Health

1 08, 2017

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

2017-11-16T15:33:05+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Education, Health, Hunger and food security, News|

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.

27 07, 2017

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

2017-11-16T15:33:06+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Health, News|

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

12 07, 2017

Safe, effective family planning is key to ’empowering people, developing nations’ – UN

2017-11-16T15:33:23+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, Health, Hunger and food security, News, Poverty|

If the demand of women in developing countries who wanted access to safe and effective family planning was met, it would reduce an estimated 100,000 maternal death and avert 67 million unintended pregnancies, the United Nations population agency today said.

7 07, 2017

Antibiotic resistance making gonorrhoea ‘sometimes impossible’ to treat – UN health agency

2017-11-16T15:33:35+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Health, News|

Gonorrhoea is becoming harder to treat due to antibiotic resistance, the United Nations health agency today cautioned, adding that there is a need for better prevention and treatment of the disease that infects an estimated 78 million people each year.

28 06, 2017

Investing in poor children saves more lives per dollar spent, UNICEF study finds

2017-11-16T15:33:50+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Health, News|

Investing in the health and survival of the most deprived children and communities provides more value for money than investing in less deprived groups, saving almost twice as many lives for every $1 million spent, according to a new study by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

22 06, 2017

UN spotlights health benefits of yoga, ancient practice that can ease stress of our modern ‘laptop’ lives

2017-11-16T15:34:22+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Health, News|

Recognizing the universal appeal of yoga, the United Nations marked the 2017 edition of the International Day of Yoga, which aims to integrate the benefits of healthy lives and wellbeing – essential aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

14 06, 2017

Polluted environments kill 1.4 million in Europe annually; UN agencies urge stepped-up action

2017-11-16T15:34:36+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Health, News|

As some 1.4 million people in Europe and Central Asia die prematurely each year from polluted environments, United Nations agency heads at high-level meeting call for regional leaders to scale up action to stem environmental deaths and diseases.

22 05, 2017

In final address, UN health chief urges world body to ‘remember the people’ behind the facts and figures

2017-11-16T15:36:18+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Health, News|

The outgoing chief of the United Nations health agency today highlighted the relevance of the World Health Organization (WHO), and offered its decision-making body parting advice that included protecting scientific evidence, pushing for innovation and thinking of people in every decision that is taken.

4 05, 2017

UN health agency to examine lower-cost ‘biosimilar’ drugs to expand access to cancer treatment

2017-05-05T16:30:22+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Health, News|

As a step towards making some of the most expensive treatments for cancer more widely available in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today that it will launch a pilot project for prequalifying so-called “biosimilars,” or lower cost drugs.

26 04, 2017

Inequalities between rich and poor temper broad success of immunization – UNICEF

2017-11-16T15:36:48+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Health, News|

Even though billions of doses of vaccines for children across 100 countries around the world were supplied in 2016, millions of children – especially those in conflict zones – still miss out on life-saving inoculations, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned.