Global Health

  • Maria Smolnitcaia, 52, is a singer living on a TB ward in Balti, Moldova. Smolnitcaia says "When we take the pills, we feel worse. I'm losing my hearing a little. I feel pain in my bones, in my whole body."
    11:25am Jun 12, 2013
    World News World News Health & Safety

    Faces Of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

    New types of tuberculosis are emerging around the world that take years and thousands of dollars to cure. Patients fighting this disease are often isolated from their communities and suffer devastating drug side effects, such as permanent hearing loss and dizziness.
  • Oxana and Pavel Rucsineanu walk to the tuberculosis hospital in Balti, Moldova. Oxana and their new baby live in an apartment, but Pavel still has to stay at the TB ward, fighting for his life.
    Jason Beaubien / NPR
    10:33am Jun 04, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    Love In The Time Of TB: A Young Family Fights An Ancient Foe

    Oxana and Pavel Rucsineanu fell in love while living in a Moldovan hospital's tuberculosis ward. Now, several years later, Oxana has recovered, and she and the couple's new baby live in an apartment. But Pavel's infection has evolved into a deadly form of TB, which keeps him from joining his new son and wife.
  • 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
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    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.