health

Keyhole surgery returns to war-shattered Mosul as WHO prioritizes medical improvements

In the wake of more than four years of intense conflict in Iraq to dislodge the terrorist group ISIL, the rehabilitation of the health system and improvements to lifesaving medical services in places like formerly-occupied Mosul, remains a top priority, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday.

Measles resurgence is source of extreme concern: WHO

Measles cases have spiked by as much as 30 per cent last year in some countries because of poor vaccination coverage, the World Health Organization (WHO) said

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Palestinian children ‘an inspiration’ in difficult circumstances: UN official

As UNRWA, the UN Agency relief and works agency for Palestinian refugees in the near east, approaches its 70th anniversary, Matthias Schmale, its director of operations in Gaza has appealed for its basic services to continue, for reasons of dignity and justice.

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UN News goes inside Gaza’s biggest hospital

For this special edition of our Lid Is On podcast, the head of our UN News Arabic unit, Reem Abaza, reports from the Al-Shifa Hospital, where dozens of victims of violence are undergoing often years of treatment, in the face of cutbacks and funding crises.

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Antimicrobial resistance a 'global health emergency,' UN, ahead of awareness week

By 2050, some five million people could die each year in Asia alone due to resistance to antibiotic medicines or antimicrobials, according to UN agencies.

Everyone has a role to play in global superbugs crisis

The overuse of antibiotics not just for human and animal health but also in food production is leading to an increased resistance of bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites to antimicrobial treatments, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  Charlotte Lomas spoke with FAO’s Christine Czerniak and began by asking for a definition of antimicrobial resistance or AMR.

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World-beating athlete Paula Radcliffe, sets pace in global push for clean air

Clean air is key to everyone achieving their potential, not just athletes, reigning marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe said on Wednesday.  In an interview with UN News, the track and field legend spoke about how air pollution made her ill while training for major races, and what she is doing as a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Clean Air Advocate and Ambassador, for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

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‘No cure’ for HIV in Zimbabwe says UN, following claims from local preacher

The United Nations in Zimbabwe is reaffirming that people living with HIV and AIDS need to continue with antiretroviral (ARV) therapy to manage their infections, after a local preacher reportedly claimed that he had received divine revelation of an herbal cure.

‘Historic’ moment for tobacco control, says convention chief

The UN’s leading advocate for tobacco control has hailed as “historic” a decision by governments around the world to tackle illegal trade in the sector.  Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, who leads the Secretariat of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), spoke with UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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Ebola, fake drugs and other 21st century challenges for health regulators

Global health regulators met this week in Geneva to discuss everything from the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to tackling the worldwide spread of fake drugs.  Dr. Emer Cooke, Head of the Regulation of Medicines and other Health Technologies (RHT) Unit, at the World Health Organization (WHO), spoke with UN News’s Michelle Kusuma.  

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