Barrel bombs hit largest hospital in rebel-held Aleppo

2016-10-01 14:42

At least two barrel bombs hit the largest hospital in the rebel-held side of Syria's Aleppo city, the medical organisation that supports it said.

Cholera kills 517 in DRC, jab drive planned: WHO

2016-09-02 20:45

A cholera epidemic has killed more than 500 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organisation says, as it prepares to launch a vaccination campaign in Kinshasa.

Massive yellow fever vaccination campaign begins in Congo

2016-08-17 20:12

A massive yellow fever vaccination campaign has begun in Congo, meant to stop the global spread of the virus.

China HIV info leak violates patients' rights: WHO

2016-07-19 19:44

A leak of HIV-positive patients' identities in China was a violation of their 'fundamental right', the World Health Organisation has said, after reports that hundreds of infected people were approached by telephone swindlers.

West Africa marks end of deadly Ebola outbreak

2016-06-09 19:05

Liberia says it is free of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases in west Africa of the tropical virus that has left more than 11 300 people dead in the region since late 2013.

WHO - Latest Ebola outbreak in Guinea is over

2016-06-01 10:57

The latest outbreak of Ebola in Guinea has ended, the World Health Organization says, warning that a recurrence of the killer tropical disease remained a threat.

WHO rejects calls to move Olympics over Zika fears

2016-05-29 09:09

The World Health Organization has ruled out any change in timing or the location of the upcoming Olympic Games.

WHO: hospital bombing in Syrian coastal city kills 43

2016-05-24 15:12

The World Health Organization says a suicide attack at a hospital in Syria's coastal city of Jableh has killed 43 people.

Better maternal care in Africa can save women from suffering in childbirth

2016-05-23 18:15

Every year just over 500,000 women die from complications in pregnancy and childbirth across the world. Many of these complications are entirely avoidable – including obstructed and protracted labour and one of its side-effects, obstetric fistula.

WHO issues first guidelines on treating female genital mutilation victims

2016-05-16 18:02

The WHO has released its first-ever guidelines on how medical professionals should treat victims of female genital mutilation, hoping to ease the terrible suffering caused by the widely condemned practice.


Over 90% of world breathing bad air

2016-09-27 14:21

Nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air, the World Health Organisation says, calling for dramatic action against pollution that is blamed for more than six million deaths a year.

UN: Zika remains global emergency, virus still spreading

2016-09-02 20:40

The World Health Organization says the outbreak of Zika remains an international health emergency and noted the virus is continuing to infect new countries.

Cholera kills 16 people in CAR, 34 in Congo

2016-08-13 09:22

Central African Republic's health minister says at least 16 people have died from cholera and there have been 66 recorded cases since the beginning of August.

UN health agency confirms 3 Zika cases in Guinea Bissau

2016-07-04 15:28

The UN health agency says three cases of the Zika virus have turned up in Guinea Bissau, but it's unclear whether the strain is the same strain as one behind outbreaks linked to head and brain abnormalities in Brazil and elsewhere.

Liberia Ebola outbreak to be declared over

2016-06-09 10:25

The latest Ebola outbreak in Liberia, the last country still affected by the deadliest flare-up in the history of the feared tropical virus, is to be declared over.

Safe sex or no sex over Zika: WHO

2016-05-31 19:49

People who travel to Zika-hit areas should practice safe sex or have no sex at all for at least eight weeks to avoid sexual transmission of the virus, says the World Health Organisation.

Syria most dangerous place for health workers: WHO

2016-05-26 22:01

Syria is the most dangerous place for health care workers to operate last year, ahead of other conflict zones like the Palestinian territories and Yemen, the World Health Organisation says.

Zika crisis fuelled by 'massive' mosquito control failures: WHO chief

2016-05-23 19:28

The spiralling crisis surrounding the Zika virus is the result of decades of policy failures on mosquito control and poor access to family planning services, the World Health Organization says.

Risk of Zika in Europe is low

2016-05-18 18:59

The World Health Organization says the risk of a Zika outbreak across Europe is 'low to moderate.'

WHO: Don't go to Rio if pregnant

2016-05-12 21:03

The World Health Organization on Thursday urged pregnant women not to travel to Rio for the Olympics.

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