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Health ‘both an outcome and a driver of sustainable development’

As global health systems rebound following the COVID-19 pandemic, more must be done to ensure access to adequate and equitable healthcare for all.

That’s the message from Mandeep Dhaliwal, Director of the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) HIV and Health Group, highlighting the central role that health policy will play at the upcoming UN General Assembly High Level Week. 

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News in Brief 31 August 2023

  • Pervasive discrimination’ against people of African descent must stop: UN chief
  • Refusal to waive intellectual property for COVID-19 vaccines violates human rights in global South, experts say
  • ‘Last line of defence’ against extinction: UNESCO World Heritage sites under climate change threat
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News in Brief 18 July 2023

  • Health risks on the rise as heatwave intensifies across Europe: WMO

  • Child vaccination makes unequal post-COVID recovery across regions: WHO, UNICEF

  • More than 90 per cent of world’s women live in countries with large gender gap: UNDP, UN Women
A 6-month-old boy is immunized at a mobile vaccination unit in Sindh province, Pakistan.
© UNICEF/Saiyna Bashir

Global immunisation rates show sign of post-pandemic rebound

New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, reveal signs of immunisation services rebounding in some countries, but coverage still falls short of pre-pandemic levels, particularly in low-income countries, putting children at grave risk of disease outbreaks.