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  • UN: WHO unveils sanitation, hygiene plan to eradicate tropical diseases by 2020
    27 august 2015 18:55:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday announced it is strengthening water, sanitation and hygiene services to accelerate progress in eliminating neglected tropical diseases by 2020 that affect more than 1 billion of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. Full text...

  • UN: Ebola response panel to ensure compliance with key UN legal health instrument
    27 august 2015 14:30:44
    New York, US (PANA) - A Special UN panel reviewing the role of existing international health regulations in the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is studying the use of possible sanctions and other mechanisms to ensure better compliance with what it described as "a very important legal instrument in order to improve the global health security." Full text...

  • Botswana: Court rules in favour of HIV/AIDS positive prisoners
    26 august 2015 14:55:24
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s Court of Appeal has ruled that foreign prisoners should get Anti-Retroviral drugs (ARVs) after government appealed a High Court judgment that said otherwise. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says Sierra Leone records zero Ebola infection
    26 august 2015 14:51:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) says for the first time in over a year, there are no people in Sierra Leone being treated for the Ebola virus and no other Full text...

  • Botswana: Diarrhoea outbreak reported, two children killed
    24 august 2015 10:51:36
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has reported a diarrhoea outbreak in Ramotswa village, in the country's South-East District. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Germany assists Tanzania to develop better access to health services
    23 august 2015 13:11:52
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Germany has offered to assist Tanzania in developing a sustainable health financing regime, which will provide better access to health services for the poor and help improve the quality of services, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany said Sunday in a press statement. Full text...

  • Ghana: Doctors in Ghana's public hospitals suspend debilitating strike
    21 august 2015 19:18:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Doctors in Ghana's public hospitals have suspended their crippling action strike which has wreaked havoc in hospitals throughout the country for three weeks. Full text...

  • UN: WHO to shake up global response to epidemics after Ebola
    21 august 2015 17:17:39
    New York, US (PANA) - