health care access

Invest in rural women, help them build resilience to future crises, urges UN chief

Rural women play a critical role in agriculture, food security and managing land and natural resources - yet many suffer from "discrimination, systemic racism, and structural poverty", the UN chief said on Thursday. 

‘Time for global solidarity’ to overcome COVID’s health, social and economic challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only led to a “dramatic loss” of human life but also constitutes an “unprecedented challenge” to public health, food systems and employment, a group of leading UN agencies said on Tuesday. 

News in Brief 25 September 2018

  • Ebola-hit DR Congo faces ‘perfect storm’ as uptick in violence halts WHO operation
  • UN urges Syria to allow aid to reach civilians displaced near Jordanian border
  • IOM ambulances provide boost to life-saving care in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp
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News in Brief 13 December 2017 (AM)

Half the world lacks access to “essential health services”

At least half of the world’s population lacks access to essential health services, with around 100 million people forced to live in “extreme poverty” due to the cost of health care.

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