Public Health

In Box

Traffic Alert

Driving while poor could kill you.

Annie Lowrey |

Argument

A Prescription for Safety

Buying drugs online may not be as dangerous as you think.

Roger Bate |

Dispatch

Brazil's Blessing in Disguise

How Lula turned an HIV crisis into a geopolitical opportunity.

Eduardo J. Gómez |

Argument

Our Reply to Obama

Now that the U.S. president has offered Africa his advice, here's our riposte for him.

O. Natty B. Davis |

Feature

Running a Temperature

Climate change will soon be the world's greatest health crisis.

Anthony Costello |

The List

The List: Five Disease Outbreaks That Are Worse Than Swine Flu

Swine flu has infected 1,500 people worldwide and killed around 30, almost all in Mexico. But it is far from the world's most serious disease outbreak. Here are five you probably won't see on the evening news.

Joshua Keating |

In Box

An Rx for Chinese Health

For decades, China has been content to let the invisible hand of the market work its magic on the country's economy. But there's one area where the government wants to reassert state control: healthcare.

Katherine Yester |

Missing Links

The Hypocrisy Audit

Double standards have always been a part of U.S. foreign policy. It's time to figure out how many should no longer be tolerated.

Moisés Naím |

Sidebar

The Path of Least Resistance

Billions are being spent on disease-fighting drugs in poor countries, but millions are still dying. Why? Because what doesn't kill a virus only makes it stronger.

Rachel Nugent |

Feature

The Deadly World of Fake Drugs

Whether it's phony Viagra or knockoff cancer meds, fake drugs kill thousands of people each day, thanks to counterfeiters in China and India who mix chalk, dust, and dirty water into pills sold around the world. With the Internet becoming the world's dispensary, these poison pills could be coming to a pharmacy near you.

Roger Bate |

Argument

New Age Thinking

The aging of the world's baby boomers won't be the crisis we fear. What we consider "old" has become old-fashioned.

John B. Shoven |

Feature

How to Stop a Serial Killer

Every day, malaria kills 7,000 children. For $3 each, we could stop these needless deaths.

Jeffrey D. Sachs |

In Box

A Shot of Prevention

An AIDS vaccine is possible -- if we stop dragging our feet.

Seth Berkley |

Feature

Take Your Vitamins

It isn't just a lack of food that's robbing the world's poor of a healthy future.

Bjørn Lomborg |

Feature

Save the Russians!

Citizens of the former superpower are dying in catastrophic numbers. For very little, we could prove they haven't been forgotten.

Nicholas Eberstadt |

Missing Links

Chronic Neglect

Meet the developing world's new health emergency: The rich world's diseases.

Michael P. Birt |

Sidebar

Taxed to Death

Developing countries claim the West cheats them out of cheap drugs. But they are often the ones erecting barriers to their citizens' health.

Roger Bate |

Sidebar

Rx for Corruption

Around the world, stockpiles of drugs sit untouched in warehouses. Why do they remain just out of patients' reach? The answer is simple: bribery, graft, and fraud.

Maureen Lewis |

Feature

Quest for the Cure

More than a third of the world's population doesn’t have access to essential medications. Greedy drug companies, government bureaucracies, and apathy all get in the way. Some brave scientists have had enough of the high costs and red tape. They're frustrated, they're mad, and now they're finding ways to buck the system.

Erika Check |

Sidebar

What's Next in the Sino-Viral War?

Hundreds lost their lives when Beijing covered up its SARS outbreak. Now, as another pandemic looms, the world holds its breath to see how China will confront the threat.

Karl Taro Greenfeld |

Feature

The Virus Hunters

When the deadly SARS virus struck China three years ago, Beijing responded with a massive coverup. If it weren’t for the persistence of two young reporters and one doctor who had seen enough, SARS might have killed thousands more. There's no guarantee the world will be so lucky next time.

Karl Taro Greenfeld |

In Box

The Deadliest Virus

After reading John Barry's The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History, U.S. President George W. Bush put the country on high alert for avian flu. With the World Health Organization (WHO) predicting a death toll of up to 100 million, FP spoke to the man who convinced the president of how dangerous the virus really is.

Katherine Yester |

Feature

The Muslim Face of AIDS

AIDS does not discriminate by religion or citizenship. Yet, for years, leaders of Muslim countries have denied the pandemic's threat to their societies. While they looked the other way, HIV quietly crept into the most vulnerable populations in the most volatile parts of the world. Muslim leaders must now address the threat -- or risk losing their community of believers to a global plague.

Laura M. Kelley |

Prime Numbers

The Price of Life

The misplaced priorities of the pharmaceutical industry.

Rachel Glennerster |

Think Again

Think Again: AIDS

Two decades and billions of dollars into the fight against AIDS, the world still has a long way to go in arresting the epidemic. The cash that donor governments roll out with much fanfare won't make a dent so long as misperceptions persist about how we are winning and losing the battle against the disease.

Tina Rosenberg |