Strapped UN health agency spends big on travel

2017-05-21 22:13

Internal documents have shown that the World Health Organisation routinely spends about $200 million a year on travel.

African women need access to Caesars

2017-04-23 06:17

Maternal mortality rates could be reduced if this surgery was widely available, write Salome Maswime and Gwinyai Masukume.

Two billion people drinking contaminated water: WHO

2017-04-13 11:08

Dramatic improvements are needed in ensuring access to clean water and sanitation worldwide, the WHO has said, warning that nearly two billion people currently use faecal-contaminated water.

City noise linked to hearing loss - study

2017-03-03 13:49

Urban noise pollution and hearing loss are closely linked, according to rankings of 50 large cities in both categories, a study has found.

Red Sea port of Mokha being retaken by army

2017-01-23 22:46

Yemeni government forces have almost captured the port of Mokha as they push to oust Huthi rebels from the Red Sea coastline.

Maize diplomacy

2016-12-04 06:02

Xhosa and Zapotec cuisines collide as two chefs show off their prowess in the kitchen with the humble mealie.

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.


34 dead of suspected cholera as Yemen outbreak spreads

2017-05-09 18:26

A total of 34 people have died of cholera-related causes in a second wave of cholera-associated deaths in Yemen in a year.

Somalia cholera outbreak spreading quickly

2017-04-13 21:19

The World Health Organisation says a cholera outbreak in Somalia has grown to more than 25 000 cases this year alone.

UN delivers medicine to besieged Yemen city

2017-03-05 00:09

The UN health agency says it has delivered eight tons of medicine to hospitals in the third largest city under siege in Yemen's war.

Gene therapy allows deaf mice to hear: study

2017-02-08 05:37

Gene therapy delivered by a benign virus has enabled deaf lab mice to hear for the first time, researchers say, offering hope to people with genetic hearing impairments.

Nearly 70 killed in fresh Yemen fighting

2017-01-22 19:14

Clashes in Yemen have killed nearly 70 people in 24 hours, medics and security sources have said, as pro-government forces pushed to oust rebels from a key stretch of coastline.

When men become monsters Chilling facts on intimate partner abuse

2016-11-20 06:00

Most of the violence against women comes from their own partners. Here’s what you can do to help.

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.

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