health

We’re going in the wrong direction on measles prevention, says UN health expert

Rapid action is needed in every region of the world to get countries back on track in the global fight against measles, amid a projected near-doubling in the number of cases, since 2017.  That’s according to Dr. Katherine O’Brien from the World Health Organization (WHO). Here she is speaking to Sarah Mbengue from UN News in Geneva. 

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Music-lovers need personalized listening data to prevent irreversible hearing damage: WHO

Preventing irreversible hearing loss from listening to loud music is possible, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Dr Shelly Chadha from WHOoutlined the agency’s latest recommendations.

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‘Urbanization is changing the way we are living’ and eating says FAO expert

Basic rules such as “keeping your hands clean and cooking food thoroughly” contribute to food safety, but when someone is living in a place with poor sanitation or where food insecurity is a reality, “it’s hard to make good choices”. That’s according to David Massey, Communications Specialist at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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News in Brief 12 February 2019

  • Smartphone listener guidelines unveiled to prevent growing levels of hearing loss
  • Thousands flee fresh violence in South Sudan’s Equatoria State
  • Automatic braking guidelines will reduce crashes, says UNECE
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News in Brief 8 February 2019

  • UN committed to helping Venezuelans amid growing needs: aid agencies
  • Rapid spread of Lassa fever in five African countries is ‘concerning’: UN health agency
  • Violence in Myanmar’s Chin and Rakhine state
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Cancer pain is a major cause of unnecessary suffering, says UN health agency

For World Cancer Day, on 4 February, Dr Etienne Krug from the World Health Organization (WHO), talks to Sarah Mbengue from UN News about cancer pain and global challenges that remain in tackling the disease.

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News in Brief 11 January 2019

  • Suffering of North Korea’s citizens is unchanged, warns UN rights expert
  • Thousands risk lives to flee fighting in last Syria’s last ISIL enclave
  • Cautious welcome for DRC Ebola decline in cases in epicentre
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News in Brief 8 January 2019

  • UN chief rejects Guatemala decision to close impunity panel
  • Saudi national Rahaf Mohammed Al-qunun in “safe” place: UNHCR
  • WHO welcomes $2.5 million US donation to improve health response for Syria refugees in Iraq
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Keyhole surgery returns to war-shattered Mosul as WHO prioritizes medical improvements

In the wake of more than four years of intense conflict in Iraq to dislodge the terrorist group ISIL, the rehabilitation of the health system and improvements to lifesaving medical services in places like formerly-occupied Mosul, remains a top priority, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday.

News in Brief 13 December 2018

  • Positive steps towards peace in Yemen, as Hudaydah ceasefire declared
  • Better care can rescue 30 million babies from death
  • Climate in Poland hostile for human rights defenders
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