New UN report outlines resources available to tackle substance abuse

The United Nations today launched the first global report on the resources currently available to tackle alcohol and illicit drug use disorders, which affect millions of people worldwide and cause a range of other health problems.

Developing world needs surveillance system to slash avoidable infections – UN expert

Health care-associated infections, an avoidable scourge estimated to affect hundreds of millions of people globally, are at least twice as high in the developing world as in high-income countries, according to the first review of its kind, co-authored by a United Nations health official.

More action needed to combat non-communicable diseases in Europe – UN meeting

Governments need to pay more attention to the worsening problem of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Europe, representatives attending a United Nations-convened conference said today, calling for measures that reduce risk factors that expose people to these illnesses.

New UN report urges measures to ensure affordable health services for all

The United Nations health agency today mapped out what countries can do, including raising more funds and spending it more efficiently, to ensure that everyone who needs health care can access it despite rising costs.

Marking annual observance, Ban calls for improving road safety worldwide

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for improving road safety around the world, saying it is the best way to honour the victims of traffic accidents.

Parties to UN tobacco convention agree on stronger smoking control measures

Parties to a United Nations convention on tobacco have adopted a number of new measures to strengthen the control of tobacco use worldwide, including regulating flavouring ingredients that increase attractiveness of tobacco products.

Despite progress on health, Syria needs to do more – UN rights expert

While commending Syria's efforts to advance the right to health, an independent United Nations expert today called on the Government to do more to ensure access to quality services for everyone living in the Middle Eastern nation.

On World Diabetes Day, Ban urges early diagnosis and treatment

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that early diagnosis and effective treatment are critical to the management of diabetes, saying it is “unacceptable” that people with the condition die because they lack information, treatment or access to life-saving medicines.

UN sends experts to Hungary to help assess health impact of sludge spill

The United Nations health agency today dispatched a team of experts to Hungary to support the Government-led assessment of potential immediate and longer-term health impacts of a sludge spill that affected the country’s western territories earlier this month.

People with mental disabilities must be included in development programmes – UN

The United Nations health agency today called on governments, civil society and aid agencies to confront the “enormous challenge” of helping the millions of people in developing countries with mental and psychosocial disabilities, among the world’s most vulnerable groups.