public health

Health & Medicine

An epidemiologist suggests we take cues from the AIDS crisis in dealing with Ebola

While it may seem as though media attention surrounding the Ebola outbreak has dwindled, President Barack Obama has said that "we are nowhere near out of the woods yet in West Africa" — meaning volunteers are still needed. Physician and epidemiologist Sharon McDonnell is one of those volunteers, and she says her experience working during the AIDS crisis offers her some perspective.

Science, Tech & Environment

Zimbabwe's water woes

In Zimbabwe, the water taps are dry. The country's water system is old and broken. Many Zimbabweans are forced to dig their own wells and use water that's not clean. That's exposing people to disease. We have this report from Harare.

Business, Finance & Economics

Swine Flu Hits Africa

The World's Andrea Crossan reports from Nairobi on worries over the swine flu hitting Africa. Just under 10 cases have been confirmed in sub-Sarahan Africa. But health experts are concerned about the disease spreading in the continent's crowded slums.

Conflict & Justice

Britain's health care system

The World's Laura Lynch reports on Britain's National Health Service, which is often dragged into the US debate over health care reform. Critics in the United States call the system inefficient, but many Britons defend the NHS.

Global Politics

Mammograms around the world

Most women should start regular breast cancer screening at age 50, not 40, according to new U.S. guidelines. International guidelines also start at age 50. Jeb Sharp talks with David Dershaw at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. From PRI's The World.

Science, Tech & Environment

Haitian self-reliance

Haitian President Rene Preval has made an urgent appeal for more tents to house up to a million people left homeless by the quake two weeks ago. However not all Haitians are simply waiting for help from the outside, as WAMU's Sabri Ben Achour reports.