‘Colossal human loss’ threatens Asia, Pacific as hunger fight stalls – UN agencies
Well over half the world ’s undernourished people live in the Asia-Pacific region, making it a critical part of the global push to end extreme hunger and malnutrition in line with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs), cautioned a new United Nations report on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘No cure’ for HIV in Zimbabwe says UN, following claims from local preacher
The United Nations in Zimbabwe is reaffirming that people living with HIV and AIDS need to continue with antiretroviral (ARV) therapy to manage their infections, after a local preacher reportedly claimed that he had received divine revelation of an herbal cure. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

More than nine in ten children exposed to deadly air pollution
Air pollution is “stunting children’s brains” and affecting their health in more ways than was previously suspected, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Essential step’ towards universal health care made at pivotal UN conference
United Nations Member States have unanimously vowed to strengthen primary health care, as an “essential step” towards achieving universal health coverage for all. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

World Health Organization calls crisis meeting over deadly Ebola outbreak in DR Congo
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has already claimed around 130 lives. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Start nurturing your mental health ‘at an early age’ urges UN chief
Worldwide, it is estimated that one in five adolescents experience mental health challenges, though most remain underdiagnosed and undertreated. Marking Mental Health Day on Wednesday, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is focusing on the psychological well-being of young people aged 10 to 14, to stave off conditions that can impact their lives deep into adulthood. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nigeria inundated by floods; UN steps up disease prevention efforts
With over 826,000 people affected by heavy flooding affecting most of Nigeria, humanitarian agencies continue to step up efforts to provide life-saving assistance, especially basic medical care, which is essential to prevent disastrous epidemics. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN-led tobacco control advocates denounce ‘increasingly vicious’ industry interference
Tobacco giants are adopting new ways and “disguises” to push their products, noxious both for people and the environment, and interfere with government efforts to regulate the sale and use of tobacco, the head of the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC, the United Nations-led tobacco control treaty, has told UN News. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO supports Zimbabwe with 1.4 million vaccinations to beat cholera outbreak
The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting Zimbabwe ’s efforts to begin vaccinating 1.4 million people against a new deadly outbreak of cholera, beginning on Wednesday, after the water-borne disease first surfaced in a suburb of the capital Harare early last month. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Yemen: as cholera surges again, UN and partners double down on vaccination efforts
Following an “important increase” in the number of suspected cholera cases recently in Yemen, a new vaccination campaign is underway in coordination with the government to prevent a third major outbreak, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Selfless’ South Sudanese surgeon, who’s saved thousands of lives over 20 years, ‘humbled’ to receive top UN award
For 20 years, Doctor Evan Atar Adaha has been providing medical services to the conflict-affected people of Sudan and South Sudan and, on Monday, he received the 2018 Nansen Refugee Award, a prestigious prize given annually by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) to honour the women and men who work tirelessly to provide life-saving help to people caught in humanitarian crises. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tobacco control measures are working, but too slowly in less-developed countries: WHO
“Great progress” has been made in tackling tobacco consumption and saving lives but more needs to be done to challenge the industry’s attempts to “bypass” international regulations, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Access to legal abortion services needed, to prevent 47,000 women dying each year - UN rights experts
States across the world should act now to decriminalise abortion and make every effort to ensure women and girls have the right to make their own decisions about pregnancy, said a group of United Nations human rights experts on Friday, in a statement marking International Safe Abortion Day. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Chronic illnesses: UN stands up to stop 41 million avoidable deaths per year
“Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic Lyme disease, depression” – just some of the illnesses outlined by World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, who drove home the danger by asking delegates to stand up, when they heard the name of an illness that had killed someone they loved: One by one, every single person in the room, got to their feet. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fight against ‘vicious’ tuberculosis epidemic drastically underfunded: UN deputy chief
The fight against tuberculosis (TB) is drastically under-funded, with a gap of around $13 billion per year, said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the first-ever High-Level TB Meeting, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ebola-hit DRC faces ‘perfect storm’ as uptick in violence halts WHO operation
A " perfect storm " of active conflict and traumatized communities in Ebola-affected areas of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could enable the deadly disease to spread, but there are “no plans” to pull UN workers out of the country despite concerns for their security, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Global spotlight on world drug problem ‘is personal’ for many families, says UN chief
The United Nations focused a global spotlight on the world-wide drug problem during a high-level counter-narcotics event on Monday in which Secretary-General Ant ónio Guterres flagged that this “is personal.”  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

