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

Vigilance against Zika virus should ‘ remain high, ’ UN health agency says in new guidance
Although a decline in cases of Zika virus infection has been reported in some countries, there is still a need for heightened vigilance, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, issuing fresh guidance on the virus that has been linked to birth defects and neurological complications. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 10, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Yemen: UNICEF vaccination campaign reaches five million children
Amid escalating violence, the United Nations humanitarian agency for children and its partners have completed the first round of a nationwide door-to-door vaccination campaign reaching five million children under the age of five with oral polio vaccine and vitamin A supplementation. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 9, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

New UN supply chain system to slash delays, save lives in large-scale health crises
In collaboration with partners and as a part of a global supply chain network, the United Nations emergency food relief agency has set about developing the first-ever information platform to better manage supply chains and efficiently match deliveries with demand in responding to large-scale health emergencies such as pandemic outbreaks. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 9, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children each year, UN health agency reports
Unhealthy environments are responsible for one-quarter of young child deaths, according to two new reports from the United Nations health agency, which reviewed the threats from pollutants such as second-hand smoke, UV radiation, unsafe water and e-waste. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 6, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Hunger persists in chronic conflict zones despite strong global harvests – UN
Despite robust food supply conditions, droughts are worsening food security across swathes of East Africa, and access to food has been dramatically reduced in areas suffering civil conflicts, a new United Nations report has found. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN-backed narcotics control body calls for more policies to address drug dependence among women
Citing a significant rise over the past year in the number of women dying from drug overdoses globally, the independent expert body which monitors Governments ’ compliance with the United Nations international drug control treaties is today calling for the implementation of gender-sensitive drug policies and programmes. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Drug-resistant tuberculosis continues to be serious health threat says UN health agency
The United Nations health agency has stressed the critical need for research and development of new antibiotics to tackle the threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 1, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN health agency lists antibiotic-resistant bacteria which pose human threat
The United Nations health agency today published its first-ever catalogue of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Secretary-General asks Member States to express intention on financing UN plan to tackle cholera in Haiti
United Nations Secretary-General Ant ó nio Guterres has asked Member States to inform him by 6 March if they intend to make voluntary financial contributions to the implementation of the new UN plan to counter cholera in Haiti, his spokesman said today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

