In the last decade, the United States has been the leading funder for preparing and responding to global infectious outbreaks, and the delivery of basic health care to low-income countries.
There are a number of challenges that the World Health Organisation's new leader, Ethiopian-born Tedros Ghebreyesus, will have to navigate during his tenure.
The Ebola virus is known to occur in the Democratic Republic of Congo and outbreaks are not entirely unexpected. But health authorities must take swift action to contain the outbreak.
A better understanding of science among ordinary people validates the vast amounts of public funds spent on scientific research.
The power to overcoming Ebola was in public awareness by performing simple yet basic infection prevention and control measures like washing hands, isolation and reporting suspected cases.
Primate populations are declining around the world. The great apes are in danger of disappearing, and that bears a great risk for humanity itself.
Antibiotic resistance is a major health threat that causes almost 700,000 deaths a year, and its toll is expected to grow. Here are some things you can do to offer your own resistance.
One year after the end of the West African Ebola epidemic, a study of survivors in Guinea shows what has been learned about the deadly virus, and what remains unknown.
The final trials of the first effective Ebola vaccine show it's safe to use against an outbreak.
Can some people's immune systems defeat Ebola virus before it has a chance to cause disease?
Africa's cities are melting pots of activity and interaction. There are fears that the continent's next major modern disease crisis will emerge from them.
Consuming bushmeat is thought to have contributed to the outbreak of Ebola in west Africa. Countries in the region are trying to slow down consumption.
We found that less than 1% of published research papers around the time of both outbreaks, that related to the outbreaks, actually explored their gendered impact.
Increasing isolation threatens global health. International cooperation is critical to fighting diseases that will not respect borders.
We need better surveillance systems to detect epidemics early. But while social media has been flagged as a potential solution, we're not quite there yet.
The fisheries sector in West Africa is beset with serious challenges including over-fishing and, in particular, illegal fishing.
Politics, not epidemiology or medicine, drives government responses to disease. Politicians are the ultimate decision-makers in public health, and they must respond to political forces.
Public health experts enlist the molecular biology tools that create genetically modified organisms – as well as the GMOs themselves – in the fight against emerging infectious diseases.
Thousands of people acquire infections while hospitalized. Many are caused by urinary catheters, a routine part of a hospital stay. But cutting back on their usage can lower infection rates.
There's no doubt it was time for the United Nations mission in Liberia to end. But there are some gaps in the country's plan to move on without the men and women in blue helmets.