A boy in Pakistan receives oral polio vaccine in July.
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.
Syria’s largest city Aleppo has 85,000 children, including around 20,000 below the age of two.
Aleppo has 85,000 children. Dozens are injured every week, just like five-year old Omran Daqneesh whose pictures have shocked the world. Many have far worse injuries and will not survive.
Cancer patient in Ghana.
Infectious diseases have plagued Africa for decades. Now, Africa faces the threat of a cancer pandemic -- with a shortage of equipment, doctors and money to treat it.
Cases of AIDS are so few they are no longer recorded on public health registers.
There are good reasons for drawing attention to “the end of AIDS” in Australia. But this needs to be read with caution.
Soha, seven, is now taller than her 10-year-old sister Suhala whose growth has been stunted.
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Adults who had a low birthweight or were undernourished as young children are more likely to experience high blood pressure and obesity.
The call to action to address childhood vulnerability in Africa must go far beyond those children infected and affected by HIV.
The call to action to address childhood vulnerability in Africa must go far beyond the 17.8 million children infected and affected by HIV.
Baby with microcephaly.
Brazil faces an uphill struggle with Zika – here's what's happening on the ground already.
Who ya gonna call? The World Health Organization has been criticised for its poor response to last year’s Ebola outbreak.
William Isdale speaks with Lawrence Gostin about the lessons we can learn from the global response to last year's Ebola outbreak and the future of global health.
The oral vaccine is the most common polio vaccine used in the world.
Recent polio outbreaks in Ukraine and Mali, caused by a vaccine-derived form of poliovirus, don't mean the vaccine isn't working. On the contrary, they are a reminder to keep up vaccination rates.
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The communities ravaged by Ebola need mental health support to help people rebuild their lives.
The World Health Organization’s executive boardroom.
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It is time to have an open and honest discussion about who is – and isn't – being trained to secure the future of our world’s health at the World Health Organization headquarters.
Women make up 90% of the world’s nurses.
Data analysed from 32 countries shows women make a huge economic contribution that often goes unrecognised (and unpaid).
Bjorn Lomborg’s cost-benefit approach isn’t necessarily the best way to look at problems with a global scope.
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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.
Non-communicable diseases were responsible for 38 million (68%) of the world’s 56 million deaths in 2012.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released its Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases, the second in a series tracking worldwide progress in the prevention and control of cancers…
A$1.8 billion is no longer available to help populations in our neighbouring countries achieve a decent standard of health.
The federal government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook announcement this week to cut the foreign aid budget by a further A$3.7 billion over three years is unprecedented. The current government has…
By sharing their insights and knowledge, African leaders can improve health throughout the world.
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Ebola has focused the world’s attention on the challenges of health care in Africa. The continent has 11% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s disease burden. It also has just 1.3% of the global…
The country’s capacity to treat infected patients and prevent further spread is very limited.
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Contemplating how Papua New Guinea (PNG) would deal with Ebola may not be that different from asking the same of Liberia 12 months ago. While PNG’s per capita gross national income (US$2,540 in 2013) is…
Lower targets are easier to meet.
During the United Nations General Assembly meetings this week, Ban Ki-Moon has convened a high-level side event on the Zero Hunger Challenge. This initiative by the UN Secretary-General bears the tag line…
West African health-care workers are overworked and under-equipped to deal with the outbreak.
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Too slow. Too little, too late. Unprecedented. Out of control. These are just some of the descriptors for the biggest recorded epidemic of human infection by an ebolavirus. The question by some is how…
Major pharmaceutical companies have shown little interest in developing effective treatments for illnesses such as Ebola virus disease.
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Ebola virus disease typically only occurs in rural and remote areas among resource-poor populations. Until the large, recent outbreak in West Africa, cases of the illness were a rarity. So the fact that…