Refugee health services on track despite record level of displacement, says UN agency
Despite record numbers of people fleeing conflict and natural disasters globally, vital health services have been largely able to cope, the United Nations refugee agency has said; although communicable diseases, anaemia and stunting remain areas of concern. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Funding shortfalls threaten health services for a million vulnerable Iraqis, says UN health agency
Almost one million vulnerable Iraqis will have to go without basic medicines and other life-saving healthcare if funding is not found to save critical health facilities, the United Nations health agency said on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Prevention crisis’ is hampering global HIV response, warns head of UNAIDS
Complacency over HIV and AIDS has created a “prevention crisis” that risks destabilizing efforts to reach the key 2020 target of fewer than 500,000 new HIV infections per year, the head of the UN agency in charge of fighting the pandemic warned on Wednesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN-backed treaty against illicit tobacco trade set to take effect in September
A United Nations-backed treaty aimed at stopping the illicit trading of tobacco products, is set to enter into force on 25 September, marking a diplomatic breakthrough in efforts to protect public health and strike back against the criminal organizations profiting from such deals.      (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Record 123 million infants received at least one vaccine in 2017, says UN
A record-breaking total of around 123 million,  or nine out of 10, infants, received at least one dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine in 2017, protecting them from deadly infectious diseases, according to United Nations figures released on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sand and dust storms, a'human well-being' issue, says high level panel
From higher morbidity and mortality rates to reduced economic growth, the impact of sand and dust storms can be major, especially for lower-income nations and vulnerable communities. However, with stronger collaboration and improved information-sharing, much of the risk could be managed and mitigated, a UN meeting heard on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

World Population Day: ‘A matter of human rights’ says UN
Family planning was affirmed to be a human right 50 years ago, leading to what would become the annual observation of World Population Day, which focuses attention on the impact the number of children born, has on the world. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health conditions for citizens of Yemen ’s key port city ‘remain critical’ says UN agency
Even before the escalation of conflict in Hudaydah, conditions in Yemen ’s port city were some of “the most dire in the country,” according to the United Nations health agency on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New UN agriculture agency report underscores value of fishing in fight against global hunger
The vital role that fishing and fish-farming play in supporting some of the poorest families across the world, came under the spotlight on Monday with the publication of the annual United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report on the global industry. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FEATURE: Niger ’s girls find sanctuary in fistula treatment centres
Twenty-three-year-old Kodi Moumdau laughs with a group of young women in brightly coloured shawls in her ward at the National Fistula Centre [Centre National de R éférence de Fistule Obstétricale] in the outskirts of Niamey, the capital of Niger. They can consider themselves amongst the lucky women who have been treated for and survived an obstetric fistula condition. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FEATURE: Niger ’s girls find'sanctuary' in fistula treatment centres
Twenty-three-year-old Kodi Moumdau laughs with a group of young women in brightly coloured shawls in her ward at the National Fistula Centre [Centre National de R éférence de Fistule Obstétricale] in the outskirts of Niamey, the capital of Niger. They can consider themselves amongst the lucky women who have been treated for and survived an obstetric fistula condition. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Dangers of poor quality health care revealed ‘in all countries’: WHO report
Ineffective health care is a global phenomenon which increases the burden of illness and wastes scarce resources, UN experts said on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Poorer countries set to be'increasingly dependent' on food imports, says UN food agency report
Poorer countries with rising populations and scarce natural resources are likely to be “increasingly dependent” on imports to feed their people, according to an annual report jointly compiled by the United Nations food agency, launched on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Food safety critical to development and ending poverty: FAO deputy chief
Ensuring that people everywhere can trust the safety and quality of the food they eat is the focus of a UN meeting taking place this week in Rome. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO study reveals ‘game-changer’ drug with potential to save thousands of women’s lives in childbirth
A stand-by drug used to prevent potentially-fatal bleeding after childbirth has some new competition – with improved benefits, according a United Nations health agency-led report. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic Congo is ‘largely contained’: WHO
Almost two months after the start of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), United Nations health experts announced on Tuesday that the deadly disease has “largely been contained”.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cocaine and opium production worldwide hit ‘absolute record highs’ - major threat to public health says UN study
The scourge of opium-based drugs and cocaine are a bigger global threat to public health and law enforcement than ever before, according to the latest World Drug Report, released on Tuesday by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Challenges remain in DPRK despite'slight' improvements in health, wellbeing: UNICEF
The health and wellbeing of women and children in North Korea has improved slightly in recent years but “urgent” challenges remain in rural areas, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Wednesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Challenges remain in DPRK despite “slight” improvements in health, wellbeing: UNICEF
The health and wellbeing of women and children in North Korea has improved slightly in recent years but “urgent” challenges remain in rural areas, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Wednesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

