health

News in Brief 13 January 2020

  • Case of new China coronavirus surfaces in Thailand
  • Six countries lose voting rights in General Assembly
  • Yemen: Security Council renews mandate for UN Hudaydah Mission
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News in Brief 19 December 2019

  • Tobacco use falling at last among males, says WHO 
  • Cholera cases decreased globally by 60 per cent in 2018: WHO 
  • Terror threat in Nigeria’s north-east inspires musical of hope 
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DR Congo Ebola outbreak: helicopter team begins lifesaving vaccinations 

One of the major challenges in eradicating the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the threat from numerous armed groups preventing health teams from reaching at-risk communities.  In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Dr. Michel Yao from the World Health Organization explains how the agency is deploying helicopters to remote areas, as it adapts to the volatile situation.  

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News in Brief 13 December 2019

  • Air bridge vaccination operation begins in Ebola-hit DR Congo 
  • India’s citizenship act ‘fundamentally discriminatory’, says UN rights office 
  • 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication marked on Friday 
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Measles vaccine is safe and protects children and communities: UN health expert

Measles deaths and infections are spiking again globally, and Governments everywhere should do more to convince parents that it is safe to vaccinate their children.

That’s the message from the World Health Organization’s Dr Kate O’Brien, Director of Immunization and Vaccines.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, she describes the impact of a major outbreak of measles on the Pacific island nation of Samoa, where thousands of children have contracted the disease. 

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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: climate crisis reports, renewal in Iraq, Zimbabwe’s hunger crisis, Disabilities Day

A recap of Tuesday’s stories: New climate change reports on human health and global warming; Zimbabwe’s ‘worst hunger crisis in a decade’; protests and civil unrest show ‘renewed sense of patriotism’ in Iraq; UN ‘determined to lead by example’ on disability rights.

News in Brief 29 November 2019

  • Violence in DR Congo Ebola hotspot leaves people ‘caught in crossfire’
  • Iraq: Guterres, Bachelet express concern at continued protester deaths
  • UN-appointed panel urges Colombia to do more to stop human rights defender murders
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Four in five adolescents failing to exercise for even 60 minutes a day, UN health agency warns

An alarming lack of exercise among adolescents across the world risks seriously compromising their health into adulthood, the UN said on Thursday.
 

Four in five adolescents fail to meet minimum exercise level

It’s widely understood that exercise is good for you, but how much should that be?

In the first global study of its kind into schoolchildren aged 11 to 17 years old, the World Health Organization (WHO) found that four in five of them are not active for even 60 minutes of exercise a day – that’s the minimum recommended amount.

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News in Brief 21 November 2019

  • UNICEF spotlights degree of vulnerability for Syrian children living in conflict
  • Governments ‘failing’ to tackle business-related rights abuses
  • Stark disparity in overall prisoner health versus persons walking free, new study shows
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