Health

Dispatch

Is Ebola the Beginning of the End of the World?

As deaths rise in Monrovia and the sick cluster in gutters outside overcrowded treatment centers, many people are turning to God for answers -- and salvation.

Clair MacDougall |

Argument

The Ultimate Ebola-Fighting Force

To defeat the next outbreak, the WHO requires a rapid-response health corps that it can deploy to stop the disease in its tracks.

Jack C. Chow |

Argument

We Could Have Stopped This

Public health officials knew Ebola was coming. They know how to defeat it. But they’re blowing it anyway.

Laurie Garrett |

Dispatch

How Not to End a Plague

From thuggish quarantines to botched burials, is the Liberian government’s handling of the Ebola crisis making it worse?

Clair MacDougall |

Argument

The Cure for Ebola Is Accountability

Africa's Ebola outbreak isn't just a health care problem. It's also about a crisis of governance.

Blair Glencorse |

Dispatch

Death and Denial in the Hot Zone

Why do so many people in West Africa think the Ebola outbreak sweeping through the region is a hoax?

Clair MacDougall |

Argument

The Missing Link

In 2013, 57 percent of people living with HIV were women. So why has the media frenzy around Truvada, a drug regime that could help prevent infection, excluded them?

Andy Kopsa |

COLUMN

It’s 10 o'Clock -- Do You Know Where Your Bubonic Plague Is?

Spilled smallpox, missing SARS, and rogue scientists with mutant H1N1. If you’re not scared, you should be.

Laurie Garrett |

Christian Caryl

Rwandan Shadows

Twenty years after the end of a genocidal regime, Rwandans are still trying to come to terms with the destruction of their world.

Christian Caryl |

THE MAGAZINE

The Bleeding Edge

For decades, Minnesota has 
led the world in developing medical technology. But now red tape 
at home and competition abroad 
are threatening its dominance.

Sarah Laskow |

Slide Show

Keeping Pace

Inside Minnesota’s mammoth medtech industry -- and the debate over whether it’s losing its global edge.

Christopher Leaman |

Contest

The Road Not Traveled

Zambia has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, yet its health-care system remains desperate. How this landlocked country survives on one doctor for every 23,000 people.

Lauren Bohn |

Slide Show

The Water Wars Are Coming

In Central Asia, nations turn on nations and neighbors turn on neighbors -- all for a precious drop to drink.

Fyodor Savintsev via Creative Time Reports |

Argument

Soccer's Biggest Headache

Why isn't anyone at the World Cup talking about concussions?

Michael Goodman |

Argument

Why Play the World Cup in a Malaria Zone?

Teams venturing inland in Brazil may have more to contend with than the opposition

Daniel Altman |

Argument

A Tidal Wave of Trauma

From PTSD to depression, the war in Syria has spawned a massive mental health crisis -- and there are neither the doctors nor the money to stem its crushing effects.

Lauren Wolfe |

Think Again

10 Million Sardines in a Sea of Skyscrapers

How sprawling megacities -- from Lagos to Mumbai -- might just save the world.

Jonathan Kalan |

Argument

A Clear-Eyed Look at Polio

Over the past 25 years, international eradication efforts have wiped out 99 percent of the cases of the deadly virus. So why is the last 1 percent now all of the story?

Chris Elias |

In Box

Poverty: Not a Crime, but in Our DNA

How hardship makes children grow up faster -- literally.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

In Box

Watch Yourself Clean

How to shake off those regrets -- no Lady Macbeth routine required.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

COLUMN

Stay Away from Camel Milk and Egyptian Tomb Bats

A deadly SARS-like virus is sweeping the Middle East -- could it go global?

Laurie Garrett |

Dispatch

Only the Synagogue Can Save You

Every week, thousands of people attend a megachurch in Lagos. But they aren’t there for the sermons -- they believe the televangelist pastor can cure them of HIV, cancer, and other terrible diseases.

Rowan Moore Gerety |

Feature

For the Mothers of Tondo

Why the surprising Philippine Supreme Court ruling on reproductive health rights is a big win for women -- and a blow to the church.

Tom Hundley |

COLUMN

The Shots Heard Around the World

From global-health success story to nightmare: How a worldwide effort to eradicate polio went from Jonas Salk to Islamist terrorist.

Laurie Garrett |

Argument

A Troubled Narrative

Post-traumatic stress is a concern for veterans, but it's not the whole story.

Phillip Carter |

Argument

Don't Kiss the Cadaver

Since 1976, Africa has reported over 2,000 cases of Ebola. Lessons were learned -- it's now up to Guinea to remember them.

Laurie Garrett |

Feature

'On Va Tuer Les Demons'<br />('We Will Kill the Demons')

Fear, faith, and the hunt for child sorcerers in Congo.

Deni Béchard |

Argument

You Can't Go Home Again

Is the Japanese government finally giving up on resettling Fukushima’s radioactive ghost town?

Eliza Strickland |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Katelyn Fossett |