New COVID-19 infections fall globally for first time since September; WHO chief urges ‘extreme caution’
Last week saw the first global decline in newly reported cases of COVID-19 since September, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, advising that the news, while welcome, must be interpreted with “extreme caution”.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 threatens global progress against malaria, warns UN health agency
Gaps in life-saving interventions are undermining efforts to curb malaria, amid fears that the coronavirus pandemic could set back the fight against the disease even further, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: Testing still vital even as vaccines roll out
Testing will still be a critical tool against COVID-19, even as vaccines are deployed against the disease, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday during his regular briefing on the crisis.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

African nations ‘far from ready’ for COVID-19 vaccination drive, says UN health agency
As efforts to find safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 are showing increasing promise,  the African continent is “far from ready” to roll out what will be its largest ever immunization drive, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Global HIV toll likely to be far higher owing to COVID-19, warns UNAIDS
Countries should adopt ambitious new targets to tackle HIV / AIDS to avoid hundreds of thousands of additional infections and deaths linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A child infected with HIV every 100 seconds, new UN report reveals
Approximately once every minute and 40 seconds, a child or young person under the age of 20 was infected with HIV last year, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported, calling on governments to “protect, sustain and accelerate” efforts to combat childhood HIV.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Real hope’ surrounding COVID vaccines ‘cannot be overstated’ – WHO chief
Along with other tried and tested public health measures, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Monday that “there is now real hope” that vaccines will play an essential part in helping end the COVID pandemic.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UNICEF planning ‘mammoth operation’ to deliver COVID-19 vaccines
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working with more than 350 partners, including major airlines, shipping lines and logistics associations from around the world, to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to over 92 countries, as soon as doses become available, the agency said on Monday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID cases surge amid growing threat from antimicrobial resistance – WHO chief 
More cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past four weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic, the UN health agency chief told journalists on Friday as he launched a new report on the threat posed by antimicrobial resistance. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Remdesivir no COVID-19 silver bullet, says UN health agency
An advisory body of the UN health agency is not recommending the use of the high-profile antiviral drug Remdesivir for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, saying on Thursday there is insufficient evidence that it improves survival outcomes or cuts down on the need for patients to be put onto ventilators.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

In the face of ridicule: one woman ’s fight to bring sanitation to a Nepalese village
4.2 billion people are living without access to safely managed sanitation, putting them at increased risk of catching a host of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, cholera, and typhoid. On this year’s World Toilet Day, which is marked on 19 November, we look at how Ratna Khawas has fought ridicule and tradition to improve hygiene in her Nepalese village, with the help of the UN. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

In the face of ridicule: one woman ’s fight to bring sanitation to a Nepali village
4.2 billion people are living without access to safely managed sanitation, putting them at increased risk of catching a host of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, cholera, and typhoid. On this year’s World Toilet Day, which is marked on 19 November, we look at how Ratna Khawas has fought ridicule and tradition to improve hygiene in her Nepali village, with the help of the UN. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ensure safe and hygienic sanitation for all, UN urges, marking World Toilet Day
The UN is marking World Toilet Day on Thursday, in a bid to reinforce the need for equal access to sanitation for all. More than a quarter of the global population lack basic facilities, and more than three billion people live in homes without basic hand washing facilities, soap and water.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Future of an entire generation at risk, as COVID-19 pandemic drags on
While symptoms among children infected with COVID-19 mostly remain mild, infections are rising and the longer-term impact on the education, nutrition and well-being of an entire generation of young people can be life-altering, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Silent Pandemic: Overuse renders antimicrobials less effective – UN agriculture agency
People, plants and animals around the world are dying from untreatable infections – even with the best medicines available – due to a rise in antimicrobial resistance, the UN food agriculture agency said on Wednesday, kicking off World Antimicrobial Awareness Week.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Latest Ebola outbreak in DR Congo is declared over, with lessons for COVID-19   
An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is over, the government announced on Wednesday, after a five-month response supported by the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners.    (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Persons living with disabilities ‘have very special abilities’, UN deputy chief tells young Ghanaians  
During her visit to Ghana on Monday, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed met with young people living with HIV and disabilities in the capital, Accra.    (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New partnership to boost maternal and newborn health in East and Southern Africa
Some 10,000 health workers will be trained to support mothers and newborns in Africa through a partnership between the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, and Laerdal Global Health, the non-profit arm of a Norwegian company that provides innovative training, educational and therapy solutions for emergency medical care and patient safety. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN-backed fund to address crisis in global sanitation and hygiene
A UN-backed fund, launched on Tuesday, is set to take on the centuries-old crisis centred around sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health, which now impacts more than four billion people across the world.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO rolls out plan to rid world of cervical cancer, saving millions of lives
The World Health Organization (WHO) set out a strategy on Tuesday for eliminating cervical cancer, which would avoid the death of an estimated five million women and girls from the disease, by 2050. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

