This is the News in Brief from the United Nations.
Over 820 million people suffering from hunger, new UN report reveals
After nearly a decade of progress, the number of people who suffer from hunger has slowly increased over the past three years.
That’s according to a new United Nations report released on Monday. The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 says that about one in every nine people globally suffer from hunger today.
Launched on the margins of the High-level Political Forum currently under way in New York, the report breaks down statistics by region, and shows that hunger has risen almost 20 per cent in Africa’s subregions.
The annual UN report also found that income inequality is rising in many of the countries where hunger is increasing.
At the same time, overweight and obesity continue to increase in all regions, particularly among school-age children and adults.
‘Complacency’ a factor in stagnation of global vaccination rates, warn UN health chiefs
More than one in 10 children – almost 20 million worldwide – failed to receive potentially lifesaving vaccines in 2018, the UN said on Monday, citing obstacles including conflict, cost and complacency.
According to a joint study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 10 countries accounted for 11.7 of the 19.4 million under and non-vaccinated youngsters in the world, in particular Nigeria, India and Pakistan.
UN health experts insist that a far higher level of coverage is needed to protect against vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks.
We won’t get to zero cases of Ebola without a big scale-up in funding, warns UN emergency relief chief
Deadly attacks on health workers in Ebola-hit areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including one at the weekend that left two dead, are an indication that combating the disease outbreak will require far greater international support, UN emergency relief chief Mark Lowcock said on Monday.
Here is Mr. Lowcock, speaking in Geneva:
“We have started to get some positive momentum in formal hot spots like Butembu and Katwa but unless we scale up the response , we risk losing that. We also need to scale up the response in order to deal with the high risk of the virus spreading further. You know already that we had cases in Uganda, you’ve seen a report of a recent case in Goma. Unless we are able to scale up to deal with the spread again, we won’t be successful in getting to zero cases."
At his side, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus confirmed the attacks in Beni and the identification - for the first time - of an infected patient in Goma, a city of two million people bordering Rwanda.
Ana Carmo, UN News.