Islamic social financing initiative aims to help economic recovery, pandemic response
As the world continues to grapple with the health and economic crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN and Islamic Development Bank teamed up on Tuesday to help the most vulnerable.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID ’s grip keeps world in ‘perilous situation’
Amidst an “unacceptably high plateau” in COVID-19 cases and deaths globally, the UN health agency chief on Monday shone a light on last week’s death toll that totalled almost 90 thousand people and 5.4 million reported cases.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What can the UN do to support India through its deadly COVID-19 surge?
The UN is at the forefront of efforts to help India extricate itself from the almost unimaginable scale of suffering its citizens are undergoing, as a result of a devastating wave of COVID-19 infections. Earlier this week, UN News spoke to the country chiefs based in India, for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund, to get their take on the crisis. Here are some key excerpts from the interviews. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO approves Chinese COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use
A COVID-19 vaccine produced in China has been given the green light for global rollout, potentially paving the way for its use in underserved countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday.    (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

India ’s new COVID-19 wave is spreading like ‘wildfire’, warns UN Children’s Fund
A new wave of COVID-19 infections is spreading like “wildfire” across India, leaving many youngsters destitute, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO chief hails ‘monumental moment’ in COVID fight, as US throws support behind vaccine patent waiver
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said the commitment announced by the United States administration to lift vaccine patent protections to help boost global supply, was a “monumental moment” in the battle to end the deadly pandemic. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Early-warning ‘pandemic hub’ plan unveiled by WHO’s Tedros and Germany’s Merkel
An international hub for pandemic control is to open in Berlin to ensure better preparedness and transparency in the fight against likely future global health threats, the UN health agency announced on Wednesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

South Asia: ‘Real possibility’ health systems will be strained to a breaking point, UNICEF warns
Impacts of the deadly new surge in COVID-19 cases across South Asia are unlike anything the region has seen before, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said, warning of a “real possibility” that health systems there will be strained to a breaking point, leading to even more loss of life.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN report sounds alarm on acute global shortage of midwives
The world is currently facing a shortage of 900,000 midwives, with COVID-19 further exacerbating the situation as many midwives have been deployed to other health services, according to a new United Nations report. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Joy in South Sudan, as schools reopen after 14-month COVID lockdown
The countrywide reopening of schools in South Sudan is a welcome step on the road to “normalcy” for youngsters, two in three of whom need humanitarian assistance, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN envoy Gordon Brown urges G7 countries to fund global COVID vaccination push
Former United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on Monday for the world’s richest nations to underwrite COVID-19 vaccination in poorer countries, highlighting the need to raise some $60 billion over the next two years.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Latest deadly Ebola virus outbreak in DR Congo declared over
The 12th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was declared officially over on Monday, just three months after the first case was reported in North Kivu, but it marks the end of the country’s fourth outbreak of the deadly disease in less than three years, said the World Health Organization (WHO). (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Overcoming COVID myths and fears in Malawi
Healthcare workers in Malawi are concerned that misinformation about COVID-19 is preventing patients in dire need of medical attention not related to the virus, from seeking what could be live-saving treatment. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 ‘vaccine equity in action’ in the Maldives: a UN Resident Coordinator blog
The roll-out of vaccinations to prevent COVID-19 infections rising in the Maldives is a good example of “vaccine equity in action” according to Catherine Haswell, the UN Resident Coordinator for the Indian Ocean island nation. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Decades of health gains at risk in Brazil due to COVID-19
Although COVID-19 cases are declining in Brazil, the pandemic is putting decades of public health gains there at risk, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Address inequalities to end AIDS by 2030, UN chief says in new report
Inequalities in addressing AIDS threaten global efforts to stamp out the disease as a public health threat by 2030, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned in a report published on Friday, which provides 10 key recommendations to get the world back on track. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Vaccinated Europeans now outnumber those infected by COVID, but ‘threat remains present’
