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.

World's nations urged to look beyond war on drugs

2016-04-19 20:52

World governments gathered at the UN have been urged to move away from repression in tackling the drug problem, end the use of the death penalty for drug offences and step up treatment.

Namibia treats 8 000 for mental illnesses in 2015

2016-04-13 13:59

Over 8 000 people have been treated for various mental illnesses across Namibia in 2015, reports have said.

New Sierra Leone Ebola alert

2016-04-10 22:49

Sierra Leone has called for increased vigilance to prevent a resurgence of the Ebola virus after new cases in neighbouring Liberia and Guinea.

Number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled since 1980: WHO

2016-04-06 16:01

The number of adults estimated to be living with diabetes has surged to 422 million, the World Health Organisation says in its first-ever global report on the disease.

New Guinea Ebola outbreak

2016-03-31 06:40

A resurgence of Ebola in a rural Guinean community has killed seven people, health officials say.

WHO sends specialists for Guinea Ebola flare-up

2016-03-18 17:59

The World Health Organization is deploying specialists to southeast Guinea and the government is holding an emergency meeting after 2 new Ebola cases were confirmed.


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.

80% of world's city dwellers breathing bad air - UN

2016-05-12 13:38

Over 80% of the world's city dwellers breathe poor quality air, increasing their risk of lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases, a new WHO report warns.

India opera troupe bus crash kills 25

2016-04-17 22:45

A bus carrying artists of an opera troupe plunged 76m into a gorge in eastern India killing at least 25 people.

50 states, organisations discuss support for Libya

2016-04-12 20:00

Around 50 countries and international organisations have met in Tunis to discuss 'international support' for a new unity government in neighbouring Libya.

South Sudan rebels move into capital

2016-04-07 22:03

Armed South Sudanese rebels have begun taking up positions in the capital, a risky but crucial step to end two years of war in the world's newest country.

5-year-old becomes latest Ebola victim in Liberia

2016-04-04 13:11

A second case of Ebola has been confirmed in Liberia, just months after the country was declared free of the disease, according to health officials.

Ebola health emergency over

2016-03-29 22:41

The World Health Organization says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer constitutes an international emergency.

Saudi-led Yemen market strike killed 33 rebels

2016-03-16 20:10

A Yemeni tribal chief says 33 of the 41 people killed in a Saudi-led air strike on a market in a northern province were rebel fighters, not civilians as first reported.

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