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Health of Nations

Worldwide, 200 million children under the age of five are deprived of basic health care. In the United States, more than 40 million people lack health insurance. As the U.S. wrestles with its own health care system, Worldfocus explores success stories -- and cautionary tales -- of different health systems around the world.

Singapore has one of the best health care systems in the world, according to the World Health Organization, and the price tag is a mere 4 percent of the country's GDP (compared to 17 percent in the U.S.). In Canada, the government guarantees all citizens basic medical services, and there is little paperwork, but long lines have sent some Canadians to private clinics. In Brazil, rich and poor alike benefit from free health care -- but offering so much has put a strain on the health system and conditions are substandard.

Our partners around the world also explore health care in Britain, China, Argentina and beyond.

"Health of Nations" is a collection of signature videos, interviews, reporter observations and analysis from the field and blogger perspectives.

Health of Nations

Cuba provides free health care without the worry

Peter Eisner (blog)

Cuba provides free health care without the worry

Apropos of the current health care debate in the United States: What happens when a government you happen not to approve of does some good things? The case in point is Cuba, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner, where the level of health care is startling.

Posted: June 26, 2009 09:38   Comments: 33
Rumors, confusion hinder battle against HIV in Cameroon

Perspectives

Rumors, confusion hinder battle against HIV in Cameroon

In Africa, several governments have implemented male circumcision as part of their AIDS prevention strategies. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Cameroon who works to fight HIV/AIDS discusses the dangers of relying extensively on circumcision, given widespread rumors and misinformation.

Posted: June 9, 2009 12:50   Comments: 6
World powers must shift mindset to tackle flu, global threats

Pivotal Power (blog)

World powers must shift mindset to tackle flu, global threats

As the World Health Organization convenes public health officials from around the world to tackle the H1N1 flu and other diseases, Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian writes that international institutions like the WHO are critical in the face of globe-circling threats.

Posted: May 18, 2009 13:56   Comments: 9
In Mexico, viral campaigning in a time of viruses

Perspectives

In Mexico, viral campaigning in a time of viruses

As the confirmed number of H1N1 flu cases worldwide surpasses 2,000, Mexico is returning to normal as businesses resume. But as a Worldfocus contributing blogger writes, the epidemic may have a lasting impact on the country's internal politics, as Mexico approaches congressional elections in July.

Posted: May 7, 2009 09:26   Comments: 0
As H1N1 flu subsides in Mexico, others prepare for outbreak

Interviews (videos)

As H1N1 flu subsides in Mexico, others prepare for outbreak

Worldfocus explores the outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus in this special report. While the infection rate seems to be subsiding in Mexico for now, many other countries are preparing for potential outbreaks, either now or later in the year when the typical flu season begins again in the northern hemisphere.

Posted: May 5, 2009 14:28   Comments: 4
Ask an expert your questions on the H1N1 flu virus

Video/Q&A

Ask an expert your questions on the H1N1 flu virus

Stephen Morse of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health discusses how he sees the H1N1 flu epidemic playing out over the next few months in Mexico, the U.S. and the world. Ask Professor Morse your questions about the virus here.

Posted: May 5, 2009 11:27   Comments: 8
Science begins to come to grips with swine flu patterns

Interview (video)

Science begins to come to grips with swine flu patterns

The World Health Organization said on Thursday that the number of confirmed cases of swine flu worldwide has now risen to at least 257. Michael Novacek of the American Museum of Natural History discusses the scientific community's attempts to pinpoint and fight the virus.

Posted: April 30, 2009 15:16   Comments: 1
“Swine flu” name offends Jews and Muslims

In the Newsroom

“Swine flu” name offends Jews and Muslims

As countries around the world debate over what to call "swine flu," Worldfocus anchor Martin Savidge writes about the disease name game.

Posted: April 30, 2009 08:57   Comments: 4
WHO raises pandemic alert level over swine flu outbreak

Interview (video)

WHO raises pandemic alert level over swine flu outbreak

In response to the spread of swine flu, the World Health Organization raised its pandemic alert from phase four to phase five -- one step short of a full-scale pandemic. Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses the origins of the swine flu and how governments have responded.

Posted: April 29, 2009 15:55   Comments: 0
Countries tighten borders as swine flu epidemic spreads

Interview (video)

Countries tighten borders as swine flu epidemic spreads

On Monday, in reponse to a growing swine flu epidemic, the World Health Organization raised the pandemic alert level from three to four. Beyond Mexico, the United States and five other countries were dealing with confirmed cases of the flu. Martin Blaser of the New York University School of Medicine discusses the scope of the outbreak and how world governments are responding.

Posted: April 28, 2009 15:16   Comments: 0
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