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New York: Pneumonia, an entirely preventable disease, kills more children than any other illness in the world, one child every 39 seconds. But although that statistic is well known, funding to improve survival rates continues to come up short, the UN and partners warned on Tuesday, World Pneumonia Day. more
World is closer than ever to seeing polio disappear for good

New York: In a “historic achievement for humanity”, two of three wild poliovirus strains have been eliminated worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thurs ...

UN Committee says Ebola in DR Congo still an international public health emergency

New York: The Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, experts meeting in Geneva said on ...

Strict alcohol laws which cut intake more than 40 per cent in Russia, linked to historically high life expectancy

New York: Strict laws put in place by the Russian authorities since 2003 have resulted in a significant drop in alcohol-related deaths nationwide, a report from the World Health Organizat ...

Eliminating hepatitis calls for ‘bold political leadership, with investments to match,’ UN health chief says

New York, July 27 (JEN): Calling for “bold political leadership” ahead of World Hepatitis Day, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged countries to take advanta ...

UN health agency ‘strongly recommends’ dolutegravir antiretroviral medication to manage HIV

New York, July 23 (JEN): Based on new evidence, the United Nations health agency on Monday announced it was recommending the use of the antiretroviral drug dolutegravir (DTG) – whic ...

Don’t panic, support DR Congo in fight against deadly Ebola virus, UN health agency urges

New York, July 20 (JEN): Ebola virus is just one challenge among many facing communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, ...

‘We won’t get to zero cases of Ebola without a big scale-up in funding,’ UN relief chief warns

New York, July 16 (JEN): Deadly, attacks on health workers in Ebola-hit areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including one at the weekend that left two dead, are an indica ...

UN health agency steps up fight against ‘invisible pandemic’ of antimicrobial resistance

New York, June 19 (JEN): As resistance to antibiotics grows, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the latest stage of its campaign to fight this deadly health risk – lik ...

More than one million sexually transmitted infections occur every day: WHO

New York, June 7 (JEN): The global scale of sexually transmitted infections (STI) should be a “wake-up call” to governments, UN health experts said on Thursday, citing data sh ...