Friday, January 30, 2015
  1. Facing Down Mental Illness

    Thomas Insel

    Facing Down Mental Illness


     charts progress in combating one of the oldest and most widespread sources of human misery.

    Depression man park Chris Connelly/Flickr

    The global economic costs of mental illness over the next two decades will exceed the costs of cancer, diabetes, and respiratory ailments combined. With the stakes so high, the human and economic case for leaders to take mental health seriously is clearly compelling. READ MORE

  2. Three Global Health Threats

    Jaime Sepulveda

    Three Global Health Threats


     says that equality is the key to addressing the rise of infectious and noncommunicable diseases.

    Newsart for Three Global Health Threats US Army Africa

    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has underscored the need to strengthen health systems at both the national and global level. But, though Ebola has focused the world’s attention on systemic shortcomings, the goal must be to combat abiding epidemics that are inflicting suffering and death on populations worldwide. READ MORE

  3. The State of Global Poverty

    Kaushik Basu

    The State of Global Poverty


     calls the extent of global inequality today a collective failure – and a threat to democracy.

    global poverty siddashi/Flickr

    One reason global poverty has been so intractable is that it remains largely out of sight for those who are not living it, safely somebody else’s problem. If poverty were communicable, its incidence would be far lower by now. READ MORE

  4. The Social Science of Medicine

    Jeremy Farrar

    The Social Science of Medicine


     warns that the fight against antimicrobial resistance cannot be won by biological research alone.

    antibiotics marosh/Flickr

    The growing capacity of pathogens to resist antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs is turning into the greatest emerging crisis in contemporary healthcare. It is a crisis that cannot be solved by science alone. READ MORE

  5. Aid in a World of Crisis

    António Guterres

    Aid in a World of Crisis


     urges the private sector to help humanitarian agencies confront unprecedented need.

    Syrian refugees boy tent Freedom House/Flickr

    Protracted wars, environmental disasters, and state failure are requiring the UNHCR and other relief agencies to broaden their base of support. Without a massive scaling up of private-sector involvement, the world will be unable to provide for millions of people who have lost almost everything. READ MORE

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