Category: Health

Antibiotic resistance is ‘crisis we cannot ignore,’ UN warns, calling for responsible use of these medicines

Laboratory worker testing antibiotics on a resistant infection. Photo: PAHO/Joshua Cogan

As World Antibiotic Awareness Week began on Monday, the United Nations, through its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), called for responsible use of antibiotics in humans and animals to reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance. “Antibiotic resistance is a global crisis that we cannot ignore,” said […]

UN ramps up aid delivery amid surge of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

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The speed and scale of people fleeing Myanmar has triggered a humanitarian emergency in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of refugees now depend on humanitarian assistance for shelter, food, water and other life-saving needs, says the United Nations migration agency. “The seriousness of the situation cannot be over-emphasized,” said International Organization for Migration (IOM) Bangladesh Chief of […]

Affordable housing key for development and social equality, UN says on World Habitat Day

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With 1.6 billion people living in inadequate housing, one billion of whom reside in slums and informal settlements, the United Nations is spotlighting affordable homes on today’s World Habitat Day, which also marks the official start of Urban October – a month of worldwide celebrations and citizens’ engagement in urban life worldwide. “While millions of people […]

New lab will boost UN efforts to keep harmful insects at bay

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The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today opened the doors of a new laboratory to help countries use a nuclear technique to keep harmful insects, such as mosquitoes and fruit flies, at bay. The modern Insect Pest Control Laboratory (IPCL), located in Seibersdorf, Austria, will boost the Agency’s ability to assist Member States […]

16 million children affected by massive flooding in South Asia – UNICEF

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today that an estimated 16 million children are in urgent need of life-saving support in the wake of torrential monsoon rains and catastrophic flooding in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. “Millions of children have seen their lives swept away by these devastating floods,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF Regional Director […]