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.

Too Big to Ail

Charities, NGOs, companies cover 80 percent of WHO’s budget
December 23, 2014

Incredibly Unwell India

To combat antibiotic-resistant diseases, India now requires prescriptions
Nayan Chanda
December 15, 2014

Cuba’s Health Diplomacy in the Age of Ebola

WHO, UN, and even US praise Cuba’s big commitment to fight against Ebola
Eduardo J. Gomez
December 3, 2014

White House Pushes Back on State Ebola Quarantines

Fragmented US public health system turns Ebola into political and legal battle
Colleen McCain Nelson, Melanie Grayce West and Betsy McKay
October 27, 2014

Ebola: The Dark Side of Globalization

Health care, education, good governance in faraway nations mean security for all
Trond Undheim
October 21, 2014

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