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 But in the developing world, map data can be years, even decades, out of date.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.
In Somalia, Ali Maow Maalin died unexpectedly this week. His passing is a milestone in the history of a viral disease: smallpox. Ali Maow Maalin was the last person in the world to be infected with naturally occurring smallpox.
Getting relief to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, or Typhoon Yolanda as Filipinos call it, has been painfully slow. The World's Jason Margolis explains that much of the challenge comes from the geography and lifestyle of the Philippines, as well as the lack of everything from roads to runways.
Even with car ownership on the rise in Russia, the country has been able to drastically cuts its traffic deaths. The designer of its road safety program stopped trying to scare Russians into safety, and now tries to make them proud to be safe drivers.
Warmer temperatures mean more problems for people on Earth. Not only do warmer temperatures damage Earth's environment but new research has discovered that they may be related to increased violence in the areas most affected by the heat.
One of the more potent reasons for saving species and the environment is that nature is where we find our most powerful medicines. For three decades, a hunt's been underway on land and sea for molecules that could help fight cancer. That hunt is winding down now in the coral reefs of Palau.
A midday meal at a primary school in Bihar, India, killed 22 students, many of whom complained about the taste and smell of the food. The school principal has fled, raising suspicions of foul play and possible political motives.