At global UN consultation, health leaders underline need for action on migrant health
Against the backdrop of health systems struggling to adapt to the growing needs of migrants around the world, health leaders from over forty countries, meeting at a United Nations consultation underscored the call for international collaboration to improve the health and well-being of migrants and their families. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN health agency reports depression now ‘ leading cause of disability worldwide ’
Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, the United Nations health agency today reported, estimating that it affects more than 300 million people worldwide – the majority of them women, young people and the elderly. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Tackling hunger crises in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen requires $4.4 billion – UN
Sounding the alarm on behalf of more than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and north-east Nigeria facing devastating levels of food insecurity, Secretary-General Ant ó nio Guterres joined other top United Nations officials today calling for“strong and urgent” action from the international community to help the already-fragile countries avert catastrophe. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 22, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Haiti: New grant to help UNICEF strengthen efforts to tackle cholera
A new grant from the Government of Japan will allow the United Nations Children ’ s Fund (UNICEF) to help reduce cholera-related morbidity and mortality in Haiti in 2017 and 2018, the UN agency said in a news release. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 22, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Business-as-usual not an option with future global food security in jeopardy, cautions UN agency
Warning that diminishing natural resources and a changing climate have put humankind ’ s future ability to feed itself “ in jeopardy, ” the United Nations underlined today that while the planet still has the potential to produce enough food, “ major transformations ” are needed to make production sustainable and to ensure that all of humanity benefits. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 22, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Amid global paradox, solutions that unify economic and social progress needed & #8211 UN labour chief
Highlighting that many around the world are left out from being able to benefit from global prosperity dividends and that even flourishing societies are seeing inequalities widen, the head of the United Nations labour agency today called for solutions that can bring economic growth combined with social progress. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 20, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Iraq: UN health agency delivers medical aid to newly retaken areas of Mosul
The United Nations health agency has delivered medical supplies to parts of eastern Mosul, the Iraqi city liberated from the Islamic State (ISIL), where clinics are receiving an influx of people in urgent need of medical care. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 16, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Innovative, coordinated response helps end yellow fever outbreak in Angola, DR Congo – UN agency
With concerted response, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have successfully controlled one of the world ’ s largest and most challenging outbreaks of yellow fever, the United Nations health agency announced. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 15, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN food relief agency working with Sri Lanka to end hunger and malnutrition
Sri Lanka is making efforts to achieve zero hunger and zero undernutrition, having launched a national review of food security and nutrition with the United Nations emergency food relief agency. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 14, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Drought drives food price spike in East Africa, UN warns
East Africa ’ s ongoing drought has sharply curbed harvests and drive up the prices of cereals and other staple foods to unusually high levels, posing a heavy burden to households and special risks for pastoralists in the region, the United Nations agricultural agency said today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 14, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Early cancer diagnosis, better trained medics can save lives and money & #8211 UN
Early cancer diagnosis saves lives and cuts treatment costs, the United Nations health agency today said, particularly in developing countries where the majority of cancer cases are diagnosed too late. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Early cancer diagnosis, better trained medics can save lives and money – UN
Early cancer diagnosis saves lives and cuts treatment costs, the United Nations health agency today said, particularly in developing countries where the majority of cancer cases are diagnosed too late. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Global food prices up in January; cereal prices keep rising despite improved supplies – UN
Global food prices rose notably in January, led by sugar and cereals, even as markets remain well supplied, United Nations monthly figures show. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Low and middle income countries bear disproportionate burden of cervical cancer & #8211 UN agency
Noting that cervical cancer kills more than 250,000 women every year and that 85 per cent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, the United Nations health agency underlined the importance of vaccinating girls against the cancer-causing virus and screening programmes to detect and treat precancerous lesions. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Warning of dire food shortages in Horn of Africa, UN agriculture agency calls for urgent action
With only one-quarter of expected rainfall received in the Horn of Africa in the October-December period, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for an immediate response to prevent widespread drought conditions from becoming a catastrophe. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 30, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Warning of dire food shortages in Horn of Africa, UN agricultural agency calls for urgent action
With only one-quarter of expected rainfall received in the Horn of Africa in the October-December period, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for an immediate response to prevent widespread drought conditions from becoming a catastrophe. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 30, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Mongolia: Lethal livestock plague now hitting endangered antelope, warns UN agency
The international pledge to eradicate a devastating livestock disease affecting mostly sheep and goats has taken on new urgency in the wake of a mass die-off of a rare Mongolian antelope, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN food relief agency chief welcomes progress on anti-hunger programmes in north-east Nigeria
The head of the United Nations food relief agency today welcomed the progress made by the humanitarian community and the Government of Nigeria in fighting hunger and malnutrition in the West African country ’ s north-east. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN health agency stepping up efforts to provide trauma care to people in Mosul
As the conflict in Mosul intensifies and greater numbers of civilians are caught in the crossfire, the United Nations health agency and its partners have increased trauma care services to ensure that patients requiring medical care for injuries have a greater chance of survival. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN-backed measles vaccination campaign to reach 4.7 million children in north-east Nigeria
A major vaccination campaign against a measles outbreak in northeast Nigeria is reaching 4.7 million children, according to the United Nations Children ’ s Fund (UNICEF). (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Latin America and the Caribbean can make hunger history – UN agricultural agency
With continued and strengthened implementation of a regional food security plan, Latin America and the Caribbean could become the first developing region to completely eradicate hunger, the head of United Nations agricultural agency said today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Sustainable agriculture, better-managed water supplies, vital to tackling water-food nexus – UN
Highlighting the challenges associated with the inextricable links between water and food – the so-called ‘ water-food nexus ’ – for food security, as well as for sustainable development, the United Nations agricultural agency today outlined steps that can be taken to improve water sustainability for current and future needs. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN, NYC Mayor ’ s office team up to promote Global Goals ’ mental health targets
Addressing an event on mental health, a special advisor to the President of the United Nations General Assembly today stressed the importance of mental health for all actions to be taken to achieve sustainable development goals. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN agency urges support for small farmers to help them not just get by, but thrive and feed others
Highlighting growing challenges, such as climate change and natural resource scarcity, facing small farmers in developing countries, the head of the United Nations agricultural agency called for information technology tools that can help boost their resilience as well as feed a growing world population. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 22, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN-backed disaster risk reduction guidelines to help tackle hunger in Latin America
The United Nations and the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have together crafted a blueprint for making the agriculture, food and nutritional security sectors more disaster-proof so the region can tackle hunger in a sustainable manner. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 20, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Processed foods drive surge in obesity rates in Latin America and Caribbean – UN-backed report
Obesity and overweight are on the rise throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and are prevalent particularly among women and children, according to a new United Nations-backed report. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 19, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN data reveals huge disparities in cost of a hot meal; the poor are likely to pay far more than the rich
A simple bowl of food in Malawi is much more expensive than that same meal in Davos, Switzerland, once adjustments have been made to take into account one ’ s average daily income, research by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has revealed. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 13, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN agency hails new polio vaccination regimen in South-East Asia that curbs impact on global supply
Amid a global shortage of injectable inactivated polio vaccines (IPV), a new inoculation regimen, employed by governments in the South-East Asian region, involving two fractional vaccine doses– each about a fifth of a full dose– provides the same level of protection against all polioviruses as does one full dose, the United Nations health agency said today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 12, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN-backed campaign to help vaccinate millions of children against measles in north-east Nigeria
A United Nations-supported mass vaccination campaign is set to start tomorrow to protect more than 4.7 million children against a measles outbreak in conflict-affected states in north-eastern Nigeria. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 12, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Haiti: UN inaugurates water supply system in Los Palis as part of anti-cholera fight
The top United Nations humanitarian official in Haiti recently inaugurated the third phase of a project that will provide clean water to the community of Los Palis in the district of Hinche, located in the centre of the Caribbean island nation – part of the world body ’ s efforts to help the country deal with cholera epidemic there. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 9, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news