News by topic: Health, Poverty

More than 350,000 children vaccinated against polio in hard to reach areas of Syria – UN

18 August – A United Nations polio vaccination campaign in Syria has provided protection to more than 355,000 children under age five in two governorates, where violence has made access especially difficult.

Yemen's cholera epidemic surpasses half-million suspected cases, UN agency says

14 August – More than 500,000 people in Yemen are suspected of having cholera, the United Nations health agency today said, warning that the disease is spreading quickly due to a lack of clean water or health access.

Iraq launches UN-supported action plan to save lives of mothers and newborns

10 August – Decades of conflict and under-investment have placed a huge strain on Iraq's healthcare system – with pregnant women and their babies paying for it with their lives, according to three United Nations agencies.

Quick response critical to stem year-long cholera outbreak in South Sudan – UN agency

8 August – Rapid responses are critical to stemming a cholera outbreak that has afflicted South Sudan for more than a year, exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation that has left approximately four million people displaced by conflict, according to the UN migration agency.

UN health agency working to boost malaria prevention and control in north-eastern Nigeria

7 August – The United Nations health agency estimates that if more funds are secured, up to 10,000 lives in Nigeria could be saved by November through targeted steps in malaria prevention and control.

INTERVIEW: Head of UN drug body urges greater access to treatment for women

1 August – Women continue to be disproportionately affected by drug use, and face obstacles in accessing treatment, compared to men, according to the President of the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).

Breastfeeding is 'smartest investment' families, communities and countries can make – UN

1 August – Kicking off World Breastfeeding Week, the United Nations today stressed that although breastfeeding has cognitive and health benefits for infants and mothers, investment shortcomings impede the practice.

Ahead of World Day, UN agency says fight against hepatitis 'gaining momentum'

27 July – On the eve of World Hepatitis Day, the United Nations health agency released a study that reveals efforts to eliminate disease are gaining momentum globally.

Rainy season worsens cholera crisis in Yemen; UN agencies deliver clean water, food

21 July – Yemen is facing the world's largest cholera outbreak, the United Nations health agency today warned, with 5,000 Yemenis falling sick every day – the majority of them children and the elderly.

UN health agency urges early action to stave off threat of HIV drug resistance

21 July – The United Nations health agency has warned that the spread of an HIV strain resistant to some of the most widely used medicines could undermine global progress in treating and preventing HIV infection if early and effective action is not taken.