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More than 800,000 suicides each year cross all age, sex, economic, & geographic barriers. In addition to limiting access to means of suicide, the report said other effective measures to reduce deaths include responsible reporting of suicide in the media, such as avoiding language that sensationalizes suicide & avoiding explicit description of methods used.


UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov said the shame, stigma & discrimination against those with drug-use disorders must end. Those who inject drugs & suffer from hepatitis C or HIV/AIDS need to be treated in same way as all other medical patients.


Parasites affect health of millions of people every year, infecting muscle tissues & organs, causing epilepsy, anaphylactic shock, & amoebic dysentery. Some can live on in people’s bodies for decades including those found in pork, fish, fresh produce, fruit juice & milk.

World Elder Abuse Day: Violence & abuse against elderly women, world’s fastest growing demographic group, range from sexual violence, property grabbing, financial abuse & increasingly, extreme violence against older women accused of witchcraft.

Refugees in South Sudan

With tens of thousands South Sudanese adding to numbers of refugees & internally displaced as rainy season triggers a cholera outbreak, the Security Council prioritizes civilian protection as it extends UN mission (UNMISS) in South Sudan.

n Major Breakthrough, Scientists in UN-Backed Initiative Decode Tsetse Fly Genome

World Malaria Day is marked by good news that mortality rates for children are down in Africa by 50%, but there is official push for near-zero of this preventable disease. Other positive news is the breakthrough on vector tsetse flies that carry disease & death to livestock & sleeping sickness in humans.

On World Diabetes Day, Ban Urges Greater Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity

Message from an insulin-dependent diabetic: Diabetes is not a death sentence. With proper diet, exercise, & correct medications, a full & happy life is possible. Non-diabetics would also be healthier adhering to diabetics’ food & exercise regimen.

Empowering Women to Beat the Blues

Depression is a global health crisis. It is not the sole domain of women, for depression affects 350 million people worldwide. However, more women thImagean men suffer from depression, frequently following childbirth. The spillover affects family, job co-workers, and personal self-esteem.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on 10 October, 2012, which has been designated “World Mental Health Day” calls for greater awareness to the magnitude of the problem and removing cultural and social stigmas. Affordable healthcare treatments must be accessible to all to stem the   one million people committing suicide each year resulting from lack of treatment and/or diagnosis.

UN News Centre Sources

Among the barriers to care and services are social stigma and the lack of general health care providers and specialists trained to identify and treat depression.  Mr. Ban stressed that although a wide variety of effective and affordable treatments are available to treat depression, including psychosocial interventions and medicines, these are not accessible to all people, especially those living in less developed countries and the least advantaged citizens of more developed nations.  He noted that the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting countries through its Mental Health Gap Action Programme, but added that depression is not simply a matter for health experts.

“We can all act to relieve the stigma around depression and other mental disorders, perhaps by admitting that we may have experienced depression ourselves, or by reaching out to those experiencing it now. On World Mental Health Day, let us pledge to talk more openly about depression.

“This is the first critical step to removing one of the barriers to treatment and helping to reduce the disability and distress caused by this global crisis,” he added, stressing that the illness diminishes people’s ability to cope with the daily challenges of life, and often precipitates family disruption, interrupted education and loss of jobs.
Among the causes of depression, Mr. Ban cited genetic, biological, psychological and social factors, while stress, grief, conflict, abuse and unemployment can also contribute.  Beyond the 350 million people of all ages, incomes and nationalities who directly suffer from depression, millions more – family, friends, co-workers – are exposed to the indirect effects of the affliction, he noted.

Mr. Ban’s message was echoed by the WHO, which underscored how depression interferes with the ability to function at work, school or home.  “We have some highly effective treatments for depression. Unfortunately, fewer than half of the people who have depression receive the care they need. In fact, in many countries this is less than ten per cent,” Shekhar Saxena, Director of the Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, said. “This is why WHO is supporting countries in fighting stigma as a key activity to increasing access to treatment.”

         By, Susan Sacirbey

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The new yet to be more fully defined virus appears to be even more deadly than SARS which killed thousands around the globe almost a decade earlier. “The two confirmed cases are three months apart in time and they are both from the Arabian Peninsula.

Nutrition choices are more important than ever & in this film report from the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN’s primary health institution stresses healthy options for aging to mothers to infant.