The most recent articles on PolitiFact Global News Service

Malaria and mosquitoes: A tough tag team to beat

Malaria is one tough disease to beat. It infects about 200 million people and despite enormous efforts and impressive gains, it still kills about 400,000 people each year.

Did Donald Trump shut down Michelle Obama’s ‘Let Girls Learn’ program?

Michelle Obama championed a USAID project to promote the education of young women in low-income countries. News reports raised questions about the effort's future. We explored.

Fact-checking global development efforts in Congress

From powering Africa to ending modern slavery, an upbeat video claims Congress has actually done a lot of good for global development. 

Disease-carrying mosquitoes are adapting. How researchers are racing, and stumbling, to keep up

The fight against malaria is largely a war on bugs. PolitiFact went inside an African research center, where scientists are testing new methods to stop a quickly changing foe.

A roundup of fake AIDS ‘cures’: Angel Zapper, Garani MW1, Topvein, SF 2000

Fake AIDS "cures" have long been the bane of activists fighting for access to treatment. Some are simply ineffective. Others are out and out dangerous. And all divert people from real treatment.

Fact-checking the 21st International AIDS Conference

Two major gatherings take place this week. In Cleveland, Republicans hold their nominating convention where Donald Trump will formally, once and for all, end any doubts that he is the party’s nominee. Meanwhile, 8.500 miles away, about 18,000 people converge in Durban, South Africa, for the 21st International AIDS Conference.

HIV/AIDS: A PolitiFact sheet

Facts you should know about HIV/AIDS.

World Refugee Day: Refugee claims and U.S. politics

Donald Trump has made a number of claims about refugees. To mark International Refugee Day, we've reviewed a few from his file, along with some about refugees and poverty, and which country is doing the most to help them.

Live from the 3rd global fact-checking conference

PolitiFact is joining more than 100 worldwide fact-checkers for two days of talks in Buenos Aires. Follow along.

Tuberculosis: A PolitiFact Sheet

Tuberculosis is second only to HIV/AIDS as the world's leading infectious disease threat. Nearly all the deaths are in low and middle-income countries and there's a growing risk from drug-resistant strains.

Malaria: A PolitiFact sheet

Malaria killed over 400,000 people last year -- most of them were children. President Barack Obama singled out this disease in his 2016 State of the Union Address, saying American leadership could make a huge difference.

Africa Check debunks HIV stat

Zimbabwe Today vastly inflated how many African girls 15-24 are HIV+. New! See our fact-checks about Zika

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s top adviser, and his ties to pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine

Paul Manafort, the adviser hired by Donald Trump to add stability and institutional know-how to Trump’s often scattershot presidential campaign, has long and deep reported ties to pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. With the help of a visiting Ukranian journalist, we explore Manafort's connections to the Eastern European country.

HIV in Africa: 6 million circumcisions and counting

For nearly a decade, the fight against AIDS has aimed to circumcise as many young adult men as possible in Africa. Critics still question whether it does any good. We bring in the epidemiologists.

World Health Day: Who's leading the charge on TB research?

With private drug companies backing away from infectious disease research, governments and foundations are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to rein in tuberculosis. The World Health Organization says $1.3 billion more each year is needed to get ahead of the world's second most lethal infectious disease.

Fact-checking USAID chief on global poverty and education

In her first major policy speech, USAID administrator Gayle Smith listed a number of gains the world has seen in recent decades. We checked her stats, and while Smith did pretty well, she didn't get a perfect score every time.

Launching PolitiFact Global News Service

The new feature on our website will focus on claims about global health and development in partnership with Africa Check. Today, we launch with a pair of fact-checking -- including a Pants on Fire! claim about Zika -- and a story explaining the problems the electrical grid in many African countries.