Cases drop for first time as Africa ’s fourth COVID-19 wave ebbs
For the first time in Africa since the peak of the Omicron wave, weekly COVID-19 cases dropped significantly and deaths dipped, the World Health Organization (WHO) informed on Thursday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 20, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Americas: ‘Smart’ use of rapid tests critical amid COVID surge
COVID-19 cases continue to accelerate in the Americas amid increased demand for testing, the head of the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 19, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: WHO  expresses hope worst of Omicron wave is over
Omicron continues to sweep the world, but cases seem to have peaked in some countries, which gives the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) hope that the worst of this latest wave of COVID-19 is over.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 18, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN-backed COVAX mechanism delivers its 1 billionth COVID-19 vaccine dose
With a 1.1 million jab delivery in Rwanda this weekend, the World Health Organization’s multilateral initiative to provide equal access to vaccines for all reached the one billion milestone. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 16, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO recommends  two new drugs to treat patients with COVID-19  
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended on Thursday two new drugs to treat patients with COVID-19, one for patients with critical diseaseand one for non-severe cases. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 13, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Africa ’s fourth COVID wave flattens out after six-week surge
After a six-week surge, Africa’s fourth pandemic wave, which has been mainly driven by the Omicron variant, is flattening, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 13, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Omicron fuels record weekly COVID-19 cases, but deaths ‘stable’ 
Fuelled by Omicron, more than 15 million new cases of COVID-19 were reported around the world last week, by far the most cases reported in a single seven day period, the World Health Organization (WHO) informed on Wednesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 12, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sudan:  15 attacks on health facilities and workers in two months
With the crisis escalating in Sudan, there have been 15 reports of attacks on healthcare workers and health facilities since last November, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 12, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: Current vaccines may need to be updated, experts warn
Current COVID-19 vaccines may need to be updated to ensure their continued effectiveness against Omicron and future variants, an expert group appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 11, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Europe: Omicron wave threatens to overwhelm health workers in weeks
With forecasts indicating more than 50 per cent of Europeans are likely to become infected with the Omicron variant in the next six to eight weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that health workers still bear the greatest burden. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 11, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: New Year brings renewed WHO appeal for vaccine equity
The highest number of COVID-19 cases so far in the pandemic were reported last week across the globe, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Thursday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 6, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Make history and eliminate cervical cancer for ever, urges WHO chief
Though highly preventable and treatable, cervical cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in reproductive-aged women globally, according to the UN health agency, kicking off Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 5, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

70 per cent vaccination target must be met to ward off Omicron: WHO
As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to surge across the world, the UN health agency on Tuesday said that it was crucial that more is done to help all countries receive lifesaving coronavirus jabs as quickly as possible. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 4, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN data helps balance New Year ’s weight loss resolutions
At the heart of many New Year’s resolutions is a fresh gym membership and an intensive exercise regime that promises to deliver quick results. But that is not necessarily the most efficient way for everyone to lose weight, according to a new study by the UN’s atomic energy watchdog. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO: 2022 can mark the end of COVID's acute stage
The UN health agency chief expressed optimism during a press briefing on Wednesday that 2022 maybe the year the world ends the acute stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

2021 Year in Review: ‘We underestimate this virus at our peril’
Despite the almost miraculous development of effective vaccines against COVID-19 in 2020, the virus continued to spread and mutate throughout the last year, with much of the blame placed on a lack of effective global collaboration as a key reason for the prolonged pandemic. 2021 also saw the launch of a UN-backed programme to help developing countries protect their populations against the virus, and steps were taken to prepare for future global health crises. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Infectious diseases ‘clear and present danger’ everywhere
COVID-19 continues to demonstrate how quickly “an infectious disease can sweep across the world”, pushing health systems to the brink and upending daily life for all of humanity, the UN chief said on Monday, marking the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Infectious diseases present ‘clear and present danger’ everywhere
COVID-19 continues to demonstrate how quickly “an infectious disease can sweep across the world”, pushing health systems to the brink and upending daily life for all of humanity, the UN chief said on Monday, marking the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

US contributes $10 million to support UN food agency efforts on COVID-19 response, future pandemics
A $10 million contribution from the United States will assist the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in its work on COVID-19 response and addressing threats to human, animal and environmental health, including future pandemics.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ignoring COVID-19 will  just perpetuate it, WHO warns 
As many friends and families consider whether to celebrate Christmas together, the UN health agency issued a reminder on Wednesday that “anyone who ignores COVID-19 is…perpetuating it”.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO warns against blanket boosters, as vaccine inequity persists  
Blanket COVID-19 vaccine booster programmes could prolong the pandemic and increase inequity, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Consistent evidence’ of Omicron’s spread vs Delta: WHO’s Tedros
There is now “consistent evidence” that the Omicron variant is outpacing Delta, as COVID-19 continues to account for around 50,000 deaths worldwide every week, said the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO lists 9th  COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use  
The World Health Organization (WHO) approved on Friday the Covovax vaccine for emergency use listing (EUL), elevating to nine the number of immunizations approved to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Omicron: School closures must be ‘avoided whenever possible’
COVID-19 cases are spiking all over the world, but the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday that despite the rise of the highly transmissible Omicron variant “nationwide school closures should be avoided whenever possible.” (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Lifesaving support for new mothers in crisis-wracked Afghanistan
The Malalai Maternity Hospital is one of the busiest in the Afghan capital, Kabul, welcoming around 85 babies into the world every day, including 20 by Caesarean section. But the ongoing crisis in the country is drastically undermining the staff’s capacity to care for their patients. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: WHO urges Europeans to be smart and safe this holiday season
The World Health Organization (WHO) is reminding Europeans to remain vigilant against COVID-19 spread as they round out the year with friends and family.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Migrant workers still at great risk despite key role in global economy
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the key role that migrant workers play in the global economy, as well as the “terrible risks” that they are forced to take, to find work. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Democratic Republic of the Congo declares Ebola outbreak over  
The latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu Province that began in October, is officially over, national health authorities announced this Thursday.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 cases and deaths in the Americas triple in 2021
Compared to the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 was “undoubtedly worse” for the Americas, where infections and deaths tripled, the top UN health official there reported on Wednesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 leads to over 50 million more hungry people in Asia-Pacific
COVID-19 led to rising food insecurity for around 54 million people living in the vast Asia-Pacific region during 2020, according to a joint UN agency report published on Wednesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN agency  begins COVID vaccine rollout for 7,500 stranded migrants in Yemen 
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has begun a COVID-19 vaccination campaign for migrants stranded in Yemen. The goal is to inoculate around 7,500 people at its Migrant Response Points in Aden and Ma’rib.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