For video game addiction, now read official ‘gaming disorder’: World Health Organization
The UN health agency has for the first time, tagged compulsive video gaming as a mental health condition in its updated classification manual, released on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Prevention is key to ‘breaking the cycle of HIV transmission’, UN chief tells General Assembly
This year ’s United Nations annual debate over how best to battle HIV and AIDS heard that while progress had been made, it remains “uneven and fragile” with many hurdles still to come.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Everyone has'a moral imperative' to uphold the rights of persons with disabilities, says UN chief
Cementing and protecting the rights of around 1.5 billion people around the world in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a “moral imperative” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Paraguay ’s elimination of malaria ‘shows what is possible’ – UN health agency
Paraguay has successfully eliminated malaria, the United Nations health agency has announced, highlighting that the major milestone offers lessons to other countries aiming to control the mosquito-borne sickness. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FROM THE FIELD: Rehabilitating lives in Tanzania
A 15-year old girl from the East African country, Tanzania, says an operation to correct a facial disability means that she can “look forward to a future when I am not laughed at.” (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

From the field – Rehabilitating lives in Tanzania
A 15-year old girl from the East African country, Tanzania, says an operation to correct a facial disability means that she can “look forward to a future when I am not laughed at.” (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO reports ‘very strong progress’ in battling DR Congo Ebola outbreak
One month after the start of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations health experts on Friday reported “very strong progress” in the response to the disease. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hunger surges amid deadly conflicts, poor weather conditions in many countries – UN agriculture agency
Despite ample food supplies, persistent conflicts and adverse climate shocks are taking a toll on global food security, according to a new report launched on Thursday by the United Nation ’s agriculture agency. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Social drivers’ must be confronted in fight against tuberculosis says UN chief
Winning the fight against Tuberculosis requires that “social drivers” of the disease – especially poverty and inequality – are tackled head on, the United Nations Secretary-General said today, urging greater efforts to provide universal health coverage and combat the growing threat of anti-microbial resistance. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Walk, cycle, dance and play – UN health agency recommends new action plan for good health
One-in-five adults and 80 per cent of  adolescents worldwide are not getting enough exercise, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which on Monday launched a new action plan to tackle the situation and promote good health. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

World No Tobacco Day targets habit that ‘breaks hearts’ – WHO
Spreading the message that tobacco causes deadly illnesses such as heart disease and stroke helps prevent “needless” loss of life, United Nations health experts said on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Death of Ebola patients who fled DRC hospital highlights dangers: WHO
The escape of three patients infected with the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the hospital where they were being treated is “not unexpected”, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, underlining the need to step up efforts to explain the dangers of the deadly disease to affected communities. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

