News by topic: Health, Poverty


UN agency urges support for small farmers to help them not just get by, but thrive and feed others

22 January – Highlighting growing challenges, such as climate change and natural resource scarcity, facing small farmers in developing countries, the head of the United Nations agricultural agency called for information technology tools that can help boost their resilience as well as feed a growing world population.


UN-backed disaster risk reduction guidelines to help tackle hunger in Latin America

20 January – The United Nations and the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have together crafted a blueprint for making the agriculture, food and nutritional security sectors more disaster-proof so the region can tackle hunger in a sustainable manner.


Processed foods drive surge in obesity rates in Latin America and Caribbean – UN-backed report

19 January – Obesity and overweight are on the rise throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and are prevalent particularly among women and children, according to a new United Nations-backed report.


UN data reveals huge disparities in cost of a hot meal; the poor are likely to pay far more than the rich

13 January – A simple bowl of food in Malawi is much more expensive than that same meal in Davos, Switzerland, once adjustments have been made to take into account one’s average daily income, research by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has revealed.


UN-backed campaign to help vaccinate millions of children against measles in north-east Nigeria

12 January – A United Nations-supported mass vaccination campaign is set to start tomorrow to protect more than 4.7 million children against a measles outbreak in conflict-affected states in north-eastern Nigeria.


UN agency hails new polio vaccination regimen in South-East Asia that curbs impact on global supply

12 January – Amid a global shortage of injectable inactivated polio vaccines (IPV), a new inoculation regimen, employed by governments in the South-East Asian region, involving two fractional vaccine doses – each about a fifth of a full dose – provides the same level of protection against all polioviruses as does one full dose, the United Nations health agency said today.


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

9 January – The top United Nations humanitarian official in Haiti recently inaugurated the third phase of a project that will provide clean water to the community of Los Palis in the district of Hinche, located in the centre of the Caribbean island nation – part of the world body’s efforts to help the country deal with cholera epidemic there.


UN health agency fills gap in HIV treatment for patients in Libya

3 January – Just a few weeks ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) began distributing much-needed anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs to patients living with HIV in Libya, following the country’s collapse in medical services and inability to provide life-saving drugs.


Final trial results confirm Ebola vaccine provides 'high protection' – UN health agency

23 December – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has said that an experimental Ebola vaccine has been found to be highly protective against the deadly virus in a major trial in Guinea.


Somalia: UNICEF and partners begin mass vaccinations amid serious measles outbreak

19 December – Following a major measles outbreak in Somalia, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners supported a swift delivery of 55,000 doses of measles vaccine to Kismayo along with Vitamin A supplementation to boost the immunity of the some 54,000 children under the age of 10 that are expected to be vaccinated.