UN-backed network brings together thousands to help tackle mosquito-borne diseases
In an effort to escalate the global fight against mosquito-borne diseases, the United Nations environment agency together with partners has launched a new collaborative platform that seeks to track and control the vector responsible for close to 2.7 million deaths annually. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

On Global Road Safety Week, UN health agency urges & #39Save Lives: Slow Down & #39
Spotlighting the relationship between speeding and traffic fatalities– speeding contributes to one in three traffic deaths– the UN health agency, ahead of Global Road Safety Week, is urging countries to take measures to curb dangerous driving behaviour. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

On International Day, UN honours midwives as family & #39partners for life & #39
The United Nations population agency today urged governments and development partners to expand midwifery programmes and promote an environment where midwives can effectively serve the needs of women and their families. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 5, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

As rainy season starts, UN health agency warns of cholera outbreak in drought-hit Somalia
Somalia is suffering from the largest cholera outbreak in the past five years and the number of people killed is expected to double by the end of June, the United Nations health agency. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 5, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

& #39Save Lives: Slow Down, & #39 urges UN health agency ahead of Global Road Safety Week
Spotlighting the relationship between speeding and traffic fatalities– speeding contributes to one in three traffic deaths– the UN health agency, ahead of Global Road Safety Week, is urging countries to take measures to curb dangerous driving behaviour. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 5, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN health agency to examine lower-cost ‘ biosimilar ’ drugs to expand access to cancer treatment
As a step towards making some of the most expensive treatments for cancer more widely available in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today that it will launch a pilot project for prequalifying so-called “ biosimilars, ” or lower cost drugs. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Inequalities between rich and poor temper broad success of immunization – UNICEF
Even though billions of doses of vaccines for children across 100 countries around the world were supplied in 2016, millions of children – especially those in conflict zones – still miss out on life-saving inoculations, 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 - April 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to pilot malaria vaccine trial – UN
The United Nations health agency ’ s regional office for Africa has announced that Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in a breakthrough pilot programme to make the world ’ s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Latin America loses billions of dollars to ‘ double burden ’ of undernutrition and obesity – UN study
Undernutrition and obesity are the two sides of malnutrition, and together they contributed to the loss of billions of dollars for economies in Latin America, a United Nations-backed study has found, warning that unless more is done to mitigate this health burden, the region faces a “ frightening ” future. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Somalia: UN launches lifesaving vaccination campaign for children facing measles threat
Almost 30,000 young Somali children, many of them displaced by a searing drought, are being vaccinated against measles this week in a United Nations-backed emergency campaign in one of the country ’ s hardest-hit towns. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Ahead of World Malaria Day, UN says & #39let & #39s close the gap & #39 in prevention coverage
On the eve of World Malaria Day, the United Nations health agency called today for accelerating scaled-up efforts to prevent malaria, which remains a major public health threat, killing one child every two minutes worldwide in 2015. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Starvation looms for 20 million, UN agricultural advisory group told at opening session
If nothing is done soon, 20 million people will starve to death over the next six months in South Sudan, Somalia, north-eastern Nigera and Yemen, the United Nations agricultural chief today warned the UN agency's Council. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

World Immunization Week: Power of vaccines still not fully utilized, says UN health agency
Vaccinations stave off 26 potentially deadly diseases, the United Nations health agency is emphasizing on the first day of World Immunization Week, which also marks the halfway point of the Organization's goal to stop millions of deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

‘ Large majority ’ of millions living with hepatitis have no access to testing or treatment – UN agency
New data published by the United Nations health agency has revealed that a vast majority of the estimated 325 million people living with chronic hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus infection lack access to life-saving testing and treatment, placing them at a great risk of chronic liver disease, cancer, and even death. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 21, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Senior UN official in South Sudan warns women and girls face & #39extremely high risk & #39 of sexual assault
Without peace in South Sudan, millions of people will go hungry and millions of women and girls could be raped as they try to go about their daily lives, including as they search for food, a senior United Nations official today warned. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 19, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Senior UN official in South Sudan warns women and girls face ‘ extremely high risk ’ of sexual assault risk
Without peace in South Sudan, millions of people will go hungry and millions of women and girls could be raped as they try to go about their daily lives, including as they search for food, a senior United Nations official today warned. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 19, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Progress against tropical diseases must be backed by poverty alleviation efforts – UN health agency
The United Nations today cited “ record-breaking ” progress in controlling neglected tropical diseases – which blind, maim, disfigure and debilitate millions of people worldwide, especially in its poorest areas – as an estimated one billion people were reached with treatment for at least one of these diseases in 2015 alone, according to the Organization ’ s health agency. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 19, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Haiti: UN inaugurates water supply system in Lascahobas as part of anti-cholera fight
Historically, the people in the Madan Mak and Loncy areas of the Lascahobas Commune have always had serious problems with access to safe drinking water. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 17, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

