Devastating cattle plague to be purged within 18 months, announces UN agency

A deadly and highly infectious animal disease which affects cattle and other hoofed livestock is set to be only the second virus in history, behind small pox in 1980, to be eliminated from the face of the Earth, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced today.

Ban urges greater efforts to help people with autism lead full lives

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for intensifying global efforts to ensure that the estimated 67 million people worldwide with autism can benefit from the supportive environment they need to reach their full potential and contribute to society.

UN, private sector take stock of global immunization efforts

United Nations agencies and their partners in the global fight against diseases that can be prevented by vaccines are meeting in New York to assess the coverage provided by immunizations, which prevent two million children’s deaths annually.

African bank provides free expertise to UN-backed fund combating deadly diseases

A major African bank today signed an agreement with the United Nations-backed Global Fund offering pro bono support to countries receiving grants meant to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in the continent.

UN health agency backs mass yellow fever vaccination campaign in Guinea

A large-scale yellow fever vaccination campaign has been slated for later this month in Guinea after the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed two men had contracted the deadly disease in the West African nation.