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.

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

Preparing for a New Global Threat – Part I

Urgent and coordinated action is needed to head off mutation of avian influenza into a new Spanish Flu
David Heymann
January 26, 2005

Preparing for a New Global Threat – Part II

When the next wave of influenza hits, the world's poor will stand to lose the most
Thomas Abraham
January 28, 2005

How Dangerous is the Bird Flu?

A science writer addresses commonly asked questions
Laurie Garrett
February 6, 2004

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

US Cities Reconsider LED Streetlights After AMA Warning

The energy-saving lights may interrupt sleep and reduce nighttime vision
Alyssa Navarro
September 26, 2016

UN Pledges to Fight Antibiotic Resistance in Historic Agreement

The problem could cost the global economy $100 trillion by 2050
Michaeleen Doucleff
September 23, 2016

Chronic Problems, Not Just Crises, Should Be a Global Health Priority

One report suggests that poor vision alone costs the global economy $3 trillion per year
James Chen
September 1, 2016