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Children living in areas with poor sanitation and hygiene account for 60% of people around the world infected with intestinal worms. Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

A new approach for controlling intestinal worm infections could help millions of the world’s most vulnerable people

There's a growing body of evidence that shows we could be doing more for the close to billion children at risk of intestinal worms. We simply cannot afford to ignore it.
This month, at tables across the planet, millennials are feasting on gamechanging ideas for a healthier future. www.ncdfree.org

Feasting for our future as millennials table solutions

This week, I had the pleasure of sitting with Jessica Renzella - an Australian PhD student with Oxford University and a budding global health shaper. She told me about a new social campaign she’s leading…
Frontline workers need to be engaged in the process of building responsive, interconnected health systems. Reuters

Only a bottom-up approach will deliver global health development targets

The millennium development goals were laudable but the approach to achieving them was flawed. An integrated, bottom-up approach is needed if the sustainable development goals are to be met by 2030.
Research shows that Wikipedia is one of the most read sources of medical information by the general public across the world. jfcherry/Flickr

Wikipedia is already the world’s ‘Dr Google’ – it’s time for doctors and researchers to make it better

Medical entries on Wikipedia are widely consulted across the world. Doctors and medical researchers need to make efforts to ensure the content on the online collaborative encyclopedia is accurate.
Patients in a hospice in Myanmar. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Brexit and Trump are bad for our health

Increasing isolation threatens global health. International cooperation is critical to fighting diseases that will not respect borders.
A boy in Pakistan receives oral polio vaccine in July. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Polio eradication effort challenged, but not derailed

Polio for years has been close to becoming eradicated, with the entire continent of Africa going two years without a reported case – until early August. Here's why eradication is hard but attainable.
Bjorn Lomborg’s cost-benefit approach isn’t necessarily the best way to look at problems with a global scope. Simon Wedege/Wikimedia Commons

Bjorn Lomborg’s consensus approach is blind to inequality

Bjorn Lomborg's "consensus" approach involves ranking global development policies by their ratio of benefit to cost. But this hard-headed economic rationale can actually end up entrenching inequality.

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