News by topic: Health, Poverty


World Immunization Week: Power of vaccines still not fully utilized, says UN health agency

24 April – Vaccinations stave off 26 potentially deadly diseases, the United Nations health agency is emphasizing on the first day of World Immunization Week, which also marks the halfway point of the Organization's goal to stop millions of deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases.


Starvation looms for 20 million, UN agricultural advisory group told at opening session

24 April – If nothing is done soon, 20 million people will starve to death over the next six months in South Sudan, Somalia, north-eastern Nigera and Yemen, the United Nations agricultural chief today warned the UN agency's Council.


Ahead of World Malaria Day, UN says 'let's close the gap' in prevention coverage

24 April – On the eve of World Malaria Day, the United Nations health agency called today for accelerating scaled-up efforts to prevent malaria, which remains a major public health threat, killing one child every two minutes worldwide in 2015.


‘Large majority’ of millions living with hepatitis have no access to testing or treatment – UN agency

21 April – New data published by the United Nations health agency has revealed that a vast majority of the estimated 325 million people living with chronic hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus infection lack access to life-saving testing and treatment, placing them at a great risk of chronic liver disease, cancer, and even death.


Senior UN official in South Sudan warns women and girls face 'extremely high risk' of sexual assault

19 April – Without peace in South Sudan, millions of people will go hungry and millions of women and girls could be raped as they try to go about their daily lives, including as they search for food, a senior United Nations official today warned.


Progress against tropical diseases must be backed by poverty alleviation efforts – UN health agency

19 April – The United Nations today cited “record-breaking” progress in controlling neglected tropical diseases – which blind, maim, disfigure and debilitate millions of people worldwide, especially in its poorest areas – as an estimated one billion people were reached with treatment for at least one of these diseases in 2015 alone, according to the Organization’s health agency.


Haiti: UN inaugurates water supply system in Lascahobas as part of anti-cholera fight

17 April – Historically, the people in the Madan Mak and Loncy areas of the Lascahobas Commune have always had serious problems with access to safe drinking water.


'Radical' investments needed to meet global water and sanitation targets – UN report

13 April – Against the backdrop of almost two billion people around the world relying on sources of drinking-water contaminated with faeces, the United Nations has called on countries to “radically” increase investments in water and sanitation infrastructure not only to protect their populations from deadly diseases but also to ensure that they are able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


Millions in Yemen on brink of famine, situation ‘close to a breaking point,’ warns UN agency

12 April – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up its emergency operations in war-torn Yemen to provide urgently needed food assistance to some nine million people, the agency said today.


Lake Chad Basin crisis is both humanitarian and ecological – UN agriculture agency

11 April – Critical investments in agriculture and climate change relief are needed to address the crisis in Africa’s strife-torn Lake Chad Basin, where hunger, poverty and a lack of rural development prevail, the United Nations food security agency said today.