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.

Lessons from SARS

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

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

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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

“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

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