Since human migrations began, germs have traveled with people, animals and traded goods. In an interconnected and mobile world, diseases such as HIV/AIDS and SARS can spread rapidly. Yet international cooperation through agencies such as the World Health Organization also allows for a collective response to global health threats and faster response times. Nations have developed diverse health care systems, aiming for cost-effective treatment. Yet the diverse systems contribute to disparities in global health, including availability of technology, pharmaceutical companies targeting innovations to maximize profits, and providers abandoning areas of need for higher salaries in the West, just to name a few.

On AIDS, Avoid Acting Too Late

On the subject of AIDS, the plight of Sub-Saharan Africa should be a lesson to the Middle East
Solomon Sacco
December 1, 2004

Surgeries, Side Trips for "Medical Tourists"

Affordable care at India's private hospitals draws a growing number of foreigners
John Lancaster
October 21, 2004

Scientists Herald Malaria Breakthrough

Clinical trials in Mozambique point to a potentially successful vaccine
Sarah Boseley
October 15, 2004

For Whom the Bell Tolls

The withdrawal of Doctors without Borders from Afghanistan poses alarming questions about international security
Paul Kennedy
August 6, 2004

Fake Medicine Lurks on Consumer Shelves

South Korea ramps up effort to stamp out counterfeit pharmaceuticals
Rambabu Garikipati
June 29, 2004