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  • Conflict zones could constitute ‘hiding places’ for Ebola virus – WHO chief
    14 august 2018 19:57:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Following a two-day mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday repeated his call for warring parties in conflict-riven North Kivu to stop fighting, and allow health teams access to areas affected by the recent Ebola outbreak in the region. Full text...

  • UNICEF mobilises communication specialists to support Ebola vaccination campaign in DRC
    13 august 2018 06:44:37
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – Following the launch of the vaccination campaign against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on 8 August, UNICEF has mobilized communication specialists to inform and engage communities affected by the disease as the vaccination campaign is being rolled-out. Full text...

  • Free, secure access needed in DR Congo conflict zone to tackle Ebola – WHO
    13 august 2018 06:30:37
    Beni, DR Congo (PANA) - After seeing first-hand the complexities of the Ebola response in the conflict-affected region of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for “free and secure” access to the disease-affected people. Full text...

  • Medical charity launches emergency response to treat severely malnourished children in Chadian capital
    12 august 2018 07:25:39
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - Endemic in the region, acute malnutrition affects not only the rural provinces of the Sahel strip. It is chronic among children under five in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, and has reached alarming proportions in this city of about 1.5 million inhabitants, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said. Full text...

  • Specialist Red Cross Ebola team arrives in North Kivu
    10 august 2018 09:49:07
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – A team of Red Cross experts has arrived in the town of Beni, close to the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to a statement from the medical charity. Full text...

  • Ebola vaccination begins in North Kivu - WHO
    09 august 2018 16:36:48
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Ministry of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday announced the launch of Ebola vaccinations for high risk populations in North Kivu province. Full text...

  • AU, AfDB, Afreximbank discuss establishment of African Pharmaceutical Development Fund
    08 august 2018 14:20:32
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Officials from the African Union (AU), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Import and Export Bank (Afreximbank) are holding a three-day meeting in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss practical steps towards the creation of a fund to support pharmaceutical manufacturing in Africa. Full text...

  • 'Mauritius committed to promote breastfeeding'
    08 august 2018 07:42:35
    Port-Louis, Mauritius, (PANA) - Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Minister Dr Anwar Husnoo has said that the government is committed to promote breastfeeding as an important public health intervention so as to make sure that every child born in Mauritius is given a good chance to survive, grow and develop into a healthy and strong young citizen. Full text...

  • Specialist Red Cross team arrives in North Kivu to combat Ebola
    07 august 2018 16:13:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A team of Red Cross experts has arrived in the town of Beni, close to the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu in eastern DR Congo,,the humanitarian organization said in a press releaseTuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches campaign against Non-Communicable Diseases
    06 august 2018 09:19:12
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A 10-day campaign against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) was launched over the weekend by the Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Ministry. Full text...

  • UNICEF mobilises staff, supplies to help with response to new DRC Ebola outbreak
    06 august 2018 06:27:31
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Following last Wednesday's announcement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of a new Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) says it has mobilised its teams to help contain the spread of the disease and protect children. Full text...

  • 'Conflict in new Ebola zone of DR Congo exacerbates complexity of response'
    05 august 2018 03:26:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Protecting vulnerable people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the latest Ebola Virus outbreak is going to be “very, very complex”, given the huge logistical challenges and ongoing conflict there, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Full text...

  • DR Congo ebola outbreak compounds dire humanitarian crisis - NRC
    03 august 2018 14:06:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new Ebola outbreak in DR Congo's conflict zone, North Kivu, whose residents have been massively displaced, is a toxic cocktail that will exacerbate the virus and have fatal consequences, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) warned on Friday. Full text...

  • Eswatini deworms at least 85% of school-aged children - WHO
    03 august 2018 06:21:32
    Mbabane, Eswatini (PANA) - The Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) has surpassed the target set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for deworming coverage and obtained 85% during the third round of the Mass Medicine Administration (MMA) campaign. Full text...

  • 'Developing Africa’s pharmaceutical sector is crucial' - ECA
    02 august 2018 14:29:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says there is an urgent need to develop Africa's pharmaceutical sector to reduce the continent’s dependence on imported pharmaceutical and medical products. Full text...

  • New cluster of Ebola cases announced in DR Congo, says WHO
    02 august 2018 04:26:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced on Wednesday that preliminary laboratory results indicate a new cluster of cases of the deadly Ebola virus in North Kivu province, the UN health agency said. Full text...

