Leon suffered a devastating spinal injury when his house collapsed on him in during the 2010 Haiti earthquake. But thanks to the Haiti Hospital Appeal, which helps rehabilitate patients with spinal cord injuries, he is beginning to stand on his own feet again.
As part of a five month humanitarian trip, the USNS Comfort hospital ship is bringing medical relief and surgical care to local communities in Central America. Surgeries are performed on the ship, and primary care evaluations are carried out on shore.
Augmented reality is coming to robotic surgery. Here, surgeons test the use of medical scans projected over their camera views, providing an annotated navigational display for patient Gary Keane's prostatectomy.
A cholera outbreak in post-earthquake Haiti has affected half a million people in just six months. While the Haitian government scrambles to build sanitation infrastructure to break the cycle of disease, health workers rely on education.
SMS for Life is a pilot program in Tanzania that uses mobile phones and text messages to keep track the amount of malaria drugs in different areas, preventing stocks of malaria drugs from running out at critical times.
The USNS Comfort is a hospital ship bringing medical relief and surgical care to local communities in Central America. Seventy-four-year-old Juana Mejia is on the ship to undergo surgery for the removal of her cataracts.
Jermain Romeize is suffering complications during childbirth in post-earthquake Haiti. Fortunately, she is being looked after in a maternity hospital, which was built entirely out of shipping containers as a rapid response to the earthquake.
Food prices have recently skyrocketed in the western highlands of Guatemala, and chronic malnutrition is stunting the development of children both physically and mentally. However, indigenous plants once common to the area may hold a solution.
It wasn't easy for Dr. Ayodyha Wataliyadda to leave her family in Sri Lanka. But thanks to an initiative of the British and Sri Lankan governments, she is able to gain valuable work experience in the UK while eventually returning to practice medicine in her home country.
Thanks to a special camera and the Internet, Dr. Lan Huong from Ho Chi Minh City can send pictures of bacteria samples to experts in Amsterdam for analysis, the beginning of a collaborative online community of hospitals around the world.
Within the rolling hills of Burera district in Rwanda lies a revolutionary new hospital. Dr. Peter Drobac, the driving force behind Butaro Hospital's innovative but affordable design, gives a tour of the hospital and its features.
As more people use bed nets to combat malaria, mosquitoes are adapting, making identifying and disrupting their breeding sites crucial. A Tanzanian pilot study led by Dr. Nicodem Govella is testing how effective larvicide is in reducing malaria in a large city.
In 2000, the UN laid out 8 goals to make the world better by reducing poverty and disease -- with a deadline of 2015. As that deadline approaches, Jamie Drummond of ONE.org runs down the surprising successes of the 8 Millennium Development Goals, and suggests a crowdsourced reboot for the next 15 years.
New York Times reporter Nick Kristof has been covering gender and poverty issues for decades. His new documentary is called Half the Sky - Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, inspired by his widely acclaimed book of the same name. Speaking at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco, Nick talks about the value of investing in women across the globe.