Health

UN staff step-up and step-in to support front line heroes battling COVID-19 in New York

A devastating surge in coronavirus cases over the past few weeks in New York City, the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, has prompted United Nations staff to stand in solidarity with their host city, by stepping up support for healthcare workers and others on the front line. 

Lady Gaga promises star-studded ‘love letter to the world’ amidst global pain of COVID-19 pandemic

This weekend’s “One World: Together At Home” virtual global special will be a “love letter to the world” and a salute to health workers on the front lines of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, pop superstar Lady Gaga said on Friday.

COVID-19: Rights experts highlight LGBTI discrimination, antisemitism

New guidance from the UN human rights office, issued on Friday, sets out key actions to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people against discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic.

US must improve COVID-19 strategy to keep tens of millions from falling into poverty, urges rights expert

The United States must take urgent additional steps to prevent tens of millions of middle-class Americans hit by the COVID-19 pandemic from being “plunged into poverty”, according to an independent UN human rights expert.

Ceasefire during COVID-19 pandemic essential, to safeguard 250 million children

The head of the UN children’s fund UNICEF warned on Friday that 250 million children around the world living in the “waking nightmare” of conflict desperately need warring parties to stop fighting as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads. 

Yemen can’t survive war on two fronts, top UN envoy tells Security Council, as coronavirus outbreak looms

With the COVID-19 pandemic threatening to deepen suffering in Yemen, now is the time for rival parties to commit to ending their conflict, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths told the Security Council on Thursday, during an informal meeting via videoconference.

Coronavirus pandemic threatens crises-ravaged communities, UN appeals for global support 

A psychosocial counsellor in Jordan's Azraq refugee camp  informed the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) on Thursday that during the first four days of the COVID-19 lockdown she called beneficiaries to let them know that “virtual support" was available.

FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19 poses increased hunger risk for hundreds of millions

Before the COVID-19 coronavirus began spreading around the world, hunger and malnourishment was already a major challenge for hundreds of millions of people. Now, there are serious concerns that the pandemic will make it harder for humanitarian organizations, including UN agencies, to reach them.

First Person: DR Congo doctor prepares for latest in long line of health crises

Health professionals working with the World Health Organization (WHO) in eastern Democratic of Congo (DRC), have been dealing with the deadly Ebola epidemic since August 2018. This experience is helping them to prepare for the latest disease to arrive: COVID-19.

Africa mobilizing to minimize losses as COVID-19 pandemic continues worldwide advance

From procuring test kits to promoting debt relief, the UN will stand in solidarity with Africa as it braces against the unprecedented economic, social and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary-General António Guterres pledged on Wednesday.