Health - AIDS
  • Prevention is key to ‘breaking the cycle of HIV transmission’, UN chief tells General Assembly
    13 june 2018 06:00:25
    New York, US (PANA) - This year’s United Nations annual debate over how best to battle HIV and AIDS heard on Tuesday that while progress has been made, it remains “uneven and fragile” with many hurdles still to come. Full text...

  • Jammeh sued over HIV/AIDS “Cure”
    31 may 2018 15:30:59
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Three survivors of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s fraudulent and destructive HIV and AIDS “treatment programme”, on Thursday filed a legal action in the tiny West African country’s High Court. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS still impacting work and costing billions in lost earnings – ILO report
    24 may 2018 18:32:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Outlining the economic and social toll HIV and AIDS continues to take on workers around the world, the International Labour Organization (ILO) called on Thursday for an “urgent effort” to improve treatment, step up testing and ensure healthier and more productive workplaces. Full text...

  • Ending double jeopardy for women with HIV in 8 African nations
    18 may 2018 13:34:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A new US$ 30 million partnership to help end cervical cancer, led by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the George W. Bush Institute and UNAIDS will accelerate life-saving efforts in eight African countries. Full text...

  • UNAIDS urges scaling up of HIV vaccine research to stop new infections (A UNAIDS feature)
    18 may 2018 13:30:49
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As the world celebrates "HIV Vaccine Awareness Day" on 18 May, UNAIDS has called for an increase in research and investment to find an effective vaccine to protect people against HIV and stop new HIV infections. Full text...

  • UNAIDS Chief puts spotlight on the HIV response in Lesotho, South Africa and Zambia (A UNAIDS feature story)
    12 may 2018 09:09:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, recently completed a five-day visit to three countries in southern Africa, with the mission highlighting high-level political discussions, the launch of the Lesotho HIV Health and Situation Room and frank and an open dialogue with women activists about how to address sexual harassment and abuse. Full text...

  • A historic opportunity to end AIDS in Africa (A UNAIDS feature)
    22 april 2018 15:38:57
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A decade of progress has inspired the once unthinkable - that the AIDS epidemic can be ended as a public health threat. A decade of transformation has set the stage, and the global community is united behind the goal of ending AIDS by 2030. Full text...

  • World Fund gives Mali 34 billion CFAF for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis treatment
    25 january 2018 15:45:49
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government and the World Fund for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis signed an agreement for 34 billion CFAF to strengthen the fight against HIV/AIDS in Mali, sources close to the Malian ministry of Health told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Experts take stock of progress, challenges in tackling HIV among children, young adults
    04 december 2017 10:14:31
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - As thousands of international delegates converge in Abidjan, Côte d’ Ivoire for the bi-annual Conference on International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) from 4-9 December , the scene has been set, with some of the key issues that will be deliberated and discussed. Full text...

  • World AIDS Day: UN calls for renewed commitment to make epidemic ‘a thing of the past’
    02 december 2017 10:04:18
    New York, U.S. (PANA) - The world will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – which include the target of ending AIDS by 2030 – without people attaining their right to health, the United Nations said on Friday, as the world marked the World AIDS Day with a strong appeal for the full realization of this fundamental right by everyone, everywhere. Full text...

  • WHO boss reminds world 'everyone counts' in war against HIV/AIDS
    01 december 2017 11:32:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General General of the UN World Health Organisation (WHO), on Friday reminded the world that everyone counts in the fight to eliminate the dreaded AIDS disease. Full text...

  • Sweden, 4 UN agencies to boost health of women in East, Southern Africa
    01 december 2017 11:13:19
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - As the World marks World AIDS Day on Friday, the Government of Sweden, together with the regional offices of UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNICEF and WHO, has announced a progremme to boost the healh of women in East and Southern Africa. Full text...

  • US spends $4 billion on HIV/AIDS programme in Nigeria
    17 november 2017 21:03:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) said on Friday that it has spent over $4 billion on HIV/AIDS response programme in Nigeria since 2004. Full text...

  • IOM expands HIV/AIDS services in South Sudan displacement sites
    09 november 2017 05:50:02
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Thanks to the recent expansion of HIV/AIDS services conducted by the United Nations migration agency, some 171,000 civilians and their host communities have gained benefit from these health facilities in South Sudan. Full text...

  • US: US government launches new strategy to guide global AIDS programmes
    19 september 2017 16:54:36
    New York, US (PANA) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to launch a new strategy to guide U.S. global AIDS programmes for the next three years on Tuesday, during his engagement at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Full text...

