disease

Global efforts needed to stop deadly banana disease, protect industry – UN agency

Without global efforts to respond to a fungal disease affecting banana production, the $36 billion global industry, which provides a source of income or food to some 400 million people around the world, is under threat, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

World AIDS Day: UN, urban leaders endorse ‘fast track’ to ending epidemic by 2030

Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 requires a comprehensive approach that includes social justice, the democratization of science, gender equity, and a people-centred approach to health, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on World AIDS Day as he spotlighted the gap in prevention and treatment that persist among regions and people.

Madagascar: UN health agency warns of ‘rapid’ spread of plague in capital city

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a “rapid” spread of the plague in the capital of Madagascar, where health authorities have reported 119 cases of the bacterial disease, including at least 40 deaths in the island nation.

Marking World Hepatitis Day, UN appeals for boost in global momentum to tackle disease

With 1.4 million deaths every year attributed to acute and chronic liver disease, the United Nations health agency is marking World Hepatitis Day by calling on countries to intensify efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat one of the world’s most serious diseases.

Health officials weigh national efforts to tackle non-communicable diseases, as UN launches new report

With world leaders gathered today in New York for the United Nations General Assembly’s review of efforts made since 2011 in controlling non-communicable diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, the Organizations’ top health official launched a new report that shows progress at the national level has been insufficient and uneven.

World’s poor hardest hit by chronic diseases, says top UN health official

At a high-level review and assessment by the United Nations General Assembly of progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Margaret Chan today expressed deep concern about projected trends, especially as poor populations, the least able to cope, will be hit the hardest.

Ebola: UN agency to help West Africa coordinate response to 'unprecedented' outbreak

West African countries and international health authorities at a United Nations-backed emergency summit have adopted a strategy covering a range or priorities, including strengthening cross-border collaboration, to combat the world's deadliest Ebola outbreak, which has killed hundreds of people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

‘Leave no stone unturned’ to halt Ebola’s rapid spread in West Africa, urges UN agency

Urging health authorities in West African countries affected by the largest Ebola outbreak in history to “leave no stone unturned” in their efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus, a United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) official today underscored the critical need to engage community, religious and opinion leaders in the region to be at the forefront of the response.

Providing West African communities with sound information crucial to curbing spread of Ebola – UN

Together with Ministries of Health and other partners across seven countries in West Africa, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is using culturally-sensitive communication strategies to disseminate life-saving information in order to contain the often-fatal Ebola virus, through text-messaging, radio shows, TV programmes and door-to-door campaigns.

World Health Day: UN urges countries to prioritize combat against vector-borne diseases

Warning that a “small bite can carry a big threat,” the United Nations family is marking World Health Day by urging the international community to back a global health agenda that gives higher priority to controlling the spread of vector-borne diseases, a step towards ensuring that no one in the 21st century would die from the bite of a mosquito or a tick.