Today we’re (re)launching HEFPI—aka the Health Equity and Financial Protection Indicators database. HEFPI sheds light on two major concerns in global health: a concern that the poor do not get…

Adam Wagstaff, Patrick Hoang-Vu Eozenou |

This blog is based on new mortality estimates released today by the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME) if("undefined"==typeof window.datawrapper)…

Emi Suzuki, Haruna Kashiwase |

Low-income countries face the highest risk of financial catastrophe due to surgery and have made the slowest progress Five billion people—two thirds of the world’s population—lack access to safe,…

Kathryn Wall, Emi Suzuki, John G Meara, Mark G Shrime |

We’re pleased to launch new dashboards in the Health, Nutrition and Population Portal, following the portal’s revamp last year. The renewed HNP portal has two main dashboards covering Population…

Haruna Kashiwase, Yatao Lu, Emi Suzuki, Ying Chi |

  Over a billion people—about 15% of the world’s population—have disabilities. Almost 80% of them live in the developing world, which is undergoing rapid urbanization. While urbanization brings…

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |

Mr. Kannan, a differently abled social entrepreneur. (Photo: Varalakshmi Vemuru) During my recent mission visit to Sivagangai District in Tamil Nadu, India, I met with Mr. Kannan, a social…

Varalakshmi Vemuru |

As part of the World Bank Group Annual Meetings that took place in Lima last October, we organized a Wikistage event to discuss the corrosive effects and the social and economic implications of…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo |

  Globally, the Millennium Development Goal of reversing the trend in new cases of tuberculosis has been met. Today there there are 40% fewer people living with TB than there were in 1990. More…

Tariq Khokhar |