Jason Beaubien http://kufm.org en Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift http://kufm.org/post/global-aid-health-hits-record-high-though-total-aid-dipping International development aid has hit an all-time high, despite some nations dramatically slashing their foreign assistance budgets. As patterns of international assistance shift, an increasing amount of money is being invested in improving health in the developing world.<p>Donors from wealthy nations, aid groups, U.N. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:05:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 17336 at http://kufm.org Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift To Save Her Husband's Life, A Woman Fights For Access To TB Drugs http://kufm.org/post/save-her-husbands-life-woman-fights-access-tb-drugs One year ago Pavel Rucsineanu was running out of options.<p>Drug-resistant tuberculosis was ravaging his lungs. And the disease had evolved into an incurable form, doctors said.<p>It's like an "infectious cancer," Dr. Tetru Alexandriuc <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/06/03/186072305/love-in-the-time-of-tb-a-young-family-fights-an-ancient-foe">said</a> at the time. "We have no other medicines" to treat Pavel, the doctor added. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 16420 at http://kufm.org To Save Her Husband's Life, A Woman Fights For Access To TB Drugs Stopping Microbes Not Missiles: U.S. Plans For Next Global Threat http://kufm.org/post/stopping-microbes-not-missiles-us-plans-next-global-threat Spot the next plague before it arrives. Predict the next swine flu outbreak before it makes headlines. Even detect a biological weapon before it's launched.<p>These are the goals of an ambitious initiative, launched Thursday, to build a worldwide surveillance system for infectious diseases.<p>Spearheaded by the U.S. government, the <a href="http://www.globalhealth.gov/global-health-topics/global-health-security/index.html">Global Health Security Agenda</a> brings together 26 countries, the World Health Organization and several other international group. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:52:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 14976 at http://kufm.org Stopping Microbes Not Missiles: U.S. Plans For Next Global Threat Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide http://kufm.org/post/global-cancer-cases-rising-alarming-rate-worldwide As countries modernize around the world, they're increasingly being hit with one of the curses of wealth: cancer.<p>There are about 14 million new cancer cases globally each year, the World Health Organization <a href="http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2014/pdfs/pr224_E.pdf">reported</a> Monday. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 14557 at http://kufm.org Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide Access To Toilets And Books Improves Life For Kids Across The Globe http://kufm.org/post/access-toilets-and-books-improves-life-kids-across-globe The world is in the midst of a porcelain revolution.<p>Nearly 2 billion people have gained access to clean toilets, or at least a decent outhouse, since 1990, the nonprofit UNICEF <a href="http://www.unicef.org/sowc2014/numbers/">reports</a> Thursday.<p>That rise in sanitation <a href="http://www.who.int/topics/sanitation/en/">has led</a> to big health improvements, the agency says, because contaminated drinking water is still a major cause of disease and death for children.<p>But toilets aren't only the reason the world is becoming a better place for kids. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:29:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 14332 at http://kufm.org Access To Toilets And Books Improves Life For Kids Across The Globe Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries http://kufm.org/post/overweight-people-developing-world-outnumber-those-rich-countries People are getting fatter around the world. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 13201 at http://kufm.org Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries Why Ending Malaria May Be More About Backhoes Than Bed Nets http://kufm.org/post/why-ending-malaria-may-be-more-about-backhoes-bed-nets Wiping out malaria is a top goal for many leaders in global health.<p>Fewer people are dying now from the mosquito-borne disease than at any other time in history. "And there's a very, very strong belief now that malaria can be eliminated," says <a href="http://www.who.int/woman_child_accountability/ierg/members/Phumaphi/en/index.html">Joy Phumaphi</a>, who chairs the African Leaders Malaria Alliance.<p>But when you look at the overall numbers on malaria, eradication almost seems like a pipe dream.<p>In 2010, malaria was ranked as the seventh biggest killer in the developing world. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 08:24:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 13189 at http://kufm.org Why Ending Malaria May Be More About Backhoes Than Bed Nets Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia http://kufm.org/post/simple-cheap-health-remedies-cut-child-mortality-ethiopia Poor countries are starting to realize something that richer ones sometimes forget: Basic, inexpensive measures can have dramatic impacts on the health of a country. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 13127 at http://kufm.org Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia Rushing Toward Chaos: Covering The Aftermath Of Typhoon Haiyan http://kufm.org/post/rushing-toward-chaos-covering-aftermath-typhoon-haiyan It felt like a dream.<p>The Marines kept flying over us all night long. Their hulking C-130 cargo planes rattled the tarp we'd jerry-rigged above our heads. NPR photographer David Gilkey and I were lying in sleeping bags next to the runway of the destroyed Tacloban airport. We'd arrived a few hours earlier in the back of one of those military aircraft. Now we were just waiting for daybreak.<p>Typhoon Haiyan had ripped the airport apart, killed the soldiers based there and left it flooded with seawater. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 12972 at http://kufm.org Rushing Toward Chaos: Covering The Aftermath Of Typhoon Haiyan They Shot For Zero, But Couldn't Squash Polio In 2013 http://kufm.org/post/they-shot-zero-couldnt-squash-polio-2013 <em>As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. Numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we're living in, right now. Over the next two weeks, you'll hear the stories behind numbers, ranging from zero to 1 trillion. </em><p>The lowest number of polio cases ever recorded in the world during one year was 223. And 2013 was on track for an even lower number.<p>But this was a year when polio pushed back. Hard. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 13:23:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 12458 at http://kufm.org They Shot For Zero, But Couldn't Squash Polio In 2013