UN condemns attack on Ebola treatment centre in DR Congo which left doctor dead, two others injured
The UN has condemned an attack on an Ebola treatment  centre in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Friday, which led to the death of a doctor working for the World Health Organization (WHO), and injured two others.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Vaccines are safe’ and save lives, UNICEF declares, launching new #VaccinesWork campaign
Amid a surge in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, the United Nations Children ’s Fund (UNICEF) announced on Thursday a new social media campaign, emphasizing that “vaccines are safe, and they save lives”. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Stress, overtime, disease, contribute to 2.8 million workers ’ deaths per year, reports UN labour agency
Stress, excessively-long working hours and disease, contribute to the deaths of nearly 2.8 million workers every year, while an additional 374 million people get injured or fall ill because of their jobs, the UN labour agency, ILO, said on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘A global measles crisis’ is well underway, UN agency chiefs warn
Noting a 300 per cent surge in the number of measles cases during the first three months of this year, compared to the same period last year, two UN agency heads declared on Monday that we now stand “in the middle of a global measles crisis”. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Greater transparency, fairer prices for medicines ‘a global human rights issue’, says UN health agency 
While developing countries have long struggled with the price of medicines, today ’s costs have rendered it a world-wide challenge, and the key topic of concern at a global medicines forum in South Africa, co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ebola not an international ‘health emergency’ but risks spreading across DR Congo border, warns UN health agency
The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) “does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern”, according to a statement issued on Friday by the World Health Organization (WHO). (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

More than four in 10 women, live in fear of refusing partner ’s sexual demands, new UN global study finds
More than four in 10 women in 51  countries surveyed, feel they have no choice but to agree to their partner’s sexual demands, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA, said on Wednesday, noting that they are also unable to make basic decisions about getting pregnant and accessing health care for themselves.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mozambique ’s Beira city ‘returning to life’, elsewhere UN teams assess damage, deliver assistance 
Nearly one month after Cyclone Idai slammed into the southeast African coast, the streets of Mozambique ’s busy port city of Beira are “returning to life” as the search for survivors continues throughout neighbouring Zimbabwe, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Health is a right, not a privilege’ says WHO chief on World Health Day
The Director-General of the   World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has marked World Health Day, which falls on Sunday, with a reiteration of the UN’s stance on health: that it is a fundamental human right, not a privilege. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Women outliving men ‘everywhere’, new UN health agency statistics report shows
Average life-expectancy globally has increased by five-and-a-half years since the turn of the century, and women outlive men “everywhere”, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Lack of basic water facilities risks millions of lives globally: UN health agency
More than two billion people face grave health risks because basic water facilities are not available in one in four medical  centres globally, the UN has said, in an appeal to countries to do more to prevent the transmission of treatable infections that can turn deadly if not washed or flushed, away.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Strengthen inclusion, participation of people with autism to ‘achieve their full potential’ says UN chief 
On World Autism Awareness Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ant ónio Guterres underscored in his message on Tuesday, the importance of technology which helps people living with autism “achieve their full potential”.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Acute food insecurity ‘far too high’ UN agency warns, as 113 million go hungry
Approximately 113 million people in 53 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity last year, according to a new joint UN and European Union (EU) report released on Tuesday, which warns that these crises are primarily driven by conflict and climate-related disasters. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Massive cholera vaccine campaign planned for cyclone-ravaged Mozambique, as UN calls for'urgent' step-up in support
Around 900,000 doses of cholera vaccine arrived in Mozambique on Tuesday to help stave off a possible epidemic, after the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai, amid reports that the disease has already infected more than 1,000 people in affected areas. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ebola cases rising in DR Congo, but UN health agency cites progress in community trust-building
A rise in new cases of deadly Ebola virus disease in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been announced, while authorities say that progress is being made in accessing communities that have been wary of outside help, 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 - March 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Yemen hospital airstrike under investigation amid resurgence of deadly cholera
UN human rights staff in Yemen are investigating an apparent airstrike on a hospital in opposition-held territory which reportedly killed at least seven civilians on Tuesday, amid fears that cholera is spreading “like wildfire”, one of the organization’s senior humanitarian officials has warned. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Ticking bomb’ health warning over deteriorating conditions facing Cyclone Idai victims
Efforts are continuing to reach all victims of Cyclone Idai in southern Africa where a senior relief chief has warned of a “water, sanitation and hygiene ticking bomb”, as the scale of the emergency continues to unfold, and the official death toll rises. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

