health care

Healthcare’s a human right, not ‘a privilege for the rich’ UNAIDS argues at Davos

The UN agency devoted to ending AIDS as a public health threat is calling on top politicians and governments across the world to ensure the right to quality healthcare is upheld, and not just a privilege to be enjoyed by the wealthy.

Over 1 million health consultations provided in Yemen in 2019: UN migration agency

Since the beginning of the year, the UN Migration Agency has carried out over one million health consultations for displaced and conflict-affected Yemenis and migrants struggling to reach the help they need, the organization announced on Friday.

With 5 billion set to miss out on health care, UN holds landmark summit to boost coverage

Some five billion people risk missing out on health care in 2030, unless countries close glaring gaps in health coverage, a new report revealed on Sunday, as the UN prepares to host a landmark summit to speed up progress on universal health care. 

‘Catastrophic’ healthcare costs put mothers and newborns at risk

Pregnant women are putting their lives and their babies at risk because of “catastrophic” and prohibitive healthcare costs before, during and after childbirth, UNICEF said on Monday.

Spending on health increase faster than rest of global economy, UN health agency says

Spending on health is outpacing the rest of the global economy, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

News in Brief 12 December 2018

  • Iran must ‘carefully consider’ the concerns of Member States in nuclear deal implementation
  • UN pushes for universal health care on International Day
  • Failing to agree climate action would ‘not only be immoral’ but ‘suicidal’ UN Chief tells COP24
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UN pushes for universal health care on International Day

Universal health care for all, leaving no one behind, by 2030: that’s the call going out on International Universal Health Coverage Day, which this year falls on Wednesday. Why 2030? Because that’s the target date for completion of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of which (SDG3), calls for the promotion of healthy lives and well-being for all.

News in Brief 25 October 2018

  • Low female peacekeeping numbers “crippling to UN credibility: UN chief
  • Essential step towards universal health coverage reached at UN conference
  • UN envoy concerned by lack of women in new Iraq Government
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More ‘political commitment’ needed urgently for HIV prevention: UNAIDS chief

As HIV infections continue to rise, UNAIDS — the UN agency leading the global effort to end the public health threat posed by the virus — called on Tuesday for countries to boost prevention measures and continue facilitating access to treatment.

Dangers of poor quality health care revealed ‘in all countries’: WHO report

Ineffective health care is a global phenomenon which increases the burden of illness and wastes scarce resources, UN experts said on Thursday.