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.

SARS: Wake-Up Call for a Strong Global Health Policy

Epidemics affect the global community and demand global cooperation
Ilona Kickbusch
April 25, 2003

Sars: A New Threat to Asian Prosperity

Asia's disrupted global connections
Michael Richardson
April 21, 2003

“Made in China” Label Spurs Global Concern

A leading global exporter will reassure consumers abroad only when it has done so at home
Paul Mooney
August 23, 2007

Lessons from SARS

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

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

Vietnam Plays Wary Host to APEC

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

Caesarean Births “Affecting Human Evolution”

Caesarean deliveries favor large heads in humans and increase need for the procedure
Helen Briggs
December 7, 2016

The Age of Pain

Social distress contributes to populism and governments must address systemic causes
William Davies
November 15, 2016

UNICEF: 300 Million Children Breathe Toxic Air

Satellite imagery confirms the pollution is most severe in South Asia and Africa
November 4, 2016

Global Health Funding Faces a Shortfall of Billions to Fight Diseases

Diseases can spread quickly and predictable, and sustained funding is required
Andrew Green
November 1, 2016

In Your Phone, In Their Air

Demand is growing for lithium batteries, and pollution infiltrates Chinese villages with graphite factories
Peter Whoriskey
October 28, 2016