The main challenge to eradicating malaria is a lack of will to do the job -- and not among donor countries. Despite its tremendous burden on affected societies, malaria, in the most heavily infected places, is considered a "relatively minor malady," something akin to the common cold.
The discovery in Delhi of a particularly nasty form of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, against which even last-resort drugs are ineffective, could bring about an era of unstoppable infections.
Science journalist Sonia Shah says private money is influencing the decisions of the World Health Organization. The WHO responds.
Over the last three decades, public funding for global health organizations has dried up. Private companies are writing checks to fill the gap, and, accordingly, they are bending the agenda toward their interests. Realigning priorities, however, will mean getting more private firms involved, not less.