UN health agency to mark World Hepatitis Day with pilot initiative to curb unsafe injections

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it will commemorate the fifth World Hepatitis Day next week with a global ?injection safety initiative campaign in three pilot countries together with the foundation arm of IKEA to combat the “silent epidemic” that kills more than 1.4 million each year.

New UN report finds ‘huge inequalities’ in global mental health services, calls for more investment

People suffering from mental health disorders are facing unequal access to specialized care, the United Nations health agency announced today as it urged international governments to boost financing for mental health services around the world.

One in three Europeans potentially exposed to asbestos, new UN study shows

A high-level meeting on environment and health in Europe today appealed urgently to all European countries to eliminate asbestos-related diseases, as a new United Nations report showed that one third of the 900 million people living in the region are potentially exposed to asbestos at work and in the environment.

Systems to combat antibiotic resistance lacking globally, UN health agency warns

The United Nations World Health Organization today announced that only 34 countries, or a quarter of those surveyed, have national plans to fight growing resistance to antibiotics, warning that the trend posed as “the single greatest challenge in infectious diseases today” and appealing for all countries to do their part to tackle the global threat.

Ban launches ‘call to action’ inviting commitments from businesses to employ people with autism

At a special event at United Nations Headquarters to mark World Autism Awareness Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today for greater access and work opportunities for persons with autism, saying that while much progress had been made, much more work was needed.

Eliminating sheep and goat plague will boost livelihoods and nutrition, says UN official at conference

The United Nations agricultural agency will outline a strategy in Côte d’Ivoire today for the total eradication of sheep and goat plague by 2030 at an international conference that began today in the country’s capital, Abidjan.

UN health agency urges global switch by 2020 to ‘smart’ syringes that disable after single use

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today called for all countries to switch by 2020 to new ‘smart’ syringes that cannot be used more than once as an “absolutely critical” stop to protect millions of people from deadly infections acquired through unsafe injections.

New UN report urges boosting national-level investment to tackle neglected tropical diseases

Scaling up investment to tackle leprosy, dengue fever, sleeping sickness and other neglected tropical diseases will improve the health and well-being of more than 1.5 billion people, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, launching a new report.

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.