  • Zambia: HIV/AIDS testing now mandatory in Zambia
    16 august 2017 08:37:41
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – HIV/AIDS testing is now mandatory in public health institutions as the Zambian Government acts to prevent further loss of life from the pandemic which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives since the mid-1980s, President Edgar Lungu has announced. Full text...

  • France: Sub-Saharan Africa has 'unacceptably high' AIDS-related deaths - MSF
    27 july 2017 09:47:32
    Paris, France (PANA) – An unacceptably high number of people continue to develop and die of AIDS-related diseases across sub-Saharan Africa, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has warned. Full text...

  • France: End AIDS Coalition launched in Paris
    25 july 2017 13:20:20
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNAIDS has welcomed the launch of the End AIDS Coalition (EAC), a strong collaboration of leading AIDS experts, scientists, clinicians, policy-makers, faith leaders, business leaders and activists determined to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. Full text...

  • Swaziland: UNAIDS congratulates Swaziland on viral load suppression among adults living with HIV
    24 july 2017 16:07:37
    Mbabane, Swaziland (PANA) - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has congratulated the Kingdom of Swaziland on the findings of the Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS 2) announced by the Swazi Prime Minister, Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, on Monday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 19.5 million people on life-saving treatment, AIDS-related deaths halved since 2005
    20 july 2017 13:09:07
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has released a new report showing that for the first time the scales have tipped as more than half of all people living with HIV (53%) now have access to HIV treatment. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Ghana pledges US$ 200 000 to UNAIDS
    03 july 2017 14:02:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Monday revealed that Ghana has pledged US$ 200,000 to support its work, indicating that the pledge was made at the close of the 40th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB), which was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27 to 29 June, 2017. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNAIDS PCB calls for equal representation of women and men
    28 june 2017 14:55:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) “To effectively end AIDS in an inclusive manner that leaves no one behind, we need both women and men to engage meaningfully in decision-making and implementation of the AIDS response at all levels,” says Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Ghanaian Minister of Health and Chair of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board currently meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Without an end to discrimination, there would be no end to the AIDS epidemic' - UNAIDS
    28 june 2017 14:37:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - "Without an end to discrimination there would be no end to the AIDS epidemic. Everybody must have access to essential health and education services without fear of being harassed, mistreated or rejected," the words of the First Lady of Panama, Lorena Castillo de Varela, at the opening session of the 40th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Germany to double annual financial contributions to UNAIDS
    27 june 2017 15:02:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The German Government will double its funding to UNAIDS in 2017-2018, to 5 million per year, Gerd Müller, the German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, assured on Tuesday at the 40th Meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, being held in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 40th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board opens in Geneva
    27 june 2017 14:36:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A three-day meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, the 40th in the series, began on Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland, according to the UNAIDS media channel. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana says steadfast HIV/AIDS fight continues
    19 april 2017 09:57:01
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi has reiterated the country firm support to the 90-90-90 HIV/AIDS initiative – knowledge status, treatment and virologist suppression. Full text...

  • UN: Ghana chairs UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board for 2017
    30 march 2017 15:13:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said Ghana is chairing its Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) for 2017. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS urges zero discrimination in healthcare delivery
    01 march 2017 15:14:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Wednesday urged everyone to 'make some noise' for zero discrimination in healthcare settings. Full text...

  • Libya: WHO warns against spread of HIV/AIDS in Libya
    10 january 2017 13:40:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned against a strong HIV/AIDS prevalence in Libya in view of the security chaos that caused the disintegration of its health system. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS Board urges more investment, partnership to end HIV/AIDS epidemic
    12 december 2016 15:58:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Coordinating Board has stressed the need for sustained investment, strengthened commitment, partnerships and innovation to enable more countries to accelerate the delivery of services to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS urges human rights protection for people living with AIDS
    09 december 2016 15:48:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The world will never achieve the end of AIDS without bold actions to advance the human rights of the people left furthest behind, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said on Friday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana president calls for collective efforts to fight HIV
    01 december 2016 11:45:36
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President Ian Khama has implored the nation to unite in fighting the HIV scourge saying a collective effort is needed coupled with individual responsibility. Full text...

