Tests continuing after mystery disease outbreak in Angola – UN health agency

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) says it is still investigating the possible origin of an outbreak of a mystery illness that has forced at least 370 people to seek hospital treatment in Angola.

UN-backed fund against disease seeks to ramp up spending by 2010

The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria needs to treble its spending by 2010 to keep up with demand for its financing that is projected to rise around the world, especially in developing countries, the Fund’s Board agreed today.

UN meeting aims to spotlight ‘forgotten’ tropical diseases, mobilize action

Political leaders and scientists as well as representatives of banks, foundations and a number of leading pharmaceutical companies are gathered in Geneva today for a meeting organized by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in a bid to galvanize action to combat ‘forgotten’ tropical diseases, which afflict some 1 billion people annually.

UN agency unveils two web projects to fight disease and track medical progress

Two web projects backed by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) were launched today as part of global efforts to fight infectious diseases afflicting the developing world and to track recent progress made in the field of medicine.

Ancient worm disease could be eradicated within two years, UN agency reports

Guinea worm, an ancient parasitic disease causing tennis-ball-size ulcers so painful that victims feel as if they are on fire, could in less than two years become the second illness after smallpox to be pushed into oblivion, thanks to water treatment and other preventive methods, the United Nations health agency reported today.