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  • UN: Over US$2 billion pledged for women’s, children’s well-being - UN
    22 september 2016 19:23:57
    New York, US (PANA) - 23 new commitments, corresponding to over US$2 billion in pledges for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and wellbeing were announced on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: World leaders commit to act on antimicrobial resistance
    21 september 2016 20:21:09
    New York, US (PANA) - World leaders on Wednesday at the UN headquarters in New York expressed their collective efforts to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines, in order to ensure a healthier society, enhance food security, and facilitate development. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Cholera vaccination campaign targets Juba neighbourhoods in South Sudan
    20 september 2016 13:50:24
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Over 23,000 people have been vaccinated against cholera in Juba between 17–20 September, in a campaign aiming to mitigate the spread of the disease in South Sudan’s capital, where the UN and the Ministry of Health have reported nearly 1,800 cholera cases and 12 related deaths since July. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges better nutrition for refugees
    20 september 2016 06:25:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that millions of refugees around the world face food insecurity and the risk of malnutrition, stressing the need for stronger response to ensure that refugees are able to meet their food and nutrition needs. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges more partnerships for healthier world
    17 september 2016 21:17:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Praising the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as a model of partnership that brings together people and development partners, governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by diseases, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday said such broad cooperation is also the key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Full text...

  • South Africa: Bishop Desmond Tutu re-admitted in hospital
    17 september 2016 13:17:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is back in hospital, just days after being discharged following three weeks of treatment for a recurring infection. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS urges donors to fully support Global Fund on AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria
    15 september 2016 16:03:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the 5th Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund), holding in Montreal, Canada, on 16-17 September, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has urged donors to fully fund the Global Fund to enable it carry out its responsibilities. Full text...

  • South Sudan: WHO, partners battle multiple disease outbreaks in South Sudan
    09 september 2016 19:32:46
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Infectious diseases continue to pose a major public health threat in South Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday in a brief on the current situation, noting that, adding to the chronic burden of disease, regular outbreaks further threaten people's health. Full text...

  • UN: G20 First ladies promote HIV prevention among youth
    05 september 2016 19:44:26
    New York, US (PANA) - China's First Lady, Peng Liyuan, and her counterparts from Group of 20 (G20) countries have expressed their commitment to preventing HIV infection among young people. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Wild Polio Virus reported in Boko Haram ravaged northeastern Nigeria
    05 september 2016 19:26:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The relapse of polio in Nigeria is increasing as a two-year-old boy with no vaccination history has been confirmed to be affected by Wild Polio Virus (WPV) in Monguno ward of Monguno local government area of Borno State, northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Millions protected in Africa's largest-ever emergency yellow fever jabbing campaign
    03 september 2016 10:16:42
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - A major part of the largest emergency vaccination campaign against yellow fever ever attempted in Africa has been completed, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced, saying more than 7.7 million people were vaccinated in record time in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Ghana: Liberians to receive additional tailored mental health services
    01 september 2016 09:09:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Carter Centre has partnered with the UBS Optimus Foundation to improve the well-being of vulnerable youth in Liberia by tailoring and strengthening the national mental health care system to address the unique needs of children and adolescents. Full text...

  • Kenya: Japanese firm seeks steps to advance sanitation investment in Africa
    27 august 2016 10:19:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The lack of proper toilets and water and sewerage systems across Africa has an economic cost of US$19.3 billion, an equivalent of 0.9% of the overall economy of most countries, according to a new research publicised at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) taking place in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Sudan: South Sudanese ex-VP, Machar, in Sudan for medical treatment
    23 august 2016 14:54:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Tuesday acknowledged the presence of South Sudanese former First Vice President, Dr. Rick Machar, in Sudan for urgent medical attention. Full text...

  • UN: WHO scales up emergency response in northeast Nigeria
    23 august 2016 06:22:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) is ramping up its response in north-eastern Nigeria, where initial assessments have revealed urgent health problems among populations in areas formerly held by Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • UN: WHO African member states adopt new malaria control framework
    22 august 2016 17:35:23
    New York, US (PANA) - With Africa still accounting for more than 90 per cent of global malaria deaths in 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said its member states in Africa have adopted a new framework on implementing a strategy towards a malaria-free continent. Full text...