No time for complacency as COVID-19 cases surge: WHO chief
Despite encouraging news about COVID-19 vaccines and cautious optimism over potential new tools against the disease, “this is not the time for complacency,” the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday during his latest press briefing in Geneva.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Diabetes increasing COVID risks, showing need to strengthen health systems  
As the number of people with diabetes surges, many are at “increased risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19”, the UN chief said in his message for World Diabetes Day, on Saturday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: Consequences of ‘chronic under-investment in public health’ laid bare: Tedros
A global chronic under-investment in public health has been exposed by the coronavirus pandemic, which must now lead to a major re-think in how all societies value health, said the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

South Sudan: ‘No child anywhere should suffer from polio’ – UN health agency
Although South Sudan had recently been declared free from the wild poliovirus, the UN health agency said on Friday that 15 children under the age of five are reported to have been infected by a vaccine-derived form of polio, which has left them with irreversible paralysis.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Measles cases hit 23-year high last year, killing 200,000 as vaccination stalls, WHO says
Measles killed an estimated 207,500 people last year after a decade-long failure to reach optimal vaccination coverage, resulting in the highest number of cases for 23 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) and US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in a joint report on Thursday.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Neglected tropical diseases: Countries endorse new targets to eradicate 20 killers
A bold new blueprint to tackle all neglected tropical diseases has been agreed at the UN health agency’s World Health Assembly, which will involve a radical shift in approach by Member States and non-state actors, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Bring life to those fighting for breath’, UNICEF urges on World Pneumonia Day 
Pneumonia is not a new emergency, it takes the lives of some 800,000 children each year, but this year’s COVID-19 pandemic makes it even more critical to stop the deadly infection, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Thursday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Can ‘Open Science’ speed up the search for a COVID-19 vaccine? 5 things you need to know
The UN is calling for authoritative scientific information and research to be made freely available, to accelerate research into an effective vaccine against the COVID-19 virus, help counter misinformation, and “unlock the full potential of science”. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Deputy UN chief conducts solidarity visit to West Africa and the Sahel
The UN Deputy Secretary-General is on a two-week solidarity visit to West Africa and the Sahel to underscore the Organization’s support to countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN deputy chief conducts solidarity visit to West Africa and the Sahel
The UN Deputy Secretary-General is on a two-week solidarity visit to West Africa and the Sahel to underscore the Organization’s support to countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Independent UN experts decry COVID vaccine hoarding: ‘No one is secure until all of us are’  
The only way to fight the COVID-19 crisis is to make affordable vaccines available to everyone, independent UN human rights experts said on Monday, underscoring that in an interconnected and interdependent world, “no one is secure until all of us are secure”.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO ’s Tedros says it is time for the world to heal, pushing back on ‘misguided nationalism’ 
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told Member States on Monday that efforts to tackle climate change and poverty had been set back by a lack of global unity since major agreements were struck five years ago, and welcomed the chance to work with the presumptive new US administration of president-elect Joe Biden. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

