Stories: Disease

  • After Quake, Nepal Faces Water and Health Crisis

    KATHMANDU, Nepal—As the sun sets over central part of this city, young Nepali men and women gather at the Tundikhel’s northern edge to collect drinking water for their families. The large park at the center of Kathmandu has served many purposes throughout its history: It was a military parade ground, a horse track, a cattle-grazing ground...

  • Ebola a ‘Shared’ African Problem, Yet Nations Look to Their Own Needs

    East African leaders today acknowledged that West Africa's Ebola outbreak is unprecedented in severity and scope, and too big for that region to handle by itself. Yet at a gathering in Kenya the main focus was on measures to keep the virus out of their nations.  “This outbreak has transcended beyond the scope of any one country...

  • Why the U.S. Is Building a High-Tech Bubonic Plague Lab in Kazakhstan

    In 1992, Dr. Kanatjan Alibekov, a biologist from the Soviet Union, boarded a flight in Almaty, then Kazakhstan's capital, for New York. When Dr. Alibekov—now known as Ken Alibek—sat down with the CIA, he had a terrifying secret to reveal: that bio weapons program the Soviet Union stopped in the 1980's hadn't...

  • Central Asia’s First Biothreat Research Lab to Play Threat-Reduction Role

    A state-of-the-art medical research laboratory is under construction in a suburb of Almaty, Kazakhstan’s business capital, using U.S. funds aimed at helping reorient former biological weapons-related research under the Soviet Union to peaceful public health uses, according to officials involved with the project. When it opens in 2015, the Central Reference Laboratory is expected to focus on...

  • This African Smart Card Helps Catch Disease Outbreaks

    Just as any good community healthcare manager should, Ignicious Bulongo has his eyes peeled for disease outbreaks from his post at the Ng'ombe Integrated HIV/TB Clinic, located in the Zambian capital. The facility provides primary care to nearly 50,000 people, many of whom, Bulongo says, live in poverty, employed as domestic workers and bus drivers. Environmental and sanitation...

  • Zambian Chief Supports Sanitation

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  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases in India

    This is the first in a series of five posts leading up to my trip to India to examine issues of child survival with the International Reporting Project via Johns Hopkins University with significant funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For the duration of the trip, I am to consider my self a New Media Journalist...