Just over 460 days since the first COVID-19 cases were reported in Europe, more citizens living in the region have now been vaccinated, than the number infected, and although new cases and hospitalizations are falling, “the threat remains present”, a senior UN health official said on Thursday.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Madagascar edges toward famine, UN food agency appeals for assistance
An unrelenting drought in southern Madagascar, an island State off the East African coast in the Indian Ocean, is forcing hundreds of thousands to the brink of famine at a scale “beyond belief”, a senior UN food agency official said on Thursday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Increased cancer risk for petroleum industry workers and people living near plants: New UN study
People working in the petroleum industry or living near petroleum facilities are at increased risk of developing several different cancer types, according to a new report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARCWHO), part of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First Person: Panic as COVID-19 ‘tsunami’ hits India
A UN staff member in India has described the huge upsurge in COVID-19 infections in her country in recent days as a “tsunami”, and has spoken of the “panic” she felt, as her immediate family became infected with the virus. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN providing equipment and supplies to help India fight rapid COVID-19 surge
The United Nations is supporting India as the country battles a major surge in COVID-19 cases which on Wednesday saw the overall reported death toll top 201,000, according to latest World Health Organization (WHO) figures. Confirmed cases stand at just under 18 million nationwide.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 cases rise for ninth consecutive week, variants continue  spreading 
COVID-19 infections have increased for the ninth consecutive week globally while variants continue their spread, the UN health agency has confirmed.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Risky business: COVID-19 and safety at work
The numbers of home workers around the world  have been swelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, putting a fresh focus on the need for employers to ensure that their employees are working in a safe environment. On the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, we look at some of the ways the UN is helping employers and governments to keep people safe, wherever they work. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Key workers need greater protections amidst COVID fight, new ILO report warns
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the workplace dangers faced by key workers who need far greater protection to do their jobs safely, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Disasters know no borders’ says Guterres, 35 years on from Chernobyl nuclear accident
In his message for Chernobyl International Remembrance Day on Monday, the UN chief reminded that “disasters know no borders”.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New UN-led global immunization push aims to save more than 50 million lives
A UN-led global immunization strategy was unveiled on Monday to reach more than 50 million children who have missed lifesaving jabs against diseases such as measles, yellow fever and diptheria, in large part because of COVID-19 disruption.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Iraq: UN representative calls for ‘stronger protection measures’ after fatal fire in COVID hospital
The UN Special Representative in Iraq expressed “shock and pain” on Sunday over a deadly accident that befell a COVID-19 hospital in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A ‘malaria-free future’ is possible, UN chief says on international day
 Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the multiple crises it has sparked, a growing number of countries are approaching and achieving malaria elimination, the UN chief said on Sunday, World Malaria Day.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Seeing health ‘opportunities’ in post-pandemic Papua New Guinea: a UN Resident Coordinator blog
The global COVID-19 pandemic could provide “opportunities” to improve health care in Papua New Guinea (PNG) after the crisis is over, according to the United Nations’ most senior official in the southwestern Pacific Ocean nation. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

ACT now to speed up funding for COVID-19 tools, UN officials say
Although a landmark global collaboration has developed and delivered COVID-19 vaccines and diagnostics worldwide, critical funding shortfalls remain, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report published on Friday.    (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

90 percent of countries ’ health services continue to be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic: WHO
Over one year into the COVID-19 pandemic and 90% of countries are still reporting one or more disruptions to essential health services. The findings of the second World Health Organization (WHO) “pulse survey” reveal that no substantial global change has been made since the first survey was conducted in the summer of 2020. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: Greta Thunberg contributes 100,000 Euros to vaccine equity initiative
The teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has donated 100,000 Euros to boost global efforts to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to anyone, anywhere, who needs them, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Surviving a deadly outbreak of COVID-19 in a Lesotho convent
A 77-year old nun from the southern African country of Lesotho has been telling the UN how she survived a deadly outbreak of COVID-19 in her convent and why it’s important to embrace the vaccine. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Vaccine equity the ‘challenge of our time’, WHO chief declares, as governments call for solidarity, sharing
