Higher health spending will save millions of lives, boost nations' economies - UN report

A drastic increase in health spending for the world's poor will not only save millions of lives but also produce enormous economic gains, according to a new report released today by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

Eastern Europe: UN labour agency warns of crisis in health care

The grim economic situation in Eastern Europe is taking a heavy toll on State-run health services, creating a severe "crisis in care" for an impoverished population left increasingly vulnerable to disease, the United Nations labour agency said today.

New guidelines to measure health published by UN agency

Taking a step that challenges mainstream ideas on health and disability, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today released a new publication to classify the functioning and health of people across the globe.

Amid dire health conditions, UN gears up for anti-polio drive in Afghanistan

As approaching winter temperatures threaten to exacerbate Afghanistan's severe health crisis, United Nations agencies are gearing up for an anti-polio drive there later this month, UN officials said today.

UN agency to launch major report on new approaches to mental health disorders

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that its annual World Health Report will confront the problem of mental health disorders, culminating a yearlong campaign by the agency to address the issue.

World Health Organization seeks funding for studies on air travel ailments

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it was seeking 12 million euros to fund studies on ailments linked with air travel.

World Health Organization warns that excess sun exposure could imperil children

As the protective ozone layer is increasingly depleted, more children are being exposed to harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned today.

UN health agency urges private sector to provide affordable hearing aids to poor nations

Seeking to alleviate the plight of millions of people in the developing world who suffer from hearing loss, the World Health Organization (WHO) today released guidelines on hearing aid donations at a meeting in Geneva which brought together representatives of industry and governments.

WHO, top publishers to help scientists in developing nations access information

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the world's six biggest medical journal publishers today announced a new initiative which will enable close to 100 developing countries to gain access to vital scientific information that they otherwise could not afford.

Africa requires massive funding to help stem health crisis, experts tell UN panel

Addressing an expert panel at United Nations Headquarters in New York, a Harvard University professor today made an impassioned appeal for massive assistance to help Africa stem its current health crisis.