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UNICEF official applauds progress in eliminating polio

In honor of World Polio Day, a senior official with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) noted the significant progress the health community has made in eliminating polio and further encouraged health professionals in their goal to reach zero polio cases. Read More »

UN, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation lay out plan for malaria eradication

The United Nations and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have teamed up to promote strategies to fight malaria globally.  Read More »

U.N. suspects three new typhoid cases in Syria

Health workers with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) recently confirmed that it has detected three new suspected typhoid cases located Yalda, a southern town in Syria. Read More »

Worldwide malaria target achieved

Since 2000, malaria death rates have decreased by 60 percent, meeting the target set for global malaria elimination, but there are still countless people who need protection against the serious illness. Read More »

New typhoid cases emerge in Yarmouk, Syria

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) recently confirmed that there are nine new suspected typhoid cases based to Yarmouk, Syria. Read More »

Severe shortage of meningitis vaccines in West Africa

Agencies and partners of the United Nations recently announced a warning about an “acute shortage” of meningitis vaccines in West Africa. Read More »

U.N.: Ebola nations need a more preventive strategy

As the worldwide Ebola outbreak worsens, United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) President Martin Sajdik said Thursday that he wants measures in place to ensure that responses circle back to long-term efforts to strengthen health systems in affected countries. Read More »

Malaria mortality rates decrease

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a report that showed a dramatic decrease in the number of deaths caused by malaria. Read More »

UNAIDS has fast-track plan to end AIDS epidemic by 2030

By taking a fast-track approach in the battle against AIDS over the next five years, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said on Tuesday that it hopes 21 million lives will be saved. Read More »

Infrastructure woes, lack of funds stymie effort to eradicate cholera in Haiti

Health professionals currently fighting a cholera outbreak in Haiti say the country cannot afford to wait 40 years for total eradication of the disease. Read More »

Ebola vaccine may be tested on public as early as January

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday that preliminary trials of an Ebola vaccine may be expanded for public use in West Africa as early as January 2015. Read More »

U.N. officials gather in Cuba to discuss ways to prevent spread of Ebola

Health officials from the United Nations encouraged countries around the world on Monday to replicate the efforts of Cuba and Venezuela in stopping the spread of Ebola as the virus has evolved from being just a localized health issue. Read More »

UN official wants efforts to move faster to end Ebola outbreak

The Ebola outbreak is not stopping and Anthony Banbury, the head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), told the 15-nation Security Council Tuesday that he is “deeply worried” that the steps implemented by the international community are “not nearly enough” to halt the advancing disease. Read More »

UN chief demands global action to end Ebola outbreak

More than two dozen world leaders met to discuss how to end the spread of the Ebola virus at a special gathering at the United Nations (UN) on Thursday. Read More »