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World's Infectious Disease Outbreaks (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Infecting over 3,000 people and killing at least 250, a cholera outbreak is currently sweeping across Haiti, bringing a new wave of tragedy to a natio...

Dispatch From Haiti: "Controlled Chaos" of Cholera

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Jon LaPook

On Saturday afternoon we visited St. Nicolas Hospital in St. Marc, the current center of the cholera outbreak. It was awful.

Cholera Death Toll Rising In Haiti: Inside Port-Au-Prince's Tent Camps

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Jon LaPook

I fear this will become a major disaster. Haitians have no natural immunity to cholera. The incubation period of up to five days lets seemingly healthy but actually infected people travel and spread the disease. This could involve the entire country. I'm praying for a miracle.

Haiti: Cholera Outbreak Metaphor for No Accountability

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

It began as a trickle of questions and sketchy information last night. An email from a friend and colleague in Haiti: "Do you know what is happening a...

Fresh Flooding In Pakistan Forces Hundreds Of Thousands To Flee

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The floods tearing through Pakistan's breadbasket have further weakened this already unstable country, inflicting more economic...

As Evidence of Waterborne Diseases in Pakistan's Hardest-Hit Communities Grows, World Vision Says "situation is desperate"

World Vision | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
World Vision

• World Vision opens emergency health clinic in Lower Dir • Growing number of children already reported to have skin diseases, eye infections • ...

Zimbabwe -- 30 years later -- A Conversation with Amnesty International USA's Sarah Hager

Michealene Cristini Risley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michealene Cristini Risley

We have heard so much and seen so many tragedies cascading from this once shining example of a Southern Africa success story. What happened?

World Water Day - Party Like It's 2010

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Greenblatt

When you eliminate preventable death and disease, a whole new world is possible. This is why people all over the world are joining together to celebrate World Water Day.

Haiti Youth Work To Provide Sanitation For Displacement Camps

Causecast | Erica Liepmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Following the 7.0 earthquake that devastated the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas, over a million Haitians are left homeless. D...

Long Before Earthquake Destruction in Haiti, A Drinking Water Crisis

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph B. Treaster

As the rebuilding of Haiti gets underway, billions of dollars are going to be spent. Some of those dollars, perhaps a billion or more, should be dedicated to cleaning up the country's drinking water.

Why a Gates Foundation Gift Was Not Enough for Haiti's Children

Lisa Conte | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Conte

As I watch the destruction in Haiti, I thought of all those who have hindered the investigation into crofelemer's promise--and thereby prevented distribution of this life-saving medicine.

Confronting Cholera: My Zimbabwe Diary

Emile Hirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Emile Hirsch

2010-01-27-emile_zimbabwe_fpII.jpgAnybody who wants to really see that being a "billionaire" isn't all it's cracked up to be need only visit Zimbabwe.

What South Africa's Water Trial Can Teach Us About Health Care For All

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

Let's hope that the Constitutional Court and the U.S. court of public opinion come to the right conclusion and accept responsibility for essential services.

I Live Here: My Story

Mia Kirshner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mia Kirshner

I traveled to Malawi in 2005 to collect material for a chapter of I Live Here, an anthology about vanishing communities around the world. Tragically, the situation has deteriorated further since then.

Zimbabwe Cholera Cases Reaching 100,000

Mail And Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The cholera infection rate in Zimbabwe is nearing the 100 000 mark in Africa's worst outbreak in 15 years, aid agencies said on Tuesday....

Zimbabwe's Poor Healthcare System Causing Humanitarian Crisis

NYCity News Service | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
NYCity News Service

The collapse of Zimbabwe's health system has created a humanitarian crisis where people are already suffering from a crippling hyperinflation and severe food, fuel and currency shortages.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Without the Crowds

Caroline Gluck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Caroline Gluck

The country's political crisis, hyperinflation and a cholera epidemic, has meant Zimbabwe has had a hard time selling itself as an ideal tourist destination.

South Africa Cholera Fears Spread As Zimbabwe Refugees Evicted

Mail and Guardian | NOSIMILO NDLOVU | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Humanitarian organisations assisting Zimbabwean refugees in Musina have warned that the closure of the showground -- a large open field near the borde...

Zimbabwe Cholera Epidemic Getting Worse

CNN | Nkepile Mabuse | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The outbreak -- one of the world's largest, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) -- is only getting worse, and could be a stepping-stone t...

Zimbabwe Cholera Epidemic Infects More Than 60,000 People: World Health Organization

WHO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

30 JANUARY 2009 | GENEVA -- Zimbabwe's cholera outbreak, one of the world's largest ever recorded, is far from being brought under control. An enhance...

As Obama Urges Action on Zimbabwe, Health Crisis Worsens

Jirair Ratevosian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jirair Ratevosian

As hopeful rhetoric permeates US leadership, Zimbabwe's health crisis is taking a turn for the worse. The average life expectancy has plummeted from 62 in the early 1990s to 36 today.

Life in a Time of Cholera: Crisis in Zimbabwe

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arlene M. Roberts

When does denial of health care amount to a human rights violation? Zimbabwe is facing a humanitarian crisis. The cause of the crisis is a political one.

Zimbabwe Cholera Death Toll Tops 3,000

Mail and Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A total of 3 028 people are now known to have died from the water-borne disease while 57 702 have been affected, the organisation said in its latest u...

Zimbabwe's Ruined Healthcare System A 'Man-Made Disaster:' Report

Jirair Ratevosian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jirair Ratevosian

The healthcare crisis in Zimbabwe is a direct outcome of the malfeasance of the Robert Mugabe regime and the systematic violation of a wide range of human rights.

Zimbabwe's Stubborn Middle Class Stays Through Cholera And Political Crisis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By GlobalPost's correspondent in Harare (who cannot be named because of Zimbabwe's press restrictions) There is plenty of gallows humor circulating i...