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  • UN: Fire guts UN warehouse in Guinea with Ebola Response supplies
    19 december 2014 04:53:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Fire on Thursday engulfed a UN warehouse in Guinea that contained Full text...

  • Congo: How to save the lives of newborns in Africa (WHOAFRO Features)
    18 december 2014 12:57:11
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - According to a new WHO report, one third of all neonatal deaths occur in the African Region. Approximately three quarters of these deaths occur during the first week of life and almost half within the first 24 hours. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali winning fight against Ebola disease
    17 december 2014 18:10:55
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Health authorities in Mali confirmed Wednesday that the Ebola disease outbreak in the country has died down, but the West African nation must wait for three weeks without a new case before it can be declared free of the deadly disease in accordance with regulations of the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Guinea: NGO demands re-opening of schools in Guinea
    17 december 2014 13:07:10
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Saying that the closure of schools for more than 19 months following the deadly Ebola virus disease had led to children indulging in crimes, the chairman of the Guinean civil forum (FCG), Mr. Ibrahima Balaya Diallo, on Tuesday called for the re-opening of schools. Full text...

  • UN: Health workers in Sierra Leone to receive Ebola hazard pay
    16 december 2014 22:25:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Response workers battling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will receive "hazard pay" for the first time in Sierra Leone using mobile money because unless there is a certain element of incentives, or danger pay, it is very difficult to attract and retain people, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Burundi: Maternal and child health week begins in Burundi
    16 december 2014 21:48:59
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - A week dedicated to maternal and child health began on Tuesday in Burundi during which a vaccination and deworming exercise will be carried out, the office of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Bujumbura has said. Full text...

  • Mali: Surveillance on Mali's last Ebola contacts ends
    16 december 2014 17:22:03
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali could soon be declared free of the Ebola virus disease after the 21-day surveillance of the last 13 contacts was lifted Monday, according to a communique issued at the end of an inter-ministerial conference on the management of the epidemic under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Moussa Mara. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS leaders differ on Ebola death toll
    15 december 2014 14:38:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders, meeting here, Monday gave different death tolls from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that is ravaging several of the ECOWAS member states, highlighting what critics call gaps in the regional bloc's response to the scourge. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Blood shortage hits Mauritius
    15 december 2014 14:32:14
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius is facing a serious shortage of blood as donors have become rare and the stock of blood diminishing day by day, according to the Blood Donors Association (BDA), that is organizing a mega-blood donation activity Thursday in the capital Port-Louis, in a bid to help hospitals face the situation during the coming festive period. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UNECA appeals for US$2.6 billion debt relief to boost Ebola response
    15 december 2014 13:45:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) called for US$2.6 billion debt cancellation to countries worst affected by the Ebola outbreak and warned that foreign aid pledges could spark a debt crisis in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt. hails appointment of Mauritanian as head of UN emergency mission on Ebola
    14 december 2014 11:48:11
    Nouakchot, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government has welcomed the appointment of its citizen, Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed, to head the United Nations Mission for emergency action against Ebola (UNMEER), the Mauritanian ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation indicated here Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ebola fears ring loud at ECOWAS meetings (By Segun Adeyemi, PANA Correspondent, Nigeria)
    13 december 2014 16:15:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The frontlines of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that is ravaging parts of West Africa may be far from here, but the fear of the deadly disease is palpable at the headquarters of the regional bloc ECOWAS, which is hosting the preparatory meetings to the ECOWAS Summit scheduled for Monday in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Full text...

  • UN: UN meeting urges critical improvements to health systems of Ebola-affected countries
    13 december 2014 10:02:05
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN high-level meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland, said the international community must help Ebola-affected countries reboot their health systems so that they emerge from the current crisis more resilient and more focused on prevention efforts than ever before. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Global coalition to accelerate universal health coverage
    12 december 2014 15:01:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A new global coalition of over 500 leading health and development organizations have been inaugurated in New York, US, with a call on governments to accelerate reforms that will ensure that everyone, everywhere, can access quality health services without being forced into poverty, PANA reported, quoting a statement from the coalition Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: New ILO study reveals large health coverage gaps
    12 december 2014 13:47:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – A new study, released Friday by the International Labour Organization (ILO), shows that 80 percent of the population across 44 countries are without any health protection and are therefore deprived of the right to health. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS to get Centre for Disease Control
    12 december 2014 12:37:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The establishment of a Regional Centre for Disease Control in the West African sub-region will soon become a reality if the leaders of the region endorse the recommendation of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers who recently met in Abuja, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says Ebola response must include efforts to bolster health systems
    12 december 2014 07:43:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Martin Sajdik, has said that, while the priority is to stop the Ebola outbreak, measures must also ensure that the emergency response is linked to longer-term efforts to strengthen health systems in those countries hit the hardest. Full text...

