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  • UN: WHO to launch new hepatitis testing guidelines
    25 july 2016 19:08:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of World Hepatitis Day observed annually on 28 July, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it plans to release new testing guidelines for hepatitis B and C, in an attempt to encourage testing and reach the 95 per cent of people who are not aware they are infected with the disease. 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: UNAIDS regional director to meet with Liberian authorities on HIV/AIDS
    23 july 2016 17:12:48
    New York, US (PANA) - West and Central Africa's Regional Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), Dr. Djibril Diallo, will on Monday begin a four-day official mission to Liberia for talks with the country's leadership on HIV response mechanism. 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...

  • UN: UNICEF steps up operations in South Sudan to check cholera outbreak
    21 july 2016 14:20:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Dozens of people in South Sudan may have cholera, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said, noting that it is working with partners to step up its operations to avoid a possible cholera outbreak in the country. 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: South Africa launches "SheConquers' HIV prevention campaign
    20 july 2016 18:09:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Responding to the heightened vulnerability of young women and adolescent girls to HIV, the Government of South Africa has launched a nationwide HIV prevention campaign, a Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) statement said 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: WHO urges governments to act fast on hepatitis testing, treatment
    20 july 2016 15:39:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Around 400 million people are infected with hepatitis but only one in 20 know they have the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) 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...

  • UN: WHO urges speeding up efforts on non-communicable diseases
    19 july 2016 06:54:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Governments must make greater efforts to protect people from heart disease, cancers, diabetes and lung disease, the leading causes of death among the elderly, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief calls for scaling up HIV/AIDS global response mechanism
    19 july 2016 06:16:24
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 18,000 global leaders, scientists, advocates, and front-line health workers gathered on Monday in Durban, South Africa, for a UN-backed international conference on AIDS tagged, "AIDS 2016", to advance knowledge about HIV and build innovative partnerships to strengthen global response to the epidemic. Full text...

  • AU Summit: African First Ladies campaign against HIV/AIDS, maternal, child mortality
    18 july 2016 18:37:27
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The general assembly of the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) took place Monday in Kigali, Rwanda, reaffirming their commitment to advocate for access and investments in life saving vaccines for Africa’s mothers, newborns, and adolescents. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS reports global gains on 90-90-90 targets for HIV treatment
    18 july 2016 14:59:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Countries are making rapid progress in scaling up HIV testing and treatment across several regions, through the 90-90-90 targets, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS report says donor governments' funding for HIV declined in 2015
    18 july 2016 14:49:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Donor governments' funding to support HIV efforts in low- and middle-income countries fell for the first time in five years in 2015, decreasing from US$8.6 billion in 2014 to US$7.5 billion, a new report by the California-based NGO, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Global immunization coverage sustained in past five years - WHO
    17 july 2016 07:16:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) -The latest World Health Organisation (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) data on global immunization coverage show that 86% of the world’s children received the required 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines (DTP3) in 2015, a coverage level that has been sustained above 85% since 2010. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says majority of people want female genital mutilation to end
    15 july 2016 19:30:13
    New York, US (PANA) - New data from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that about two-thirds of men, women, boys and girls in countries where female genital mutilation is common want the practice to end. 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...

  • Rwanda: Kagame sacks health minister for alleged funds mismanagement
    12 july 2016 22:21:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday sacked the Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, for alleged mismanagement of public funds, one week after two other senior health officials were dismissed over "serious breaches of professional conduct", an official source confirmed here. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS report warns on new HIV infections among adults
    12 july 2016 15:41:16
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), released on Tuesday, has expressed concerns on new HIV infections among adults in some parts of the world. Full text...

  • France: Experts propose actions to reduce health risks linked to climate change
    09 july 2016 19:47:32
    Paris, France (PANA) - Participants at the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate, hosted by the Government of France, COP21 presidency, have proposed key actions for the implementation of the Paris agreement to reduce health risks linked to climate change. 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...

  • Switzerland: UN launching yellow fever vaccination campaigns on Angola-DRC border
    30 june 2016 05:40:18
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Amid an outbreak of yellow fever in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations health agency is launching pre-emptive vaccination campaigns to halt the epidemic and prevent the risk of further international spread. 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...

  • Tunisia: WHO condemns attacks on Benghazi health facilities
    27 june 2016 10:53:02
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned recent attacks on two health facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for 'effective, compassionate' action to global drug abuse
    26 june 2016 19:28:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, UN Secretary-General on Sunday called for a global response that is simultaneously effective, compassionate and humane, to the challenges posed by the world drug problem. Full text...

