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.

China Steps Up to a Global Threat

Beijing's new anti-AIDS commitment part of trend to greater openness
John Gittings
December 5, 2003

The World's Poor and Sick Have Not Been Forgotten

Pharmaceutical companies and governments are making real progress on improving access to medicines
Krishna Ravi Srinivas
October 20, 2003

SARS Proved Health is Global Public Good

And the need to boost domestic public health and international cooperation
Michael Merson
September 24, 2003

The Global Abortion Bind

A woman’s right to choose gives way to sex-selection abortions and dangerous gender imbalances
Joseph Chamie
May 29, 2008

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 Gives China a Lesson in Globalization

Openness is essential for successful integration
Frank Ching
May 2, 2003