It ’s ‘time to #EndTB’, says UN on World Tuberculosis Day
Tuberculosis, or TB, is not only the world's top infectious killer, it is also the leading cause of deaths among people with HIV and a major cause of antimicrobial resistance-related deaths, the United Nations health agency said on Sunday, World Tuberculosis Day.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

More children killed by unsafe water, than bullets, says UNICEF chief
A lack of safe water, is far deadlier for children than war in more than a dozen conflict-affected  countries, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday, in a report launched to coincide with World Water Day, marked on 22 March. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Massive and protracted’ humanitarian crisis in DR Congo can be ‘beaten back’ if donors step up
“Urgent and sustained funding” for a Government-led response to what is now a “massive and protracted” humanitarian crisis across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is required, said the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN relief chief on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN standing with Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique as Southern Africa death toll from deadly cyclone mounts
The UN chief has expressed his sadness at the loss of life and displacement across Zimbabwe, as a result of the deadly Tropical Cyclone Idai, which has pounded Southern Africa in recent days, leaving at least 150 dead in Malawi alone, according to latest news reports. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

DR Congo Ebola centre attacks could force retreat against the deadly disease, warns UN health chief
Attacks on Ebola treatment centres in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), risk reversing the gains made during the current outbreak in the north-east of the country, the head of the UN health agency said on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

99 per cent of intravenous drug users lack access to health, ‘social services with dignity’ says UNAIDS chief
Despite a decline in new HIV infections globally, a UN report launched on Wednesday highlights that nearly all people who inject drugs live in countries that do not provide suitable harm-reduction service coverage, meaning they are denied adequate access to essential health services. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Humanity ‘at a crossroads’ as damage to planet poses growing risk to health, UN environment agency warns
Human activity is damaging the planet so badly, exacerbated by climate change, that it will increasingly put our health at risk, warns a major report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), released on Wednesday at the UN Environment Assembly, currently taking place in Nairobi. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN unveils global influenza strategy to prevent ‘real’ threat of pandemic
A new UN-led plan has been unveiled to tackle the estimated one billion cases of influenza which occur each year, and protect against the “real” threat of a global pandemic, the head of the organization’s health agency said on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

DR Congo: Following second brutal assault on Ebola clinic, UN health chief vows to continue serving ‘most vulnerable’
Amidst a deadly Ebola outbreak, on Saturday morning armed militia members brutally attacked an Ebola clinic  in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) eastern city of Butembo, prompting a call from the UN's global  health agency chief “to protect the treatment centres”. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

DR Congo: Second vicious attack on Ebola clinic, UN health chief vows to continue serving ‘most vulnerable’
Amidst a deadly Ebola outbreak, on Saturday morning armed groups brutally attacked an Ebola treatment centre in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ’s (DRC) eastern city of Butembo, prompting the United Nations health agency’s chief chief’s call “to protect the treatment centres”. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ramped-up emergency preparedness, part of ‘changing the DNA’ of the UN’s health agency
Better preparing itself to respond to emergency situations is just one of a sweeping range of changes the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday to further improve its role as the world ’s leading authority on public health. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Break taboo around menstruation, act to end ‘disempowering’ discrimination, say UN experts
A group of seven United Nations rights experts issued a clarion call on Tuesday to break the taboo around menstrual health for women and girls that persists in many parts of the world and take concrete action to end “disempowering” discrimination. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN ’s AIDS agency ‘greatly encouraged’ by latest scientific breakthrough showing cure is possible
The UN agency leading the global effort to end AIDS, said on Tuesday that a new case of a patient who has been “functionally cured” of HIV infection, is greatly encouraging, but there is still a long way to go before the illness can be eradicated. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Recreational cannabis poses ‘significant’ health challenges to youth: drugs control body
The UN-backed International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned on Tuesday that poorly regulated medical cannabis programmes could step-up the “recreational” use of the drug while diminishing public concern over its harmful effects. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Air pollution, the ‘silent killer’ that claims seven million lives a year: rights council hears
Shifting to renewable energy could save up to 150 million lives by the end of the century amid concerns that six billion people regularly inhale air “so polluted that it puts their life, health and well-being at risk”, a UN-appointed independent rights expert said on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Once lost, hearing doesn’t come back,’ World Health Organization warns on World Hearing Day
Many people live with unidentified hearing loss, often failing to realize that they are missing out on certain sounds and words. To address this problem, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging people on this year ’s World Hearing Day, held on March 3, to check their hearing. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

