health

News in Brief 19 July 2019

  • Hottest June on record – it's official
  • Don’t panic, support DRC in fight against deadly Ebola virus, UN health agency urges
  • One in two Venezuelan families on the move face ‘drastic’ choices to survive
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Ebola ‘not top of people’s agenda’ in DRC communities, says UN health agency

An Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has already killed more than 1,700 people since last August, but communities there are more worried about measles and basic services, says the World Health Organization (WHO). In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Dr. Margaret Harris explains how the added focus on DRC since the outbreak was declared an international emergency earlier this week, could be an opportunity to do much more to help people in the longer term.

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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: inclusion in development, Asia monsoons, Ebola risk for youth, obesity and Yemen latest

In today’s Daily Brief: Inclusion resonates widely at development meeting, UN offers help after monsoons devastate Asia, DR Congo Ebola effecting children, obesity plagues island communities, Yemen’s warring parties agree to ceasefire for key port

News in Brief 15 July 2019

  • Over 820 million people suffering from hunger, new UN report reveals
  • ‘Complacency’ a factor in stagnation of global vaccination rates, warn UN health chiefs
  • We won’t get to zero cases of Ebola without a big scale-up in funding, warns UN emergency relief chief
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UN experts voice ‘deep concern’ over Iran’s ‘consistent pattern’ of denying life-saving medical treatment to detainees

Despite repeated calls, Iran continues to deny medical treatment to detainees in what amounts to “a consistent pattern”, according to eight UN human rights experts, in a statement on Wednesday.

News in Brief 09 July 2019

  • 2030 education goal, unrealistic, UNESCO warns
  • New Essential Medicines List includes groundbreaking treatments
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News in Brief 2 July 2019

  • DRC: UN food agency triples aid in strife-hit Ituri province
  • Zika transmission low, but travellers should be vigilant, says WHO
  • Eritrea rights violations persist, Human Rights Council hears
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Friday’s Daily Brief: More climate action says Guterres, migrant children dangers, Ebola fight, record-setting weather

This Friday, we cover: UN chief appeals for stronger climate action commitment; report on migrant children deaths and disappearances; Ebola fight in DR Congo as violence goes on; and global over-heating. 

Daily security assessment needed in Ebola areas: WHO

Amid reports of massacres in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ebola-hit Ituri province, World Health Organization workers continue to risk their lives to prevent the disease from spreading deeper into rural areas. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Dr. Ibrahima Soce Fall, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Emergency Response explains how the agency operates in this dangerous region.

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Madagascar villagers learn dangers of outdoor defecation

The discussion with villagers starts early in the morning. Volunteers are invited to draw a map of their village on the ground with chalk. One woman’s sketch shows 17 families – a total of 65 people – living in 11 red clay houses. She explains they share the three latrines that have been there for some time.