7 million people receive record levels of lifesaving TB treatment but 3 million still miss out

17 October 2019

More people received life-saving treatment for tuberculosis (TB) in 2018 than ever before, largely due to improved detection and diagnosis.
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WHO launches first World report on vision

8 October 2019
More than 1 billion people worldwide are living with vision impairment  because they do not get the care they need for conditions like short and far sightedness, glaucoma and cataract,  according to the first World report on vision issued by the World Health Organization.
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India’s flood chaos

30 September 2019
More than 100 dead as heavy rains causes extreme floods in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
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Pakistan earthquake: Houses collapse in 5.8 tremor

25 September 2019
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake has struck eastern Pakistan, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 300, local officials say.
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Libyan Coast Guard picks up nearly 500 migrants in region surrounding Tripoli

20 September 2019
Libya’s Coast Guard said late on Thursday it had picked up 493 migrants on six inflatable boats in six operations in a week in areas northeast and northwest of Tripoli, the capital.
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Bahamas Still Faces a Big Risk From Infectious Disease

12 September 2019
The lack of access to toilets, clean water and medications puts tens of thousands at risk for disease, public health experts warn.
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Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas death toll expected to be ‘staggering’

6 September 2019
The death toll from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas will be “staggering”, the country’s government has warned as aid efforts are being stepped up.
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The survivors caring for children orphaned by Ebola

28 August 2019
In the Congo, more than 1,300 children have been left orphaned and over 2,400 children separated from their parents or caregivers since the start of the Ebola outbreak in August last year.
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Burundi launches ebola vaccination campaign for health and front-line workers

14 August 2019
On 13th August, the Ministry of Public Health and AIDS Control kicked off the vaccination campaign for front-line staff against the Ebola virus disease. The campaign started at the Gatumba entry point at the Border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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One migrant child dies each day worldwide, U.N. data shows

28 July 2019
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A migrant child died almost every day over the past four years while trying to reach safety, the United Nations said on Friday, as a photo of a man and his young daughter who drowned while trying to enter the United States sparked global outcry.
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Up to 115 migrants feared dead in ‘worst Mediterranean tragedy’ so far this year

25 July 2019
Up to 115 Europe-bound migrants, including women and children, are missing and feared drowned after the boats they were travelling in capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya.
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World hunger is still not going down after three years and obesity is still growing – UN report

15 July 2019
An estimated 820 million people did not have enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year, which is the third year of increase in a row.
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1 in 3 people globally do not have access to safe drinking water – UNICEF, WHO

18 June 2019
New report on inequalities in access to water, sanitation and hygiene also reveals more than half of the world does not have access to safe sanitation services.
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Confirmation of case of ebola virus disease in Uganda

11 June 2019
The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed a case of Ebola Virus Disease in Uganda. Although there have been numerous previous alerts, this is the first confirmed case in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak on-going in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Charities fear for children separated from parents in cyclone-hit Mozambique

22 May 2019
NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Hundreds of children remain separated from their parents two months after a powerful cyclone battered Mozambique leaving them in limbo and at risk of abuse or being trafficked into slavery, charities warned on Wednesday.
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Meet the children who have no place to call home

13 May 2019
In countries like Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan lives have been shaped by violence, fear and displacement.
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Surviving Cyclone Idai

3 May 2019
When Cyclone Idai tore through central Mozambique, bringing with it hurricane-force winds, heavy rains and floods, thousands of families rushed to higher ground.
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Floods destroy homes, trap families in cyclone-hit Mozambique

28 April 2019
PEMBA, Mozambique (Reuters) – Rescuers raced to help people caught in rising floodwaters in cyclone-hit northern Mozambique on Sunday as houses collapsed and heavy rains raised fears of worse to come.
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Malaria vaccine pilot launched in Malawi

23 April 201
WHO welcomes the Government of Malawi’s launch of the world’s first malaria vaccine today in a landmark pilot programme.
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1 in 4 health care facilities lacks basic water services

3 April 2019
One in four health care facilities around the world lacks basic water services, impacting over 2 billion people.
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This is why vaccines are important

18 March 2019
A little vial of medicine or a shot in the arm of a crying toddler who’s scared of needles might not sound like the ideal gift, but for some it is all they want.
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WHO unveils sweeping reforms in drive towards “triple billion” targets

6 March 2019

WHO today announced the most wide-ranging reforms in the Organization’s history to modernize and strengthen the institution to play its role more effectively and efficiently as the world’s leading authority on public health.
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International push to improve food safety

12 February 2019
International Food Safety Conference opens with call for greater global cooperation.
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Life in the Malnutrition Centre

5 February 2019
The faded green bricks that make up the Al-Zaidia Rural Hospital stand tall in a city where most buildings have been demolished and turned to dust.
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Indonesian floods and landslides leave 30 dead and 25 missing, disaster agency says

25 January 2019
Floods and landslides in a central Indonesian province hit by torrential rain this week have killed 30 people and left more than two dozen missing, the national disaster agency said.
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Some 170 migrants missing in two Mediterranean incidents