  • Benin: Mercy Ships docks in Cotonou for 10-month free medical services
    22 august 2016 11:22:47
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Mercy Ships, an international charity that provides free health services, has docked in Benin's port city of Cotonou, with the Africa Mercy, the world's largest private hospital ship, which is staffed by an all-volunteer crew. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria warns of fake malaria drugs in Cameroon, DR Congo
    20 august 2016 18:39:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ‎The Nigerian Federal Government on Saturday warned of the circulation of two fake malaria drugs in Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius introduces HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer
    19 august 2016 06:37:45
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius on Friday launched a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to prevent cervical cancer among girls as part of the Expanded Programme of Immunisation in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations. Full text...

  • UN: WHO names Michael Bloomberg Global Ambassador on Non-Communicable Diseases
    18 august 2016 15:10:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has named former New York Mayor and philanthropist, Michael Bloomberg, as its Global Ambassador for Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs). Full text...

  • UN: WHO takes steps to improve data on stillbirths, maternal, neonatal deaths
    16 august 2016 18:57:20
    New York, US PANA) - Most stillbirths and neonatal deaths are preventable with quality health care during pregnancy and childbirth, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday as it launched three new publications to help countries address and strengthen their classification, review, and investigation processes on these deaths, which are unrecorded or underreported. Full text...

  • Angola: Millions to be vaccinated against yellow fever in Angola, DR Congo
    16 august 2016 09:48:28
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - One of the largest emergency vaccination campaigns ever attempted in Africa will start in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo this week as the UN health agency and partners work to curb a yellow fever outbreak that has killed more than 400 people and made thousands more sick. Full text...

  • UN: WHO steps up cholera response in Central African Republic
    12 august 2016 16:39:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are stepping up efforts to respond to a recent cholera outbreak in villages along the Oubangui River in Central African Republic (CAR), and have stressed the urgent need for more resources and support for the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: New iPhone App diagnoses malaria, tuberculosis
    12 august 2016 09:11:43
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Digicape, an Apple online store, has revealed that it is expanding its solution set in the Healthcare market through a deal with xRapid, a London-based startup that created a mobile health solution to provide automatic diagnosis of malaria via an iPhone app. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Wild Polio Virus resurfaces in Nigeria
    11 august 2016 19:44:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s celebration of two years without a case of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) appears short-lived as the Nigerian government announced Thursday it is drawing up emergency plans to draft experts in the next 48 hours for immediate massive immunization of children in the affected areas of the Boko Haram ravaged northeastern State of Borno. Full text...

  • UN: WHO, partners step up measures to control yellow fever epidemic in Angola, DRC
    09 august 2016 22:35:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are continuing their programmes against yellow fever outbreaks even though the epidemic, first reported in January 2016, appears to be declining, with no new cases confirmed in the last six weeks. 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...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian population urged to support breastfeeding mothers
    04 august 2016 17:39:51
    Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health Minister Anil Gayan on Thursday urged fathers, relatives, neighbours and health care professionals to support the breastfeeding mothers in light of the negative impact of modern lifestyles on breastfeeding with women having to reconcile work with motherhood. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN agency makes case for rural folks in post-ebola recovery plan
    03 august 2016 15:28:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The biggest outbreak of Ebola in human history is over, but urgent investments in the rural areas of Sierra Leone and Liberia are needed if these countries are to fully recover, said Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD),says. Full text...

  • UN: Kenya reaffirms commitments to address HIV/AIDS stigma, discrimination
    02 august 2016 15:50:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Kenya has reaffirmed its commitment to end HIV-related stigma and discrimination with a new national campaign titled: "Kick out HIV stigma", the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said on Tuesday in a statement. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF stresses need for breastfeeding to save babies
    29 july 2016 19:01:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 77 million of the world’s newborns - or 1 in 2 - are exposed to an increased risk of death because they are deprived of essential nutrients and antibodies when they are not breastfed within the first hour of birth, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned Friday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: WHO deploys mobile labs to keep track of yellow fever in DRC
    29 july 2016 18:04:34
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday it has supported the deployment of a mobile laboratory from the European Union (EU) to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in order to strengthen and fast track diagnosis of yellow fever. Full text...

  • Kenya: Brazil allays Zika Virus fears during Olympic games
    28 july 2016 13:59:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Sportsmen heading to Brazil for the forthcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro should not worry about the Zika Virus as the outbreak of the disease has declined by 80 percent during the last two months, Brazilian Ambassador to Kenya, Marcela Nicodemos, said Wednesday night. 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: UN ramp up support for South Sudan's battle against cholera outbreak
    27 july 2016 15:04:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and its partners are ramping up support for South Sudan's fight to contain a cholera outbreak, including an oral vaccination campaign to reach over 14,000 people and the creation of treatment and rehydration centres. 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: 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...

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