  • Belgium: Saudi King Abdullah releases US$35 million for Ebola war in West Africa
    11 december 2014 20:55:54
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia has donated US$35 million to help in the war against the deadly Ebola virus disease in West Africa, says a communiqué from the King’s Palace in Jeddah issued to PANA on Thursday in Brussels. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Safe motherhood SMS service reduces maternal, infant mortality in Tanzania
    11 december 2014 11:12:25
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania's safe motherhood text messaging service is successfully helping the public to improve maternal health and reduce infant mortality since its launch two years ago, the programme management said here Thursday, which marks the start of its third year. Full text...

  • UN: UN congratulates frontline workers battling Ebola in West Africa
    10 december 2014 21:04:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Wednesday congratulated the front line workers in the field Full text...

  • UN: 'Intense response needed for western Sierra Leone, Guinea-Mali border'
    09 december 2014 22:12:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, said on Tuesday that the UN is currently focusing attention on bringing down the high levels of transmission in western Sierra Leone and ensuring that cases do not cross the border from Guinea into neighbouring Mali. Full text...

  • Belgium: Belgium ferries mobile laboratory to help fight Ebola in Guinea
    09 december 2014 19:25:03
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Belgium will send a mobile laboratory to Guinea to help the country fight the deadly Ebola virus disease, which has already killed 6,500 people in West Africa since the epidemic broke out, official sources here said. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Global Fund to grant Cape Verde 4 million euros for HIV/AIDS programmes
    09 december 2014 15:00:16
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) - The Global Fund will grant Cape Verde 4million euros to enable the archipelago to finance programmes against HIV/AIDS and malaria over the next three years, PANA learnt Tuesday from official sources. Full text...

  • Kenya: Malaria control reducing deaths - FAO
    09 december 2014 14:22:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The number people dying from malaria has fallen dramatically since 2000 and malaria cases are also steadily declining, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a news dispatch from Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS member states to deploy military personnel to fight Ebola
    09 december 2014 06:09:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS Member States have pledged to deploy, over the next six months, some 192 military medical personnel to strengthen the fight against the Ebola epidemic in the region’s most affected countries. Full text...

  • UN: Ebola response receives boost with donation of protective gear
    08 december 2014 22:32:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The first of 700,000 sets of protective gear intended for healthcare workers battling on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa arrived on Monday from Japan, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 'Some 25% of Tunisian children in urban areas are obese'
    08 december 2014 20:31:02
    Tunis Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian minister of Health, Mohamed Salah Ben Ammar, on Monday said that about 25% of Tunisian children living in urban areas suffer from obesity. Full text...

  • Mali: Germany provides mobile laboratory to fight Ebola in Mali
    08 december 2014 17:40:13
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – A mobile laboratory donated by the government of Germany to help Mali fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease was received at the weekend by the Malian Health ministry in Bamako, official sources here told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU provides additional 61 million euro to Ebola war chest
    08 december 2014 16:27:28
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The EU has made available an additional 61 million euro to the war against the Ebola that has killed more than 6,500 people in three West African countries. Full text...

  • Mali: "Nelson Mandela" health centre inaugurated in Bamako
    08 december 2014 15:43:06
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – A hospital complex, named after the late South African President, Nelson Mandela, and built at a cost of 80 million CFAF, was inaugurated here on Sunday by Mali’s First Lady, Mrs Aminata Maïga Keita, reliable sources told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Guinea: EVD remains active in four regions of Guinea
    07 december 2014 15:38:51
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – A total of 1,337 people have died from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) or 64 % of the 2,199 affected in Guinea following the outbreak of the disease in January last, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Minister warns against “health catastrophe” in Tunisia
    07 december 2014 08:52:44
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian Health Minister Mohamed Salah Ben Ammar has warned against a “health catastrophe” that threatens the Tunisian population in the next 30 years “if they do not change their food habits”. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali trains traditional healers on Ebola
    05 december 2014 21:15:42
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – A training session for local traditional healers on the risks of the spread of the Ebola virus disease opened on Friday in Bamako, capital of Mali. Full text...

