health

UN’s advice for hospitals: Help mothers breastfeed to give babies best possible start in life

Breastfeeding within the first hour of birth protects newborns from infections and saves lives, United Nations agencies said at the roll-out of their 10-step guidance to help new mothers and hospital workers embrace this practical advice and give children the best possible start in life.

News In Brief 11 April 2018

  • UN chief calls for investigation into peacekeeper killing in CAR
  • WHO appeals for access to Syrian city following alleged chemical attack
  • UNHCR report documents change in ‘Desperate Journeys’ to Europe
Audio -
3'16"

Universal health coverage key to safer, fairer world, says WHO chief on eve of World Health Day

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday marked World Health Day, and the agency’s 70th anniversary, with a strong call for universal health coverage, to ensure that all people can get quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship.

News in Brief 06 April 2018

  • UN human rights office appeals over Gaza demonstrations
  • Venezuela refugees in Brazil need help from international community: UN refugee agency
  • Prevention is key to avoid repeat of Rwanda genocide
  • Global health agency (WHO) prepares to turn 70  on 7 April
Audio -
5'13"

Podcast Classics: The ‘fight against time’ towards healthier living for all

As the World Health Organization (WHO) turns 70 this weekend (7 April), this edition of our Podcast Classics series turns back the clock 60 years to bring you “Ten Steps Forward”, a UN Radio programme looking at WHO’s first decade, narrated by British stage and screen actor Michael Redgrave.

Audio -
20'54"

News in Brief 16 March 2018

  • OHCHRUNICEF: Fighting and food & water shortages leave thousands of Syrians at risk
  • Refugee figures approach total expected for the year: UNHCR
  • Meat product responsible for listeriosis outbreak in South Africa: WHO
Audio -
4'50"

News in Brief 07 March 2018

  • UN rights chief repeats call for ICC to take up Syria
  • Transform food systems in Latin America and Caribbean to fight obesity: FAO
  • UN gender parity key to creating fully equal world
Audio -
3'40"

Newborn babies deserve greatest chance to survive: UNICEF

One million newborns die the day they are born and a staggering 2.6 million do not survive their first month of life.

Audio -
5'37"

World is failing newborns; UNICEF says global mortality rates remain ‘alarmingly high’

Newborns are dying at “alarmingly high” rates in countries that are poor, conflict-ridden or have weak institutions, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday in a new report, which reveals that babies born in these places are 50 times more likely to die in the first month of life than those born in some wealthier nations. 

News in Brief 31 January 2018

Holocaust commemoration about the past and the future: UN Secretary-General

Although hatred may appear to be on the rise, people everywhere can unite to create a world of peaceful coexistence.

Audio -
3'57"