Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard is the Middle East Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Her job takes her throughout the Middle East and North Africa, reporting on the Arab revolutions from Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia and on the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

Saudi MERS cases surge but experts at loss to explain spike

Ruth Pollard As the number of reported cases of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome surged this week, public health experts are struggling to understand where it originated, how it is spread...

Heritage status for West Bank sites

Church of the Nativity.

Ruth Pollard Religious sites will be among the first to be pushed forward for world heritage status thanks to Palestine's UNESCO membership.

Gaza's children live and die on contaminated water

Palestinian children drinking water.

Ruth Pollard Too contaminated to drink and never in continuous supply because of daily power shortages, the water in Gaza is causing chronic health problems and contributing to high rates of child mortality.

Medical tourism drains the health system in war-ravaged Libya

libya hospital thumb

Ruth Pollard A multimillion-dollar medical tourism industry catering to Libyans has emerged in neighbouring countries, stripping the country's struggling health system of vital investment and blocking efforts to...