The person who takes office on July 1 2017 will have significant impact on the organisation, and on all of global health.
Malaria in South Africa is close to being eliminated but to complicate matters scientists have identified a second mosquito transmitting the disease.
European countries are among the most sceptical of vaccinations – so how do they stay on top of the problem?
An active outbreak of a type of bird flu in China raises concerns about worldwide pandemics. Ebola and Zika viruses still threaten. Here's why this is not the time to cut funding.
Tuberculosis transmitted from animals to humans is a growing concern in poor countries. As we observe World Tuberculosis Day, it's worth asking why.
Many Latino immigrants feel comfortable with traditional medicine approaches at their local botánica. These might provide a helpful bridge in providing treatment to large groups of people.
Deafness is a huge burden for economies and individuals. This is particularly true in developing countries. Solutions need to take into account not just costs, but the rights of individuals too.
Female genital mutilation is largely hidden in Australia and other high-income countries. But the United Nations says it is a global concern – and our research found it does affect girls here.
The reality is that the move to introduce a sugar tax in South Africa is necessary because of the scourge of non-communicable diseases and obesity in the country.
South Africa lacks a clear definition of disability – and its limited view of who should be regarded as having a disability in the labour market is at odds with international practice.
Emerging research suggests that preexisting immunity to dengue virus, which is endemic in South America, could make a subsequent Zika infection worse.
The final trials of the first effective Ebola vaccine show it's safe to use against an outbreak.
Reducing the amount of salt one consumes over the summer holidays is important to maintaining long term health.
Research has yet to reveal why and how obesity rates have surged around the world in the past few decades.
The World Health Organisation no longer sees Zika as a health emergency. But what does this downgrade mean for the health of mothers and babies?
Being able to buy processed "food-like" products is often seen as a mark of personal and material success. Little attention is paid to having a healthy diet.
The current scheduling of cannabis is not only out of step with the available evidence but is restricting its potential use as a medicine.
Like the essential medicines list which sets out the drugs each country should have at affordable prices, an essential diagnostics list would detail diagnostic tests for those who need them.
A bit of prosciutto as part of a well-balanced diet is not going to do you much harm.
Why US$790m is not enough to win the war against antibiotic resistance.