World Health Organization

Heatwave warning system launched to tackle health threat

Killer heatwaves can catch governments by surprise, but that could be a thing of the past thanks to a new early warning system that’s now available, UN experts said Wednesday.

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Leprosy still affecting many people in India and Brazil

Eliminating leprosy and the stigma associated with the disease has been the mission of a Japanese philanthropist for many decades.

In 2001, Yôhei Sasakawa became the World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination.

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Better information systems needed in Africa to strengthen health services – UN official

African countries must improve the ways in which they collect, organize and transmit health information to their citizens, a United Nations official said today at a regional meeting in Luanda, Angola.

Volunteer contributions on the rise as UN marks World Blood Donor Day

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) marked World Blood Donor Day today – the beginning of a week-long series of events aimed at encouraging voluntary donations – with the announcement of a marked increase in donations around the globe.

UN health agency appoints Chinese singer as Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the appointment of Chinese singer Peng Liyuan as Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

UN launches decade-long campaign to cut deaths and injuries on roads

The United Nations today helped launch the first global Decade of Action for Road Safety in a bid to reduce a scourge that kills an estimated 1.3 million people every year and leaves millions of others injured or permanently disabled.

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.