News by topic: Health, Poverty


Secretary-General asks Member States to express intention on financing UN plan to tackle cholera in Haiti

24 February – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has asked Member States to inform him by 6 March if they intend to make voluntary financial contributions to the implementation of the new UN plan to counter cholera in Haiti, his spokesman said today.


At global UN consultation, health leaders underline need for action on migrant health

24 February – Against the backdrop of health systems struggling to adapt to the growing needs of migrants around the world, health leaders from over forty countries, meeting at a United Nations consultation underscored the call for international collaboration to improve the health and well-being of migrants and their families.


UN health agency reports depression now ‘leading cause of disability worldwide’

23 February – Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, the United Nations health agency today reported, estimating that it affects more than 300 million people worldwide – the majority of them women, young people and the elderly.


Tackling hunger crises in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen requires $4.4 billion – UN

22 February – Sounding the alarm on behalf of more than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and north-east Nigeria facing devastating levels of food insecurity, Secretary-General António Guterres joined other top United Nations officials today calling for “strong and urgent” action from the international community to help the already-fragile countries avert catastrophe.


Haiti: New grant to help UNICEF strengthen efforts to tackle cholera

22 February – A new grant from the Government of Japan will allow the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to help reduce cholera-related morbidity and mortality in Haiti in 2017 and 2018, the UN agency said in a news release.


Business-as-usual not an option with future global food security in jeopardy, cautions UN agency

22 February – Warning that diminishing natural resources and a changing climate have put humankind’s future ability to feed itself “in jeopardy,” the United Nations underlined today that while the planet still has the potential to produce enough food, “major transformations” are needed to make production sustainable and to ensure that all of humanity benefits.


Amid global paradox, solutions that unify economic and social progress needed – UN labour chief

20 February – Highlighting that many around the world are left out from being able to benefit from global prosperity dividends and that even flourishing societies are seeing inequalities widen, the head of the United Nations labour agency today called for solutions that can bring economic growth combined with social progress.


Iraq: UN health agency delivers medical aid to newly retaken areas of Mosul

16 February – The United Nations health agency has delivered medical supplies to parts of eastern Mosul, the Iraqi city liberated from the Islamic State (ISIL), where clinics are receiving an influx of people in urgent need of medical care.


Innovative, coordinated response helps end yellow fever outbreak in Angola, DR Congo – UN agency

15 February – With concerted response, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have successfully controlled one of the world’s largest and most challenging outbreaks of yellow fever, the United Nations health agency announced.


UN food relief agency working with Sri Lanka to end hunger and malnutrition

14 February – Sri Lanka is making efforts to achieve zero hunger and zero undernutrition, having launched a national review of food security and nutrition with the United Nations emergency food relief agency.