DR Congo: Amid renewed risk of spread, Ebola virus leaves over 150 children orphaned or unaccompanied
New Ebola virus hotspots in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are threatening progress made in tackling the deadly disease and increasing its risk of spreading, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Alcohol abuse kills three million people a year, most of them men – WHO report
More one in 20 deaths in 2016 – 3 million people, mostly men – were caused by harmful use of alcohol, according a report released on Friday by the World Health Organization (WHO). (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN tuberculosis summit ‘historic opportunity’ to put response ‘back on track’: new WHO report
Countries are not doing enough to end tuberculosis – the world’s deadliest infectious disease – by 2030, warned the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, at the release of the latest Global Tuberculosis Report. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Kenya makes progress in supporting people with albinism, but ‘much remains to be done’ says UN expert
Despite improvements for persons with Albinism in Kenya who have historically suffered attacks and discrimination, a United Nations expert has signaled that “much remains to be done”, especially when it comes to accessing equal treatment under the law. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Somewhere, every five seconds, a child under 15 dies – new UN report
Around 6.3 million children under the age of 15, died from mostly preventable causes last year, the equivalent to one  child dying every five seconds, according to a new report compiled by a group of United Nations agencies. Newborn babies account for half of the deaths. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Somewhere, every five seconds, a child under-15 dies: new UN report
Around 6.3 million children under the age of 15, died from mostly preventable causes last year, the equivalent to 1 child dying every 5 seconds, according to a new report compiled by a group of United Nations agencies. Newborn babies account for half of the deaths. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

DR Congo: new cases of deadly Ebola virus, as UN steps up response
In eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN has stepped up community-based efforts to tackle Ebola disease, following confirmation that the virus has reached the city of Butembo, near the Ugandan border, where it has claimed three lives. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cancer is a growing global threat and prevention is key, UN study shows
More than 18 million new cases of cancer are expected this year and it ’s estimated that 9.6 million people will die from various forms of the disease in 2018, the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said on Wednesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

800,000 people commit suicide every year: WHO
Every year, close to 800,000 people commit suicide, the second leading cause of death amongst people aged 15-29 in 2016. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Backed by UN agency, countries set to take on deadly livestock-killing disease
Gathered at a major United Nations agricultural conference, over 45 countries today pledged to eradicate by 2030 a highly contagious and devastating disease responsible for the death of millions of small farm animals, at cost of more than $2 billion each year. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Inactivity puts physical and mental health of more than 1.4 billion adults at risk, says WHO
Insufficient physical activity is a leading risk factor for non-communicable disease, negatively impacting mental health and overall quality of life, according to a newly released United Nations health agency study. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tobacco control, a ‘major component’ of environmental protection efforts – UN health official
From deforestation to soil degradation and pollution, tobacco production and its use by consumers, is “tremendously destructive” for the environment, although control measures can help curb its negative environmental effects, including the damaging impact of climate change, the head of the UN tobacco control treaty watchdog – formally known as the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC - has told UN News . (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Impressive African health gains at risk from changing trends: WHO report
Life expectancy across Africa has improved significantly, says a new United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) report released on Thursday, but national health systems must be improved to ensure that services get to the people who need them most. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN food relief agency airlifts aid to DR Congo province hit by Ebola outbreak
Emergency food aid is being delivered to people affected by the Ebola virus in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

As children in Ebola-affected areas of DR Congo head back to school, UNICEF ramps up support
As the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) gears up for the upcoming academic year – with some 250 schools in Ebola-affected health zones – the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is scaling up education; health and water; sanitation; and hygiene programmes to assist children and their teachers. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Deadly swine fever threatens Asia, UN agriculture agency warns, urging regional collaboration
The rapid onset  of the deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) in China has been detected in areas a thousand kilometres apart – posing an imminent threat to other Asian countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Tuesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

