Charities fear for children separated from parents in cyclone-hit Mozambique
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
In countries like Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan lives have been shaped by violence, fear and displacement.
Surviving Cyclone Idai
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
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
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
One in four health care facilities around the world lacks basic water services, impacting over 2 billion people.
This is why vaccines are important
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
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
International Food Safety Conference opens with call for greater global cooperation.
Life in the Malnutrition Centre
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
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.