Special Issue | 12 September 2014Global Health

Science joined forces with Science Translational Medicine to look at what works, what doesn't, and what's needed to move forward to fight the diseases of the world's poor. [Read the full introduction]

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Ebola's perfect storm

The rapid spread of Ebola virus is a crisis that warrants an exceptional response.

After the windfall

Plateauing budgets for global health sharpen the focus on what really works.

China tries to kick its salt habit

A country with one of the world’s saltiest cuisines confronts its hypertension problem.

As cholera goes, so goes Haiti

The West’s poorest nation confronts a new disease.

Zambia fights to sustain its malaria success

A model for malaria interventions is at risk as funding flattens and the disease smolders on.


Strengthening the evidence base for health programming in humanitarian crises

More research is needed to expand the evidence base for evaluating effectiveness of health interventions in humanitarian contexts.

Emerging, evolving, and established infectious diseases and interventions

Mathematical models can be critically important in planning, choosing and evaluating strategies for combatting infectious disease.

Virus sharing, genetic sequencing, and global health security

A potentially powerful international legal framework for sharing biological samples is in need of key updates.

Antibiotic effectiveness: Balancing conservation against innovation

Maintaining antibiotic effectiveness in the long term requires a proper balance between conservation and innovation.

Creating a global observatory for health R&D

A global health observatory will enable the international health community to face the challenge of collecting and reporting data on R&D funding.

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Halving premature death

The main question is not whether, but when premature death (i.e. before age 70) will be halved.

Putting women and girls at the center of development

The development field needs to be more serious about gender inequities and women's empowerment.

The state of global health in 2014

Setting priorities in public health is aided by analyzing the current global burden of disease at the different stages of the lifecycle.


Getting essential health products to their end users: Subsidize, but how much?

Subsidizing preventive health care products improves coverage in developing economies.

Models of education in medicine, public health, and engineering

Current models to educate the next generation of global health practitioners are limited but there are new and evolving models of education aimed at addressing the current gaps.

Prioritizing integrated mHealth strategies for universal health coverage

Updating a classic health system model reveals gaps to be targeted with mobile technology applications.

How to transform the practice of engineering to meet global health needs

More of the world’s population has access to cell phones than to basic sanitation facilities, a gap that can only be closed if the engineering community designs for scarcity and scalability.


Monitoring parasite diversity for malaria elimination in sub-Saharan Africa

The African Plasmodium Diversity Network (PDNA) has been established across eleven countries in sub-Saharan Africa to ensure that African scientists can together play a key role in the global effort for malaria elimination.
Science Careers

Engineers strut their global stuff

Bioengineer Robert Malkin of Duke University, who is working to solve health-related problems in resource-poor settings, encourages engineering students who are passionate about solving problems for the neediest to get involved.

From Science Translational Medicine


WHO for the 21st century

WHO is leading the search for better ways to improve health in the face of new challenges to the well-being of individuals and populations.

A role for science investments in advancing newborn health

Advances in neonatal health require funding and appropriate allocation of resources.

The unconscionable gap between what we know and what we do

Policy failures precipitate unacceptable treatment of mental illnesses worldwide.

Emerging viral diseases: Confronting threats with new technologies

Emerging viral diseases continue to threaten human health, but recent scientific advances enable us to treat, detect and control them.

Contemporary vaccine challenges: Improving global health one shot at a time

Developing new vaccines for additional diseases as well as improving their supply and delivery is crucial for global health.

Point-of-care and point-of-procedure optical imaging technologies for primary care and global health

Optical imaging technologies can improve frontline health care resulting in more rapid and accurate diagnoses and more immediate and appropriate therapies.

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