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.

Union Disrupts Plan to Send Ailing Workers to India for Cheaper Medical Care

Healthcare costs for U.S. firms encourage health tourism
Saritha Rai
October 12, 2006

Golden Age Is Fast Wilting

Heat, meat and biofuels threaten to starve the world’s poor
Gwynne Dyer
October 17, 2006

Alcohol Pickle

With preferences ranging from wine to vodka, EU members can’t agree on appropriate tax rates for alcohol
Adam Cohen
September 25, 2006

WHO Calls for Spraying Controversial DDT to Fight Malaria

Public-health officials in countries ravaged by malaria must choose between disease eradication and environmental protection
Betsy McKay
September 15, 2006

A Small Charity Takes Lead in Fighting a Disease

Researching cures for diseases that afflict the poor doesn’t bring in the big profits
Stephanie Strom
August 8, 2006