WHO teams deliver quality health services to displaced in Ukraine

Sixteen mobile emergency medical units trained by the World Health Organization (WHO) are providing quality health services to displaced people in eastern Ukraine, the UN health agency said on Friday.

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Report finds millions still lack access to essential health services

At least 400 million people worldwide lack access to essential health services such as antenatal care, child immunization and treatment for diseases like tuberculosis.

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Illegal tobacco trade involves one in 10 cigarettes, experts warn

The illicit tobacco trade poses major health, economic and security concerns and likely affects one in 10 cigarettes smoked globally, UN health experts say.

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US$100 million fund needed for future health alerts

Additional powers and a US$100 million fund are needed to tackle future global health alerts, the World Health Organization’s chief said on Monday.

Margaret Chan described the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa as a “defining moment” for the organization.

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Lessons from ebola tragedy must be taken on board, say experts

Lessons must be learned from the handling of public health alerts like ebola, experts said on Monday.

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On World Blood Donor Day, UN appeals for safe blood to save mothers

With nearly 800 women dying every day from causes related to complications of pregnancy and childbirth, the United Nations health agency is marking World Blood Donor Day by calling on countries to improve access to safe blood supplies and blood transfusions to save the lives of those mothers in need.

UN agency lauds Assembly resolution on non-communicable diseases

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) welcomed yesterday’s adoption of a General Assembly resolution calling for the curbing of premature deaths from non-communicable diseases, the leading cause of death in the world.

China to ring in New Year with UN-backed anti-tobacco campaign

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is helping China – home of some 350 million smokers – celebrate the New Year through a campaign seeking to bring an end to the tradition of giving cigarettes as gifts.

Safety checklist for surgery slashes complications by one-third, finds UN study

A simple list to be checked off during surgery – before anaesthesia, the first incision and the completion of an operation – has been shown to lower the incidence of death and complications by one-third, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), which developed the protocol.

More than 2,000 children killed daily in avoidable accidents, says UN

Over 2,000 children are killed daily from injuries sustained in preventable accidents and every year tens of millions more suffer injuries that often leave them with lifelong disabilities, according to a new United Nations report.