The spread of a disease doesn't stop at a country's borders. With more people traveling to other countries and living in crowded cities, it's easier for germs to spread. Infectious diseases that start in one part of the world can quickly reach another. Resistance to medicines such as antbiotics is on the rise. This makes it harder to treat certain diseases. Natural and man-made disasters create refugee populations with immediate and long-term health problems.
Some of the major diseases currently affecting countries around the globe include HIV/AIDS, malaria, Zika, and tuberculosis. Climate change is also an international problem which can affect people's health. Many countries and health organizations are working together and sharing information on these and other health issues.
- Lack of Sleep Takes Big Bite Out of World Economies (11/30/2016, HealthDay)
- High Blood Pressure Rates Have Doubled Worldwide Since 1975 (11/16/2016, HealthDay)
- Polio Nearly Vanquished: CDC (10/24/2016, HealthDay)
- More News on International Health
- Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)
- Global Malaria Epidemic (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation) - PDF
- Human Trafficking (Administration for Children and Families)
- Immunization Coverage (World Health Organization) Also in Spanish
- Onchocerciasis (World Health Organization) Also in Spanish
- Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections (World Health Organization) Also in Spanish
- Types of Neglected Tropical Diseases (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Global Health (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Disease Outbreak News (World Health Organization)