- UN health agency rejects Rio Olympics postponement call Updated: May-28-16 6:40 am
BERLIN - The World Health Organization says there is "no public health justification" for postponing or canceling the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of the Zika outbreak.
- WHO: Nearly 960 killed in attacks on hospitals in 2 years Updated: May-26-16 11:36 am
WASHINGTON - Nearly 960 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years, the World Health Organization said in a report Thursday that highlighted an alarming disrespect for the protection of health care in war by both governments and armed groups.
- UN health agency gets OK for revamp of emergency response Updated: May-25-16 6:58 pm
GENEVA - Stung by failures in its response to Ebola, the World Health Organization is revamping how it responds to emergencies to become nimbler, more reactive and more operational in "one of the most profound transformations" ever at the U.N. health agency.
- Taiwan minister hopes to work with China on health issues Updated: May-25-16 11:34 am
GENEVA - Taiwan hopes to work with China to help improve the health of people "on both sides of the Taiwan Strait" and is engaging more with the world to fight viruses like Zika, MERS, Ebola and dengue, the Taiwanese health minister said in an interview Wednesday.
- Editorials from around New England Updated: May-21-16 11:54 am
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:
- WHO: Zika virus off West Africa coast came from Americas Updated: May-20-16 1:03 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - The Zika virus that is believed to have infected more than 7,500 people in an island nation off the western coast of Africa is the same strain spreading through the Americas, the World Health Organization said Friday.
- UN: Yellow fever outbreak is "serious" but not an emergency Updated: May-19-16 2:36 pm
LONDON - The World Health Organization says the ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in central Africa is "serious and of great concern" but does not warrant being declared a global emergency.
- UN: Life expectancy worldwide has increased by 5 years Updated: May-19-16 6:44 am
LONDON - Life expectancy worldwide has increased by about five years in the last 15 years according to a report issued Thursday by the World Health Organization in the fastest gain since the 1960s.
- Candidate for UN health chief eyes global tax to help WHO Updated: May-18-16 2:40 pm
PARIS - A French diplomat competing to be the world's top health official says a tiny international tax can help fill the World Health Organization's coffers, a proposal aimed at bringing order to the U.N. agency's fragmented budget.
- UN: Risk of Zika outbreak across Europe is "low to moderate" Updated: May-18-16 6:17 am
LONDON - The World Health Organization says the risk of a Zika outbreak across Europe is "low to moderate," in a new risk assessment.
- UN: Zika more worrying but Rio Olympics shouldn't be moved Updated: May-17-16 8:48 am
GENEVA - The World Health Organization's chief says the agency is increasingly concerned about the Zika virus, even though it does not recommend canceling or postponing the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in hard-hit Brazil.
- WHO to Rio Olympic visitors: Don't go to poor parts of city Updated: May-12-16 2:13 pm
LONDON - Athletes and visitors heading to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should avoid poor and overcrowded parts of the city to minimize their chances of catching the Zika virus, The World Health Organization said Thursday.
- UN warns of rising air pollution levels in world's cities Updated: May-12-16 5:53 am
GENEVA - The World Health Organization says 98 percent of residents in large cities of low- and middle-income countries are facing excessively high air pollution.
- WHO raises concerns after 12 newborns die in southern Libya Updated: May-06-16 11:38 am
BENGHAZI, Libya - The U.N. health agency has expressed concerns over the death of 12 newborns in a southern impoverished Libyan province, warning of a "major breakdown" of the health system in the war-torn North African country.