1 12, 2017

A survivor’s journey for justice: HIV advocate and UN retiree Eric Sawyer

2017-12-04T20:14:34+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Health, News|

"I contracted HIV before the discovery of the virus," Eric Sawyer began, as he told his story to an audience of nearly 50,000 gathered in New York’s Central Park earlier this year. The cheers and applause his heartfelt speech received would have been unimaginable three decades ago.

10 11, 2017

Unhealthy diets could undo progress on food security in Asia-Pacific, warns UN report

2017-11-10T17:37:37+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Health, Hunger and food security, News|

Urgent action is needed to tackle malnutrition and promote consumption of healthier foods in the Asia-Pacific region – home to most of the world’s undernourished people – the United Nations food security agency said Friday.

7 11, 2017

UN health agency recommends farmers stop using antibiotics in healthy animals

2017-11-07T21:48:23+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Health, News|

Farmers and the food industry should stop using antibiotics routinely to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals, the United Nations health agency said on Tuesday.

27 10, 2017

Winter may be ‘harsh blow’ to vulnerable children in Middle East, UNICEF warns amid funding gap

2017-10-27T18:01:00+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Health, News, Youth|

Freezing temperatures, storms and heavy snowfall will add to the misery afflicting hundreds of thousands of families affected by conflict across the Middle East unless assistance – including cold weather clothing and supplies – is urgently provided, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned.

27 10, 2017

Measles deaths fall, but world still far from eliminating disease – UN-backed report

2017-11-16T15:31:08+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Health, News|

Annual deaths from measles dropped below 100,000 last year for the first time 90,000, United Nations and other international agencies reported on Thursday, as they warned however that the world is still far from reaching goals on eliminating the disease.

25 10, 2017

INTERVIEW: Health care is a human right, senior UN official says; urges protection for medical workers

2017-11-16T15:31:21+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Health, News|

Health is a human right and health care workers are human rights defenders, the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights has said, reminding Governments to provide healthcare for their citizens and to protect professionals who deliver these services.

19 10, 2017

Despite drop in under-five mortality rate, 7,000 newborns die every day – UN report

2017-11-16T15:31:29+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Health, Inequality, News|

More must be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, United Nations agencies said in a new report issued Thursday, which argued that life-saving know-how and technologies must be made readily available – particularly in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa – where they are most needed.

17 10, 2017

UN report outlines path towards closing gender gap, realizing reproductive health rights

2017-11-16T15:31:33+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, Health, News|

Vast inequalities threaten economies, communities and nations, trapping people in a cycle of poverty and marginalization, the United Nations said on Tuesday in a new report that outlines 10 actions countries can take on the path towards equality.

29 09, 2017

UN health agency recommends large-scale deworming to improve children’s health

2017-11-16T15:31:49+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Health, News|

The suffering of those infected with parasitic intestinal can be drastically reduced with periodic deworming programmes with a single-tablet treatment, according to new guidelines approved by the United Nations health agency. “There is now global evidence-based consensus that periodic, large-scale deworming is the best way to reduce the suffering caused by intestinal worms,” said Dirk Engels, Director [...]