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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The aging of the world's baby boomers won't be the crisis we fear. What we consider "old" has become old-fashioned.
Every day, malaria kills 7,000 children. For $3 each, we could stop these needless deaths.
It isn't just a lack of food that's robbing the world's poor of a healthy future.
Citizens of the former superpower are dying in catastrophic numbers. For very little, we could prove they haven't been forgotten.
Meet the developing world's new health emergency: The rich world's diseases.
Developing countries claim the West cheats them out of cheap drugs. But they are often the ones erecting barriers to their citizens' health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.