News by topic: Health, Poverty


Half the world lacks access to essential health services – UN-backed report

13 December – At least half of the world's population cannot obtain essential health services, and nearly 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty each year due to the out-of-pocket health expenses they must pay, according to a United Nations-backed study.


UN Assembly calls on Member States to ‘accelerate progress’ on goal of universal health coverage

12 December – The United Nations on Tuesday called for greater efforts on the part of its Member States to ensure universal health coverage, and designated 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day.


UN stepping up support to diphtheria vaccination campaign for Rohingya children in Bangladesh

12 December – A United Nations-backed campaign to immunize Rohingya children against diphtheria began on Tuesday in Bangladesh, following an outbreak that has resulted in nine deaths in the camps and makeshift settlements hosting these refugees from Myanmar.


UN health agency launches first global monitoring system for dementia

7 December – The United Nations health agency on Thursday launched the first global monitoring system for dementia, which is expected to affect 152 million people worldwide by 2050 – triple the current 50 million – amid the aging of the global population.


Conflicts, drought drive hunger despite strong global food supply – UN agriculture agency

7 December – Despite strong global food supply, localized drought, flooding and protracted conflicts have intensified and perpetuated food insecurity, the United Nations agriculture agency reported Thursday.


West and Central Africa lagging far behind world in HIV response, warns UNICEF

5 December – Four in five children living with HIV in West and Central Africa are still not receiving life-saving antiretroviral therapy and AIDS-related deaths among adolescents aged 15-19 are on the rise, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned.


Urgent action needed to address rising global hunger, says UN agency head

4 December – Immediate action is needed to address the rise in global hunger, the head of the United Nations food security agency has urged, highlighting the need to build resilience in poor and vulnerable communities.


A survivor’s journey for justice: HIV advocate and UN retiree Eric Sawyer

1 December – "I contracted HIV before the discovery of the virus," Eric Sawyer began, as he told his story to an audience of nearly 50,000 gathered in New York’s Central Park earlier this year. The cheers and applause his heartfelt speech received would have been unimaginable three decades ago.


World AIDS Day: UN calls for renewed commitment to make epidemic ‘a thing of the past’

1 December – The world will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – which include the target of ending AIDS by 2030 – without people attaining their right to health, the United Nations said Friday, marking World AIDS Day with a strong appeal for the full realization of this fundamental right by everyone, everywhere.


From thorny to tasty: UN agriculture agency looking at cactus as climate resilient food

30 November – With the reality of climate change becoming more real by the day, including its impact on food sources, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is urging communities around the world not to take the prickly cactus for granted.