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UN Battles Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 19:33:00 GMT

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today that the first track of the new United Nations approach to tackling cholera involves intensifying efforts to treat and eliminate the disease and boost access to clean water and sanitation.

Taxing Sugary Drinks Can Curb Global Epidemic of Obesity and Diabetes

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:53:00 GMT

Unhealthy diet accounts for more than 11 million deaths annually, with four million deaths due to obesity, the United Nations health agency said today, launching a new report that says taxing sugary drinks can yield major health benefits, such as reducing obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.

Ban Hails UN-backed Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:44:00 GMT

Praising the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as a model of partnership that brings together people and development partners, governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by diseases, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said such broad cooperation is also the key to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Sheds Light on Growing Threat of Antibiotic Resistance

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:15:00 GMT

Ahead of a United Nations high-level event on antimicrobial resistance to be held next week, a senior UN health official today underlined the need for strong commitment from all sectors to address this urgent global threat which has the potential to undermine sustainable development.

UN: Millions Vaccinated Against Yellow Fever in Africa

Sat, 3 Sep 2016 18:09:00 GMT

Together with its partners, the United Nations health agency has vaccinated more than 7.7 million people in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in less than two weeks.

UN: Antibiotic Resistance Forces Updates to Recommended Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:29:00 GMT

The United Nations health agency has issued new guidelines for the treatment of three common sexually transmitted infections: chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis.

Nigeria Reports First Polio Cases Since 2014

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:12:00 GMT

After two children were paralyzed by polio in Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria, the first cases of wild poliovirus in more than two years, the United Nations health agency today stressed the need to prioritize immunization of children in hard-to-reach areas such as the Lake Chad region, spanning several countries and often affected by conflict.

UN Steps Up Operations in South Sudan to Thwart Cholera Outbreak

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:40:00 GMT

Dozens of people in South Sudan may have cholera, the United Nations childrens agency today announced, saying it is working with partners to step up its operations to avoid a possible cholera outbreak in the country.

UN: World Has Ignored Hepatitis at its Peril

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:35:00 GMT

With some 400 million people around the world infected with hepatitis B or C, the United Nations health agency today encouraged countries to boost testing and access to services and medicines for people in need.

UN: Progress in Fighting Cholera

Mon, 4 Jul 2016 17:53:00 GMT

The incidence of cholera in Haiti has decreased by 90 per cent since an outbreak that began shortly after the devastating earthquake of 2010.

UN: Global Stockpile of Yellow Fever Vaccine Running Low

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 18:15:00 GMT

The global stockpile of the yellow fever vaccine may not be sufficient if simultaneous outbreaks hit the densely populated areas not covered by emergency responses, the United Nations health agency has warned.

The Private Sector Is Stepping Up to Combat the Zika Virus, Congress Should Too

Thu, 9 Jun 2016 00:23:00 GMT

The ongoing Zika outbreak poses a serious threat to pregnant women. It's been more than 50 years since we've seen a birth defect linked to a virus - and never before have we seen this result from a mosquito bite.

AIDS Epidemic Driven by Human Rights Violations,

Sun, 5 Jun 2016 22:55:00 GMT

Ahead of next weeks high-level meeting on ending AIDS by 2030, United Nations independent experts are warning that the epidemic is still being driven by human rights violations, urging all Governments to remove punitive laws, policies and practices.

UN: Zika on Doorstep of Africa

Sat, 21 May 2016 18:26:00 GMT

The United Nations health agency today confirmed that the Zika virus strain circulating in Cabo Verde, an island nation off the northwest coast of Africa, is the same as the one responsible for the outbreaks linked to neurological disorders and microcephaly in South America.

UN Foresees Moderate Risk of Zika Virus Spread in Europe

Wed, 18 May 2016 20:05:00 GMT

The overall risk of a Zika virus outbreak across Europe is low to moderate during late spring and summer, according to a new risk assessment published today by the World Health Organization, with a varying risk across the region that is higher in countries where Aedes mosquitoes are present.