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.

Global Politics

Pacific tsunami strikes

A tsunami triggered by a strong quake in the South Pacific has killed more than 100 people in several islands. At least 77 people were reported dead in Samoa, more than 25 in American Samoa and at least six in Tonga. The World's Jeb Sharp has the latest

Global Politics

Hope for Haiti?

The horrific images coming out of Haiti aren't altogether unfamiliar. The impoverished country was nearly synonymous with tragedy for years. But last year optimism was beginning to blossom for some Haiti watchers. Amy Bracken has this reporter's notebook.

Development & Education

Coordinating aid for Haiti

It has been more than two weeks since the deadly earthquake struck Haiti. Marco Werman speaks with Stephanie Bunker of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs about the range of countries now contributing to the relief effort in Haiti.