Massive blast rips through Beirut, killing 78 and injuring thousands
6 August 2020
BEIRUT (Reuters) – A powerful blast in port warehouses near central Beirut storing highly explosive material killed 78 people, injured nearly 4,000 and sent seismic shockwaves that shattered windows, smashed masonry and shook the ground across the Lebanese capital.
World Hepatitis Day: fast-tracking the elimination of hepatitis B among mothers and children
27 July 2020
The proportion of children under five years of age chronically infected with hepatitis B (HBV) dropped to just under 1% in 2019 down from around 5% in the pre-vaccine era (the period between the 1980s and the early 2000s), according to new estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Severe floods engulf eastern China
17 July 2020
WHO: access to HIV medicines severely impacted by COVID-19 as AIDS response stalls
6 July 2020
Seventy-three countries have warned that they are at risk of stock-outs of antiretroviral (ARV) medicines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new WHO survey conducted ahead of the International AIDS Society’s biannual conference.
Major quake hits southern Mexico, at least five killed
24 June 2020
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck southern Mexico’s Pacific coast on Tuesday, killing at least five people and cutting off isolated villages, as well as causing damage to buildings hundreds of miles away in Mexico City.
Countries failing to prevent violence against children, agencies warn
18 June 2020
Half of the world’s children, or approximately 1 billion children each year are affected by physical, sexual or psychological violence, suffering injuries, disabilities and death, because countries have failed to follow established strategies to protect them.
Global coronavirus tally surges past 7 million infections and 400,000 deaths
8 June 2020
Global coronavirus tally surges past 7 million infections and 400,000 deaths
1 June 2020
At least 80 million children under one at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio as COVID-19 disrupts routine vaccination efforts
22 May 2020
COVID 19 is disrupting life-saving immunization services around the world, putting millions of children – in rich and poor countries alike – at risk of diseases like diphtheria, measles and polio.
Coronavirus could cause spike in preventable child deaths in developing countries
13 May 2020
Deaths from preventable diseases in children under five could rise by almost 45 percent over the next six months as the COVID-19 pandemic diverts scarce health resources in developing countries, a UN report said Tuesday.
Global leaders unite to ensure everyone everywhere can access new vaccines, tests and treatments for COVID-19
24 April 2020
Heads of state and global health leaders today made an unprecedented commitment to work together to accelerate the development and production of new vaccines, tests and treatments for COVID-19 and assure equitable access worldwide.
Hard fought gains in immunization coverage at risk without critical health services
23 April 2020
Cyclone Harold flattens homes, brings injuries in Fiji
10 April 2020
SYDNEY (Reuters) – A powerful tropical cyclone battered the South Pacific island nation of Fiji on Wednesday, witnesses said, destroying buildings and causing injuries in Suva, the capital, pressuring a population already bracing for the coronavirus outbreak.
WHO and UNICEF to partner on pandemic response through COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund
3 April 2020
WHO and UNICEF today announced an agreement to work together on COVID-19 response, through the historic COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund powered by the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation.
Pass the message: Five steps to kicking out coronavirus
23 March 2020
Geneva, 23 March 2020: FIFA, the international governing body of football, and the World Health Organization (WHO) have teamed up to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) by launching a new awareness campaign led by world-renowned footballers, who are calling on all people around the world to follow five key steps to stop the spread of the disease.
WHO, UN Foundation and partners launch first-of-its-kind COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund
13 March 2020
GENEVA and Washington, D.C. – A new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Solidarity Response Fund will raise money from a wide range of donors to support the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
UN releases US$15 million to help vulnerable countries battle the spread of the coronavirus
1 March 2020
UN Humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock today released US$15 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help fund global efforts to contain the COVID-19 virus.
World experts and funders set priorities for COVID-19 research
12 February 2020
Leading health experts from around the world have been meeting at the World Health Organization’s Geneva headquarters to assess the current level of knowledge about the new COVID-19 disease, identify gaps and work together to accelerate and fund priority research needed to help stop this outbreak and prepare for any future outbreaks.
China to allow in U.S. health experts as virus shows no sign of slowing
4 February 2020
BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China has agreed to allow U.S. health experts into the country as part of a World Health Organization (WHO) effort to help fight the fast-spreading coronavirus, as the number of cases and deaths continued to mount.
Guided self-help intervention reduces refugees’ psychological distress and improves wellbeing in humanitarian crises
23 January 2020
First randomised trial of its kind finds multimedia guided self-help intervention can be delivered rapidly to large numbers of people in low-resource humanitarian settings by non-specialists with minimal training.
Lack of new antibiotics threatens global efforts to contain drug-resistant infections
17 January 2020
Declining private investment and lack of innovation in the development of new antibiotics are undermining efforts to combat drug-resistant infections, says the World Health Organization (WHO).
Jakarta flooding deaths rise to 53, nearly 175,000 displaced
4 January 2020
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Nearly 175,000 people remain displaced in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta and nearby towns, after flash floods and landslides killed at least 53 people, amid some of the heaviest rain since records began, authorities said on Saturday.
Floods in Indonesia’s capital kill nine, force thousands to evacuate
1 January 2020
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Flash floods inundated swathes of Indonesia’s capital and nearby towns on the first day of the New Year after torrential rainfall overnight, killing at least nine people and forcing thousands of people to evacuate, authorities said on Wednesday.
Locust invasion threatens Somali farmers with starvation
22 December 2019
Somali farmers on Saturday urged their government and the international community to help protect their crops from an invasion of locusts that is leaving many unable to feed their families.
Education – and educators – uprooted in Barbuda
13 December 2019
More than two years after Hurricane Irma devastated the island, families are still picking up the pieces.
Measles kills 140,000
6 December 2019
LONDON (Reuters) – Measles infected nearly 10 million people in 2018 and killed 140,000, mostly children, as devastating outbreaks of the viral disease hit every region of the world.
Prioritized funding lacking to safeguard human health from climate change
3 December 2019
Safeguarding human health from climate change impacts is more urgent than ever, yet most countries are not acting fully on their own plans to achieve this, according to the first global snapshot of progress on climate change and health.
HIV testing recommendations aim to expand treatment coverage
27 November 2019
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new recommendations to help countries reach the 8.1 million people living with HIV who are yet to be diagnosed, and who are therefore unable to obtain lifesaving treatment.
Nigeria: Tens of thousands of people stranded by floods in north-east
15 November 2019
More than 40,000 men, women and children – mostly internally displaced people – have little or no access to food or services in the town of Rann, Borno State, due to heavy flooding of the River Kaalia in neighbouring Cameroon since 7 November.
A dozen dead, fishermen missing after cyclone Bulbul lashes Bangladesh and India
10 November 2019
DHAKA (Reuters) – At least 13 people were killed in Bangladesh and India after cyclone Bulbul lashed coastal areas this weekend, though prompt evacuations saved many lives and the worst was over, officials said on Sunday.
Philippines hit by deadly earthquake in south
29 October 2019
The death toll from an earthquake in the southern Philippines has risen to seven, officials said, with many more injured.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
World hunger is still not going down after three years and obesity is still growing – UN report
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
International push to improve food safety
12 February 2019
International Food Safety Conference opens with call for greater global cooperation.
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.
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.
Some 170 migrants missing in two Mediterranean incidents
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.
“Zero polio transmission and health for all”, WHO Director-General gives new year’s wish to the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lombok earthquake: Destruction and death in Indonesia
6 August 2018
More than 90 people have been killed and hundreds injured by an earthquake which hit the Indonesian island of Lombok.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.