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.

China’s Image Sullied by Tainted Milk

Putting profit and prestige over safety, China compounds the crisis with a cover-up
Mary Kay Magistad
October 1, 2008

Diagnosing at a Distance

India’s telemedicine initiative could improve quality of life in both neglected rural areas and overseas
Margot Cohen
September 10, 2008

China Steps Up to a Global Threat

Beijing's new anti-AIDS commitment part of trend to greater openness
John Gittings
December 5, 2003

The World's Poor and Sick Have Not Been Forgotten

Pharmaceutical companies and governments are making real progress on improving access to medicines
Krishna Ravi Srinivas
October 20, 2003

SARS Proved Health is Global Public Good

And the need to boost domestic public health and international cooperation
Michael Merson
September 24, 2003

The Global Abortion Bind

A woman’s right to choose gives way to sex-selection abortions and dangerous gender imbalances
Joseph Chamie
May 29, 2008

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US Cities Reconsider LED Streetlights After AMA Warning

The energy-saving lights may interrupt sleep and reduce nighttime vision
Alyssa Navarro
September 26, 2016

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

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