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.

Coping With the Newest Threat to Global Health - Fat

World public health community should welcome reform initiated by multinational food industry
Derek Yach
August 26, 2003

SARS: Wake-Up Call for a Strong Global Health Policy

Epidemics affect the global community and demand global cooperation
Ilona Kickbusch
April 25, 2003

Sars Gives China a Lesson in Globalization

Openness is essential for successful integration
Frank Ching
May 2, 2003

“Made in China” Label Spurs Global Concern

A leading global exporter will reassure consumers abroad only when it has done so at home
Paul Mooney
August 23, 2007

Sars: A New Threat to Asian Prosperity

Asia's disrupted global connections
Michael Richardson
April 21, 2003

Lessons from SARS

Spread of virus shows China's and Hong Kong's growing pains
Christine Loh
April 9, 2003

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The Smart Way of Healing

Anti-resistant bacteria and hospital-acquired diseases threaten treatment and medical tourism
Nayan Chanda
January 22, 2016

“Almost Too late”: Fears of Global Superbug Crisis in Wake of Antibiotic Misuse

Reliance on antibiotics in agriculture is a culprit
January 7, 2016

Brazil Warns Against Pregnancy Due to Spreading Virus

The virus may have spread to 15 other nations in Latin America
Shasta Darlington
January 4, 2016

Fears Grow Over Increased Antibiotic Resistance

Such resistance complicates some routine operations
October 16, 2015

Thank You for Not Smoking

The WHO’s groundbreaking fight against tobacco could be replicated to combat other public health issues
Heather Wipfli
October 7, 2015

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