Category: COVID-19

Over 1.9 billion people in Asia-Pacific unable to afford a healthy diet: UN report

UNICEF/Siegfried Modola – A child is tested for malnutrition at a UNICEF-supported health clinic in Bangladesh. According a UN report, malnutrition among young children and infants remains a pervasive problem in South Asia.     The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and surging food prices are keeping almost two billion people in Asia and the Pacific […]

UN agencies supporting mammoth India COVID-19 vaccine rollout

UNICEF/Vinay Panjwani Health workers pose with a vial of COVID-19 vaccine after receiving their shots at a hospital in India.  India has begun what is the world’s biggest COVID vaccination campaign so far, deploying hundreds of thousands of health workers, with the training and support of the UN World Health Organization (WHO).  On 16 January, […]

WHO chief warns against ‘catastrophic moral failure’ in COVID-19 vaccine access

© UNICEF/Vinay Panjwani Doctors and health workers are the first to receive the COVID vaccination in India.     A “me-first approach” to COVID-19 vaccines on the part of some countries and manufacturers is putting equitable access to these lifesaving treatments at risk, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday.  Addressing the agency’s Executive […]

Fewer protections, lower wages, and higher health risks: Homeworking in the COVID era

World Bank/Henitsoa Rafalia A father takes care of his young child while working from home in Madagascar.   The UN’s labour agency (ILO) called on Wednesday for greater recognition and protection for the hundreds of millions of people who work from home, accounting for almost eight per cent of the global workforce even before the COVID-19 […]