World Health Organization

Peru: UN health agency helps respond to outbreak of plague

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is working with authorities in Peru to investigate and respond to an outbreak of plague in the northwest of the Andean country.

UN agencies issue 10 tips for successful breastfeeding

To unlock the lifesaving potential of breast milk, two United Nations agencies have unveiled 10 steps to help mothers successfully breast feed, kicking off World Breastfeeding Week today.

One third of world’s donated blood supply from young people – UN health agency

More than one third of the life-saving blood donations worldwide are made by people under the age of 25, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day.

Top UN health official refutes conflict of interest claims in handling of H1N1 pandemic

The head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today spoke out against accusations that the agency bowed to pressure from pharmaceutical companies in its handling of the H1N1 pandemic.

UN reaches 1.2 million Afghan children with polio vaccine after nearby outbreak

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has vaccinated more than 1.2 million children in Afghanistan against polio after an outbreak of the sometimes deadly disease in neighbouring Tajikistan, where it was thought to have been eradicated nearly one decade ago.

New cancer cases and deaths to double by 2030, UN finds

The number of new cancer cases and deaths will double in the next two decades, cancer researchers at the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Changing lifestyle choices an enduring challenge for improving global health – UN

Despite progress on many fronts to improve global health, the world still faces persistent challenges, from insufficient funding and capacity to the resistance by many to make needed lifestyle changes, the head of the United Nations health agency warned today.