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COVID-19: BA.4 and BA.5 variants spur 20 per cent rise in cases

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed in his weekly briefing to journalists that the global figure overall remains “relatively stable”, but nobody should be under any illusion, that the coronavirus is on the way out. “#COVID19, driven by BA.4 and BA.5 in many places, cases are on the rise in 110 countries, causing overall global cases to increase by 20%… Read More
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Safer roads, a global development challenge for all: Senior UN official 

Nneka Henry, who heads the United Nations Road Safety Fund (UNRSF) Secretariat, noted that 500 children die in crashes every day, and that of the older population, women are 17 times more likely to be killed during a car crash than men, even when wearing seatbelts.  Challenge for all  Despite these statistics, road safety is not just a challenge for… Read More
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UN drug report shines light on cannabis, cocaine and methamphetamine trends

The World Drug Report 2022 also details the environmental consequences of the illicit drugs trade, the expansion of synthetic drugs to new markets, and an all-time high in cocaine production. “Numbers for the manufacturing and seizures of many illicit drugs are hitting record highs, even as global emergencies are deepening vulnerabilities,” said UNODC chief Ghada Waly. “At the same time,… Read More
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Monkeypox not presently a global public health emergency: WHO

The announcement comes two days after WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus convened an Emergency Committee on the disease, under the International Health Regulations (IHR), to address the rising caseload. “The WHO Director-General concurs with the advice offered by the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the multi-country monkeypox outbreak and, at present, does not determine that the event constitutes a Public Health… Read More
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Monkeypox: Amid uncertainty, global situation ‘cannot be ignored’ says WHO chief

Members of the committee could announce their decision on whether or not the outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, as early as Friday, but meanwhile Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the spread of the disease both in non-endemic and endemic countries, “cannot be ignored”. The first mysterious cluster appeared in the United Kingdom just over six weeks ago,… Read More
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Global hunger crisis pushing one child per minute, into severe malnutrition

That’s the alarming message on Thursday from UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, which issued the alert for 15 countries in crisis where the situation is worsening. No matter the time, no matter the place, conflict creates suffering. Join UNICEF in calling on #G7 leaders to fund the prevention and treatment of child hunger and malnutrition now. pic.twitter.com/DnU9qsfMq5 — UNICEF (@UNICEF) June… Read More
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Safe in the sun? UN launches new app to help beat skin cancer

The SunSmart Global UV App, is the collective brainchild of the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Five-day forecast “The SunSmart Global UV App provides five-day UV and weather forecasts at searchable locations”, said Carla Drysdale, spokesperson for WHO. While speaking today at a briefing at… Read More
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Celebrating the union of body and soul: UN marks International Yoga Day

Returning to an in-person format this year, the verdant North Lawn was transformed into a sprawling exercise area for the yoga demonstration session, where experienced yogis and curious newcomers alike, flexed their bodies – and minds. Spirit of togetherness Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India and is now practiced in various forms around… Read More
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New UN guide aims to tackle growing problem of elder abuse

The UN agency and partners are highlighting the issue in the context of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, observed annually on 15 June, and have issued a publication outlining five key priorities for response.  Elder abuse is a violation of human rights.  It includes physical, sexual, psychological and emotional abuse, but also financial and material abuse, abandonment, neglect, and serious… Read More