Public Health

The Optimist

Great Expectations

The biggest problem with post-disaster relief efforts like Haiti's is the unreasonable ambitions we have for them.

Charles Kenny |

The Optimist

Let There Be Light

How a new kind of bulb will transform the developing world.

Charles Kenny |


Is the WHO Becoming Irrelevant?

Why the world's premier public health organization must change or die.

Jack C. Chow |

The List

Good Ideas For Bad Times

A look at the innovative thinkers and bold ideas that kept 2010 from being a total wash.

Charles Kenny |


Why Democracies Don't Get Cholera

It's about a lot more than just clean water.

Joe Amon |

The List

The Save-the-World Clock

Global leaders promised a decade ago to end poverty by 2015. With just five years left, the U.N. General Assembly -- including an estimated 140 heads of state -- will meet this week to assess progress. How much good has been done? Here's a hint: not enough.

Elizabeth Dickinson |


What the Waters Washed Away

The rural, conservative refugees from Pakistan’s floods have not only lost their homes, but also their entire way of life.

Rania Abouzeid |


The Permanent Slum

The residents of Buenos Aires's Villa 31 have been shunted to the side for as long as they can remember. Now, they're looking to assert their identity in an unfriendly city.

Jordana Timerman |


Grain Pains

Imagine if the drought this summer near Moscow happened near Chicago or Beijing. Lester Brown has, and he's afraid.

Christina Larson |


Cozying Up to the Taliban

In recent months, humanitarian groups in Afghanistan have begun to cooperate much more closely with the Taliban to deliver their services. Is that a bad thing?

April Rabkin |

In Box

Best. Decade. Ever.

The first 10 years of the 21st century were humanity's finest -- even for the world's bottom billion.

Charles Kenny |

5 Things You Didn't Know About...

The Flu

The world has virtually wiped out polio, eradicated smallpox, and slowed the spread of HIV/AIDS. But when it comes to the deadly influenza virus, all governments seem to do is panic.  

John Barry |


The New Lost Generation

Suicide rates for troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are out of control, and post-traumatic stress disorder is reaching epidemic proportions. But is the Pentagon willing to tally the true cost of war?

Ron Capps |


The Fastest to Die

A study reveals how deeply the wounds of conflict have cut the Central African Republic -- and not where you would expect.

Patrick Vinck |


China's Billion-Dollar Aid Appetite

Why is Beijing winning health grants at the expense of African countries?

Jack C. Chow |


The Long Emergency

Barack Obama's administration is taking an expansive, ambitious approach to global health. Does that mean giving up on combating HIV/AIDS?

Elizabeth Dickinson |


An African iPhone? There’s No App for That.

Why Steve Jobs should let Africans buy his new toy.

Dayo Olopade |


Countries Without Doctors?

How Obamacare could spark the brain drain of physicians from the developing world.

Kate Tulenko |


Why the Vietnamese Don't Want to Go to Rehab

Drug treatment in Southeast Asia is brutal, exploitative, and practically worthless.

Joe Amon |


Don't Panic, Go Organic

Be not troubled by Robert Paarlberg's scaremongering. Organic practices can feed the world -- better, in fact, than wasteful industrial farming.

Anna Lappé |


The Ultimate Bug Zapper

Could a new weapon deal the definitive blow in the long battle of man vs. mosquito? Forget bed nets; think lasers. Nathan Myhrvold, Bill Gates's ideas guy, tells FP about his plans to defeat malaria.

Elizabeth Dickinson |


The Elite Med Squad That Saved You from Anthrax

A look inside the hunt for a white, powdery killer.

Mark Pendergrast |

In Box

The FP Quiz

Are you a globalization junkie? Then test your knowledge of global trends, economics, and politics with 8 questions about how the world works.

Kayvan Farzaneh |


Rich Dog, Poor Dog

China's new class struggle.

Adam Minter |


The Great Flu Cover-up

How governments concealed the extent of the H1N1 pandemic and risking the outbreak of a virus that's even more deadly.

Alan I. Sipress |


Uganda's Outrageous New Sex Law

A Ugandan Parliamentarian wants to outlaw homosexuality and prescribe the death penalty for having sex while HIV positive. The worse news is, he might actually get what he wants.

Michael Wilkerson |


What a Pest

Why the Black Death still won't die.

Emily Anthes |


Plague: A New Thriller of the Coming Pandemic

The best-selling author of Outbreak has an exclusive tale for FP about a catastrophe of global proportions. And by the way, it's not fiction.

Robin Cook |

Briefing Book

How to Save Lives by Breaking All the Rules

How former U.S. Global AIDS coordinator Mark Dybul ditched the bureaucracy, stopped intergovernmental turf wars, pushed for results, and helped create an anti-poverty machine that actually works.

Mark Dybul |

Think Again

Think Again: The Green Revolution

Noble Prize-winning scientist Norman Borlaug died Sept 12, but his ideas and the green revolution they produced are still transforming agriculture in Asia. Next stop: Africa.

Peter Hazell |