Football  star Didier Drogba signs with WHO, as new Goodwill Ambassador  
Football legend Didier Drogba on Monday was named the World Health Organization’s (WHO) new Goodwill Ambassador for Sport and Health.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Taliban backs WHO polio vaccination campaign across Afghanistan next month
The decision by the Taliban leadership to support the resumption of house-to-house polio vaccination across Afghanistan has been welcomed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Displaced in northeast Nigeria ‘knocking on door of starvation’: WFP
Displaced families in Nigeria’s northeast are “knocking on the door of starvation”, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN chief urges lifesaving transformation of food systems
World Food Day is not only a reminder of the importance of what we eat to everyone on the planet, but also “a call to action to achieve food security around the world”, the UN chief said in his message marking the day on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Step up, urges WHO as figures reveal  1 in 4 adults don’t exercise enough 
Up to five million premature deaths a year could be prevented if the global population was more active, but many people live in areas with little or no access to spaces where they can safely walk, run, cycle or engage in other physical activities.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 caused rise in TB deaths for first time in a decade, gains ‘reversed’ 
Deaths from tuberculosis – one of the top infectious killers in the world - have increased for the first time in a decade, as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO establishes new scientific group to study COVID origins, prevent future pandemics
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday launched an expert group that will examine the origins of new pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 deaths at lowest level in nearly a year, WHO reports
Although COVID-19 deaths continue to decline, vaccine inequity persists, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, again calling for greater support for developing countries. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN honours  Henrietta Lacks, whose cells transformed medical research worldwide 
For the past seven decades, the cells of Henrietta Lacks, a Black American woman who died of cervical cancer, have saved countless lives, and made numerous scientific breakthroughs possible, such as the human papillomavirus and polio vaccines, drugs for HIV treatment, together with cancer and COVID-19 research.    (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO advisory group recommends extra COVID-19 vaccine dose for immunocompromised
People with weaker immune systems should receive an additional shot of approved COVID-19 vaccines, an advisory group to the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.    (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO advisory group recommends COVID-19 booster shot for immunocompromised people
People with weaker immune systems should receive an additional shot of approved COVID-19 vaccines, an advisory group to the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.    (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO: Global health community prescribes climate action for COVID recovery
Ambitious national climate commitments are crucial for States to sustain a healthy, green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new UN health agency report launched on Monday in the lead-up to the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Make mental healthcare for all a reality,  urges Guterres 
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on mental health worldwide, and action must be taken to “redress the glaring inequalities exposed by the pandemic”, including over access to vital services, declared UN Secretary-General António Guterres, ahead of World Mental Health Day, marked on Sunday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN health agency issues definition of post COVID-19 condition to aid treatment
The first official clinical definition of living with “post COVID” sickness, has been agreed upon following global consultation and released to help boost treatment for sufferers, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

World misses most 2020 mental health targets: WHO
At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting a growing need for mental health support, there has been a worldwide failure to provide people with the services they need, a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: Global vaccine plan aims to end ‘two-track pandemic’
The UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday unveiled an $8 billion pathway out of the COVID-19 pandemic, in a bid to make vaccines accessible to everyone, everywhere.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO endorses'historic' malaria vaccine for at-risk children
The World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending widespread use of the world’s first malaria vaccine, in what the UN health agency’s chief described on Wednesday as “an historic day” for the decades-long battle against the deadly disease.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO  endorses ‘historic’ malaria vaccine for at-risk children 
The World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending widespread use of the world’s first malaria vaccine, in what the UN health agency’s chief described on Wednesday as “an historic day” for the decades-long battle against the deadly disease.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to decline  
The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths has continued to decline globally, with  3.1 million new cases and just over 54,000 new deaths, reported over the last week, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Only 1 in 10 people who need palliative care,  receive it: WHO 
Only one in 10 people who need palliative care are receiving it, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic impact ‘tip of the iceberg’ after years of neglecting child mental health
COVID-19 has taken a toll on the mental health of children and young people, and impacts could be felt for many years to come, UN children’s agency, UNICEF, warned on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Flash Appeal launched as  2.5 million face ‘dire situation’ in Kenya 
Immediate action is needed to respond to the severe drought that is ravaging communities in Kenya’s dry regions – categorized as Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) - the UN’s humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) said on Friday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Afghanistan: Rapid decline in public health conditions, WHO warns
Healthcare provision is deteriorating fast in Afghanistan, the UN health agency warned on Wednesday, with cases of measles and diarrhoea shooting up, and polio becoming a “major risk”. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New global meningitis strategy aims to save 200,000 lives a year
More than 200,000 lives could be saved annually if the goals of a new global strategy to defeat meningitis are achieved, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Save as many lives as possible, and leave no one's health behind ’: Japan’s message to the world
Announcing the donation of up to 60 million COVID-19 vaccines to the UN-led COVAX facility, Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s Prime Minister, said that his country is determined to lead the global efforts to end the pandemic. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO backs  Regeneron COVID-19 drug cocktail - with equal access, price cut 
The Regeneron antibody drug cocktail – casirivimab and imdevimab – has been added to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of treatments for COVID-19 patients, the UN agency said on Friday, before underscoring the need for lower prices and equitable distribution.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘We can end the pandemic’, UN chief says in new call for global vaccine plan
UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday repeated his call for a global COVID-19 vaccination plan to boost production and reach millions over the coming months, in line with recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO). (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Afghanistan ’s healthcare system on brink of collapse, as hunger hits 95 per cent of families
Afghanistan’s health system is on the brink of collapse, the head of the World Health Organisation, WHO, warned on Wednesday, while on the streets of Kabul, the hunger families are suffering is as acute in urban areas as the drought-stricken rural parts of the country.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID ‘Shot for All’, not a luxury, but development priority: UNDP 
Top politicians joined award-winning African performers and others on Tuesday, in New York, to take part in a special event organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to discuss how COVID-19 vaccines can be fairly distributed worldwide, as a key priority for development.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID vaccines: Widening inequality and millions vulnerable
Health leaders agree that a world without COVID-19 will not be possible until everyone has equal access to vaccines. More than 4.6 million people have died from the virus since it swept across the globe from the beginning of 2020, but it’s expected that the rate of people dying will slow if more people are vaccinated.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Struggling economies, widening inequality and millions vulnerable: the urgent need for vaccine equity
Health leaders agree that a world without COVID-19 will not be possible until everyone has equal access to vaccines. More than 4.6 million people have died from the virus since it swept across the globe from the beginning of 2020, but it’s expected that the rate of people dying will slow if more people are vaccinated.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO  asks for commitments on maternal and newborn health 
Every day, approximately 800 women and 6,700 babies lose their lives around the time of childbirth. In addition, nearly 5,400 babies are stillborn daily, with 40% of these deaths occurring in relation to labour and childbirth.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Refugees face  dire consequences from COVID-19 underfunding, UNHCR warns 
Underfunding has left a “yawning gap” in the UN Refugee Agency’s ability to protect forcibly displaced people worldwide from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNHCR said on Friday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Africa faces 470 million COVID-19 vaccine shortfall  this year 
Africa needs around 470 million doses to accomplish the global of fully vaccinating 40 per cent of its population by the end of the year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Only 2% of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in Africa  
More than 5.7 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but only 2% of them in Africa, said World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First Person: A refuge from COVID misinformation
The COVID-19 inoculation is "just like any other vaccine" a UN Women staff member is telling the Syrian refugee women she cares for in camps in Jordan, as she tries to combat misinformation and false rumours, and avoid spikes in infection. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic increasing risk factors for suicide, UN health agency warns
Suicide prevention must be prioritized after 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Americas office of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, commemorated annually on 10 September.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19:  ‘Unacceptable’ deals and delays, hampering lifesaving COVAX deliveries 
While 80 per cent of citizens in high and upper-middle income nations have had a dose of COVID-19 vaccine, that figure stands at just 20 per cent for those living below the top tiers, according to a joint statement issued by UN and partner agencies, responsible for the multilateral COVAX initiative to provide equal access for all.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Make mental health a  priority across the board, UN chief urges 
Mental health and psychosocial support must be seen as integral to all humanitarian, peacebuilding and development programmes across the UN, the Secretary-General said on Wednesday.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Meningitis outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of the Congo: WHO  
A deadly outbreak of meningitis has been declared in a northeastern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the World Health Organization (WHO) have been supporting health authorities to deploy an initial emergency response team.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 Delta variant still ‘most concerning’, say WHO experts
Even with the emergence of the new Mu COVID-19 variant, the Delta strain remains the top concern globally, appearing to “outcompete” others, senior officials with the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO to G20 Health Ministers: Meet COVID-19 pledges, support regional vaccine manufacturing
Despite hopes that by now the pandemic would be under control, the head of the UN’s health agency told the G20 leading industrialized nations Health Ministers Meeting in Rome on Sunday that “the opposite is true”. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Haiti earthquake: Waterborne disease poses new threat to children
A crippling earthquake followed by plummeting rains have put some 540,000 children in southwest Haiti at risk of life-threatening waterborne diseases, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Improving air quality ‘key’ to confronting global environmental crises
With environmental events becoming increasingly interconnected, a new global report on air pollution published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Thursday underscores that improved air quality is “key to tackling the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste”. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: Africa could miss goal to vaccinate millions by month ’s end
Africa could miss the goal of vaccinating the most vulnerable 10 per cent of its population against COVID-19 before the month ends, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Improve support for rising numbers living with dementia, urges WHO
More than 55 million people globally are living with dementia, and that number continues to grow, according to a new UN health agency report launched on Thursday, which notes that only one-quarter of the world’s countries have national policies, strategies or support plans in place. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Producing COVID-19 vaccines in Latin America will ease shortages, protect more people
 A new platform launched on Wednesday by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will ease severe COVID-19 vaccine shortages and safeguard more people in Latin America and the Caribbean by producing inoculations within the region. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: New Mu variant could be more vaccine-resistant
A new coronavirus “variant of interest” named Mu – also known by its scientific name as B.1.621 – is being closely monitored by the World Health Organization (WHO), the agency has said. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New data-driven hub aims to detect and prevent next pandemic
A new centre in Berlin, Germany, launched on Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to help countries better assess and respond to global disease threats in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: Rich countries should donate at least 1 billion vaccine doses, says WHO panel
Rich countries must share their supplies of COVID-19 vaccines quickly, in line with recommendations made earlier this year by an independent panel appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the former co-chairs said on Tuesday.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news