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.

Affordable drugs for poor countries are feasible, WHO/WTO experts say

Making life-saving medicines more affordable for poor countries is not only a vital precondition for improving public health but also a realistic goal, according to experts who today wrapped up a workshop in Høsbjør, Norway, convened jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

WHO-WTO expert workshop explores poor countries' access to affordable drugs

Efforts to cut the cost of essential drugs in developing countries are getting a boost as experts from the medical and financial fields join forces at a joint World Health Organization (WHO)/World Trade Organization (WTO) workshop currently under way in Norway.

On World Health Day, UN says openness key to dealing with mental disorders

With some 400 million people suffering from psychological problems worldwide, the United Nations has seized the occasion of World Health Day on 7 April to highlight the need to address mental health concerns openly and honestly.

Head of UN health agency calls for efforts to de-stigmatize mental illness

The head of the United Nations health agency today called for efforts to take the shame out of mental health illnesses, which affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide.