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.

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

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

Sars: A New Threat to Asian Prosperity

Asia's disrupted global connections
Michael Richardson
April 21, 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

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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

Fighting the Zika Virus

India must prepare to control mosquitoes before the Olympics set for Brazil this summer
Nayan Chanda
February 17, 2016

Can We Stop Mosquitoes From Infecting the World?

Much is unknown about Zika, and quick fixes may cause more problems
Cheryl Katz
February 15, 2016

Short Answers to Hard Questions About Zika Virus

Research has linked the virus to birth defects in infants, Guillain-Barrê syndrome in adults
Donald G. McNeil Jr, Catherine Saint Louis and Nicholas St. Fleur
February 2, 2016

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