World can save lives and ‘end this pandemic, together’ – WHO chief
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues evolving, the world must “take all opportunities to learn and improve the response as we go”, the UN health agency chief said on Friday.      (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Emergency action’ needed to prevent major polio, measles epidemics
Globally, millions of children are at a heightened risk of polio and measles – dangerous but preventable diseases – amid disruptions to vital immunization programmes due to the coronavirus pandemic, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) have said. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FROM THE FIELD: coping with COVID in refugee camps
Physical distancing, handwashing with soap, wearing masks: these are some of the most basic, recommendations for slowing the spread of COVID-19, but for many refugees, and other displaced people, they can be very difficult to follow. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ahead of global health assembly, WHO stresses need for solidarity, preparation
The COVID-19 pandemic can be defeated through science, solutions and solidarity, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, underlining one of its core messages throughout the crisis.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Protecting citizens from COVID while granting refugee access, can be done: UNHCR
It is possible for countries to both protect public health and “ensure access” for vulnerable people forced to flee their homes, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Deputy UN chief pushes Security Council on global ceasefire, to fight ‘common enemy’
The UN Deputy Secretary-General on Tuesday urged the Security Council to do more to encourage combatants across the world to put down their guns and focus instead on fighting “our common enemy” – the coronavirus. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Protect children and relief workers caught up in conflict, urges UN rights envoy
Indiscriminate attacks on education and health facilities during armed conflict is having a “dramatic impact” on children and humanitarian personnel, the UN envoy for Children and Armed Conflict said on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘If we invest in health systems, we can bring this virus under control’ – WHO chief
Health systems and global preparedness are not only an investment in the future but “the foundation of our response” to today’s COVID-19 health crisis, the head of the UN’s health agency said on Monday.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First Person: supporting migrants on the COVID-19 frontline in Myanmar
One of the far-reaching effects of the global lockdown brought on the COVID-19 pandemic has been the return of migrant workers to their home countries.  The UN gender agency, UN Women has been supporting the authorities in Myanmar, under the EU–UN funded Spotlight Initiative, to provide for the needs of women. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Long-term symptoms of COVID-19 ‘really concerning’, says WHO chief
With some COVID-19 patients reporting long-term symptoms, including damage to major organs, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged Governments to ensure they receive necessary care. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Kenya relief bid begins to avert ‘hunger crisis’ among poor workers hit by COVID 
In Kenya, a major UN-led cash and nutrition relief project is underway for informal workers facing a hunger crisis brought on by COVID-19, amidst warnings on Friday that the situation is likely even worse in many poorer countries.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN agency chiefs appeal for  ‘open science’ beyond COVID-19, citing dangers of secrecy and denial 
The heads of three UN agencies joined forces on Tuesday to appeal for a global push towards “open science”, citing the value of cooperation in the response to COVID-19 and the dangers of treating evidence-based knowledge as an exclusive asset, or simple matter of opinion.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Yemeni children suffer record rates of acute malnutrition, putting ‘entire generation’ at risk 
Yemeni children are suffering acute malnutrition at unprecedented rates as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis grinds on and funding falls far short of what is needed to offset the effects of conflict and  economic collapse, UN agencies said in a statement on Tuesday.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Catch-up, ‘get ahead and stay ahead’ of coronavirus, urges UN health agency chief
Global COVID-19 cases spiked to their highest level yet during last week, with many northern hemisphere countries seeing “a concerning rise in cases and hospitalizations”, the UN health agency chief said on Monday, urging countries to “get ahead and stay ahead” of the virus.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Africa climate change report reveals heat rising north and south, Sahel getting wetter
Africa needs to prepare better for climate change by responding to a wide range of potential risks, a multi-agency report led by the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday, the first in a series of continent-by-continent assessments. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Science, unity and solidarity, key to defeating COVID: UN chief
Better preparation, listening to the science and acting together in solidarity, are some of the main ways that countries across the world can overcome the on-going COVID-19 crisis, the UN chief told the World Health Summit on Sunday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Very tough’ months ahead in COVID battle, WHO helping scale up dwindling oxygen supplies
Facing another critical juncture in the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief told reporters on Friday that a “very tough” few months lie ahead with too many nations seeing an exponential increase in cases.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN urges people to #PledgetoPause before sharing information online
With the COVID-19 pandemic sparking a “communications emergency” caused by false information disseminated on social media, the UN Secretary-General is encouraging people everywhere to take a breath before sharing content online.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news