UN health agency recommends measures to extend life expectancy

Worldwide, life expectancy can be increased by 5 to10 years if governments and individuals make combined efforts against the prevailing major health risks, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) says in its latest annual report, issued today.

Uncontrolled tobacco use will kill 8.4 million annually by 2020 – UN

Tobacco, already claiming the lives of 4.9 million people each year, will kill 8.4 million annually by 2020 unless drastic measures are taken in response, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today as it released the Tobacco Atlas, a comprehensive volume detailing use of the substance and the struggle to control it in countries across the globe.

1 person murdered almost every minute, UN health study on global violence finds

Violence kills more than 1.6 million people each year, while millions more are left injured as a result of aggression and suffer from physical, sexual, reproductive and mental health problems, according to the first-ever United Nations report to examine the link between health and violence.

UN health agency urges participation in worldwide walk events on Sunday

In a bid to promote healthier lifestyles, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are encouraging people of all ages to take a walk in commemoration of World Heart Day on Sunday.

UN health agency aids Madagascar after outbreak of flu-like virus

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has been collaborating with the Government of Madagascar following a recent outbreak of a flu-like virus in the southern part of the country.

Investments in health key to reducing poverty, WHO chief says

The head of the United Nations health agency today called for increased investment in health as a keystone of efforts to improve the social and economic conditions of the world’s poor.