DR Congo: Ebola outbreak spreads to eastern ‘no-go’ zone surrounded by rebels
Rebel violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is escalating inside the vast country ’s Ebola-hit North Kivu province, putting millions at risk, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Combat against devastating effects of tobacco can only be won ‘if the UN stands united’ – UN health official
United Nations agencies must join forces at the policy level and refuse interference from tobacco companies in their programmes so the destructive impact of tobacco can be effectively addressed and lives can be saved, the head of the UN tobacco control treaty watchdog (WHO FCTC Secretariat) told UN News on Wednesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Syria: WHO appeals for funding to sustain critical health care for millions trapped by conflict
With conflict raging in northwest Syria, the United Nations health agency has appealed for $11 million to provide life-saving care to parts of Aleppo, Hama, Idleb and Lattakia governorates. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Child victims of DRC Ebola outbreak need ‘special attention and care’: UNICEF
An ongoing deadly Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has particularly affected children, the UN ’s children agency, UNICEF, said on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Using ‘leprosy’ metaphors in political rhetoric ‘fuels public stigma’ and discrimination: UN rights expert
Recent incidents where high-level politicians have used the word ‘leprosy’ in discriminatory remarks against rivals only contributes to harmful stereotypes surrounding the disease. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Monsanto lawsuit ruling a ‘significant recognition’ of victims’ human rights, say UN rights experts
The court decision to award nearly $290 million to a terminally-ill man from the United States who claimed his cancer was caused by a herbicide in a commercial weed killer, has been welcomed by two United Nations human rights experts as a “significant recognition” of the responsibilities that chemical companies have to consumers. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ebola in DR Congo: conflict zones could constitute ‘hiding places’ for the deadly virus – WHO chief
Following a two-day mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday repeated his call for warring parties in conflict-riven North Kivu to stop fighting, and allow health teams access to areas affected by the recent Ebola outbreak in the region. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Free and secure access needed in DR Congo conflict zone to tackle Ebola – WHO
After seeing first-hand the complexities of the Ebola response in the conflict-affected region of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) called for “free and secure” access to the disease-affected people.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fresh Yemen hospital attack raises risk of new cholera epidemic
A deadly attack on one of the last functioning hospitals in Yemen in the key port city of Hudaydah has put hundreds of thousands of people at risk and damaged efforts to prevent a third cholera epidemic in the war-torn country, top UN officials warned on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Conflict in new Ebola zone of DR Congo exacerbates complexity of response: WHO emergency response chief
Protecting vulnerable people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the latest Ebola Virus outbreak is going to be “very, very complex”, given the huge logistical challenges and ongoing conflict there, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New cluster of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - World Health Organization
The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced on Wednesday that preliminary laboratory results indicate a new cluster of cases of the deadly Ebola virus in North Kivu province. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

When it comes to breastfeeding, ‘timing is everything’ in saving newborn lives – UNICEF chief
Three-in-five babies, mostly born in low- and middle-income countries, are not breastfed within the first hour of life, placing them at higher risk of death and disease, according to a new United Nations report launched on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Action needed to find, test, treat millions unknowingly infected with viral hepatitis – UN health agency
Millions of people globally who have viral hepatitis are unaware or unable to receive treatment, the United Nations health agency said Friday, on the eve  of World Hepatitis Day, raising the alarm to “find, test and treat the missing millions.” (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Stigma and discrimination still persists’ against people living with HIV – UN labour agency
Although progress in treating people living with HIV has enabled them to work, they continue to face career discrimination, says a new study launched on Thursday by the United Nations labour agency. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ending marginalization of persons with disabilities ‘a matter of justice’, UN-backed summit told
Inclusive education, economic empowerment and technological innovations were the focus of discussion on Tuesday as world leaders gathered in London for the first-ever United Nations-backed Global Disability Summit. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo declared over, now let ’s tackle other health challenges: WHO chief
The Ebola virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been declared over, thanks to a concerted national and international effort to contain the threat, the UN ’s top health official said on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news