UNFPA has operated programmes in Ukraine since 1997 and in the Republic of Moldova since 1995. In addition to providing technical and programme advisory services to the neighbouring countries to the Ukraine that are receiving refugees, the agency is working to bring reproductive health equipment and supplies and mobile health teams providing sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence services to Ukraine. It continues to operate 10 shelters, eight crisis rooms and a support hotline for gender-based violence survivors.
Tuberculosis remains one of the deadliest infectious killers. Each day, over 4100 people lose their lives to TB and close to 28,000 fall ill with this preventable and curable disease. Global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 66 million lives since the year 2000. However, in the context of COVID-19, for the first time in over a decade, TB deaths increased in 2020. For this year’s World TB Day, WHO calls to ‘Invest to End TB. Save Lives.’ There is still an urgent need to invest resources to ramp up the fight against TB and achieve the commitments to end TB made by global leaders.
Although pandemics are a fact of life, the world was blindsided by the impact and devastation of COVID-19. As the pandemic played out in real time, it showed that we were woefully unprepared. Experts underscore the importance of truly understanding how the health of people, animals, and the planet interconnect. Health security plans cannot be piecemeal. Responses must be bolstered with social protection, especially during lockdowns. We need to act more quickly, and with greater fairness. UNDP explains that what we do now could make this pandemic the last of its kind.
World Hearing Day, 3 March, with the theme “To hear for life, listen with care,” focuses on the importance and means of hearing loss prevention through safe listening.
The formula milk industry - worth a colossal US$ 55 billion annually - spends billions every year on marketing their products. This is despite an international agreement to restrict marketing, on the basis that formula promotion can have profound and lifelong impacts on children’s health and development. WHO informs how marketing targets women and families during vulnerable moments, including with misleading tactics like industry-sponsored chats and helplines.
A significant amount of the world’s population has not yet received a single vaccine, while other parts of the world believe the pandemic is almost over. To gain support from Member States, civil society and UN agencies, the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid has convened a high-level event, ‘Galvanizing Momentum for Universal Vaccination’, where over 100 speakers are scheduled to participate. In parallel, round table discussions are being held on existing challenges in vaccine production and distribution, innovations, and solutions to overcome current challenges.
Cancer kills far too many people — particularly in Africa. The IAEA’s new initiative ‘Rays of Hope’ sets out to change that, by supporting the establishment and expansion of radiotherapy services, with a particular focus on the more than 20 IAEA Member States that completely lack facilities for radiation treatment.
9 February 2022 - The COVID-19 pandemic could be defeated this year but only if vaccines, tests and treatments are made available to all people, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday.
In 2021, a deadly second wave of COVID-19 hit India hard, throwing medical facilities into turmoil as they struggled to meet the unprecedented spike in new cases. UNOPS worked with the government of Japan to bring life-saving equipment to vulnerable people in several parts of the country.
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) continues to pose a major threat to human development and to the fight against infectious diseases. A holistic approach must be used to mitigate AMR risks in Africa.
We are witnessing the impact of climate change. The consequences of burning fossil fuels and deforestation have altered the global climate and the impact can already be felt. We see hurricanes, heat waves, fires, floods, droughts, and the sea level rising.
Cervical cancer is preventable and curable, as long as it is detected early and managed effectively. Yet it is the fourth most common form of cancer among women worldwide. The burden of cervical cancer is greatest in low- and middle-income countries, because access to public health services is limited and screening and treatment for the disease have not been widely implemented. An ambitious, concerted and inclusive strategy has been developed by the WHO to guide the elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem.