July 2008 – UNICEF and WHO release new report on global water supply and sanitation. Data shows improved water access, but lag in proper sanitation.
July 2008 – U.S. Senate approves extension of the President's Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to a budget of $48 billion over the next five years.
China's Sichuan Province incurred many casualties following the massive earthquake in June. The disaster also shed light on environmental and infrastructure problems in China. Several recent meetings were held on these issues, one on public health flaws after natural disasters and the other on China's cement industry.
July 2008 – Coalition of health organizations introduces initiative to distribute new multi-drug-resistant TB tests.
Frederick Burkle, Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar, describes the impact of public health emergencies on disaster management in new Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness article.
June 2008 - Mary Olive Smith discusses the burden of obstetric fistula and her documentary film, A Walk to Beautiful.
May 2008 - New WHO statistics indicate that mortality from non-communicable diseases is significantly increasing worldwide, surpassing infectious disease mortality rates.
May 2008 – New World Bank HIV/AIDS agenda shifts approach from emergency response financing to strategic, long-term programming.
April 2008 - A new World Bank-International Monetary Fund report finds that many countries will fail to achieve the Millennium Development Goals set for 2015.
March 2008 - Dr. Samia Altaf, Woodrow Wilson Center fellow and public health physician, discusses the failure of international development aid in Pakistan.