Health

UN condemns brutal killing of eight polio workers in Afghanistan

The United Nations has condemned the killing of eight polio vaccination workers in four locations in northern Afghanistan on Thursday, the first such attacks since nationwide immunization campaigns resumed last November. 

Baby formula marketing ‘pervasive, misleading and aggressive’ – UN report

Parents and pregnant women globally are exposed to aggressive marketing for baby formula milk, according to a report launched jointly by two UN agencies on Tuesday.

Omicron sublineage BA.2 remains a variant of concern

The BA.2 virus, a sublineage of the Omicron COVID-19 mutation, should continue to be considered a variant of concern, scientists convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Pandemic recovery must put people first: UN Secretary-General

People must be at the heart of post-pandemic recovery, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a global meeting that opened on Tuesday to examine the economic and social impact of the crisis. 

COVID-19: Health workers face ‘dangerous neglect’, warn WHO, ILO

Health teams worldwide need much safer working conditions to combat the “dangerous neglect” they have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN health and labour agencies said on Monday. 

WHO reveals countries to produce first COVID-busting mRNA vaccines in Africa

Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia will be the first countries on the African continent to receive the technology needed to produce game-changing mRNA vaccines, which have proved crucial to the fight against COVID-19, the head of the UN health agency said on Friday.

Concern over low vaccination rates as ‘Omicron tidal wave’ floods Eastern Europe, Central Asia

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) top official in Europe on Tuesday called on governments and health authorities to “closely examine” why there is low demand and acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines, as an “Omicron tidal wave” slams countries in the east of the region.

WHO alert over childhood cancer inequalities in Europe

Progress in the overall survival rate for children with cancer is uneven across Europe, with a significant proportion of the thousands diagnosed with cancer each year, still dying, the UN health agency WHO alerted on Tuesday.

WHO lauds ‘historic initiative’ on vaccine equity underway in South Africa

During a COVID-19 global action meeting on Monday, the UN health chief described the progress underway at the World Health Organization (WHO) mRNA vaccine technology transfer Hub in South Africa, noting that the “historic initiative comes at a critical time” in the global fight against the virus.

Redefining life-long benefits of sexual health – WHO

From adolescence to old age, sexual health constantly needs to be revaluated in the light of every individual’s changing circumstances, the UN health agency said on Friday.