health

South-East Asia region aims to close immunity gap, wipe out measles by 2020 – UN health agency

The so-called ‘big six’ countries in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) South-East Asia region are meeting today in New Delhi on an accelerated strategy to wipe out measles and rubella in the next three years by targeting as many as 500 million children with vaccines.

2018-04-22T11:46:14+00:0001 Feb 2018|Health, News|

UN health agency finds high levels of antibiotic resistance to world’s most common infections

Antimicrobials have been a driver of unprecedented medical and societal advances, but their overuse has resulted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, with the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting new surveillance data on Monday which reveals widespread resistance to some of the world’s most common infections, including E. coli and pneumonia.

2018-04-22T11:46:22+00:0029 Jan 2018|Health, News|

UNICEF airlifts six million doses of vaccines to children in Yemen

A plane charted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) landed in Sana’a, Yemen, on Thursday, delivering nearly 6 million doses of essential vaccines to protect millions of children at risk of preventable diseases, including the current diphtheria outbreak that has reportedly infected over 300 people and killed 35.

2018-04-22T11:47:04+00:0021 Dec 2017|Health, News, Youth|

Violence shuts schools, deprives children of medical care in Syria’s East Ghouta, warns UNICEF

Five of the more than 130 children who require immediate medical evacuation have died as they could not access treatment they needed due to the continuing violence across Syria's eastern Ghouta, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported, adding that most schools are closed there.

2017-12-11T17:56:02+00:0011 Dec 2017|Health, News|

UN health agency launches first global monitoring system for dementia

The United Nations health agency on Thursday launched the first global monitoring system for dementia, which is expected to affect 152 million people worldwide by 2050 – triple the current 50 million – amid the aging of the global population. Dementia includes Alzheimer’s disease and other types of memory loss and cognitive disabilities.

2018-04-22T11:47:31+00:0007 Dec 2017|Health, News|

Millions of babies, mostly in South Asia, risk brain damage from breathing toxic air, UNICEF warns

Almost 17 million babies live in areas where air pollution is at least six times higher than international limits, causing them to breathe toxic air and potentially risking their brain development, according to a new paper released on Tuesday by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

2018-04-22T11:47:34+00:0006 Dec 2017|Health, News|

Remove physical and cultural barriers; build inclusive societies ‘for, by and with persons with disabilities’ – UN

Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development, and for the 2030 Agenda to truly live up to its promise to 'leave no one behind,' all physical and cultural barriers must be removed to create societies that provide real opportunities for everyone everywhere, the United Nations has said.

2018-04-22T11:47:42+00:0003 Dec 2017|Health, News|

World AIDS Day: If everyone, everywhere realizes right to health, epidemic can be defeated, says UN

The world will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – which include the target of ending AIDS by 2030 – without people attaining their right to health, the United Nations said Friday, marking World AIDS Day with a strong appeal for the full realization of this fundamental right by everyone, everywhere.

2018-04-22T11:47:43+00:0001 Dec 2017|Health, News|

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

"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.

2018-04-22T11:47:44+00:0001 Dec 2017|Health, News|