News by topic: Health, Poverty


'Our partnership is stronger than polio,' says Ban, prasing Rotary International's support of UN goals

29 May – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the “invaluable partnership” between Rotary International and the United Nations, telling delegates gathered in Seoul, Korea, for the organization's annual international conference that Rotarians had been instrumental in working with the UN to defeat polio.


Attacks on health care and medical personnel in crises occur with ‘alarming frequency’ – UN

26 May – The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a new report today that attacks on health care in emergency situations disrupt the delivery of essential health services, endanger care providers, deprive people of urgently needed medical attention, and undermine long-term health development goals.


UN health agency launches programme for outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies

26 May – At the World Health Assembly taking place in Geneva this week, Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) have agreed to establish a new Health Emergencies Programme that will add operational capabilities for outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies that complement the health agency’s traditional technical and normative roles.


Haiti: UN agencies support Government in vaccination campaign against cholera

25 May – Two United Nations agencies said today they are supporting the Government of Haiti in a vaccination campaign against cholera that aims to reach 400,000 people in 2016.


UN agencies provide seeds and food to break hunger cycle in Central African Republic

25 May – Two United Nations agencies have begun providing both seeds and food to nearly 50,000 hungry farming families in some areas of the conflict-torn Central African Republic (CAR) to ensure that they don’t eat seeds meant for planting.


UN health agency spotlights role of health in sustainable development as governing body begins session

23 May – Health holds a prominent and central role that benefits the entire sustainable development agenda, because the ultimate objective of all development activities is to sustain human lives in good health, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, calling for greater efforts to combat the major challenges of antimicrobial resistance, the world drug problem and the high costs of non-communicable diseases on the road to strengthening health systems.


On International Day, UN urges end of obstetric fistula ‘within a generation’

23 May – Obstetric fistula is a preventable and treatable condition causing added suffering and isolation to at least two million poor and marginalized women and girls worldwide, the United Nations spotlighted on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.


Zika ‘on doorstep of Africa,’ UN health agency warns after virus confirmed in Cabo Verde

20 May – The United Nations health agency today confirmed that the Zika virus strain circulating in Cabo Verde, an island nation off the northwest coast of Africa, is the same as the one responsible for the outbreaks linked to neurological disorders and microcephaly in South America.


UN study urges governments to develop guidelines that promote ‘win-win’ diets

19 May – Only a handful of governments have issued guidelines promoting “win-win” diets that can help tackle two of the most urgent challenges of today: securing good nutrition for all and protecting the environment, according to a new study by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published today.


Global life expectancy up five years since 2000, but gains uneven – UN health agency

19 May – Dramatic gains in life expectancy have been made globally since 2000, but major health inequalities persist within and among countries, a new report published today by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found.