DR Congo: Insecurity and attacks mean Ebola will keep spreading, warns world health agency
Worsening security in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo marked by attacks on Ebola clinics have made it a “given” that the deadly virus will spread further, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Easing fears and promoting gender equality in Chad ’s girls-only classrooms
A teacher holds up a drawing of an adolescent girl who has just been caught unawares by her first menstruation cycle, while at school. She ’s addressing neat rows of young women sitting in class, in the town of Bol, in Chad. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pregnant, nursing women can now be given Ebola vaccine, UN health agency announces
Reversing an earlier decision, the World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends vaccinating pregnant and breastfeeding women against the Ebola virus. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ebola vaccine now for pregnant, nursing women, UN health agency announces
In a reverse decision, the World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends vaccinating pregnant and breastfeeding women against the Ebola virus. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Spending on health increase faster than rest of global economy, UN health agency says
Spending on health is outpacing the rest of the global economy, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN agency plan tackles ‘hidden cost’ of gold, paves way for safer, mercury-free mining
From smartphones to wedding rings, the hidden cost of everyday gold is its threat to human and environmental health, according to a new United Nations-driven initiative launched on Monday that aims to tackle mercury-based mining methods. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN agency plan tackles ‘hidden cost’ of gold, pave way for safer, mercury-free mining
From smartphones to wedding rings, the hidden cost of everyday gold is its threat to human and environmental health, according to a new United Nations-driven initiative launched on Monday that aims to tackle mercury-based mining methods. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FROM THE FIELD: Survival in Yemen against all odds
Fawaz, just 18-months old, suffered from severe acute malnutrition and was on the brink of death. In war-torn Yemen, he was one of hundreds of thousands of children, more likely to die, than survive. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Country origin ‘best predictor of outcome’ for children with cancer, UN experts say
Each year, an estimated 215 000 cancers are diagnosed in children under-15, and about 85  000 cancers in those aged 15–19 years, the cancer research agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Measles cases nearly doubled in a year, UN health agency projects
A projected near-doubling of measles infections has been identified amid rising severe and protracted outbreaks all over the planet, in poor and rich countries alike, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Shared responsibility’ to stop 420,000 needless deaths from tainted food each year, UN, world leaders warn
Each year, food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins or chemicals cause more than 600 million people to fall ill, and 420,000 to die worldwide, prompting a call from world leaders on Tuesday for greater international cooperation to make the food chain safer. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN guidelines unveiled to prevent rising hearing loss among young smartphone listeners
More than one billion 12 to 35-year-olds, risk irreversible hearing loss from exposure to loud sounds such as music played on their smartphone, UN health experts said on Tuesday, unveiling new guidelines to help address the problem. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FROM THE FIELD: For refugees and migrants in Europe, healthcare ’s essential but a challenge to find
There are some 68.5 million people currently displaced around the world, with 25.4 million crossing national borders in search of safety. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN ready to rise above political fray and help Venezuelans based ‘on need, and need alone’
The situation for ordinary Venezuelans is increasingly critical but the United Nations remains committed to providing humanitarian support, based on “need, and need alone”, said a  senior aid official on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Measles in Europe: infection rates highest in a decade, says UN health agency
Although more children than ever before are being vaccinated against measles across Europe, overall infection rates are the highest in a decade, and a three-fold increase on last year, according to new data published on Thursday by the World Health Organization (WHO). (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Food choices today, impact health of both ‘people and planet’ tomorrow
The food we eat has huge potential to improve both human health and environmental sustainability, but too often today it is posing a threat to both people and planet, according to a new report by the EAT-Lancet Commission, launched on Tuesday at United Nations Headquarters in New York. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

With millions of girls ‘at risk’ today of genital mutilation, UN chief calls for zero tolerance
Female genital mutilation, is “an abhorrent human rights violation” still affecting women and girls around the globe, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated in his message for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, marked on Wednesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news