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.
- Global Health (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)
- 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)