Health

Surviving a deadly outbreak of COVID-19 in a Lesotho convent

A 77-year old nun from the southern African country of Lesotho has been telling the UN how she survived a deadly outbreak of COVID-19 in her convent and why it’s important to embrace the vaccine.

Japan: UN experts ‘deeply disappointed’ by decision to discharge Fukushima water

Three independent UN human rights experts expressed deep regret on Thursday over Japan’s decision to discharge potentially still radioactive Fukushima nuclear plant water into the ocean, warning that it could impact millions across the Pacific region.  

Alert over shortage of new drugs for ‘world’s most dangerous bacteria’  

A lack of new treatments for common infections has left people dangerously exposed to the “world’s most dangerous bacteria”, the UN health agency said on Thursday. 

New global compact aims to drive down diabetes deaths, boost insulin access

Increasing access to affordable insulin is among the objectives of the new Global Diabetes Compact, launched on Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

WHO and partners urge countries to halt sales of wild mammals at food markets

The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners have called for countries to suspend sales of live wild mammals in traditional food markets, also known as “wet markets”, in efforts to prevent the emergence of new deadly diseases, such as COVID-19. 

FROM THE FIELD: providing hope for those living with HIV in Yemen

Living with HIV in Yemen, a country mired in a seemingly interminable conflict, is particularly challenging, with medical supplies hard to come by, and only around half of all health facilities fully operational.

Without access to vaccines, COVID will continue widening inequality everywhere 

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented public health, economic and social crises, threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions and exacerbating inequalities throughout the world, the World Bank said at the COVID-19: Vaccines for Developing Countries event on Friday. 

Low-income countries have received just 0.2 per cent of all COVID-19 shots given

The vast majority of COVID-19 vaccines administered have so far gone to wealthy nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Friday. 

Migrants left stranded and without assistance by COVID-19 lockdowns 

Travel restrictions during the COVID pandemic have been particularly hard on refugees and migrants who move out of necessity, stranding millions from home, the UN migration agency, IOM, said on Thursday. 

‘Plausible’ link between AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots, WHO committee says

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine could possibly cause rare blood clots in some people but further studies are required to confirm the link, experts with the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.