A symbol of the World Health Organisation at its headquarters in Geneva. Photo: AFP

Suicide kills one person every 40 seconds, World Health Organisation says

  • Overall, close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year – more than are killed by malaria or breast cancer, or by war or homicide
  • WHO is urging governments to adopt suicide prevention plans to help people cope with stress and to reduce access to suicide means
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A mother holds her baby as a malaria vaccine is administered in Kenya. The shot only protects about one-third of children who get it. Photo: AP

Hopes fade for a malaria-free world as UN eradication efforts stall

  • The mosquito-borne disease still kills more than 400,000 people every year, many of whom are very young children in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • But a lack of investment and political leadership is hampering eradication programmes, the World Health Organisation warns
Topic |   Disease

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A mother holds her baby as a malaria vaccine is administered in Kenya. The shot only protects about one-third of children who get it. Photo: AP
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