  • UNICEF reiterates importance of breastfeeding to save newborn lives
    31 july 2018 05:42:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Three-in-five babies, mostly born in low- and middle-income countries, are not breastfed within the first hour of life, placing them at higher risk of death and disease, according to a new United Nations report launched on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Medical charity opens emergency nutrition programme in Chadian capital
    28 july 2018 07:56:17
    N’Djamena, Chad (PANA) - Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has opened a therapeutic feeding centre in partnership with the Chadian Ministry of Health, to respond to the plight of thousands of under-five-year-olds in N’Djamena, the capital. Full text...

  • Action needed to find, test, treat millions unknowingly infected with viral hepatitis – WHO
    28 july 2018 07:39:56
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Millions of people globally who have viral hepatitis are unaware or unable to receive treatment, the United Nations health agency said Friday, on the eve of World Hepatitis Day, raising the alarm to “find, test and treat the missing millions.” Full text...

  • 'Stigma and discrimination still persists’ against people living with HIV – ILO
    27 july 2018 06:12:01
    Amsterdam, Netherlands (PANA) - Although progress in treating people living with HIV has enabled them to work, they continue to face career discrimination, says a new study launched on Thursday by the United Nations labour agency. Full text...

  • UNICEF raises US$10 million for 9th Ebola epidemic
    26 july 2018 20:41:09
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The UN Childrens' Fund (UNICEF) said it raised more than US$10 million, including funds from several donors, to respond to the 9th Ebola epidemic, which broke out two months ago in North-West Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a communiqué obtained Thursday by PANA. Full text...

  • 'Rwanda will not apply restriction on birth limits' - PM
    26 july 2018 14:52:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente, on Thursday said the government has never planned to impose limits on the number of children a family can have in the East African country. Full text...

  • Researchers say scientific evidence does not support HIV criminalization laws
    25 july 2018 15:36:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -– Twenty of the world’s leading HIV scientists have launched an evidence-based consensus that systematically refutes the rationale for laws that criminalize HIV transmission, according to a statement obtained on Wednesday. Full text...

  • More ‘political commitment’ needed urgently for HIV prevention: UNAIDS chief
    25 july 2018 06:46:15
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands (PANA) - As HIV infections continue to rise, UNAIDS — the UN agency leading the global effort to end the public health threat posed by the virus — called on Tuesday for countries to boost prevention measures and continue facilitating access to treatment. Full text...

  • WHO declares DR Congo Ebola outbreak over
    24 july 2018 19:30:06
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Ebola virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) has been declared over, thanks to a concerted national and international effort to contain the threat, the UN’s top health official said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan lawyer honoured for AIDS pro-bono work
    24 july 2018 15:04:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan lawyer, Allan Achesa Maleche, has been named winner of the Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award. Full text...

  • Medical charity raises raises red flag on children missing vaccinations in CAR
    22 july 2018 05:40:47
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - A medical charity is warning that children in the Central African Republic (CAR) are missing out on routine vaccinations. Full text...

  • AstraZeneca, Kenya pharmacists body team up to enhance healthcare in Kenya
    19 july 2018 14:19:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical company, has teamed up with the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK), to strengthen healthcare capabilities by building capacity of Kenyan pharmacists through the AstraZeneca Pharmacy Academy. Full text...

  • ‘Prevention crisis’ is hampering global HIV response, warns head of UNAIDS
    19 july 2018 07:03:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Complacency over HIV and AIDS has created a “prevention crisis” that risks destabilizing efforts to reach the key 2020 target of fewer than 500,000 new HIV infections per year, the head of the UN agency in charge of fighting the pandemic warned on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN-backed treaty against illicit tobacco trade set to take effect in September
    18 july 2018 16:33:10
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A United Nations-backed treaty aimed at stopping the illicit trading of tobacco products, is set to enter into force on 25 September, marking a diplomatic breakthrough in efforts to protect public health and strike back against the criminal organizations profiting from such deals. Full text...

  • Sand, dust storms, a 'human well-being' issue, says high level panel
    17 july 2018 07:07:37
    New York, US (PANA) - From higher morbidity and mortality rates to reduced economic growth, the impact of sand and dust storms can be major, especially for lower-income nations and vulnerable communities. Full text...

  • UNICEF says record number of children vaccinated in 2017
    16 july 2018 19:52:19
    New York, US (PANA) - A record 123 million children were immunized globally in 2017, according to data released on Monday by the World Health Organization and UN children's Fund (UNICEF). Full text...

  • Mauritius celebrates World Population Day 2018
    11 july 2018 18:18:48
    Bagatelle, Mauritius (PANA) – To improve the quality of life of its people, the Mauritian government plans to reposition its family planning strategy and promote increased contraceptive use. Full text...

