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.

Fewer Chinese Than Expected Apply to Have Second Child

China’s one-child policy reduced poverty, keeping the population close to 1.2 billion by 2000
Patti Waldmeir
January 16, 2015

Ebola Vaccine Will Soon Be Tested In West Africa

Strategies in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone vary
Richard Harris
January 14, 2015

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