers abandoning areas of need for higher salaries in the West, just to name a few.

World Momentum Builds for Universal Health Coverage

Despite recession, emerging economies follow Europe’s lead, striving for universal health coverage
Yanzhong Huang
March 9, 2012

Childless by Choice

More people decide against having children, presenting quandaries for governments and the elderly
Joseph Chamie, Barry Mirkin
March 2, 2012

How Worried Should We Be About Radiation

After Fukushima, consumers’ radiation worries are normal, but should focus on public-policy planning
Jeffrey Lewis
April 11, 2011

The H1N1 Virus: Varied Local Responses to a Global Spread

Pandemics are global but political calculation to confront them is decidedly local
Yanzhong Huang
September 1, 2009

Hungry World: A Silent Crisis Calls for Urgent Action

Developed nations should reform aid and launch a new Green Revolution
Marshall Bouton
July 7, 2009

Stopping the Death Spiral

US healthcare reform can help the world
David Dapice
May 26, 2009

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Caesarean Births “Affecting Human Evolution”

Caesarean deliveries favor large heads in humans and increase need for the procedure
Helen Briggs
December 7, 2016

The Age of Pain

Social distress contributes to populism and governments must address systemic causes
William Davies
November 15, 2016

UNICEF: 300 Million Children Breathe Toxic Air

Satellite imagery confirms the pollution is most severe in South Asia and Africa
November 4, 2016

Global Health Funding Faces a Shortfall of Billions to Fight Diseases

Diseases can spread quickly and predictable, and sustained funding is required
Andrew Green
November 1, 2016

In Your Phone, In Their Air

Demand is growing for lithium batteries, and pollution infiltrates Chinese villages with graphite factories
Peter Whoriskey
October 28, 2016

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