Health

Safer roads, a global development challenge for all: Senior UN official 

Every 24 seconds someone is killed in traffic, making safety on the world’s roads a global development challenge for all societies, especially for the most vulnerable, a senior UN official has said, ahead of the first ever High-level General Assembly Meeting on Improving Road Safety.  

UN drug report shines light on cannabis, cocaine and methamphetamine trends

Legalized cannabis use in some countries and states appears to have accelerated daily use and related health impacts, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) revealed in a new report released on Monday.

Celebrating the union of body and soul: UN marks International Yoga Day

UN delegates and staffers spread out their yoga mats and stretched into various yoga “asanas” or poses, at an outdo​​or event on Monday evening at UN Headquarters in New York, to celebrate the eighth International Day of Yoga, observed annually on 21 June.

Nearly one billion people have a mental disorder: WHO

Nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from some form of mental disorder, according to latest UN data – a staggering figure that is even more worrying, if you consider that it includes around one in seven teenagers.

Afghanistan: World Bank provides $150 million lifeline to stem rural hunger 

A critical $150 million dollar lifeline for rural families in Afghanistan was announced by the World Bank on Monday, part of an overall package of $195 million, for critical livelihood and life-saving assistance, the UN agriculture agency FAO, said on Monday.


 

Africa: Dramatic drop forecast in COVID deaths, but no time to ‘sit back and relax’

COVID-19 deaths in Africa are forecast to decrease by 94 per cent this year compared to last year the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.