With the number of new COVID-19 cases nearly doubling over the past two months, approaching the highest infection rate the world has seen during the pandemic, the unequal distribution of vaccines is not only a moral outrage, but economically and epidemiologically self-defeating, the head of the UN health agency told a special ministerial meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 infections approaching highest rates ever, WHO warns
COVID-19 infections are approaching their highest rates since the pandemic began just over a year ago, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Friday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Japan: UN experts ‘deeply disappointed’ by decision to discharge Fukushima water
Three independent UN human rights experts expressed deep regret on Thursday over Japan’s decision to discharge potentially still radioactive Fukushima nuclear plant water into the ocean, warning that it could impact millions across the Pacific region.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Alert over shortage of  new drugs for ‘world’s most dangerous bacteria’  
A lack of new treatments for common infections has left people dangerously exposed to the “world’s most dangerous bacteria”, the UN health agency said on Thursday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New global compact aims to drive down diabetes deaths, boost insulin access
Increasing access to affordable insulin is among the objectives of the new Global Diabetes Compact, launched on Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO).  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO and partners urge countries to halt sales of wild mammals at food markets
The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners have called for countries to suspend sales of live wild mammals in traditional food markets, also known as “wet markets”, in efforts to prevent the emergence of new deadly diseases, such as COVID-19.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID ‘long way from over’ as cases and deaths surge – WHO
The COVID-19 pandemic is “a long way from over” but there are many reasons to be optimistic and it’s possible the pandemic can be brought under control “within months”, the head of the UN health agency said on Monday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FROM THE FIELD: providing hope for those living with HIV in Yemen
Living with HIV in Yemen, a country mired in a seemingly interminable conflict, is particularly challenging, with medical supplies hard to come by, and only around half of all health facilities fully operational. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Without access to vaccines, COVID will continue widening inequality everywhere  
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented public health, economic and social crises, threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions and exacerbating inequalities throughout the world, the World Bank said at the COVID-19: Vaccines for Developing Countries event on Friday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Low-income countries have received just 0.2 per cent of all COVID-19 shots given
The vast majority of COVID-19 vaccines administered have so far gone to wealthy nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Friday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 equitable vaccine scheme reaches more than 100 countries and economies
More than 100 countries and economies have now received COVID-19 vaccines through the UN-partnered equitable coronavirus-busting scheme, COVAX. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Migrants left stranded and without assistance by COVID-19 lockdowns  
Travel restrictions during the COVID pandemic have been particularly hard on refugees and migrants who move out of necessity, stranding millions from home, the UN migration agency, IOM, said on Thursday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Plausible’ link between AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots, WHO committee says
The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine could possibly cause rare blood clots in some people but further studies are required to confirm the link, experts with the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: WHO chief outlines five ‘vital changes’ to address inequities
Investing in equitable production and access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments, is among five “vital changes” the world needs to make this year to address the inequalities the pandemic has exacerbated, the UN’s top health official said, marking World Health Day on Wednesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Dispelling misinformation, countering vaccine hesitancy vital to beat COVID-19, countries affirm
Addressing misinformation and countering vaccine hesitancy features prominently in a political declaration launched at the United Nations General Assembly, as countries pledged to “work together as one” to defeat the pandemic, and help people and the planet to recover better.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: AstraZeneca vaccine benefits still ‘largely positive’
The benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are still “largely positive” and outweigh risk of rare but serious blood clots, according to an official with the World Health Organization (WHO), speaking on Tuesday during the agency’s regular press briefing from Geneva.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Clarity still needed on effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine passports, says UN health agency
Being vaccinated against COVID-19 may not prevent transmission and vaccination passports may not be an “effective strategy” for restarting travel, the World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news