Why is the UN convening a summit-level meeting on illnesses like cancer and diabetes? This CFR guide looks at how these non-communicable diseases have amplified the burdens on developing states and the global threat they pose.
Swine flu has already shaken markets. While the scope of the current outbreak remains unknown, experts say a severe pandemic could drive productivity losses, dampen trade, and lower product demand at a time of preexisting economic frailty.
Health experts agree the U.S. health care system needs an overhaul, as a way of shoring up the economy and U.S. competitiveness. But a battle is brewing over the president-elect's designs for a public-sponsored insurance plan.
China increasingly asserts itself as an emerging economic superpower, but the country also continues to face high-profile setbacks that tarnish its brand.
President Bush's AIDS initiative, reauthorized for another five years this summer, wins widespread praise even from those highly critical of other administration policies. Yet some health experts worry AIDS funding has grow disproportionately large compared with other U.S. development spending.
President Bush’s AIDS program in Africa is up for renewal. A number of health experts applaud some of its results but want to end the focus on abstinence.
Cholera in Iraq continues to spread, and experts can’t seem to get a handle on the unsanitary water responsible for making so many people sick.
The response to virulent animal diseases is improving, but major outbreaks continue, costing the animal industry millions and increasing fears of a global pandemic.
Treatment and prevention programs show progress against the spread of HIV/AIDS, but cultural and political issues, particularly in Africa, continue to defy science.
With the volume of illegal immigrants flowing across the U.S. border fueling an emotional debate in Washington, the impact of immigration policy on foreign health workers has been overshadowed.
An Atlanta lawyer’s drug resistant tuberculosis infection highlights the growing prevalence of the disease.
As avian flu continues its global—and westward—spread, experts say the world remains unprepared for a possible pandemic.
With the Democrats in control of Congress, another White House policy is up for reexamination: the Bush administration’s pro-abstinence approach to the global AIDS pandemic.
Recent discoveries related to avian flu could help control a possible future pandemic, but even as the global community and individual countries develop plans to combat the virus, experts say more work needs to be done.
While avian flu makes headlines, overlooked diseases like polio and tuberculosis are making a comeback. Hurdles ranging from misinformation to lack of funding are preventing their control.
Half a million women die each year during pregnancy or childbirth. Reducing the maternal mortality rate is one of the UN's Millennium Development goals, but experts say not enough is being done to safeguard the lives of mothers.
Warren Buffett's pledge to give more than 30 billion dollars to the Gates Foundation has enormous implications for promoting global health. This year's portion of the donation alone is roughly equal to the amount UNICEF spends annually.
Pope Benedict XVI has requested a report on the use of condoms in cases involving HIV. The issue divides church traditionalists and pragmatists, and could signify the first major crossroads of Benedict's papacy.