Global Health

  • Michelle Williams (center) and two daughters visit the grave of her mother, Judy Williams, at Fairview Cemetery in Hyde Park, Mass., on May 11. Judy died in 2011.
    Ellen Webber for NPR
    9:10am Jun 04, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    A Boston Family's Struggle With TB Reveals A Stubborn Foe

    Tuberculosis is much less of a health threat in the United States than it is in other countries. But a family in Boston discovered that even here, no one is immune from this ancient foe. More than a dozen family members were infected with TB, and matriarch Judy Williams died at age 59.
  • There's no better deal than getting polio cases down to zero, philanthropist Bill Gates says.
    Marie McGrory / NPR
    4:28pm May 09, 2013
    World News World News Health & Safety

    Why Bill Gates Thinks Ending Polio Is Worth It

    The Microsoft founder and philanthropist is putting his money and time where his passion is: eradicating polio. Gates talks with NPR's Robert Siegel about why it makes sense to spend an estimated $5.5 billion to wipe out the disease once and for all.
  • 2:34pm Apr 24, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    Deadly Strain Of Bird Flu Is 'Most Lethal' Flu Virus Yet

    At a briefing in Beijing Wednesday, World Health Organization officials called the H7N9 bird flu that's emerged in China one of the "most lethal" flu viruses so far. NPR science correspondent Richard Knox talks about what we know, and the questions that remain about the deadly strain.
  • 11:03am Mar 26, 2013
    World News World News Health & Safety

    Amid Syria's Crisis, Mental Health Care For Refugees

    There are now more than one million Syrians seeking refuge in camps and towns in neighboring Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Many arrive without access to basic amenities, such as adequate shelter and clean water. Over two years of conflict has also left them with the mental scars of war.
  • 2:53pm Mar 18, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    What The Case Of A Mississippi Child Can Tell HIV Researchers

    For the first time, scientists believe a child infected with HIV has been cured. NPR health correspondent Richard Knox explains this case and other developments in HIV research presented at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.
  • Dr. Hamad Suleiman Daher, shown here with his youngest daughter, was the first person to receive a kidney transplant in Gaza.
    Larry Abramson / NPR
    9:54am Mar 17, 2013
    World News World News Health & Safety

    Can Kidney Transplants Ease Strain On Gaza's Health System?

    Years of war have overtaxed Gaza's hospitals, making it tough for kidney patients to get good treatment. Thanks to help from British doctors, Gaza surgeons are now being trained to perform kidney transplants. They hope to help ease the huge demand for dialysis, but transplants have their own cost.
  • Many homes that were rebuilt after the earthquake in 2010 are even more dangerous than the original ones. This three-story home was put up after the quake but is already slated for demolition to make way for an 18-unit housing project.
    David Gilkey / NPR
    4:39pm Mar 04, 2013
    World News World News Health & Safety

    What Happened To The Aid Meant To Rebuild Haiti?

    Three years after an earthquake destroyed much of Haiti's capital, it's clear that only a fraction of the $9 billion pledged in international relief reached the country. Most of what did arrive went to short-term relief, instead of rebuilding people's homes.
  • HIV drugs not only can keep patients healthy but also can stop the sexual transmission of the virus. Here an HIV-positive mother picks up medications at a hospital outside Johannesburg, South Africa.
    Alexander Joe / AFP/Getty Images
    9:51am Feb 22, 2013
    World News World News Health & Safety

    Treating HIV Patients Protects Whole Community

    Treating people for HIV isn't just beneficial for those infected but also helps the entire community. Two studies show that where HIV drugs are widely available, the risk for new HIV infections drops dramatically and overall life expectancy increases by more than a decade.