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World Health Day 2014
World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7 April to mark the importance of health for people to be productive and happy.  The day, which  marks the founding of the World Health Organization, provides an occasion to draw worldwide attention each year to a subject of major importance to global health.  

UN Volunteers have been helping achieve the Millennium Development Goals to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. With health among the eleven issues included in the Post 2015 Development Agenda, future UN Volunteer assignments will likely include those directed at attaining the health objectives it will outline. 

Today, 327 UN Volunteers are carrying out assignments in the health sector.  They come from 65 nations and are deployed to 53 countries and territories, holding positions (in descending order of frequency) as medical doctors, midwives,  nurses, health, nutrition and reproductive health officers, health assistants, pharmacists, dentists, and UN dispensary physicians, among others.  

Read about some of the UN Volunteers who are helping achieve these MDGs and address many other health issues around the world.


UN Volunteer Davron Mirsagatov (left), 'Young Football Volunteers' Project Coordinator, receives the award for "the best public organization to promote healthy lifestyles in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in 2013". (UNV, 2014)
UN Volunteers promote healthy lifestyles in Crimea
09 May 2014
Simferopol, Ukraine: In February 2014 the best Crimean athletes and coaches of 2013 were honoured at one of the most important sport events in Crimea: the annual Ball of Champions. The project "Young Football Volunteers: Sport and Volunteering for the MDGs", implemented by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was recognized as "the best public organization to promote healthy lifestyles in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC) in 2013". Read
Community volunteers receive training on how to prevent tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases. They will then be replicating these trainings in their communities. (UNV, 2014)
Community volunteers help to prevent tuberculosis
14 April 2014
Nukus, Uzbekistan: In February 2014, 25 community volunteers were trained within the UN Joint Programme "Sustaining livelihoods affected by the Aral Sea disaster" to improve awareness on tuberculosis and other chronic respiratory diseases among the population of five districts of Karakalpakstan. This year, 75 such trainings will take place, and 1,500 volunteers will be trained within the programme. The objective of the trainings – organized by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme – is to increase public awareness about diseases related to environmental degradation and climate change, and to promote a healthy lifestyle in the Republic of Karakalpakstan. Read
Countries:  Uzbekistan
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Dr. Meroni Abraham, a UNV Medical Officer serving at the Level I Clinic in Malakal, South Sudan, treats a child sheltering in the UNMISS site for the protection of civilians. (Issac Alebe Avoro, UNMISS Public Information Office, 2013)
UNV Medical Officer provides quality health care within UNMISS civilian protection site in Malakal - An in-depth interview with Dr. Meroni Abraham
07 April 2014
Malakal, South Sudan: The UNV Field Unit in South Sudan recently conducted an in-depth interview with UNV Medical Officer Dr. Meroni Abraham who is currently assigned to the Level 1 Clinic at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Malakal.  Dr. Abraham vividly describes how he provides quality health care in the aftermath of conflict to the many sheltering in the UNMISS site for the protection of civilians.   Read
Countries:  South Sudan
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UNV Medical Officer Dr. Meroni Abraham, stationed in Malakal with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, treats patients at the UNMISS Level 1 Clinic and is the focal point for UN Volunteers there. (Issac Alebe Avoro, UNMISS Public Information Office, 2013)
Video captures UNV Medical Officer Dr. Meroni Abraham on duty at UNMISS civilian protection site in Malakal
07 April 2014
Malakal, South Sudan:

A recent UN video captured UNV Medical Officer Dr. Meroni Abraham going about his duties in the aftermath of the violent clashes to recapture  Malakal, the capital city of oil-rich Upper Nile State, South Sudan, from the rebels.  Dr. Abraham served in Malakal throughout the conflict, taking only a few days off due to his commitment to support the people of South Sudan, and despite his incredible responsibilities, is the focal point for UN Volunteers in Malakal. Read

Dr. Simon Bagumaho, a UNV Medical Officer assigned to UNMISS at Bentiu, sets off on a field visit to Yei, in South Sudan. (Bernaflor Pujanes, UNMISS Medevac Coordinator, 2014)
Emergency obstetric care during height of South Sudan crisis
07 April 2014
Bentiu, South Sudan: As a UNV Medical Officer attached to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Level I Clinic in Bentiu, Dr. Simon Bagumaho, is challenged daily to carry medical procedures normally beyond the scope of the health facility.  In this in-depth Volunteer Voice,  Dr. Bagumaho reflects on how he and his medical team have risen to these challenges. Read
Countries:  South Sudan
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