UN agencies boost efforts to prevent further spread of Lassa fever in Benin

Following the outbreak of Lassa fever in Benin, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) officials in the country are scaling up an emergency response to help prevent further spread of the disease.

Zika: UN agriculture agency provides expertise to help curb spread of virus

Under the lead of the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations system, including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is mobilizing a coordinated response to Zika aimed at minimizing the threat in affected countries and reducing the risk of further international spread.

UN agencies mobilize to support Government response after Benin confirms cases of Lassa fever

After the identification of four cases of Lassa fever in Benin, the Government, backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has immediately launched started a response against the epidemic, the agencies announced today.

UN health agency urges action now in European countries to prevent Zika virus spread

European countries were called on today by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) to act early and in a coordinated way to protect the region from Zika virus, just one day after another case was confirmed in the United States.

Zika virus: UN agencies step up response measures following declaration of public health emergency

Following yesterday’s declaration of a public health emergency of international concern regarding the cluster of microcephaly and other neurological disorders in relation to the Zika virus, United Nations agencies today highlighted their actions to support affected communities.

Zika virus an ‘international public health emergency,’ UN health agency declares

Meeting today on the Zika virus outbreak, the World Health Organization announced that the recent cluster of neurological disorders and neonatal malformations reported in the Americas region constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

UN health agency convenes emergency meeting to address 'dramatic' spread of Zika virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) today called an emergency meeting for Monday on the “dramatic” rise in Zika virus infection – strongly suspected of causing birth malformations – warning that its “explosive” spread could eventually infect up to four million people before it is brought under control.

Africa Year in Review 2015

Spread of Ebola in West Africa remains a concern for UN

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Final phase of measles vaccination campaign underway in Sudan

The last phase of a measles vaccination campaign is underway in Sudan following a deadly outbreak of the virus nearly a year ago.

More than 3,400 children have been infected with measles in Sudan since December 2014. More than 70 of those children have died.

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Measles vaccination saved 17 million lives since 2000, but elimination goals ‘off track’ – UN

The number of measles-related deaths has decreased by 79 per cent since the beginning of the century, but the United Nations health agency is warning that 2015 global milestones and measles elimination goals are off track.