health care services

UN leads call to protect most vulnerable from mental health crisis during and after COVID-19

Decades of neglect and underinvestment in addressing people’s mental health needs have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said on Thursday, in a call for ambitious commitments from countries in the way they treat psychological illness, amid a potential global spike in suicides and drug abuse.

Coronavirus pandemic threatens crises-ravaged communities, UN appeals for global support 

A psychosocial counsellor in Jordan's Azraq refugee camp  informed the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) on Thursday that during the first four days of the COVID-19 lockdown she called beneficiaries to let them know that “virtual support" was available.

Protect ‘healthcare heroes’ from COVID-19, urges UN rights expert

States and business leaders must step up efforts to ensure that the selfless doctors, nurses, first-responders and other medical professionals working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic receive adequate protective equipment, a UN rights expert said on Friday.

UN leads bid for cheaper insulin, expanding access for diabetics worldwide

Overly expensive insulin could be a thing of the past – and life-changing news – for millions of diabetics under a plan launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday to diversify production globally, just ahead of World Diabetes Day.

Promise of universal health coverage ‘nothing’ without high quality at its centre: WHO official

A recent joint study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners reveals poor-quality health care in all countries, which could negate the promise of universal health coverage if left unaddressed, according to Edward Kelley, WHO’s Director of Service Delivery and Safety, who spoke to Daniel Johnson about how these findings could affect the global push for universal health coverage.

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News in Brief 05 July 2018

  • Syria: Civilians continue to suffer in crossfire, UN officials speak out
  • Yemen’s UN envoy reassured by warring parties’ ‘strong desire’ for peace
  • All countries falling short in delivering quality health care, says UN report
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Countries to “beat back” threat of heart disease

A new initiative called “Global Hearts” has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) to beat back the threat of heart disease.

Heart attacks and strokes are the world’s leading cause of death.

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Bringing hope and prosperity to Afghan women

Rural women in Afghanistan’s Bamyan province are using a traditional craft to weave a brighter future for their families.

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