Iraqi doctors weighs a child at a Baghdad clinic.
Most of the country's 1,717 primary healthcare centres have no running water or electricity and the hospitals are ill-equipped and under-staffed.
Don’t give it to grandad.
Most people are aware of the benefits of breastmilk, but few are aware of the risks.
Rabies rates are rising in Africa.
New initiative with old handsets halves rates of the disease in southern Tanzania – and is being applied to other conditions, too.
The increase in diabetes has come about from people living more sedentary lifestyles and eating more calories.
Diabetes has become a massive global problem and requires a dedicated effort in both the developed and the developing world.
Should there be an outbreak of the Zika virus in Africa, the continent will not be able to cope.
With limited laboratory capacity and a lack of experts and funding, an outbreak of the Zika virus in Africa could be problematic.
The WHO has declared a state of emergency to mobilise funds for research and greater awareness.
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Overnight, World Health Organisation Director-General Margaret Chan declared the outbreak of Zika virus a public health emergency. So what does this mean?
Illustration of the zika virus.
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Zika is quite different to Ebola – and experts would do well to wait before making recommendations this time.
The unfolding information about the Zika virus and saddening images of babies infected with microcephaly should really scare us all. The disease has spread “explosively” throughout the Americas, with 32…
Why the low uptake?
If people are avoiding the flu jab because last year's protection wasn't great, that would be a mistake.
Humans didn’t evolve to deal with the unique conditions of space travel.
Hollywood may already have done it but when we eventually send real astronauts to Mars, what medicines should we arm them with? And will they work the same way as they do on Earth?
Improving maternal mortality and ending preventable deaths in children are some of the health targets in the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Health has secured its place as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But without clear mechanisms to report, finance or engage other sectors, could more end up as less?
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.
A blood fluke from bilharzia.
Tropical parasites have been moving up the world health agenda in recent years. They're still a long way from the top, though.
To grow into healthy adults, children need lots of exercise. The best kind is when they are playing freely – even better when it is with their parents.
Globally, evidence points to children becoming less active because they would rather play computer games than be outdoors.
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…
Despite all we know about tobacco harm, many countries still look the other way.
Tobacco policy is a global issue. Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death and disease in the world. There are well over one billion smokers in the world, smoking rates are still rising in…
Most of the world continues with a criminal justice approach to drug use despite ample evidence of its harmfulness.
In 1967, the Beatles took out a full-page advertisement in The Times describing Britain’s marijuana laws as “immoral in principle and unworkable in practice”. Almost half a century later, both past and…
Polio is still not adequately controlled in Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan.
Polio (poliomyelitis) is a viral disease that can lead to incurable paralysis. The World Health Organisation is coordinating a programme to eradicate this disease from the face of the earth, and we are…
Suicidal thoughts among women were more common in developed countries but men were three times more likely to die by suicide.
One person takes their own life every 40 seconds, equating to 803,900 deaths across the world every year, according to the…
The World Health Organisation has been in a rush to deal with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Last week it declared it an international health emergency, and after two infected US doctors were given…