Marking Autism Awareness Day, UN officials call for inclusive societies

On the eve of the World Autism Awareness Day, United Nations officials highlighted the contributions to humanity by people with autism, noting that shunning them is a “violation of human rights” and a “waste of human potential.”

‘We can consign rabies to the history books’ with new plan to eliminate virus – UN health agency

Against the backdrop of one person dying every 10 minutes from rabies and that treatment for those bitten can cost 40 days of wages in some countries, the United Nations announced today a new framework to eliminate human rabies and save tens of thousands of lives each year by ensuring ready availability of vaccines and treatment, and emphasizing mass dog vaccinations to tackle the disease at its source.

On World Diabetes Day, UN calls for greater action to turn tide of growing global epidemic

With the World Health Organization (WHO) warning that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death by 2030, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is emphasizing that people must take steps towards leading healthy lives while governments create conditions to stem the global epidemic.

Affordable vaccine brings Africa near elimination of meningitis A – UN health agency

Scientists have found that 90 per cent of individuals vaccinated with a meningitis A vaccine costing less than 50 cents a dose had protective antibodies in their system 5 years later, bringing Africa close to elimination of the “highly feared’ disease on the continent, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Empower youth to end AIDS by 2030: Charlize Theron

South African actress Charlize Theron has joined African leaders in the campaign to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 in line with the new Sustainable Development Goals.

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Rabies 100 per cent preventable, UN health agency says on World Day

Do you have a dog? Vaccinating dogs is the most cost-effective strategy for preventing rabies in people, which leads to tens of thousands of deaths, mostly in Asia and Africa, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

UN health agency unveils sanitation and hygiene plan towards eradicating tropical diseases by 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that it is strengthening water, sanitation and hygiene services to accelerate progress in eliminating and eradicating neglected tropical diseases by 2020 that affect more than 1 billion of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations.

UN health agency kicks-off campaign honouring world’s health workers

The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to launch a campaign aimed at honouring the sacrifices and efforts of thousands of international health workers deployed to the frontlines of the world’s most pressing crises, the United Nations agency has announced.

Geography and statistics supporting global development agenda

Geography and statistics are being used together to help countries around the world better fulfil the needs of humanity while protecting the planet.

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'Prevent hepatitis; Act now,' declares UN on World Day targeting hepatitis B and C

Marking World Hepatitis Day 2015, which falls on 28 July in honour of the birthday of the scientist who discovered the hepatitis B virus and its first vaccine, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are urging policy-makers, health workers and the public to act now to prevent infection and death from the infectious disease.