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Three Million Syrians Go Hungry as UN Waits

John Jackson | Posted 04.23.2014 | Impact
John Jackson

The UN has the legal right to cross the border without consent from the regime. Now is not the time to wait for unanimous legal opinion, because unanimity will never come. Now is the time to start the trucks and drive that aid to the millions who need it. But instead, we wait.

A Remarkable Achievement: 80 Percent of the World Now Polio-Free

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 04.21.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

I'm recently back from New Delhi where I attended meetings on global health security, tuberculosis, and HIV -- and very importantly, participated in the World Health Organization's event to certify Southeast Asia free of polio.

On World Health Day, Take Heart in Knowing the Global Fight Is Going Strong

Nancy Brown | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

When the visionary leaders who created the United Nations got down to business, one of the first subjects they tackled was trying to improve the health of people all around the world.

How Smart Business Can Help Solve 'The World's Largest Environmental Risk'

Alexander Collot d’Escury | Posted 03.27.2014 | Business
Alexander Collot d’Escury

We all knew air pollution was a major killer. But the latest research from the World Health Organization is shocking. So, what is the role of business in making things better, apart from polluting less themselves and increasing eco-efficiencies?

India Is Polio-Free After 3 Years Of No New Cases

AP | MANIK BANERJEE | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact

SHAHPARA, India (AP) — The scourge of polio ends in India with a lively 4-year-old girl, Rukhsar Khatoon, who became ill as a baby after her parents...

Unlikely Allies

Sandeep P. Kishore, Ph.D. | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Sandeep P. Kishore, Ph.D.

We hope that all developing and developed countries alike will support the valiant efforts of South Africa and Australia in choosing to protect the lives of their people over intellectual property.

India Set To Be Declared Polio-Free

AP | NIRMALA GEORGE | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

NEW DELHI (AP) — India marked three years Monday since its last reported polio case, putting the country on course to being formally declared free o...

Diagnostic Ethics: Harms vs Benefits of Somatic Symptom Disorder

Allen Frances | Posted 02.15.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

The arena now shifts to the International Classification of Diseases 11 which is currently being prepared by the World Health Organization and is due to be published in 2016. The open question is whether ICD 11 will mindlessly repeat the mistakes of DSM-5 or will it correct them?

Polio in Syria: Putting Children Above Politics

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

One of our worst fears was recently confirmed: polio has returned to Syria for the first time in 14 years, infecting at least 10 young children.

Drug-Resistant TB Officially a 'Crisis' - Now What?

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 12.23.2013 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

TB anywhere is TB everywhere. As an airborne disease that can be spread through the simple of act of coughing, our decision makers have an obligation to heed the evidence and ramp up our slowing fight against an ancient disease, before its control spins out of our grasp.

Historic Moment in Global Health: Delivering on China's Potential for Combatting a Deadly Disease

Steve Davis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Steve Davis

The World Health Organization (WHO) has put its stamp of approval on a vaccine that will pave the way to protecting millions of children from a devastating disease called Japanese encephalitis (JE).

Officials To Spend Extra $120 Million A Year To Wipe Out TB In Kids

AP | MARIA CHENG | Posted 12.01.2013 | Impact

LONDON -- Health officials are embarking on an ambitious plan to wipe out tuberculosis in children worldwide, even though they don't know exactly how ...

April Jones, Child Brides and Us

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Victoria A. Brownworth

Women have been working to stop these crimes against girls for years. But until men stop providing the client base for child porn and child sex tourism and child brides, nothing will change. And millions more girls will be lost forever.

UN Holds First Major Meeting On Helping People With Disabilities...And It's About Time

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a historic U.N. meeting of world leaders Monday "to break barriers and open doors" for the...

Access to HIV Treatment -- Raising the Bar

Michel Sidibé | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Michel Sidibé

The path to zero -- zero new infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths -- is clearer today than ever before. Universal access to antiretroviral therapy can help pave the way.

WHO: We Need To Treat 26 Million HIV Patients To Halt Spread

Reuters | Posted 08.30.2013 | Impact

* New guidelines recommend earlier treatment with AIDS drugs * Some 34 million people worldwide are HIV positive * Guide...

1 In 3 Women Experience Sexual Or Physical Violence, Global Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.21.2013 | World

About one in three women worldwide experience sexual or physical violence at least once in their lives, according to a World Health Organization repor...

Study Reveals Staggering Rate Of Domestic Violence Worldwide

AP | MARIA CHENG | Posted 08.20.2013 | World

LONDON — In the first major global review of violence against women, a series of reports released Thursday found that about a third of women hav...

How The Food Industry Is Targeting Children

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2013 | Parents

* WHO report says childhood obesity picture is not improving * Adverts on TV, social media and smart phones criticised *...

Hormones Out of Whack: The Global Threat From Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

Michael Green | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Green

I can imagine a world where children are not threatened by harmful chemicals in their daily lives, where simple acts of precaution are commonplace, and where our families' health matters more than short-term profits.

Rwanda's Bold Focus on Cancer Starts With HPV

Tom Murphy | Posted 02.17.2013 | Impact
Tom Murphy

A recent WHO assessment of Rwanda's capacity to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs) found that country failed on every measure.

Private Sector Serious About Tackling NCDs Despite Concerns of Civil Society

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 11.21.2012 | Impact
Dr. Derek Yach

How well is the private sector doing in tackling the rising pandemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which cause nearly two out of every three deaths in the world?

MDG Week: Doing What It Takes For Mothers and for Babies

4+ | Posted 09.22.2012 | Impact

Every day 800 women lose their lives giving birth — 287,000 each year — and the vast majority of these deaths occurs in developing countries. Mate...

The Big Latch On Organizes Massive 23-Country Wide Nursing Event

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.03.2012 | Parents

At 10:30 a.m. at 590 locations spread across 23 countries, mothers around the world breastfed their children in an attempt to break a simultaneous bre...

Handwashing With Soap Can Help Us Achieve the Millennium Development Goals

Myriam Sidibe | Posted 09.05.2012 | Impact
Myriam Sidibe

Being able to live a clean, active and healthy life should be a basic human right. Yet, this is not a privilege that everyone has -- a point underscored by two high level reports last week.