UN health agency calls for action to prevent millions of unnecessary deaths

Millions of people could be saved from premature death and years of disability through a combination of financial aid and targeted improvements in health services, above all in developing countries, the United Nations health agency said in a report released today.

UN health agency launches virtual school for public health information

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today launched the Health Academy, a virtual school that aims to promote public health around the world by teaching people health information using Internet-based technology.

Climate change causing thousands of deaths, says UN report

Climate change is affecting human health, causing 150,000 deaths worldwide in 2000, according to a United Nations report issued today, together with guidelines offering governments and organizations practical advice on how to respond to the problems.

Caribbean countries reaffirm vow to women’s health and gender equality – UN

Caribbean countries and territories have reaffirmed their commitment to the goals of reproductive health, gender equity and the empowerment of women at the end of a two-day summit on population and development, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Children’s mental health deserves special attention, Annan says

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called upon all nations to “rededicate” themselves to protecting children with mental health problems.

Community-based efforts key to child survival, UNICEF chief says

Strengthening efforts in primary care at the community level and getting life-saving commodities into the home are paramount to reducing child deaths, the head of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today.

New WHO chief begins duties, pledging focus on countries and HIV/AIDS

The new chief of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), Jong-Wook Lee, took office today with a pledge to focus the agency on achieving results in countries, helping to tackle the widespread human resources crisis in the health sector and prioritizing HIV/AIDS.

UN health agency gains added powers to confront deadly new diseases

Confronted with the rapid emergence and spread of the deadly new Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the United Nations World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual meeting today granted the agency additional powers to respond to new health threats, including on-the-spot investigations, enhanced communications and broader sources of reporting.

WHO calls for urgent action on devastating impact of violence

The 192-member United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today unanimously called for urgent action to stem the global public health impact of violence in view of its devastating effect on physical, mental and reproductive health and the vast amount of human and financial health resources required to respond to it.

UN health agency steps up efforts to distribute drugs in Iraq

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that it is working to distrubute life-saving drugs throughout Iraq despite a cluster of difficulties.