Jason Beaubien

Jason Beaubien appears in the following:

Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The $31.3 billion given by wealthy nations, aid groups, charities, large foundations and others in 2013 reflects the shifting mix of donors backing international health projects, an analysis suggests.


To Save Her Husband's Life, A Woman Fights For Access To TB Drugs

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

When doctors ran out of treatment options for her dying husband, Oxana Rucsineanu took matters into her own hands. The costly new drug she got for him has menacing side effects, but it might save him.


Access To Toilets And Books Improves Life For Kids Across The Globe

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Since 1990, nearly 2 billion people have gained clean toilets, or at least decent outhouses. And many more children in the developing world now eat better, go to school and get medical treatment. The advances mean that fewer children are dying of preventable diseases.


Rushing Toward Chaos: Covering The Aftermath Of Typhoon Haiyan

Saturday, December 28, 2013

NPR's Jason Beaubien and David Gilkey have covered calamities all over the globe. But the recent aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines was particularly daunting. Jason describes the extreme challenges they faced.


They Shot For Zero, But Couldn't Squash Polio In 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

This year was on track for a record-low number of polio cases. But polio pushed back hard. It reappeared in some places and spiked in others. Still, global health officials remain confident that polio can be defeated soon.


Global Malaria Deaths Hit A New Low

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The billions of dollars spent by governments and foundations to fight malaria are starting to pay off. The death rate from the mosquito-borne disease has dropped by 45 percent worldwide since 2012. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people each year.


Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95

Thursday, December 05, 2013

From his childhood as a herd boy, Nelson Mandela went on to lead the African National Congress' struggle against South Africa's racially oppressive apartheid regime. For his efforts, he spent 27 years behind bars as a political prisoner. In 1994, he became his country's first elected black leader. Mandela died on Thursday. He was 95.


Polio In The Middle East And Africa Could Threaten Europe

Friday, November 08, 2013

The recent discovery of polio in Syria and Israel should be a wake-up call to European health officials, scientists say. Low vaccination rates in some regions could offer the crippling virus a chance to reenter Europe and possibly gain a foothold. Vaccines used there also make it more likely that people can spread the virus.


Polio Has Not Returned To South Sudan, After All

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Health officials said that they were mistaken about a polio outbreak in Somalia spreading to South Sudan. Despite previous reports, South Sudan has not recorded any polio cases this year. The new information means that the spread of the virus around the Horn of Africa is more limited than previously thought.


Violence, Chaos Let Polio Creep Back Into Syria And Horn Of Africa

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The number of polio cases globally sank to an all-time low in 2012. But outbreaks in Syria and Somalia this year are jeopardizing efforts to eradicate the virus. A recent visit to the Somali-Ethiopian border highlights just how easily polio can regain a foothold in rural, insecure communities.


Polio Returns To Syria As Health System Crumbles

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The World Health Organization has confirmed that polio has re-emerged in Syria for the first time in 14 years. Efforts are underway to immunize millions of children throughout the Middle East to try keep the virus from spreading.


U.N. Study Finds High Rates Of Rape In Asian Countries

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A new study finds extremely high rates of rape in six Asian and Pacific countries.


Relief Agencies Brace For Fallout From Syria Strikes

Monday, September 09, 2013

Humanitarian groups are stockpiling supplies and readying a new refugee camp in Jordan. The conflict in the region is already the largest ongoing humanitarian crisis in the world with millions of Syrians displaced from their homes.


Humanitarian Aid Agencies Brace For Fallout From Syrian Strikes

Monday, September 09, 2013

Millions of Syrians have poured into refugee camps, where food, water and health services are scarce. As the U.S. prepares for possible military action, aid agencies are preparing for thousands more people to flee and worsen the humanitarian crisis.


Tuberculosis Hitched A Ride When Early Humans Left Africa

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Tuberculosis is one of the oldest diseases in human history. Signs of the bacteria have even been seen in Egyptian mummies. Now scientists find evidence that TB is much more ancient than we thought. The bacteria may have started infecting people more than 70,000 years ago, long before farming began.


Chronic Illnesses Outpace Infections As Big Killers Worldwide

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The pattern of illness around the world is changing much faster than researchers expected, a series of report finds. The leading causes of death and disability have changed from communicable diseases in children to chronic problems in adults, including diabetes and mental illness.


To Keep Polio At Bay, Israel Revaccinates A Million Kids

Monday, September 02, 2013

After being free of polio for decades, Israel has detected the virus in sewers across the country. No children have become ill. But health officials are worried that polio has regained a foothold in Israel.


In South Africa, A Clinic Focuses On Prostitutes To Fight HIV

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Treating sex workers infected with HIV can save their lives and reduce the odds that they will spread HIV to clients. To make it easier for prostitutes to get care, a university-run clinic in Johannesburg is located in a neighborhood where they work.


After Missteps In HIV Care, South Africa Finds Its Way

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The nation with the worst HIV epidemic on the planet is finally turning the corner on the disease. South Africa is simplifying AIDS care and giving antiviral drugs to nearly 2 million people every day.


South Africans Ponder A Nation Without Mandela

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The anti-apartheid hero has been a unifying force in South Africa, particularly for the ruling African National Congress. There's concern, however, that xenophobia, racism and political infighting may grow once the "father of the nation" dies.