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Zika, Vaccines and Climate Change: Convergence of Right and Left Extremism

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Consider two people circumnavigating the globe at the equator from the same starting point but moving in opposite directions; the two points furthest apart converge at the end where the journey began; so too here with anti-science zealotry on left and right: They merge together in a bond of extremism. Nowhere can this circle of delusion be seen better than with the emergence of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that can cause devastating brain damage in newborns.

Lindsay Lohan's Luxury Blankets for the Less Fortunate

William D. Beaver | Posted 01.27.2016 | Impact
William D. Beaver

It can be difficult deciding what charities to support. Lindsay Lohan has an idea, though. ...

To Congo, With Love: Send Us Your Lullabies

Sabra Gertsch | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Sabra Gertsch

In the middle of the crisis, Krysta Strasbaugh sees the banana trees. Their flat, broad leaves flutter like flags of truce above the barbed wire over the protective wall.

Giving Patients a Chance in Rural Uganda

Andy Bryant | Posted 01.28.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

Thanks to the ongoing support of organizations like the Segal Family Foundation, Soft Power Health can continue to provide quality inexpensive healthcare and health education to those who need it most.

Melinda Gates Lays Out Her 3 Goals For A Better World

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 01.21.2016 | Business

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Innovation Can Save Lives

Dr. Mark Dybul | Posted 01.21.2016 | Impact
Dr. Mark Dybul

Innovation comes in many forms, from brilliant technology breakthroughs in Silicon Valley to less flashy advances like a simpler way to deliver essential products. In many cases, even a low-tech innovation can improve health care in a life-changing way. All you need is a new perspective on an old problem.

How the GOP Is Killing Us With Ignorance

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Outside of the strange and insular world of extreme right-wing politics, most folks generally recognize the hazards of climate change: deadly heat waves, droughts, more frequent and more severe cyclones, floods, wildfires, catastrophic loss of marine life, and shifts in agricultural productivity.

The Bystander

Linch Zhang | Posted 01.18.2016 | Impact
Linch Zhang

I don't always keep my promises. I'm subconsciously biased in a hundred and one ways. I'm lacking in conscientiousness. But at least when it comes to global poverty, I will not, I cannot, just stand by.

Obama Emphasizes Malaria In State of the Union, But Not This Way Deadlier Disease

The Huffington Post | LaurenWeber | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama highlighted the U.S.'s ability to stop malaria and HIV/AIDS in tonight's State of the Union, but left out tuberculosis less th...

2015 in Review: Commemorating a Year of Key Global Health Achievements

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 01.10.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

Globally, 2015 will be viewed as a turning point for international development. In September, world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a set of updated targets -- the Sustainable Development Goals -- to guide development efforts over the next 15 years.

Ten Things To Know Before You Go on Photo Safari in Southern Africa

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 01.06.2016 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

What you need to know before planning that bucket-list trip to Southern Africa's Botswana and Zimbabwe.

The Real Climate Change Hoax

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

Such radical gyrations in the climate are already causing unseen suffering and hardship for countless of the earth's inhabitants. Millions of people have been displaced from their homes or lost their livelihoods as a result of one degree of warming.

Top Global Health Milestones in 2015 (plus an Honorable Mention)

Karl Hofmann | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Karl Hofmann

As this year closes, it offers an opportunity to reflect on how far we've come and the work yet to be done. Global health gains in the third mille...

The Africa We Want

Uhuru Kenyatta | Posted 01.11.2016 | Impact
Uhuru Kenyatta

This past September, as I joined fellow leaders and global citizens at the UN, I was confronted by a brave fellow Kenyan. He challenged his leaders to make HIV treatment available to all who need it and to address the stigma too many people living with the disease face every day of their lives.

We Are in This Boat Together

Dr. Mustapha Kaloko | Posted 12.16.2015 | Impact
Dr. Mustapha Kaloko

Of course, we cannot prevent the emergence of another Ebola-like virus. But we can prepare for it. This is not only the right thing to do, it also makes the best financial sense.

Malaria Deaths Dropped Below Half A Million In Past Year: WHO

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 12.09.2015 | Impact

LONDON, Dec 8 (Reuters) - The number of people killed by malaria dropped below half a million in the past year, reflecting vast progress against the ...

As New Crises Emerge, Let's Not Let Up on the Old Ones

Pedro L. Alonso, MD, PhD | Posted 12.09.2015 | Impact
Pedro L. Alonso, MD, PhD

An estimated 438,000 people will die of malaria this year, versus about 13,000 who will die of Ebola. As health leaders -- including many of us here at WHO -- rightfully debate how to prepare for the next health crisis that may emerge, we should take pains to ensure that we continue to make progress against the diseases we already know much about.

An Unqualified U.S. Foreign Policy Success

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Mark Pfeifle

In one unique area of foreign policy -- the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief -- the United States has shown that Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives can work together, save lives and enhance our security -- all by doing good.

Mutant Mosquitoes Are Resistant To Malaria, Scientists Say

Associated Press | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.24.2015 | Science

WASHINGTON (AP) — California researchers hatched some malaria-resistant mosquitoes and then gave evolution a shove — using a groundbreaki...

Accelerating the Elimination of Malaria in Southern Africa

Dr. Mark Dybul | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Dr. Mark Dybul

Mosquitoes and the malaria parasite do not respect borders. Despite tremendous progress in halving malaria deaths in the last decade, this preventable and treatable disease kills approximately 450,000 people a year.

Seven Things Worth Knowing About Mosquitos

The Conversation Africa | Posted 11.11.2015 | Green
The Conversation Africa

by Leo Braack, University of Pretoria This article is part of a series on malaria. You can read the rest of the series here. 1. Not all mosquitoes b...

Holiday Epidemics: The El Niño Warning

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 11.10.2015 | Science
Dr. William Karesh

At least every seven years or so, and predictable many months in advance, our planet pushes the reset button on our oceans and atmosphere. The big event begins in the South China Sea and quickly spreads to encircle our planet. Few living things are spared its influence.

4 Innovative Ways to Keep Poor Children in School

Rhema Hokama | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

Children who live in the world's poorest regions are most likely to be deprived educational opportunities. In the developing world, children from the poorest households are four times less likely to be enrolled in school than those from the richest.

As Ebola Leaves West Africa, Why Are Resources Leaving Too?

Vishal Khetpal | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Vishal Khetpal

Tremendous progress has been undoubtedly made in the fight against Ebola, but has the world done enough to address today's diseases endemic to the region, such as malaria, or tomorrow's next infectious contagion? I am not so sure.

The New Millennial Opportunity: Doing Good is Good for Business

Mikkel Vestergaard | Posted 10.14.2015 | Impact
Mikkel Vestergaard

There are so many opportunities for technological innovation to drive global development. The ability to collect and analyze data, made possible by the digital age, can transform how diseases are monitored and treated.