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.

Vietnam Plays Wary Host to APEC

As host of the APEC summit, Vietnam grows nervous about bird flu
Thomas Abraham
November 16, 2006

AIDS Threatens India’s Prosperity

Failure to rein in the epidemic could undermine India’s growth and affect its trading partners
Pramit Mitra
November 30, 2006

The Sovereignty of Disease

Outbreaks of infectious disease demand rapid global response for monitoring and protection
David L. Heymann
June 6, 2006

HIV/AIDS: A Truly Global Response Needed For a Global Scourge

Power struggle over coordination of the global campaign must be ended to develop a unified strategy
Michael Merson
November 29, 2005

A Report from the Ground Zero of China’s AIDS Crisis

Despite positive publicity, official Chinese help for the infected remains inadequate while foreign assistance is refused
Pierre Haski
June 30, 2005

How Dangerous is the Bird Flu?

A science writer addresses commonly asked questions
Laurie Garrett
February 6, 2004

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“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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