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Progress being made on many fronts, says UN health agency chief

Progress in many areas of public health are a cause for optimism, the head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) told the agency’s Executive Board in Geneva today.

Countries face tough decisions on making cervical cancer vaccine widely available – UN

With vaccines against the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer, a disease that kills more than 250,000 women each year, now on the market, the United Nations health agency today stressed the tough decisions countries face before making the vaccine widely available, including cost-effectiveness, delivery and education.

Chinese bird flu expert takes over as new head of UN health agency

Margaret Chan, a Chinese doctor who played a key role in United Nations efforts to prevent bird flu from mutating into a deadly human pandemic, took office today as head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), vowing to improve the health of Africans and women worldwide – and pledging reform but not upheaval.

UN health charter targets obesity in Europe with less fat, more action and curbed ads

Healthier diets, more physical activity and protection from commercial influence are high on the menu to reduce obesity throughout Europe, especially among children, under a charter adopted at a three-day United Nations health meeting currently underway in Istanbul.

New UN health chief pledges to focus on Africans and women worldwide

Pledging to devote herself to improving the health of the people of Africa and women across the globe, Margaret Chan, a Chinese doctor who has played a key role in United Nations efforts to prevent bird flu from mutating into a deadly human pandemic, has been elected as the new head of the UN health agency.

Wash hands to curb infections, UN agency tells hospital doctors, health care workers

At any given moment some 1.4 million people worldwide are ill because of infections acquired in hospitals, the United Nations health agency said today, yet one of the most powerful approaches to fighting the scourge is also the simplest: doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers need to clean their hands every time they see a patient.

Chinese bird flu expert nominated as new head of UN health agency

A Chinese doctor who has played a key role in United Nations efforts to prevent bird flu from mutating into a deadly human pandemic was today nominated to become the new head of the UN health agency.

UN health agency launches attack on multi-billion-dollar counterfeit medicine market

The United Nations health agency and its partners will this month officially launch the first ever international taskforce to combat counterfeit medical products, a market that brings in tens of billions of dollars annually as it promotes drug resistant strains of disease, can worsen medical conditions and may kill its patients.

UN health agency announces 13 nominees to become next Director-General

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today unveiled the names of the 13 nominees proposed by Member States to replace the late Lee Jong-wook as Director-General of the Geneva-based agency.

As deaths of motorcyclists rise, UN health agency steps up efforts to promote helmet use

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a new manual aimed at increasing the use of helmets by motorcyclists, as the users of motorized two-wheelers comprise an increasing proportion of road deaths and injuries around the world, particularly in low-income and middle-income countries.