Global Health

  • Women draw drinking water next to the well in the Al-Wazia directorate of Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz February 12, 2015. Researchers say diseases spread by unclean water and poor sanitation are the fifth biggest killers of women around the world. Photo by Mohamed al-Sayaghi/REUTERS.
    March 7, 2015   BY Rebecca Lee 

    Dirty water and poor sanitation kill more women across the globe than diabetes, HIV or breast cancer, researchers said this week. Continue reading

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    September 16, 2014  

    How effective will new U.S. aid and military support be in fighting Ebola? Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations and Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown Law School join Judy Woodruff for a deep dive into the plan. Then special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro offers an update from Nigeria, a country that has been relatively successful in controlling the deadly virus. Continue reading

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    September 16, 2014  

    The United States will offer 3,000 troops and financial help to health care systems in West Africa that are overwhelmed by Ebola. President Obama announced that U.S. forces will build new treatment facilities, airlift hundreds of thousands of home health kits and train and treat health care workers. Meanwhile, the WHO predicts that infections will double every three weeks. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

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    September 9, 2014  

    The number of deaths from the worst Ebola outbreak on record has now surpassed 2,300. To combat the epidemic, the U.S. has pledged funds, research and additional medical resources. Judy Woodruff sits down with Nancy Lindborg of the U.S. Agency for International Development for a detailed look at what the U.S. is providing. Continue reading

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    September 5, 2014  

    In our News Wrap Friday, the Pentagon confirmed the death of the leader of the African terror group, Al Shabaab. Also, flash floods and landslides have killed at least 116 in eastern Pakistan and Kashmir. And the third American aid worker infected with Ebola in Liberia is in stable condition in Nebraska. Continue reading

  • A banner explains Ebola prevention measures and symptoms of the disease in Dolo's Town, east of Monrovia, Liberia in this Sept. 2 photo by Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images.
    September 3, 2014   BY Larisa Epatko 

    Despite world health agencies’ best efforts to clamp down on ever-increasing Ebola outbreaks, people in West Africa who are in the center of the virus’ path are finding it hard to get accurate information and proper medical care, United Nations officials who recently visited the region said Wednesday. Continue reading

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    September 2, 2014  

    After reaching their fifties and raising their own children, Jenny and Richard Bowen adopted 2-year-old Maya from China after learning of poor orphanage conditions for abandoned girls. Sixteen years later, the Bowens have two adopted daughters from the same region and have started a non-profit called Half the Sky to transform orphan care with the cooperation of the Chinese government. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports. Continue reading

    September 2, 2014  

    The international head of Doctors Without Borders has charged that many of the efforts to curtail the Ebola outbreak in West Africa have actually made it worse. Jeffrey Brown joins director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, who just returned from surveying the situation in West Africa, to discuss the impediments to containing the disease, and the prospects of it spreading. Continue reading

  • Local residents gather around a very sick Saah Exco, 10, in a back alley of the West Point slum on August 19, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. The boy was one of the patients that was pulled out of a holding center for suspected Ebola patients when the facility was overrun by a mob on Saturday. A local clinic Tuesday refused to treat the boy, according to residents, because of the danger of infection, although the boy was never tested for Ebola. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images
    August 28, 2014  

    An Ebola vaccine may be ready for human testing as early as next week. Though the vaccine is in its first stage of testing with humans, it showed favorable results in an infected monkey. Gwen Ifill learns more from Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Continue reading

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    August 28, 2014  

    There have been 3,000 cases of Ebola virus confirmed in the current outbreak, but the World Health Organization forecasts that the total number could top 20,000 and spread to 10 additional countries. In response, the agency is rolling out a $490 million plan over the next nine months to stem the outbreak. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

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