  • UN: Ban stresses need to stop stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS
    30 november 2016 20:31:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday stressed the need to stop stigma and abuse against those living with HIV/AIDS and to ensure that they receive the care, treatment and protection they are entitled to. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS says 18.2 million people on anti-retroviral therapy
    21 november 2016 19:02:09
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Monday stated that countries are getting on the UNAIDS' Fast-Track Approach, with an additional one million people accessing treatment in just six months (January to June 2016). Full text...

  • Angola: UNDP, Global Fund sign grant to strengthen Angola’s response to HIV/AIDS
    05 august 2016 19:46:28
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund on Friday signed a US$30 million grant to reduce new HIV infections in Angola, while also increasing antiretroviral therapy coverage and ensuring better adherence to treatment. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS honours Chinese news agency for AIDS response partnership
    28 july 2016 11:49:17
    New York, US (PANA) - In the recognition of the key role that the media play in the Fast-Track response to ending the AIDS epidemic, Cai Mingzhao, the President of Xinhua News Agency has been presented with the UNAIDS Leaders and Innovators Award at an event held during a joint cooperation visit to Xinhua headquarters in Beijing, China. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS honours 10 NGOs for outstanding community leadership on AIDS
    26 july 2016 13:53:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Ten community-based organizations from different parts of the world, including Africa, have won the "2016 Red Ribbon Award" for their inspiring work towards ending or reducing the impact of the AIDS epidemic. Full text...

  • UN: AIDS conference urges end of discrimination, more support for HIV care
    23 july 2016 17:36:08
    New York, US (PANA) - As the 21st International AIDS Conference wrapped up in Durban, South Africa, the Deputy Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS), Luiz Loures, called for ending discrimination against patients, especially those from the most vulnerable populations, as well as bolster more HIV care and resources to end the epidemic. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners launch documentary film on HIV/AIDS treatment
    21 july 2016 16:20:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030, Mr. Ray Chambers, the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Lagos-based Ventures Africa, on Thursday launched a documentary film, titled: "Treatment For All: Our Lives, Our Stories", to support AIDS treatment expansion and stop the spread of HIV. Full text...

  • S. Africa: New drive for paediatric HIV treatment launched at AIDS conference
    21 july 2016 08:24:10
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - A new global push to end paediatric AIDS by 2020 has been launched at the 21st International AIDS Conference, the world’s largest forum devoted to any single health or development issue, said the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS urges strong faith response to end AIDS by 2030
    20 july 2016 17:54:09
    New York, US (PANA) - A strong faith response is critical to achieving the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Fast-Track Targets by 2020 and to ending AIDS by 2030, UNAIDS said in a statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Adolescents dying of AIDS at alarming rate, UNICEF warns
    19 july 2016 07:01:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) says an average of 29 adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 are infected with HIV every hour, calling for a redoubling of prevention and treatment efforts. Full text...

  • South Africa: VP Ramaphosa salutes 12-year-old AIDS victim
    13 july 2016 14:01:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Wednesday saluted AIDS victim, Nkosi Johnson, whose fight against the disease touched the hearts of millions of people around the world. Full text...

  • UN: AIDS Watch Africa experts task govts on ending AIDS epidemic
    04 july 2016 17:35:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The Consultative Experts Meeting of AIDS Watch Africa (AWA) has welcomed the recently adopted UN Political Declaration on Ending AIDS and urged African governments to include the political declaration in their national strategic plans for AIDS response and also toward ending the AIDS epidemic. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS Board urges more investments, partnerships to end AIDS epidemic
    01 july 2016 13:56:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Coordinating Board has stressed the need for accelerated action, increased investment, intensified partnerships and innovation in community-led service delivery to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS, Belgium sign new multi-year funding agreement
    27 june 2016 15:06:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Government of Belgium have signed a new multi-year funding agreement for 2017–2020 to enhance the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • UN: UN member states reiterate commitments to end AIDS epidemic by 2030
    11 june 2016 07:57:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The 193 UN member states late on Friday in New York reiterated their commitment to implementing a bold agenda to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zero new infections, zero AIDS deaths attainable before 2030 - Zambian Minister
    09 june 2016 17:14:54
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Health Minister Joseph Kasonde has told a High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on ending HIV/AIDS that Africa is strongly committed to fight pandemic. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS, PEPFAR announce decline in new HIV infections among children in Africa
    08 june 2016 17:55:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the US Full text...

  • UN: UN member states adopt new Political Declaration on Ending AIDS
    08 june 2016 17:08:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The 193 UN member states on Wednesday in New York adopted Full text...

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