President Michael D Higgins and Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, at The Human Right to Health meeting at NUIG on Friday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

President Michael D Higgins has called for a “deepening of the discourse” between economics and human rights, particularly the human right to health.I(...)

An elderly Ukrainian man is helped by a Ukrainian army soldier and a citizen during a evacuation of civilians from Debaltseve in the Donetsk region. Photograph: AFP Photo / Manu Brabomanu Brabo

International aid agencies are warning of a deepening humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine, as Nato states consider supplying weapons to Ukrainian (...)

Counting down the minutes to medical attention while waiting on a hospital trolley in the wee small hours, one may have many thoughts: but not necessa(...)

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon is among those on the shortlist for the Tipperary International Peace Award. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

A holocaust survivor, a Burmese human rights lawyer and the United Nations secretary general are among those shortlisted for the Tipperary Internation(...)

Health professionals with Médecins Sans Frontières at a training session in Brussels prior to their depature for west Africa to deliver care to Ebola patients.  Photograph: MSF

On a freezing morning near an industrial site on the outskirts of Brussels, a group of 40 people are hugging Styrofoam cups of coffee and chatting as (...)

Health workers  take part in a pre-deployment training as first clinical trials announced for December. Photograph: Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Clinical trials of three potential Ebola treatments will begin in December in Guinea and Liberia at medical centres run by Medecins Sans Frontieres, t(...)

Members of a crew  wearing personal protective equipment  after cleaning the apartment where Dr. Craig Spencer lives in New York yesterday. New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries. Photograph: Reuters

A medical worker quarantined in New Jersey on her return from treating Ebola victims in West Africa was being evaluated in a hospital isolation ward (...)

World Health Organisation assistant director general Marie Paule Kieny at a news conference on Ebola vaccines in Geneva yesterday.Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The World Health Organisation (WHO) set out plans yesterday for speeding up development and deployment of experimental Ebola vaccines, saying hundred(...)

A medic holds a package of an experimental candidate vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV against Ebola virus disease at the University hospital in Geneva. Photograph: Mathilde Missioneiro/Reuters/WHO

Trials of Ebola vaccines could begin in West Africa in December, a month earlier than expected, and hundreds of thousands of doses should be availabl(...)

Bridget Anne Mulrooney, a volunteer nurse from the US, dons protective clothing before a shift at a clinic in Suakoko, Liberia, yesterday. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/New York Times service

The Government last night responded to an appeal to European leaders by British prime minister David Cameron to “significantly step up their contribut(...)