News by topic: Health, Poverty


Ethiopia: UN agency calls for urgent funding for farmers ahead of cropping season

29 April – With just six weeks left before the start of the main cropping season in Ethiopia, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called today for urgent funding to help farmers sow their fields and prevent drought-hit areas of the country from falling deeper into hunger and food insecurity.


Workplace stress ‘a collective challenge’ as work-life boundaries become blurred – UN

28 April – Marking World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) today outlined the findings of its latest research on the impact of stress in the workplace.


Water scarcity in DPR Korea causes first drop in food production since 2010 – UN agency

27 April – The total food production in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) decreased by nine per cent in 2015, marking the first drop since 2010 due to drought and low irrigation water availability, the latest report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) showed today.


Legal framework key to realizing right to food for the most vulnerable in Poland – UN expert

25 April – An overall legislative framework is critical to ensure accessibility and affordability to food in Poland, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today, urging the Government to strengthen the protection of the right to food especially for small farmers.


UN report reveals increasing incidents of female genital mutilation in Guinea, including on infants

25 April – Despite being forbidden by national and international law, according to a new United Nations report, female genital mutilation shows no sign of abating in Guinea – with more infants and very young girls undergoing the excisions than before.


On World Malaria Day, UN says world closer to eliminating ‘ancient killer’

25 April – A year after the World Health Assembly resolved to eliminate malaria from at least 35 countries by 2030, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report released today – on World Malaria Day – shows that the goal, although ambitious, is achievable.


Two thirds of unimmunized children live in conflict-affected countries – UNICEF

22 April – Almost two thirds of children who have not been immunized with basic vaccines live in countries that are either partially or entirely affected by conflict, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, ahead of World Immunization Week.


Immunization 'game-changers' should be the norm worldwide, says UN health agency

21 April – The UN World Health Organization (WHO) announced that during World Immunization Week 2016, which begins Sunday, it will be highlighting recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlining further steps countries can take to meet global vaccination targets by 2020.


UN health agency launches global strategy to end leprosy

20 April – The United Nations health agency today launched a new global strategy for a world free of leprosy, calling for stronger commitments and accelerated efforts to stop disease transmission and end associated discrimination and stigma.


World drug problem: UN adopts new framework for policies to ‘put people first’

19 April – The United Nations today adopted a new framework putting people at the centre of global policies on drug control, which the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says can help promote the “urgent, united and concerted action we need.”