  • UN: UNODC calls for more action to reduce impact of drugs on societies
    23 june 2016 14:57:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Thursday launched its annual World Drug Report, which shows that the number of people worldwide described as dependent on drugs increased to more than 29 million in 2014, up from around 27 million the previous year. Full text...

  • Senegal: Togo organises meeting on post-Ebola recovery for affected states
    22 june 2016 15:55:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo, as the Regional Coordinator, will be organizing a meeting with International Partners and donors on post-Ebola recovery for affected Member-States, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief calls for strengthening responses to global health crises
    20 june 2016 21:56:00
    New York, US (PANA) - With the continued increase in the number and gravity of health emergencies globally, the international community must continue to work towards charting a path for how nations and communities can proactively prepare for and respond to such challenges in the future, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Antiretroviral therapy reduces risk of life-threatening HIV-related infections'
    20 june 2016 18:07:48
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Adults and children with HIV who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) as early as possible reduce their risk of developing serious HIV-related infections, according to new findings published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases on 15 June 2016. Full text...

  • UN: WHO raises alarm on global yellow fever vaccine stockpile
    17 june 2016 16:41:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The global stockpile of the yellow fever vaccine may not be sufficient if simultaneous outbreaks hit the densely populated areas not covered by emergency responses, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari extends his London medical trip, will now return Sunday
    16 june 2016 15:28:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, who is in London to treat his ear infection, will now return to Abuja on Sunday instead of Thursday (today). Full text...

  • UN: Coffee does not pose cancer risk - WHO says
    15 june 2016 18:14:02
    New York, US (PANA) - An international working group of scientists convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that coffee should no longer be considered a carcinogen, although it found limited evidence that drinking very hot beverages can cause oesophageal cancer. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert tasks governments on safeguarding adolescent health rights
    15 june 2016 17:35:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Mr. Dainius Puras on Wednesday called on governments to remove all legal barriers to access health facilities, goods and services interfering with the rights of adolescents to be heard and taken seriously, and that limit their right to make autonomous decisions. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS honours Kofi Annan, raises US$1 million for HIV/AIDS services
    15 june 2016 15:30:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has honoured former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, with the UNAIDS Award for Leadership, in recognition of his outstanding and remarkable contributions to the global response to HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO panel sees 'very low' risk of Zika spread from Rio Olympics
    15 june 2016 10:07:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - An expert panel of the World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that while the Zika virus and its associated disorders continue to be a public health emergency of international concern, there is a “very low” risk of further international spread of the virus as a result of the upcoming Olympic Games. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia places sixth in exclusive breast feeding rating
    14 june 2016 15:56:21
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia has made great progress in promoting exclusive breast feeding, becoming the sixth highest in the world at over 72 percent, according to the 2016 Global Nutrition Report. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Voluntary unpaid blood donations must increase rapidly - WHO
    14 june 2016 06:09:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Voluntary, unpaid blood donations must be increased rapidly in more than half the world’s countries in order to ensure a reliable supply of safe blood for patients whose lives depend on it, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on World Blood Donor Day which falls on 14 June. 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...

  • UN: UNAIDS welcomes US govt US$100 million fund for HIV services
    09 june 2016 18:51:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Thursday welcomed the US government announcement of a US$100 million Key Populations Investment Fund to expand access to HIV services. 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...

  • Liberia: WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola
    09 june 2016 16:53:37
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia. 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...

  • UN: African ministers, participants urge global action to end pediatric AIDS
    08 june 2016 14:56:03
    New York, US (PANA) - African health ministers, leaders of pediatric HIV treatment programme, philanthropic foundations, civil society and private sector partners have called for an expanded global partnership to end pediatric AIDS. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS chief calls for more investments for HIV prevention
    08 june 2016 14:08:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibe, on Wednesday called for combination prevention to be fast-tracked and for more investments in HIV prevention. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges collective action to end AIDS epidemic
    06 june 2016 21:55:41
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said that, while much Full text...

  • UN: Experts task govts on human rights obligations to end HIV/AIDS
    06 june 2016 15:52:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Prominent International human rights experts on Monday urged Full text...

  • UN: Mayors, UNAIDS, partners strategise against HIV/AIDS
    06 june 2016 15:49:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Mayors from different parts of the world, in collaboration with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Fast-Track cities partners, UN-Habitat and the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), on Monday in New York convened a one-day event on ending the AIDS epidemic in cities by 2030. Full text...

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