Health care for women still far below need and expectation, UN report finds

Many of the world’s countries continue to fail to meet the health-care needs of women at key stages of their lives, such as when they reach adolescence or when they are elderly, a new United Nations report has found.

UN-backed project seeks to ensure medicines reach needy in time of crises

The ability to safely deliver medicines during humanitarian crises around the world is just as crucial as being able to procure them, and a new United Nations-backed initiative has been launched to deal with improving that essential supply chain.

Ban calls for donor support to treat mental disorders in developing countries

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used World Mental Health Day today to appeal for donor support to care for such disorders in developing countries and among lower income groups.

Young people dying from preventable, treatable causes – UN-backed study

The leading causes of death of young people, including road accidents, suicide and reproductive complications, are preventable and treatable, according to a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Head of UN agency calls for ‘fairness’ in global health policies

The head of the United Nations public health arm today urged senior government officials to place “fairness” at the core of decisions to protect the most vulnerable against major worldwide crises.

UN agency calls for safety of Afghan hospitals and medical staff

A senior United Nations health official today called for medical facilities and staff to be protected in Afghanistan, speaking on the eve of World Health Day, which this year focuses on ensuring the safety of hospitals.

Ban urges greater efforts to help people with autism lead full lives

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for intensifying global efforts to ensure that the estimated 67 million people worldwide with autism can benefit from the supportive environment they need to reach their full potential and contribute to society.

Nigeria, Niger hardest hit by 2009 meningitis epidemic – UN health agency

A vast majority of the nearly 25,000 suspected meningitis cases and more than 15,000 deaths worldwide in the first three months of 2009 have occurred in the so-called “African meningitis belt,” hitting Nigeria and Niger the hardest, the United Nations health agency has reported.

Health sector will bear brunt of global crises, says top UN health official

Today's global crises, whether the economic downturn or climate change, are the result of bad policies and it is the health sector that will bear the brunt of their consequences, the top United Nations health official has warned.

Health hazards demand stronger climate change measures, argues UN agency

Policymakers should consider the threat climate change poses to public health in setting their priorities for action and investments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the United Nations health agency told a conference in Copenhagen.