Category: Health

Empowering people living with HIV ‘will end the epidemic’, says AIDS agency chief

© UNICEF/Frank Dejong In the center of Chad, 19-year-old Achta holds up condoms during an HIV awareness-raising session in her Moussoro community. (March 2019) When people living with HIV actively participate in their own care, new infections decline and more affected people access treatment, according to a new report launched on Tuesday by UNAIDS, the United Nations […]

Alarming number of women mistreated during childbirth, new UN health agency figures show

More than a third of women surveyed across four lower-income countries reported mistreatment during childbirth, a new study led by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed. The study, published on Wednesday in The Lancet – an influential peer-reviewed science journal –  was carried out in Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria, and found that 42 percent of the 2,016 women observed had experienced physical or verbal abuse, stigma or discrimination during labour and childbirth. According to WHO, quality […]

Tanzania urged to provide more information on suspected Ebola case

Authorities in Tanzania have been urged by the UN to supply further information about the death of an individual from suspected Ebola Virus Disease earlier this month in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. The development comes as neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to tackle an Ebola outbreak that began in August […]

Attack on Saudi facilities risks dragging Yemen into ‘regional conflagration’: UN Envoy

Attacks against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, claimed by rebel fighters in Yemen, are a sign that the war-torn country could be drawn into even greater conflict, the top United Nations official there told the Security Council on Monday. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said there is “no time to waste” in ending […]

Five avoidable deaths per minute shows urgent need for action on patient safety

With at least five people dying every minute due to unsafe health care, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging medical professionals, policy makers, caregivers and patients to take urgent action to ensure no one is harmed while receiving treatment. “Speak up for patient safety!” is the slogan for the first World Patient Safety Day, observed […]