The Sakhra Comprehensive Health Center is small and slightly disheveled, with evident resource constraints. Nonetheless, it is teeming with activity and resourcefulness. A sheet on the wall is the…

Tamer Samah Rabie, Ellen Lust, Cari Clark, Melani Cammett, Hannah Linnemann |

After dropping for many years, there has been a recent resurgence of fertility rates in Egypt. A woman born in the 1960s gave birth to an average of 1.4 children by the time she turned 25. Then…

Jacob Goldston |

When I visited one of the World Bank’s community sites for its new Social Safety Net program, I wanted to see the progress it had made since my first visit in November 2012.  In the first group…

Homa-Zahra Fotouhi |

​Child mortality rates have declined across the developing world over the past four decades and the best performing region in this regard has been the Middle East and North Africa.

Farrukh Iqbal |

New entrants to the working age population in most Middle East and North Africa countries encounter economic structures and policies that have long failed to generate an adequate number of new…

Farrukh Iqbal |

In the unsettling horror movie Alien, an alien invades and hides within the human body, eventually causing great devastation. This is like the real story of the parasitic worm that, within minutes…

Alaa Hamed, Amina Semlali |

Video Six women die in childbirth every day in Yemen, a fact the World Bank is committed to help change with a focus on maternal health.

Yemen is mostly in the news these days for its political transition. This has obscured a longstanding issue, the chewing of qat, which has equally important consequences for the country.   Qat is…

Mustapha Rouis |

According to Yemen’s National Population Council, maternal deaths in Yemen are the highest in the Middle East. Barely a third of births take place with the help of experienced health workers, and…

Ebrahim Al-Harazi |