Overseas travelers can sometimes bring back unwanted souvenirs — with tragic consequences. A localized outbreak of typhoid in Auckland, New Zealand has taken the life of one patient and affected 20 others. Public health authorities believe that a traveler to a typhoid-endemic country may have unknowingly contracted the disease and carried it back into the country.

Mortality rates in Latin America have declined over the past century, due in part to the institutionalization of key public health programs.

More than two billion people lack access to necessary medicines. High costs and limited health care infrastructure prevent many people from benefiting from recent medical advancements, leaving populations at risk of preventable diseases.

Meet Asim Shrestha. As a practicing pediatrician in Dhulikhel Hospital in Kavre District, Nepal, Dr. Shrestha is all too familiar with the story of typhoid. A steady stream of children pass through his ward, sick with the disease.

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