20 January 2019

MILAN/MADRID (Reuters) – An estimated 170 migrants have been lost in the Mediterranean in two incidents involving dinghies that left from Libya and Morocco, migrants organisations said on Saturday.
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“Zero polio transmission and health for all”, WHO Director-General gives new year’s wish to the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan

8 January 2019

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus highlighted WHO’s commitment to the final push to eradicate polio on a 4-day visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan – the only two countries where wild poliovirus cases were reported last year.
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Indonesia tsunami kills hundreds after Krakatau eruption

23 December 2018

At least 222 people have been killed and 843 injured after a tsunami hit coastal towns on Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, government officials say.
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Nearly 30 million sick and premature newborns in dire need of treatment every year

13 December 2018

Nearly 30 million babies are born too soon, too small or become sick every year and need specialized care to survive, according to a new report by a global coalition that includes UNICEF and WHO.
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Yemen migrant route grows 50 percent, surpasses Mediterranean: IOM

06 December 2018

The number of migrants arriving in Yemen is set to rise 50 percent this year compared to 2017, with almost 150,000 risking all on the journey from the Horn of Africa toward the Arabian Gulf, the U.N. migration agency said on Tuesday.
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WHO and EU commit to work together to accelerate progress on health

21 November 2018

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO has completed a series of meetings with President Juncker and senior European Commission officials.
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California’s wildfire death toll rises past 50, more than 100 still missing

14 November 2018

The death toll from the devastating California wildfires has risen to at least 58, after the remains of eight more victims were found.
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New measures and strong partnership having positive impact on Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

8 November 2018

New measures to overcome challenges in the response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are having a positive impact, although the outbreak remains dangerous and unpredictable, the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping and the World Health Organization (WHO) said after a joint mission to assess the outbreak.
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Disaster lingers one month on

26 October 2018

A month ago today, more than 2,000 people were killed and thousands more injured when an earthquake shook Sulawesi and triggered a six-metre high tsunami. Four weeks on, around 35,000 families whose homes have been damaged or severely destroyed are still in need of emergency shelter.
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Global health organizations commit to new ways of working together for greater impact

16 October 2018

Eleven heads of the world’s leading health and development organizations today signed a landmark commitment to find new ways of working together to accelerate progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
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Indonesia and Papua New Guinea both hit by earthquake

11 October 2018

Three people are dead after a powerful earthquake struck northwest of Bali, as residents on the island of New Britain off Papua New Guinea were shaken by five quakes in 30 minutes.
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Earthquakes and tsunamis in Indonesia

30 September 2018

JAKARTA (Reuters) – At least 384 people have been killed by a powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indonesian city of Palu on Friday, officials said, with the death toll expected to rise.
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World leaders commit to bold targets and urgent action to end TB

26 September 2018

World leaders meeting today at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly have committed to ensure that 40 million people with tuberculosis (TB) receive the care they need by end 2022.
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WHO launches first investment case to save up to 30 million lives

19 September 2018

WHO today published its first investment case, setting out the transformative impacts on global health and sustainable development that a fully-financed WHO could deliver over the next five years.
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Global hunger continues to rise, new UN report says

11 September 2018

821 million people now hungry and over 150 million children stunted, putting hunger eradication goal at risk.
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The deadly impact of climate change on children

7 September 2018

Extreme weather events around the world – including record droughts in Australia, floods in southern India and heatwaves across much of the northern hemisphere – are putting children in immediate danger and threatening their futures.
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Lombok earthquake: Strong tremors shake Indonesian island

19 August 2018

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been shaken by two strong earthquakes, after weeks of tremors that have killed hundreds of people.
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Ebola vaccination begins in North Kivu

8 August 2018

The Ministry of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo today announced the launch of Ebola vaccinations for high risk populations in North Kivu province.
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6 August 2018

More than 90 people have been killed and hundreds injured by an earthquake which hit the Indonesian island of Lombok.
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Cluster of presumptive Ebola cases in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

1 August 2018

The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced today that preliminary laboratory results indicate a cluster of cases of Ebola virus in North Kivu province.
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Japan floods: Death toll rises to 200, as UN offers assistance

12 July 2018

The death toll from Japan’s worst flooding disaster in 36 years has risen to 200, as authorities continue to search for dozens still missing.
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Japan floods: At least 60 killed in deluges and landslides

8 July 2018

Flooding and landslides have killed at least 60 people and left dozens missing in western areas of Japan.
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U.N. urges Jordan to open borders to fleeing Syrians

3 July 2018

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights office and refugee agency UNHCR urged Jordan on Tuesday to open its border to Syrians trying to escape an escalating conflict in the southwest region of Deraa.
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WHO study shows drug could save thousands of women’s lives

27 June 2018

A new formulation of a drug to prevent excessive bleeding following childbirth could save thousands of women’s lives in low- and lower-middle-income countries, according to a study led by WHO in collaboration with MSD for Mothers and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.
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Flooding kills at least 18 in Ivory Coast’s Abidjan

20 June 2018

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – At least 18 people were killed by flooding in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan on Tuesday after intense rainfall overnight, authorities said.
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WHO certifies Paraguay malaria-free