  • Niger’s girls find sanctuary in fistula treatment centres (A UN feature)
    10 july 2018 06:39:58
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Twenty-three-year-old Kodi Moumdau laughs with a group of young women in brightly coloured shawls in her ward at the National Fistula Centre [Centre National de Référence de Fistule Obstétricale] in the outskirts of Niamey, the capital of Niger. They can consider themselves among the lucky women who have been treated for and survived an obstetric fistula condition. Full text...

  • Dangers of poor quality health care revealed ‘in all countries’: WHO report
    05 july 2018 19:24:56
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - United Nations experts said on Thursday that ineffective health care is a global phenomenon which increases the burden of illness and wastes scarce resources. Full text...

  • 'Mental health needs of children, young people in conflict need to be prioritised'
    05 july 2018 15:45:21
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) – More action is needed to address the devastating impact of prolonged conflicts on the mental health of children and young people, experts said at a conference in Berlin on Thursday, the UN children's fund (UNICEF) reported. Full text...

  • MSF hands over Ebola response activities in DRC
    04 july 2018 06:55:22
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says after a two-month emergency intervention in Equator Province of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), it has begun handing over its Ebola response activities to the Ministry of Health and other non-governmental organisations in Mbandaka, Bikoro, Itipo and Iboko. Full text...

  • WHO sensitises Congolese journalists on Ebola
    28 june 2018 11:47:15
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A sensitisation workshop for Congolese journalists on Ebola opened on Wednesday in Brazzaville with the participation of public and private broadcasting media practitioners. Full text...

  • WHO study reveals ‘game-changer’ drug to save women’s lives in childbirth
    27 june 2018 22:34:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A stand-by drug used to prevent potentially-fatal bleeding after childbirth has some new competition – with improved benefits, according a United Nations health agency-led report. Full text...

  • A little black box for detecting and tracking disease outbreaks (A WHO feature)
    25 june 2018 06:49:11
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - One of the toughest tasks in responding to a major public health emergency is getting accurate information about infectious disease outbreaks. Full text...

  • Catholic priest returns home after surviving Ebola in DR Congo (Feature by WHO)
    14 june 2018 06:42:02
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Rev. Father Lucien Ambunga, Catholic Priest and Pastor for the remote rural community of Itipo celebrated his first mass last Sunday since he returned to his parish on 8 June, after recovering from Ebola. Full text...

  • Mauritius Health minister appeals to the population to donate blood
    13 june 2018 11:56:26
    Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Minister, Mr Anwar Husnoo, on Wednesday appealed to the population to donate blood as frequently as possible and encourage more people to help collect 55,000 pints of blood every year. Full text...

  • 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...

  • Everyone has 'a moral imperative' to uphold the rights of persons with disabilities, says UN chief
    12 june 2018 19:57:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Cementing and protecting the rights of around 1.5 billion people around the world in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilitiss is a “moral imperative” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Measles gains ground in Mauritius
    09 june 2018 08:05:39
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Health Ministry has on Saturday indicated that no fewer than 205 cases of measles have been identified to date in the past four weeks in several parts of the island. Full text...

  • WHO reports ‘very strong progress’ in battling DR Congo Ebola outbreak
    09 june 2018 07:32:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - One month after the start of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), United Nations health experts on Friday reported “very strong progress” in the response to the disease. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for respect of human rights in DRC Ebola response
    07 june 2018 03:58:50
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo should ensure human rights protections in controlling the recent Ebola outbreak, Human Rights Watch has said Full text...

  • ‘Social drivers’ must be confronted in fight against TB, says UN chief
    04 june 2018 20:18:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Winning the fight against Tuberculosis requires that “social drivers” of the disease – especially poverty and inequality – are tackled head on, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Monday, urging greater efforts to provide universal health coverage and combat the growing threat of anti-microbial resistance. Full text...

  • WHO launches Global Action Plan on Physical Activity
    04 june 2018 10:14:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is on Monday joining Prime Minister António Costa of Portugal to launch the new "WHO Global action plan on physical activity and health 2018-2030: More active people for a healthier world." Full text...

  • Medical charity lauds South Africa's landmark step for access to medicines
    04 june 2018 04:58:56
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has lauded the move by the South African government to release a new intellectual property (IP) policy that will stop the country’s process of blindly handing out patents, thus providing hope to people across the country who cannot afford the medicines they need to stay alive and healthy. Full text...

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