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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UN Pledges to Fight Antibiotic Resistance in Historic Agreement

The problem could cost the global economy $100 trillion by 2050
Michaeleen Doucleff
September 23, 2016

Chronic Problems, Not Just Crises, Should Be a Global Health Priority

One report suggests that poor vision alone costs the global economy $3 trillion per year
James Chen
September 1, 2016

UN Admits Role in Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

Cholera strain was linked to peacekeeping team from Nepal
Jonathan M. Katz
August 19, 2016

Is Insecticide Sprayed to Fight Zika a Risk for People and Wildlife?

Mosquitoes are building up resistance to pesticides
Andres Viglucci
August 15, 2016

Your Soap and Toothpaste Could Be Messing With Your Microbiome

Researchers question if common chemicals in soaps contribute to antibacterial resistance
Alison Moodie
August 3, 2016

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