News by topic: Health, Poverty


In Haiti, Security Council spotlights opportunities for country's reform towards stability and development

24 June – Wrapping up a three-day visit to Haiti, a Security Council delegation today stressed that it has accomplished the objectives of the mission, including a first-hand look into how best the United Nations could contribute to the country's lasting stability and development.


Yemen hit by world's worst cholera outbreak as cases reach 200,000 – UN

24 June – Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world, with suspected cases exceeding 200,000 and the number increasing at an average of 5,000 a day, the United Nations warned today.


Global narcotics market 'thriving;' range of available drugs diversifying at alarming pace – UN

22 June – Of the quarter of a billion people who used drugs in 2015, about 29.5 million – or 0.6 per cent of the global adult population – were engaged in “problematic use” and suffered from drug use disorders, including dependence, according to report out today from the United Nations drugs and crime agency.


As South Sudan famine ebbs, UN warns millions still face 'extreme hunger on the edge of a cliff'

21 June – While famine has eased in South Sudan, the situation across the crisis-torn country remains dire, as the number of people struggling to find food each day has grown from 4.9 million in February to six million today – the highest level of food insecurity the young nation has ever experienced, according to the United Nations.


Aid workers race to contain Yemen cholera outbreak, UN agencies report

20 June – A “race” is under way to contain the cholera epidemic in Yemen where 20 out of 22 governorates are affected, United Nations agencies said today.


One in five children in rich countries lives in poverty, UNICEF 'wake-up call' report shows

15 June – One in five children in high-income countries lives in relative income poverty, and an average of one in eight faces food insecurity, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).


Political will, financial support needed to bolster new approach to cholera in Haiti – UN deputy chief

14 June – The United Nations deputy chief today called on Member States to fund the Organization's new strategy to counter cholera in Haiti, stressing that the initiative is facing a critical shortage of resources.


Children hardest hit as cholera spreads in war-torn Yemen – UNICEF

14 June – As the outbreak of cholera in Yemen continues to spread at an alarming rate – with terrible impact on children – the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for immediate support to enable the country's health workers respond or risk even more deaths from the deadly disease.


Polluted environments kill 1.4 million in Europe annually; UN agencies urge stepped-up action

13 June – As some 1.4 million people in Europe and Central Asia die prematurely each year from polluted environments, United Nations agency heads at high-level meeting call for regional leaders to scale up action to stem environmental deaths and diseases.


UN agencies explore nuclear applications to combat food fraud and contamination

9 June – Through a joint project, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are exploring mobile tools to combat food fraud and contamination, which result in global annual in the billions and pose a serious public health threat.