& #39Radical & #39 investments needed to meet global water and sanitation targets & #8211 UN report
Against the backdrop of almost two billion people around the world relying on sources of drinking-water contaminated with faeces, the United Nations has called on countries to“radically” increase investments in water and sanitation infrastructure not only to protect their populations from deadly diseases but also to ensure that they are able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 13, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Millions in Yemen on brink of famine, situation ‘ close to a breaking point, ’ warns UN agency
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up its emergency operations in war-torn Yemen to provide urgently needed food assistance to some nine million people, the agency said today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 12, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Lake Chad Basin crisis is both humanitarian and ecological – UN agriculture agency
Critical investments in agriculture and climate change relief are needed to address the crisis in Africa ’ s strife-torn Lake Chad Basin, where hunger, poverty and a lack of rural development prevail, the United Nations food security agency said today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 11, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Lake Chad Basin crisis is both humanitarian and ecological; agriculture cannot be an ‘ afterthought ’ – UN agency
Critical investments in agriculture and climate change relief are needed to address the crisis in Africa ’ s strife-torn Lake Chad Basin, where hunger, poverty and a lack of rural development prevail, the United Nations food security agency said today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 11, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Iraq: UN agency ramps up emergency medical care to women and girls affected by conflict
The United Nations population agency, with financial support from the European Union (EU), has increased its humanitarian response in Iraq to meet the urgent needs of women and girls as fighting peaks in the war-torn country. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 10, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Urgent action needed to stave off ‘ hunger crisis ’ in Iraq – UN food relief agency
Warning that deepening food insecurity in Iraq could leave more than half the population facing “ unprecedented levels ” of vulnerability, the United Nations emergency food relief agency today called for improving nutrition awareness and strengthening social safety nets and livelihoods in rural areas, to avoid a hunger crisis in the country. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 10, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Zika could end up costing Latin America and the Caribbean up to $18 billion, UN report finds
In addition to the impact on public health, the tangible impact of the Zika outbreak, such as on gross domestic product (GDP), could cost the Latin American and the Caribbean region as much as $18 billion between 2015 and 2017, a new United Nations report has revealed. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 6, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Zika could end up costing Latin America and the Caribbean up to $18 billion, UN reports finds
In addition to the impact on public health, the tangible impact of the Zika outbreak, such as on gross domestic product (GDP), could cost the Latin American and the Caribbean region as much as $18 billion between 2015 and 2017, a new United Nations report has revealed. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 6, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Health care goals in Indonesia can be reached only if challenges addressed – UN expert
Indonesia is on track to develop a sustainable and equitable healthcare system, but problems related to access and quality of services persist, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Puras, said today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Health care goals in Indonesia can be reached only if challenges are addressed – UN expert
Indonesia is on track to develop a sustainable and equitable healthcare system, but problems related to access and quality of services persist, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Puras, said today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - April 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN agency dispatches 3.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccine to counter outbreak in Brazil
In response to the yellow fever outbreak on-going in Brazil, some 3.5 million doses of vaccine from the emergency stockpile were deployed to the country through a United Nations-backed coordination mechanism, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 31, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN calls for recognizing the rights of people with autism to make their own decisions
Ahead of World Autism Awareness Day, the United Nations today called for recognizing the rights of people with the spectrum neurological condition, which is believed to affect 70 million people around the world. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 31, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Some 300 million people suffer from depression, UN warns ahead of World Health Day
More than 300 million people are now living with depression, which is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, according to the latest estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) released ahead of World Health Day. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 31, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Conflict now eroding food security in & #39stable & #39 areas of South Sudan & #8211 UN Mission
The ongoing conflict in South Sudan is affecting food security in some of the country's more“stable” states, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operation there has said. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 30, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

