Toxic gases from indoor solid-fuel cooking fires put families at risk – UN

Families in the world's poorest countries can contract fatal pulmonary diseases from burning solid fuels that give off toxic gases in their poorly ventilated kitchens, two United Nations agencies said today, estimating the risk to be the equivalent of each resident smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.

UN agency seeks to curb 'huge but largely preventable' problem of suicide

With nearly 1 million people dying from suicide every year, more than from all homicides and wars combined, the United Nations health agency today called for concerted global action to curb what it termed “a huge but largely preventable public health problem.”

States endorse UN health agency strategies to fight obesity and improve reproductive health

Aiming to fight lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases, countries meeting in Geneva have adopted the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health.

UN health chief outlines three-point agenda to combat crisis

With the lives and health of around 2 billion people in more than 50 countries put at risk last year by a series of natural and man-made crises, the head of the United Nations health agency today called for a triple arsenal combining preventive measures, well-prepared responses and stronger national health systems.