world health

People over 60 will double by 2050 but little evidence they will be healthier – UN report

The number of people over the age of 60 is expected to double by 2050 and require radical societal change because “unfortunately, 70 does not yet appear to be the new 60” contrary to widespread assumptions, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

Future global development agenda must include targets for improved health – UN official

Health must be a part of any future global development agenda, a senior United Nations official underscored today as she outlined a host of issues afflicting millions around the world and which impact on efforts to reduce poverty and advance overall well-being.

UN agency urges greater national action to curb alcohol-related deaths, diseases

More than three million deaths in 2012 were linked to alcohol with a steady increase in alcohol use among women, the United Nations health agency today reported calling on Governments to do more to prevent alcohol-related deaths and diseases.

First UN report on antibiotic resistance reveals ‘serious threat’ to global public health

Antibiotic resistance – when bacteria change so antibiotics no longer work in people who need them to treat infections – is now a major threat to public health, says a new United Nations report released today.

UN health agency issues first hepatitis C treatment guidelines

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has issued its first guidelines for the treatment of hepatitis C, a chronic infection that affects an estimated 130 million to 150 million people, in a bid to help improve access to more effective and safer medicines to those who need them.

UN health agency issues guidance on access to contraceptive information, services

With preparations under way to mark International Women’s Day this Saturday, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today released a set of recommendations for countries to ensure that women, girls and couples have access to the tools needed to avoid unwanted pregnancies, thereby improving health and allowing for better family planning.

UN health agency calls on countries to invest in prevention and care for hearing loss

The United Nations health agency is calling on Governments to invest in hearing care, as a new survey finds that many countries lack the capacity to prevent and care for hearing loss, which affects 360 million people worldwide.

Humanitarian emergencies offer opportunity to improve mental health care – UN report

Countries have the opportunity to strengthen their mental health care systems in the aftermath of humanitarian emergencies, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Ahead of World Hepatitis Day, UN urges greater efforts to fight ‘silent epidemic’

Only one-third of the world’s countries have national strategies for viral hepatitis, the United Nations health agency today said urging Governments to scale up measures to tackle this ‘silent epidemic,’ in particular the five types that, over time, cause chronic and debilitating illnesses.

UN health chief urges global cooperation to tackle novel coronavirus threat

The head of the United Nations health agency has sounded the alarm over novel coronavirus, and stressed the need for countries to work together to adequately address the threat posed by the rare illness.