In a jail in Senegal, a woman is imprisoned, convicted with infanticide. Access to family planning could help to prevent this societal woe.
With potential treatments for Huntington's disease on the horizon, questions of responsibility towards Latin American communities are being felt acutely. Will they ever reap the benefits of research?
Billions of people worldwide do not have access to even the simplest surgical procedures. But a new global initiative hopes to change the situation.
How Uganda's fight against disease is undermined by the country's lack of infrastructure, a low priority for both government and donors.
Aid to Kenya responds to the country's recurrent food crises but it fails to address the underlying infrastructure problems that could prevent such emergencies.
Several major aid agencies have been blamed for not addressing rights violations in Ethiopia, including those linked to their programs in the country.
Mumbai is a breeding ground for drug-resistant infections, most notably tuberculosis, due to poverty and mismanagement by health officials.
Despite drought warnings in the Horn of Africa, the international community was unprepared for what some experts say was "inevitable."
Efforts to control tuberculosis and multidrug-resistant forms of the disease face extra hurdles in Mexico's poorer states. Samuel Loewenberg reports from Chiapas, southern Mexico. The village of Los Chorros lies in a lush valley reached by a dirt track at the end of a mountain road that winds past brick and wooden huts with thatched roofs, and terraced agricultural fields (see webvideo). At the top of a small hill is a yellow concrete building with a corrugated metal roof.
Indigenous women in Mexico's poorest states face health challenges on many fronts because of abject poverty, poor education, and a dire shortage of medical staff. Samuel Loewenberg reports.
Growing up in the mountain village of San Juan Quiahije, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, Maricela Zurita Cruz saw from an early age the special health burdens that affect women there. The women face many obstacles: they are Indigenous, and so confront special problems of language and racism; they have little education and must deal with strong macho attitudes in their own communities; and they are poor people who face difficulty accessing the state's already stretched health-care system.
Although most of Guatemala's children have enough food to eat, many are not receiving the right kind of food. Samuel Loewenberg reports on the country's growing crisis of chronic malnutrition.
In the clean, toy-filled interior of a clinic in Chiquimula, a 9-year-old girl appears to be frowning. Her name is Domitila, and her muscles are too weak to form a smile (see webvideo). Her body is fragile: arms and legs wasted, patches of hair missing, the veins in her legs forming a black web-like pattern that shows through her delicate skin.