South Sudan: Conflict now eroding food security in & #39stable & #39 areas & #8211 UN Mission
The ongoing conflict in South Sudan is affecting food security in some of the country's more“stable” states, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operation there has said. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 30, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN agriculture agency takes step to help rice farmers bolster production
Concerned about global rice production and eradicating hunger around the world, the United Nations agricultural agency today announced that it has teamed up with an international research institute to enhance rice farming and make it more adaptable to climate change. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 30, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN health agency highlights importance of measles vaccine amid Europe outbreak
Hundreds of measles cases have been reported in Europe– where the disease was believed to be nearing elimination– leading the United Nations health agency to urge families to vaccinate their children and for national authorities to take urgent measures to stop transmission at the borders. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 29, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Medicines should help, not harm, says UN health agency launching global patient safety & #39challenge & #39
Underlining that medicines should fulfil their real purpose– help people, not harm them– the United Nations health agency today launched a world-wide'Challenge' that that seeks to reduce severe, avoidable medication-associated damage across the globe by half over the next five years. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 29, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Half of all health facilities in war-torn Yemen now closed; medicines urgently needed – UN
More than 14 million people in Yemen have no access to health services, the United Nations health agency today said, warning that transportation of medical personnel and treatment for the injured is getting increasingly difficult as this week the fighting enters its third year. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 28, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Near East and North Africa: Conflicts threaten to erode gains in region ’ s zero-hunger battle
Food security and nutrition levels have sharply deteriorated over the last five years in the Near East and North Africa due largely to the spread and magnitude of conflicts and protracted crises, reversing the pre-2010 trend of improvement, a new United Nations report said today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Marking World Tuberculosis Day, UN seeks to address stigma, protect patient rights
To mark World Tuberculosis Day, the United Nations health agency has launched a new set of ethics guidance to protect the rights of all people affected by the infectious disease, which claims 5,000 lives each day. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN agencies, partners to launch polio vaccination campaign across Africa
More than 116 million children are set to be immunized against polio starting tomorrow in one of the largest of its kind synchronized vaccination campaigns across west and central Africa, United Nations agencies today announced. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

At UN event, people with Downs Syndrome ‘ speak up ’ to influence government policy and action
Today, the call that people with Down Syndrome be included to fully and equally participate in all aspects of society echoed widely throughout United Nations Headquarters in New York. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 21, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Despite progress, world ’ s most marginalized still left behind – UN development report
A flagship United Nations report launched today finds that although the average human development improved significantly since 1990, progress is uneven, with systemic discrimination against women, indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 21, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

‘ Constant surveillance ’ needed to tackle resurgent outbreak of avian influenza – UN agency
The United Nations food security agency called today for rapid detection and response systems to address a new and potentially lethal outbreak of avian influenza in China. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 17, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN announces interagency group to coordinate global fight against antimicrobial resistance
The United Nations today announced the establishment of an Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, which will be co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 16, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Relief operations in western Mosul reaching ‘ breaking point ’ as civilians flee hunger, fighting – UN
The United Nations and its humanitarian partners in Iraq are scrambling to get emergency sites ready amidst a mass exodus from West Mosul, with nearly 700,000 civilians still living in the city where Iraqi forces are fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da ’ esh), according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 16, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Half of Central African Republic ’ s people need aid; Security Council discusses peace operations
Senior officials today called for strong political support and adequate resources for the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR), where half of the population urgently needs aid, according to the latest United Nations figures. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 16, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Half of Central African Republic ’ s people need aid; UN Security Council to meet on peace operations
The Security Council is today discussing the peace efforts in the Central African Republic (CAR), where half of the population urgently needs aid despite a huge funding gap, according to the United Nations humanitarian arm. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 16, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Somalia: UN-backed cholera vaccination campaign targets 450,000 people
The Government of Somalia has launched an oral cholera vaccination (OCV) campaign today with the support of the United Nations health agency, targeting over 450,000 people in seven high-risk areas around the country. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 16, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Yemen ‘ one of worst hunger crises in the world, ’ UN-supported study finds
An estimated 17 million people in Yemen are hungry, according to analysis released today by the United Nations and humanitarian partners, up more than 20 per cent in the past nine months. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 15, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Let us work harder to ensure ‘ no one is left behind, ’ urges President of main UN economic and social body
Highlighting that persisting extreme poverty and inequality prevent the realization of the benefits of globalisation and have been major causes of disaffection across rich and poor societies, a senior United Nations official has called on everyone to work harder to ensure inclusion at all stages of development, so that no one is left behind. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 13, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news