11 June 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) today certified Paraguay as having eliminated malaria, the first country in the Americas to be granted this status since Cuba in 1973.
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Scores of Ethiopian migrants drown off Yemen’s coast

6 June 2018

At least 46 migrants trying to cross from Somalia to Yemen have drowned when their boat capsized, UN officials say.
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Ebola vaccine provides protection and hope for high-risk communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

30 May 2018

It’s been ten days since Jean René* lost his brother to Ebola virus disease (EVD). “My brother’s wife has come to live with my family,” said Jean René, who lives in a community about 20 kilometers north of Mbandaka, the first urban centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo to have confirmed cases of EVD during the current outbreak.
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Flash floods in Afghanistan kill at least 34

15 May 2018

KABUL (Reuters) – Flash floods caused by heavy rain in the past week have killed at least 34 people in several Afghan provinces and caused serious damage to property and livestock, officials said on Tuesday.
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Earthquake shakes buildings in Afghanistan, felt in Pakistan

9 May 2018

KABUL/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – An earthquake shook buildings in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, with tremors felt in Pakistani cities, according to Reuters witnesses.
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9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air

2 May 2018

Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world. New data from WHO shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal an alarming death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution.
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Aid workers released unharmed in South Sudan

30 April 2018

Ten aid workers who had been detained by an armed group since Wednesday 25 April, outside of South Sudan’s Yei town were released today. The group returned safely to Juba.
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Hundreds of children released from armed groups in South Sudan

18 April 2018

More than 200 children were released by armed groups in South Sudan on Tuesday.
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Nearly one billion people in Africa to be protected against Yellow fever by 2026

10 April 2018

Nearly one billion people will be vaccinated against yellow fever in 27 high-risk African countries by 2026 with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and more than 50 health partners.
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Multiple earthquakes in Papua New Guinea leave children traumatized

28 March 2018

One month after a series of earthquakes of magnitude 5-7.5 hit four Highlands provinces of Papua New Guinea, children are still in shock and suffering significant trauma and stress which could have negative consequences to their long-term well-being, UNICEF said today.
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On the trail of Lassa fever in southern Nigeria

21 March 2018

Nafissa Ikerodah is both a detective and diplomat of sorts. On a Saturday morning in early March, the Disease Surveillance Officer in Edo State area rushes to a household where a man has just died of Lassa fever.
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Seven years of Syria’s health tragedy

14 March 2018

After seven years of conflict in Syria, WHO has renewed its call for the protection of health workers and for immediate access to besieged populations.
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The Surgical Unit-based Safety Programme in African hospital

6 March 2018

Surgical site infections (SSI) are the most frequent type of infection acquired during health care delivery in developing countries. Infections are also the most frequent complication following surgery to occur across Africa.
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Africa ‘set to miss UN development goal on malnutrition’

1 March 2018

Exceptionally detailed maps of child growth and education across Africa suggest that no single country is set to end childhood malnutrition by 2030.
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South Sudan close to famine, facing ‘toughest year’: aid groups

26 February 2018

JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudan is close to another famine, aid officials said on Monday, after more than four years of civil war and failed ceasefires in the world’s youngest nation.
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Cyclone Gita: Aid arrives in Tonga

16 February 2018

Australia and New Zealand have flown emergency aid supplies to Tonga where the clean-up from Cyclone Gita has begun, and as the category-four storm intensifies and heads west towards nearby Fiji.
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Cyclone Gita: Island-wide blackout as powerful storm heads for Tonga

13 February 2018

A state of emergency has been declared in Tonga as the country prepares for the arrival of what could be the strongest cyclone to ever hit the country.
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Cape Town residents dread ‘disaster’ as city waits for water to run out

4 February 2018

It’s known as the Cape of Storms for the dreaded weather systems that roll in from the Atlantic Ocean, tormenting sailors, flooding fields, and sending torrents of water gushing down the slopes of the city’s famous mountains.
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U.N. says 100,000 Rohingya in grave danger from monsoon rains

29 January 2018

GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 100,000 Rohingya refugees huddled in squalid, muddy camps in Bangladesh will be in grave danger from landslides when the mid-year monsoon season begins, a U.N. humanitarian report said.
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Nigeria set to vaccinate 25 million people, its biggest yellow fever campaign ever

24 January 2018

The Government of Nigeria will launch a mass vaccination campaign to prevent the spread of yellow fever on Thursday (January 25) with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners. More than 25 million people will be vaccinated throughout 2018, in the largest yellow fever vaccination drive in the country’s history.
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Nearly half a million children being vaccinated against diphtheria in Cox’s Bazar

14 January 2018

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – As part of an intensified response to the current diphtheria outbreak, WHO, UNICEF and health sector partners are working with the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to vaccinate more than 475,000 children in Rohingya refugee camps, temporary settlements and surrounding areas.
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Up to 64 migrants drown in weekend sinking off Libya: NGOs

9 January 2018

CATANIA, Italy (Reuters) – Up to 64 migrants died off the coast of Libya at the weekend when their flimsy boat sank, humanitarian groups said on Monday after speaking with survivors evacuated to Italy.
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