Health

New UN targets on indoor air pollution aim to save millions of lives each year

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today highlighted the dangers of burning fuels like unprocessed coal and kerosene in the home, and issued targets for reducing emissions of health-damaging pollutants from domestic cook stoves, space heaters and fuel-based lamps.

‘Now is the time to act,’ UN urges on release of first global report on suicide prevention

More than 800,000 people commit suicide every year – around one person every 40 seconds – according to the United Nations health agency’s first global report on suicide prevention, which was published today.

Road injuries, depression top adolescent health challenges - UN agency

Road traffic injuries, HIV/AIDS and suicide are the top killers of adolescents globally, while depression is the predominant cause of illness and disability, the United Nations reported today, urging a stronger focus on the health of boys and girls in their pre- and teen years.

Laotian children to get healthy meals under UN project that also helps local farmers

For the first time in Laos, nearly 1,000 primary school children will receive a healthy, balanced school lunch prepared from food bought at the local market under a joint United Nations-Government pilot project that will also benefit local farmers.

School meals key to feeding and educating most vulnerable children – UN report

The introduction of free meal programmes not only ensures children are fed, but are crucial to keeping the poorest and most vulnerable in school while providing a boost to learning and health, according to a United Nations report released today.

More people die from suicide annually than from violent acts – UN health official

Around 1 million people die of suicide every year, more than by any other type of violence, including armed conflict, an official from the United Nations health agency noted today, stressing the need for greater efforts to tackle this preventable cause of death.

Laos: UN funds $15 million scheme to bolster agricultural productivity

Poor farmers in the uplands of Laos are set to receive a $15 million boost from the United Nations rural development arm to help finance a project aimed at bolstering productivity and improving the sustainable management of natural resources.

UN scheme slashes sexually transmitted infections in refugee camps

A series of measures taken by the United Nations refugee agency, including using community health workers to distribute condoms out of their homes, has dramatically reduced the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among refugees in Bangladesh.

More funding needed for condoms in fight against HIV, UN agency warns

Despite a growing need for contraceptives and condoms for HIV prevention, funding has virtually stagnated since 2001 when it peaked at $224 million, according to a new analysis by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

UN agency begins health relief efforts in disputed Sudanese town of Abyei

The United Nations health agency has started preparations for the expected return of tens of thousands of displaced people to their homes in the disputed central Sudanese town of Abyei.