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UN health agency to gauge global threat, as China confirms coronavirus transmission between humans

Following an announcement by China’s national health body that a new virus first identified there, can be transmitted from person to person, the World Health Organization (WHO) is to hold a meeting on Wednesday to decide if it should be declared a global health emergency.

‘No shortcuts to a healthier world’: WHO chief sets out health priorities for the decade

The head of the UN health agency, WHO, has set out his urgent global health challenges for the next ten years – designated the “Decade of Action” by the UN General Assembly” – and underscored the importance of investing in public health, in a statement released on Monday.

UN health agency urges China to continue search for source of new virus, as Thailand case emerges

It is “essential” for China to continue investigating the source of a previously unknown strain of coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Monday, following confirmation that an infected patient is being treated in Thailand.

WHO working to save lives following powerful earthquake in Albania

Staff from the World Health Organization (WHO) are assisting authorities in Albania following an earthquake which killed at least 25 people and left more than 650 injured.

FIFA and UN kick off healthy living campaign, to harness global game’s ‘huge potential’

At a ceremony held in Geneva on Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) and football’s world governing body, FIFA, announced that they are teaming up to raise awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

World Cancer Day: Early cervical cancer diagnosis could save lives of over 300,000 women

Cervical cancer kills more than 300,000 women every year, with one woman diagnosed every minute, despite the fact that it is one of the most preventable and curable forms of the disease.

Breastfeeding in first crucial hour is ‘the foundation of life’ – UNICEF expert

Failing to breastfeed in the first hour after birth, puts newborns at higher risk of death and disease, and makes mothers less likely to persevere with breastfeeding, says UNICEF, together with the World Health Organization (WHO) in a new report to mark the start of World Breastfeeding Week.  UNICEF Nutrition Specialist for infants and young children, Maaike Arts, spoke to UN News.

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News In Brief 24 July 2018

  • Ebola outbreak in DRC declared over: WHO
  • Appeal for peaceful Zimbabwe elections amid threats of violence
  • Cause of deadly fires in Greece still unknown, say UN weather experts
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DR Congo Ebola outbreak officially over, as WHO says fear of virus spreading spurred on operation

As the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially declared the end of its most recent deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus on Tuesday, Dr Renée van de Weerdt, Deputy Head of Operations at the World Health Organization’s (WHO), has been recounting how even just reaching the first victims, was a major logistical challenge.  She spoke to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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For video game addiction, now read official ‘gaming disorder’: World Health Organization

The UN health agency has for the first time, tagged compulsive video gaming as a mental health condition in its updated classification manual, released on Monday.