UN agency sending expert to China to investigate role of animals in SARS spread

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is sending a leading viral disease expert on a three-week mission to China, to help coordinate an international investigation into the role animals might play in spreading the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

UN commission adopts landmark agreement on safety of bio-foods

A United Nations commission that is the highest international body on food standards has adopted a landmark agreement on assessing the risks to consumers from foods derived from biotechnology, including genetically modified foods, as well as irradiated products, it was announced today.

WHO extends SARS-related travel advice to Hebei province in China

As a result of ongoing assessments about outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today said people planning to go to Hebei province of China should consider postponing all but essential travel.

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.

Head of health agency set to visit two Koreas

The head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is slated to visit the two Koreas starting this weekend for a series of meetings with senior officials to discuss health-related issues in both countries, the agency said today.