There are plenty of kinds of workers mobilizing to fight Ebola in West Africa, not just doctors and nurses. They include "contact tracers," who monitor people and try to get them to respect quarantines. They say they're still doing a vital job without the tools they need.
China is the world's largest tobacco market and, as expected, lung cancer rates are climbing. China's starting to look for ways to roll that back — but it will be hard because of how deeply connected China's national tobacco company is.
The US Agency for International Development does development and aid work around the world, but it's also sometimes accused of carrying out clandestine programs for the government. A new AP report says its latest effort was an attempt to topple the Castros with hip-hop.
As many as 1,000 foreign workers have been killed on construction sites in Qatar since it was awarded the 2022 World Cup four years ago. Poor pay, inhumane conditions, malnutrition and death — all are part of life for the men trying to build the new stadiums and hotels, while supporting their families.
Maps tell us incredible amounts of information about the world around us — from where people are to how people interact with geography. And in the US and Western Europe, our maps seem to be updated in near-real time. But in the developing world, map data can be years, even decades, out of date.
Despite the billions spent on eradicating opium poppies in Afghanistan, drug production has never been higher there. And while the country has a fast-growing population of addicts, the cash-starved government has few treatment options available.
In his new book, Urban Acupuncture, Jaimer Lerner, the mayor who revolutionized the public transit system of Curitiba, Brazil, and cleaned up its waste, documents ways various cities create pleasant and sustainable atmospheres.
Despite a major influx of supplies and expertise, new cases of Ebola are spreading faster in Sierra Leone than in neighboring Liberia. While some Sierra Leoneans are pointing the finger at the UK, which once ruled the country, the government's disorganized response is playing a big role.
At rural hospitals in Africa, you'll often see high-tech medical equipment discarded and unused. In places where electricity is unreliable and spare parts are unavailable, expensive devices can quickly become worthless. So Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi designs and builds his own low-tech devices to keep his hospital running.
It was a rare political moment: the US Secretary of State paying a compliment to Cuba. But that’s what happened Friday when John Kerry commended Cuba's role in West Africa, where the island nation has sent more health workers than any other country — and plans to send even more in the coming weeks.
Scientists are warning West African villagers to stop hunting bush meat and to stay away from fruit bats as they circle in a possible animal source for the latest Ebola outbreak. The Ebola virus lives in fruit bats, scientists believe, and is threatening communities who are already facing the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.
Scientists say a girl born with HIV two-and-a-half years ago appears to have been cured. Though the apparent breakthrough is limited to one infant case, the news may give hope to the millions of people living with the HIV virus around the globe.
The Soccket is a soccer ball with a twist — a generator inside that turns kicks into power that can run a small lamp. Its American inventors and celebrity backers say it provides hours of light so poor children in homes without electricity can study at night. But this bright idea has run into some technical problems.
Turkey's been roiled by protests over plans to develop Gezi Park in Istanbul — but none quite like this protest. Kemal Uzun is organizing a series of flash mobs to tell the Turkish government that the people are not backing down.
The gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi a year ago exposed a culture of sexual assault in India. Now a new case is gripping India, involving an alleged sexual assault by the editor of a magazine that has doggedly covered violence against women.
Sudan has been ravaged by years of war, costing many Sudanese life and limb. But for those who have lost a limb, there's new hope. A California man has created a project to use 3-D printers to make new artificial limbs.
Yoga's not the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about treatment for PTSD in veterans. But from the VA a to the Pentagon, yoga classes are becoming not just commonplace, but in some rehabilitation programs mandatory.