About 600 million Indians live without toilets, and women and girls bear the brunt of that shortage. While men can and do relieve themselves almost anywhere, many women must choose between scarce, dangerous public facilities or expensive pay toilets when they need to pee.
Street vendors and hawkers are a vital part of life for many Indians, who get their daily needs like fruit and vegetables from carts and stalls. But as malls and supermarkets spring up around the country, the hawkers are struggling and worried for their survival.
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.
India has been in the news recently for the way it treats its women and girls — and mostly not in a good way. But some women and girls are taking matter into their own hands, making sure they get the education to which they are entitled. Even when it means challenging the country's traditional way of doing things.
One doctor at a makeshift state run facility in India tried to sterilize 83 women in less than three hours last weekend. As a result, at least 13 women have died. The BBC's Yogita Limae has visited the scene of the surgeries and says botched mass sterilization campaigns are widespread in India.
Typhoon Haiyan caused more damage than the Haiti earthquake or the Indonesian tsunami, displacing 4.1 million people and killing more than 6,300 people in the Philippines. Now a year later, there's still plenty of work to do for the government and international aid agencies.
British chemist Anthony England was at home with plenty of time on his hands during the Ebola outbreak, reading the ongoing coverage and reactions. But the errors he found online infuriated him, leading him to make a satirical Ebola map that's gone viral around the world.
Hospitals in West Africa are preparing to receive patients infected with Lassa fever, but the ongoing Ebola outbreak means that’s no easy task. The virus, which emerges regularly, tends to spike in January and February and presents with symptoms very similarly to the Ebola virus.
Scientists are still trying to figure out when and how the Ebola virus first emerged in humans. Many believe that fruit bats are the so-called “reservoir hosts,” but that remains to be definitively proven. Science writer David Quammen ventured deep into the forest of central Africa to try to find out for his latest book “Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus.”
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.
As the US Supreme Court hears arguments on the massive health care overhaul, across the Atlantic Europeans are puzzled. Germans, for one, seem to agree that government-mandated health care is the way to go.
Mohamed Ali escaped Somalia's civil war when he was 10. When he learned that Somali youth who don't escape often end up wearing bomb-laden suicide vests, he decided to do something for them. Now he helps them start businesses.
Though he's still living, Nelson Mandela, the revered former leader of South Africa, makes fewer and fewer public appearances. Now 93, many South Africans are preparing for the day Nelson Mandela will no longer be alive.
Spartan Arinze is pursuing the American dream, in China. He's created a social network for Nigerians and Nigerians living in China called Gbooza! It's part Facebook, part Huffington Post and completely devoted to Nigerians. It's not a run-away success yet, but Arinze is confident.
About a quarter of all people worldwide live without electricity. For them, evenings and nights are spent by candlelight or kerosene lamp. But a group of scientists in Sri Lanka say they have found a creative way to bring simple electric lighting to rural households.
Thousands of women die of cervical cancer each year in the developing world. In large part, it's because they don't have access to tests like the Pap smear. But a new test, one that merely involves conventional vinegar, is changing everything.
A new study from the Society of Gynecologic Oncology released Monday says fewer women with ovarian cancer seek the best care. Complicating matters, one reporter says women who do choose to undergo these aggressive treatments oftentimes have a hard time finding a qualified surgeon.
In conservative parts of India, women were expected to be shy, and reserved -- seen, and not heard. But that's changing, as more girls become educated and aspire to independence. And 12-year-old Sarita Meena is the embodiment of that change.