Editor's note

Disease outbreaks have devastating, lingering effects. It can take families, communities and countries years to recover. William B Karesh explains how using the combined knowledge and experience of medical doctors, veterinarians, environmental scientists and civil society can help to pre-empt outbreaks.

It’s estimated that about 46m people live in slavery across the world. Most are in plain sight working alongside in nail salons, restaurants, car washes and farms all around the world. Catherine Armstrong explains how slavery persists, affecting millions of people. And how you may be funding it.

Ina Skosana

Health + Medicine Editor

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Rift Valley fever is a disease passed from mosquitoes to animals then to people. Shutterstock

What’s needed to do a better job of pre-empting disease outbreaks

William B Karesh, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Outbreaks of zoonotic diseases call for a collaborative approach to surveillance.

Politics + Society

Slavery was never abolished – it affects millions, and you may be funding it

Catherine Armstrong, Loughborough University

Slavery still exists and it happens in plain sight.

Kenya is planning to privatise prisons: why it’s risky and needs careful planning

Gráinne Perkins, University of Cape Town

Turning prisons into a market opportunity could open them up to corruption.

India: why collecting water turns millions of women into second-class citizens

Gayathri D Naik, SOAS, University of London

If you have to devote hours a day to collecting water, you miss out on education, a social life and other human rights.

Compensating underage people smugglers from Indonesia for their unlawful treatment in Australia

Antje Missbach, Monash University; Wayne Palmer, Bina Nusantara University

Efforts to claim compensation for Indonesian minors who were caught manning boats that smuggled asylum seekers to Australia may end up failing if the Australian government continues to resist.

Health + Medicine

  • To eliminate TB we need imagination and ambition

    Madhukar Pai, McGill University

    We cannot end TB with century-old technologies and poor quality care. It is time to reinvent the way we are managing TB, and overcome our collective failures of the imagination.