  • Niger: PM sets up Interministerial Committee on Ebola
    04 december 2014 21:57:53
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger's Prime Minister Brigi Rafini Thursday set up an interministerial committee on Ebola, though no case of the disease has yet been reported in the country. Full text...

  • Togo: ECOWAS experts discuss promotion of traditional medicine
    04 december 2014 20:19:57
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Members of the health training institutions and traditional medicine experts from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have discussed the possibility of integrating aspects of traditional medicine into the training programmes for medicine schools in the sub-region, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Mali: UNDP offers equipment for Mali's disease control centre
    04 december 2014 18:13:51
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali on Thursday received equipment worth 527 million CFAF from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) for the national disease control centre within the framework of fighting the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, according to sources at the Malian Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: HIV/AIDS prevalence rate low in Cape Verde
    04 december 2014 14:20:26
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate has not risen in Cape Verde, where it remained at 0.8% for sometime now, the coordination committee on the fight against AIDS (CCS-AIDS) said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Why IPPF is not against homosexuality in Africa (Feature by Abudu Babalola, PANA correspondent)
    04 december 2014 10:15:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Same-sex marriage is a controversial issue in Africa. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy appeals to Liberians to remain vigilant, sustain Ebola response
    04 december 2014 06:50:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, has commended Liberians for the progress made so far in combating the Ebola virus, but cautioned that, the most dangerous time is actually when it looks as though you are near a point where the disease is coming under control because people relax and stop being vigilant. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: IGAD health ministers strategise HIV/AIDS control amongst pastoralists
    03 december 2014 20:54:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - East African ministers of health kicked off talks on Wednesday on how to effectively prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS amongst the pastoralist communities across the Horn of Africa region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: AU, Nigeria sign MOU on participation in Ebola response mission
    03 december 2014 18:51:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria and the African Union on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), officially heralding the the participation of 250 Nigerians in the AU Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA.) Full text...

  • Senegal: CAF launches ''Africa United'' campaign against Ebola
    03 december 2014 16:15:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - At the official draw for the 2015 OrangeTM Africa Cup of Nations held Wednesday in Equatorial Guinea, a new initiative, dubbed ''Africa United'', was launchedas a global health communications campaign aimed at preventing the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Full text...

  • Ghana: Africa Solidarity Trust Fund grants FAO US$1.5m to support Ebola-hit countries
    03 december 2014 12:15:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic, will each receive US$500,000 to help curb the potentially-devastating impact of the disease on food security and on the livelihoods of farmers and others in rural areas, according to a statement by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Full text...

  • Togo: HIV prevalence rate down in Togo
    02 december 2014 20:03:38
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The prevalence rate of HIV in Togo has fallen from 5 per cent to 2.3 per cent over the last 13 years, the National AIDS Committee (CNLS) has announced. Full text...

  • Nigeria: WHO declares Spain Ebola free
    02 december 2014 14:46:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the Ebola outbreak in Spain over and commended the country on its diligence to end transmission of the virus. Full text...

  • Algeria: Algeria records 700 cases of AIDS per year
    02 december 2014 14:33:16
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Algeria records 700 new cases of HIV/AIDS annually, bringing the number of people living with the virus to more than 22,000, PANA learnt from appropriate health sources on the occasion of the celebration of the World AIDS Day. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU's mobile SMS fundraising campaign for launch in Lagos
    02 december 2014 13:28:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is to launch a mobile-phone enabled campaign to raise funds to support the fight against Ebola spread in West Africa, the AU’s top official said Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says global response to Ebola crisis a success
    01 december 2014 20:00:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The global response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa has succeeded in turning the crisis around, according to the Head of the UN Ebola mission, UNMEER, Mr. Anthony Banbury said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: 'We must leave no one behind to end AIDS by 2030' - Ban says
    01 december 2014 18:56:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 requires a comprehensive approach Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian contingent of ASEOWA leaves Wednesday for Ebola-hit countries
    01 december 2014 16:54:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Drawing from their experience in containing the Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria, 250 Nigerian medical volunteers will Wednesday leave to help fight the disease in three West African countries hard hit by the virus. Full text...

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