As many as one billion people could die of smoking-related illnesses this century if efforts to curb the practice are not implemented, a senior U.N. health official warned on Friday, the U.N. News Centre reports.
Preventive measures are the best way to ensure people are protected from hazards in the workplace, U.N. International Labor Union Director-General Juan Somavia said in a message Thursday marking the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the U.N. News Centre reports.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a “slow-moving catastrophe” that could overwhelm even the richest countries without action to address their underlying causes, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said at the First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Non-communicable Disease Control in Moscow on Thursday, the U.N. News Centre reports.
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Vietnam HIV/STD Prevention Campaign Fails To Increase Condom Use Among Sex Workers A five-year nationwide HIV and STD prevention campaign aimed at sex workers in Vietnam has not been successful in increasing condom use, health officials attending a two-day conference in Hanoi said on Wednesday, Viet Nam News reports. Nguyen…
Though it has been 25 years since a disastrous explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine sent radioactive material into the air, affecting Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, as well as the rest of the world, “experts are still debating the long-term health effects of the disaster,” the Los…
The world must address hunger to strengthen security worldwide, Franz Fischler, a former EU agriculture commissioner from Austria who is a candidate to lead the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said on Tuesday, Reuters reports.
Rising food prices could force 64 million Asians into extreme poverty and damage the region’s economic growth this year, according to a report released on Tuesday from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Agence France-Presse reports (Morella, 4/26).
World Could Meet U.N. Goal Of Almost Ending Malaria Deaths By 2015, U.N. Special Envoy For Malaria Says
International efforts to fight malaria are “on track” to almost end malaria-related deaths by 2015, Ray Chambers, the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for malaria, said on Monday, the Associated Press reports (4/25).
In a message marking Monday’s World Malaria Day, Luis Gomes Sambo, WHO’s regional director for Africa, noted that this year signifies the end of the U.N. decade to roll back malaria and “offers an opportunity for renewed commitment” to fight the disease, the Angola Press reports (4/25).