Health

Vulnerable Indians need urgent help to cope with COVID-19 pandemic: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

Millions of people in India have a hand-to-mouth existence, and fast response measures put in place to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, are making life even more difficult for them. For this latest in our occasional series by UN country team leaders, Renata Dessallien, the UN Resident Coordinator in India, assesses the current situation. Her text is based on an interview with UN News.

UN General Assembly: The world’s ‘town hall’ remains open during COVID-19 crisis

Although it seems the whole world is on lockdown as countries follow health guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19, the global “town hall” at UN Headquarters in New York remains open for business, albeit with a technical twist.

Mali: UN mission fulfills mandate, aids battle against coronavirus

As the COVID-19 pandemic plagues the world, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali told the Security Council on Tuesday that the mission continues to fulfill its mandate while doing whatever it can to prevent the coronavirus outbreak from overrunning the country.

Children vulnerable to abuse and violence during coronavirus lockdowns, UN experts warn

Independent UN human rights experts have called on States to boost child protection measures to help safeguard the welfare of millions of children who may be more exposed to violence, sale, trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Course of coronavirus pandemic across Libya, depends on silencing the guns

Fighting must stop immediately in Libya if it is to have any chance of staving off the COVID-19 outbreak, the top United Nations official in the North African country said on Tuesday as he condemned an attack on a major Tripoli hospital. 

COVID-19 highlights nurses’ vulnerability as backbone to health services worldwide

Nurses are on the frontline fighting COVID-19 but “an alarming failure” in the global supply of protective clothing and new coronavirus tests – together with “unprecedented” overwork linked to global staff shortages - have highlighted how vulnerable they are, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. The development coincides with an impassioned personal message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the world’s medical professionals for World Health Day, marked on Tuesday 7 April.

First Person: ‘Fate’ of Italian nurse, and countless other health workers, depends on protective clothing

A 24-year-old nurse in Italy who is treating patients with the deadly COVID-19 virus has been describing how her “fate” on any given day is dependent on how well she dresses in her protective clothing.

Lady Gaga curating global event to boost healthcare workers on coronavirus front line

The World Health Organization (WHO) has teamed up with international advocacy organization Global Citizen, to launch ‘One World Together At Home”, a global television and streaming special, curated by superstar singer-songwriter Lady Gaga, to celebrate frontline health care workers around the globe in their unrelenting battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

International sport day moves indoors, with plea to stay active during self-isolation

Running tracks, gyms and swimming pools may be closed, as part of government-imposed lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is more important than ever to remain physically active. This is the message on this year’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. 

Prison shelling in Yemen kills five women and a child: UN rights chief condemns possible war crime

The UN has condemned the shelling of the women’s section of the Central Prison in a district of Yemen’s war-torn Taizz Governerate, in the south of the country, which has left at least five women and one child dead, and wounding more than 11, with casualties expected to rise.