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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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

WHO: Extremely Alarmed by Zika, Could Reach 4 Million Cases

Brazil reports almost 4,000 cases of microcephaly
Tom Miles, Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland
January 28, 2016

Family Planning Is “Critical Link" in Eradicating Poverty

Family planning is key to sustainable development, poverty reduction and economic growth
Zofeen Ebrahim and Liz Ford
January 27, 2016

The Smart Way of Healing

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

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