HIV/AIDS still impacting work and costing billions in lost earnings – new UN agency report
Outlining the economic and social toll HIV and AIDS continues to take on workers around the world, the International Labour Organization (ILO) called on Thursday for an “urgent effort” to improve treatment, step up testing and ensure healthier and more productive workplaces. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ebola outbreak puts DR Congo on an ‘epidemiological knife-edge’
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains on an “epidemiological knife-edge” regarding the spread of deadly Ebola disease, despite the quick response by authorities and international partners to the threat, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Poverty compounding health challenges for Palestine refugees – UN agency
Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer and smoking-related ailments, account for the majority of the chronic health problems confronting Palestine refugees across the Middle East, a new report by the United Nations agency which supports them, has found. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

At global health forum, UN officials call for strong, people-focused health systems
Everyone, everywhere must have equal access to quality health care, said top United Nations officials on Monday, urging greater focus on comprehensive health and well-being. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

DR Congo Ebola outbreak not yet a global ‘health emergency’, but strong response to disease vital – UN health experts
An emergency meeting of United Nations health experts said on Friday that the Ebola outbreak in north-west Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – where cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed in an urban area ­– does not yet meet the criteria to be deemed a “public health emergency of international concern.”    (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Celebrate love, strengthen partnerships to end AIDS epidemic by 2030 says UN agency
Marking the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the United Nations is calling for strengthened partnerships to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and their families. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Emergency meeting called as Ebola spreads to Congolese city – UN health agency
The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an emergency meeting on Friday to “consider the international risks” of the latest outbreak of the deadly disease Ebola, which has now moved to an urban area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Obese people more likely to smoke, says new gene research: WHO
New research indicates that people who are genetically prone to being overweight have a higher risk of taking up smoking - and they are likely to smoke more than average — UN scientists said on Wednesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN health agency launches new diagnostic tool to ensure effective treatment
Although correctly identifying disease is essential for successful treatment, many have no way of accessing an accurate diagnosis, the United Nation health agency said on Tuesday, launching new tool to close this critical gap. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN health agency aims to save millions of lives by ‘elimination’ of trans-fatty acids from global food chain
Industrially-produced trans-fats may give food a longer shelf life, but each year they also lead to the death of more than 500,000 people from cardiovascular and heart disease, according to the United Nations health agency. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: ‘Largest-ever’ outbreak of Lassa fever contained but monitoring still needed, says UN health agency
With the largest-ever outbreak of the deadly Lassa fever in Nigeria having been contained, continued vigilance is vital to deal with any flare-ups, the United Nations health agency warned on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

DR Congo: UN prepared for ‘all scenarios’ despite low risk of Ebola spreading
The chances of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) spreading across borders are low, said the United Nations health agency on Friday, although nine neighbouring countries remain on alert. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UNICEF urges wealthy countries to encourage more breastfeeding
Babies in wealthy countries are five times more likely to miss out on breastfeeding than those in the under-developed, the United Nations Children ’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday, explaining that this gap could be addressed by better support for working mothers, and regulating sales of infant formula. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Ebola outbreak confirmed in DR Congo: UN health agency scales up response
Two new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by Government scientists there, prompting the UN health agency to immediately scale up its response. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Largest-ever global response to cholera targets 2 million people in Africa
The largest cholera vaccination drive in history targeting two million people across Africa is underway, the United Nations announced on Monday, in response to a series of recent deadly outbreaks of the water-borne disease.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Midwives ‘lead the way with quality care’, as world marks International Day
Midwives are vital to driving sustainable development and key to helping mothers, and expectant-mothers, make informed, healthy choices, said the United Nations health agency ’s chief nurse on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Bad’ fats targeted in new global health guidelines
People everywhere need to cut down on their consumption of artery-clogging fatty foods, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging, in a new report released on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mental health ‘neglected issue’ but key to achieving Global Goals, say UN chiefs
Mental health remains one of the most neglected global health issues, even though it is critical to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders, top United Nations officials have said at an event in London. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Vitamin A deficiency puts 140 million children at risk of illness and death – UNICEF
More than 140 million children are at greater risk of illness, hearing loss, blindness and even death globally if urgent action is not taken to provide them with life-saving vitamin A supplements, the United Nations Children ’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news