COVID-19
COVID vaccine contracts South Africa Health activists reveal Big Pharma’s COVID-19 vaccine heist in South Africa

In a bid for transparency, health activists and civil society in South Africa have published the details of COVID-19 vaccine contracts between pharmaceutical giants and government. This follows a Pretoria High Court order instructing the Department of Health to disclose the contracts and proceedings of meetings pertaining to the procurement of vaccine doses

Beirut port blast On third anniversary of Beirut port blast, activists call for justice for victims

Successive attempts to establish accountability for the blast, which killed over 230 people and caused losses of billions of dollars, have been stalled due to political differences

Cuban health system How did Cuba tackle COVID-19?

In an interview with Outra Saúde, Ileana Morales from the Cuban Ministry of Public Health talks about how the country was ready for COVID-19 due to pre-established medical protocol. She also explains the process by which vaccines were developed

Amid threats and exploitation, Ugandan union strives to organize garment sector

The Uganda Textiles, Garments, Leather, and Allied Workers Union has been working to mobilize workers in the country’s garment and textile facilities in a sector marred by neoliberal reforms, informalization, and exploitative working conditions.

15 million in the US to be kicked off of public health benefits

Millions are to lose Medicaid/CHIP benefits in the coming months as pre-pandemic income eligibility restrictions have returned

Former US President Trump incited a right-wing insurrection. But that’s not why he’s being indicted

A Manhattan grand jury has indicted Trump in connection to hush money that he allegedly paid to cover up an affair. This does not even scratch the surface of his many crimes

Garment workers wage theft report Pandemic recovery for whom? Global South garment workers face wage theft as companies rake in profits

Garment workers in Asia have lost out on millions of dollars in wages since 2020, even as ‘Big Fashion’ corporations including Nike are raking in mega-profits for their owners and Wall Street, a new report has found. Trade unions have launched the #FightTheHeist campaign to resist this 

Egypt health workers shortage Egypt’s shortage of doctors reaches new highs

In 2022, over 4,000 doctors in Egypt’s public health system resigned from their jobs as salaries remained low and working conditions exhausting

Malawi cholera outbreak Stopping cholera in Malawi: firefighting measures are not enough

As Malawi continues to face a rampant cholera outbreak, local activists call for long-term investment in the health system and more health workers to complement short-term solutions

Who will finance pandemic preparedness and response?

Nicoletta Dentico from Society for International Development and Geneva Global Health Hub talks about the recent discussions of the WHO Executive Board on the financing of the organization, and what the pandemic has taught us about funding models

WHO Executive Board to discuss outbreaks of diseases old and new, financing and universal coverage

The 152nd session of WHO’s Executive Board is being held from January 30 to February 7. On the agenda are crucial issues such as progress towards Universal Health Coverage, equitable access to diagnostics and therapeutics, and nutrition

WHO funding A replenishment mechanism for WHO?

As the World Health Organization’s Executive Board gets ready to hold its 152nd meeting, the budget and financing of the United Nations health agency remain at the top of the agenda