News by topic: Health, Poverty


South Sudan: ‘Fighting must stop now’ so millions can be spared from famine, say UN agency chiefs

24 May – Despite “appalling conditions” in South Sudan, it is not too late to save more people from dying, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency said today, joining the World Food Programme (WFP) chief in a call to all parties enmeshed in the country’s conflict to end the violence and work together to ensure access to food and other life-saving support.


‘All roads should lead to universal healthcare,’ says new WHO chief

24 May – The newly-elected head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, outlined his priorities for journalists at the agency’s headquarters today in Geneva, where he stressed the need for Member States to provide healthcare for all and to implement international health regulations.


Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom elected to top UN health post

23 May – The World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the United Nations health agency, today elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).


In final address, UN health chief urges world body to ‘remember the people’ behind the facts and figures

22 May – The outgoing chief of the United Nations health agency today highlighted the relevance of the World Health Organization (WHO), and offered its decision-making body parting advice that included protecting scientific evidence, pushing for innovation and thinking of people in every decision that is taken.


Cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen spreading at ‘unprecedented’ speed, UN warns

19 May – As war-torn Yemen grapples with heavy rains, a collapsed healthcare system and crippled economy, a resurgent cholera outbreak has spread with “unprecedented” speed and taken medical professionals by surprise, the World Health Organization warned today.


Experts race against clock to quell Ebola outbreak in remote DR Congo province – UN

18 May – A race against the clock has begun to contain an outbreak of Ebola in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today.


Industry leaders agree to implement UN agency's standards on clinical trial reporting

18 May – With about half of all clinical trial results unreported, some of the world's largest founders of medical research and international non-governmental organizations today agreed to adopt standards – based on United Nations health agency's recommendations – to register and publicly disclose results of all clinical trials they fund or support.


Amid 'alarming rise' in obesity, UN study finds one in three European adolescents overweight

17 May – Citing eating habits, physical activity and sedentary behaviours, the United Nations health agency launched a new publication today at the European Congress on Obesity in Portugal which revealed a rising number of obese adolescents in many countries across Europe.


Reporting of global death statistics improving, UN agency reports

17 May – An increasing amount of deaths have recorded causes, but more than half still have incomplete or incorrect information, the United Nations health agency reported.


With barely enough money for food, conflict-displaced Ukrainians struggling to survive – UN

16 May – Two-thirds of internally displaced Ukrainians are struggling financially; many without even enough money for food, according to the latest report by the United Nations migration agency on the situation in the crisis-torn country.