Health

Somewhere, every five seconds, a child under 15 dies – new UN report

Around 6.3 million children under the age of 15, died from mostly preventable causes last year, the equivalent to one child dying every five seconds, according to a new report compiled by a group of United Nations agencies. Newborn babies account for half of the deaths.

Inactivity puts physical and mental health of more than 1.4 billion adults at risk, says WHO

Insufficient physical activity is a leading risk factor for non-communicable disease, negatively impacting mental health and overall quality of life, according to a newly released United Nations health agency study.

DR Congo: Ebola outbreak spreads to eastern ‘no-go’ zone surrounded by rebels

Rebel violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is escalating inside the vast country’s Ebola-hit North Kivu province, putting millions at risk, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Friday.

Combat against devastating effects of tobacco can only be won ‘if the UN stands united’ – UN health official

United Nations agencies must join forces at the policy level and refuse interference from tobacco companies in their programmes so the destructive impact of tobacco can be effectively addressed and lives can be saved, the head of the UN tobacco control treaty watchdog (WHO FCTC Secretariat) told UN News on Wednesday.

Monsanto lawsuit ruling a ‘significant recognition’ of victims’ human rights, say UN rights experts

The court decision to award nearly $290 million to a terminally-ill man from the United States who claimed his cancer was caused by a herbicide in a commercial weed killer, has been welcomed by two United Nations human rights experts as a “significant recognition” of the responsibilities that chemical companies have to consumers.

Ebola in DR Congo: conflict zones could constitute ‘hiding places’ for the deadly virus – WHO chief

Following a two-day mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday repeated his call for warring parties in conflict-riven North Kivu to stop fighting, and allow health teams access to areas affected by the recent Ebola outbreak in the region.

Free and secure access needed in DR Congo conflict zone to tackle Ebola – WHO

After seeing first-hand the complexities of the Ebola response in the conflict-affected region of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) called for “free and secure” access to the disease-affected people. 

Conflict in new Ebola zone of DR Congo exacerbates complexity of response: WHO emergency response chief

Protecting vulnerable people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the latest Ebola Virus outbreak is going to be “very, very complex”, given the huge logistical challenges and ongoing conflict there, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

When it comes to breastfeeding, ‘timing is everything’ in saving newborn lives – UNICEF chief

Three-in-five babies, mostly born in low- and middle-income countries, are not breastfed within the first hour of life, placing them at higher risk of death and disease, according to a new United Nations report launched on Tuesday.

‘Stigma and discrimination still persists’ against people living with HIV – UN labour agency

Although progress in treating people living with HIV has enabled them to work, they continue to face career discrimination, says a new study launched on Thursday by the United Nations labour agency.