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Major 2016 appeal launched with human suffering at record levels

Human suffering has reached levels not seen since the Second World War, said the UN’s humanitarian affairs chief at the launch of a major appeal on Monday.

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Malaria transmissions in Africa “fewest in history” as goal is met

Fewer people in Africa than ever before are being infected by malaria, but more than 400,000 continue to die each year from it the UN health agency has said.

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Misuse of antibiotics poses serious health risk, even death

The misuse of antibiotics puts people at risk for serious, even-life threatening illnesses.

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Iraq battles cholera outbreak

UN agencies and their partners are working to combat a cholera outbreak in Iraq that so far has resulted in more than 2,200 cases of the diarrhoeal disease.

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Sierra Leone prepares for end of Ebola transmission

The countdown has begun to mark the end of Ebola transmission in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday.

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Better air quality key to “healthier” and “greener” world

As many as seven million people worldwide die each year from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases associated with indoor or outdoor air pollution.

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Road traffic fatalities take an “unacceptable toll”

Globally, 1.2 million people die each year on the roads, taking an “unacceptable toll” on communities.

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Return of Ebola in Guinea was "expected", says WHO

Two new cases of Ebola have been identified in Guinea, bringing to an end a two-week period without any fresh infections in west Africa, the UN health agency announced Friday.

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Calling time on TB with the help of mobile phones

A new approach to combating tuberculosis, or TB, has been announced by UN health experts, who say the mobile phone and the internet are potential key tools in the fight against the killer disease.

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Mentally ill entitled to lives of dignity

Those suffering from mental illness should be empowered to live lives of dignity.  That’s the focus of this year’s World Mental Health Day, which will be commemorated globally on Saturday.

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