News by topic: Health, Poverty


Syria: UN health agency ‘unable to sustain’ operations without significant funding increase

27 March – Ahead of next week’s third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, the United Nations health agency’s top official in the country said today that more than 16 million Syrians and Syrian refugees are in need of health support, but that she had so far received no new funding to meet the $124 million needed to finance humanitarian operations in the country this year.


Lowest weekly total of Ebola cases in 2015 reported, UN health agency says

25 March – The first case of Ebola in three weeks was found in Liberia, prompting heightened vigilance, while the United Nations health agency noted some improvements in Guinea, where the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Guinean Scouts held campfire sensitization sessions as part of its efforts to overcome community resistance to health interventions.


UN chief urges governments intensify efforts to end tuberculosis by 2035

24 March – With some 37 million lives saved between 2000 and 2013 through the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, it is possible to end the epidemic by 2035, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on World Tuberculosis Day, urging leaders to recommit to ending one of humanity's top killers.


Central African Republic in ‘urgent need’ of agricultural assistance, warns UN agency

23 March – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched an urgent appeal to help provide farmers in the Central African Republic (CAR) with seeds and tools for the country’s upcoming planting season, warning that without additional assistance vulnerable populations risked a further deterioration of their livelihoods.


Ban, on World Down Syndrome Day, applauds all who champion rights of disabled

21 March – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged everyone to “make every effort” to ensure that the new sustainable development goals address equality and help build a life of dignity for all, including people with Down syndrome and other persons with disabilities.


Ebola-affected countries need to intensify routine immunization services – UN

20 March – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is appealing for the “urgent scaling up” of routine immunizations services and distribution of anti-malaria medicines in countries most affected by Ebola in West Africa to counter a growing risk of outbreaks of measles, pertussis, and other vaccine-preventable diseases.


Vanuatu: UN finds ‘extensive’ loss of agriculture; full scale of damage still to be revealed

20 March – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for emergency support for farmers in Vanuatu, where the vast majority of crops have been destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Pam.


Guinea reports highest weekly Ebola case total so far this year, new UN data shows

19 March – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has reported the highest weekly number of Ebola cases in Guinea so far this year and noted that while transmission was confined to a narrow geographically contiguous arc straddling the capitals of Guinea and Sierra Leone, the population is highly mobile, thus creating a challenge “to prevent the seeding of new outbreaks.”


UN agency announces new digital system to prevent spread of plant pests

19 March – A new global electronic certification system aimed at reducing the spread of plant pests and diseases has been approved by representatives from more than 150 countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.


UN health agency: ‘Push back hard’ against tobacco industry to protect public health

18 March – The head of the United Nations health agency today welcomed new data showing that non-smoking is becoming the new norm but urged global action to “push back hard” against the tobacco industry, saying: “We do not have the riches of the tobacco industry, but we are right and we are resolved.”