No return to normal without universal COVID jabs: General Assembly President
 The President of the General Assembly on Tuesday announced a New Year resolution on vaccine equity, calling on governments to come together on this issue ahead of a major event in mid-January. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: Don ’t underestimate Omicron, WHO chief warns
The Omicron variant is “probably” now present in most of the world’s countries and it would be a mistake to dismiss the COVID-19 strain as “mild”, said the head of the UN health agency (WHO) on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID cases surging in Africa at fastest rate this year, but deaths remain low
An 83 per cent surge in COVID-19 cases during the past week in Africa, driven by the Delta and Omicron variants, is causing fewer deaths than previous spikes, the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed on Tuesday, but more waves could be on the way, due to the continent’s slow vaccine rollout. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New platform for childhood cancer medicines counters ‘unacceptable imbalance’ in survival rates
A UN-backed initiative announced on Monday aims to ensure children with cancer living in low and middle-income countries have uninterrupted access to affordable, safe and effective medicines.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Investing $1 per person annually could save 7 million lives in low, lower-middle income nations
A new World Health Organization (WHO) report shows that close to seven million deaths could be prevented by 2030, if low and lower-middle income countries were to make an additional investment of less than a dollar per person each year, in the prevention and treatment of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

More than half a billion pushed into extreme poverty due to health costs
The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to halt two decades of global progress towards Universal Health Coverage, according to reports released on Sunday from the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank, which reveal more than half a billion people are being pushed into extreme poverty because they have to pay for health services out of their own pockets. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: WHO says countries can now use one or two courses of the Janssen vaccine
Countries “can now consider” using one or two courses of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, otherwise known as the Johnson & Johnson, or J&J shot, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Vaccine hoarding will prolong COVID warns WHO, as agency mulls early Omicron data
Early laboratory data on the effectiveness of existing vaccines against the Omicron COVID-19 variant is useful, but it is still unclear how effective these will be in treating severely sick patients, a UN health agency panel said on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO: Omicron could  have ‘major impact’, but no definitive answers yet 
Features of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, including the extent to which it will spread, and the sheer number of mutations, suggest that it could have a major impact on the course of the pandemic, but it’s still too early to say for sure.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Countries with regulations against industrially produced trans fats  tripled over the past year 
Forty countries now have best-practice trans fat elimination policies in effect, protecting 1.4 billion people from this deadly food compound, according to a report released on Tuesday by the World Health Organization (WHO).   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Plastics in soil threaten food security, health, and environment: FAO
Plastic pollution has become pervasive in agricultural soils, according to a new report released on Tuesday by the UN agriculture agency, posing a threat to food security, people’s health, and the environment. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID contributed to 69,000 malaria deaths WHO finds, though ‘doomsday scenario’ averted
Disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in considerable increases in malaria cases and deaths between 2019 and 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Omicron: Don't panic but prepare for likely spread, says WHO
As scientists continue to investigate the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged countries not to panic but to prepare for its likely spread. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Bodyright’ campaign launched, to end rise in gender-based violence online 
Corporate logos and Intellectual Property (IP) receive “greater protection online than we do as human beings”, the UN’s women’s health agency that works to end gender-based violence, UNFPA, said on Thursday, launching a new bodyright campaign to help shield bodies and minds from cyber violence.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Unity’ of purpose and action needed: Guterres tells AU-UN Conference
For two decades, the African Union (AU) has been “a gold standard of regional co-operation”, Secretary-General António Guterres told the fifth UN-AU Annual Conference on Wednesday in New York. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Landmark decision to negotiate new accord on pandemics ‘cause for hope’
Agreement by countries to launch a process to develop a new global accord on pandemic prevention and response is cause for hope, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday in Geneva.    (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Battle to end HIV, COVID, demands greater international solidarity
The early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic were “plagued by confusion, fear, isolation, and discrimination” against those infected or at high risk, the President of the UN General Assembly reminded a commemorative meeting on Tuesday marking World AIDS Day – 40 years after the first cases were reported. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Workers with HIV-AIDS continue to face stigma,  discrimination: ILO 
“Myths and misconceptions” about HIV and AIDS continue to fuel stigma and discrimination in the workplace, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Tuesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: WHO ’s Tedros criticizes ‘blunt’ Omicron measures 
The head of the UN health agency has criticized “blunt” and “blanket” measures taken by countries in the past few days to stop the spread of the Omicron variant.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news