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.

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

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

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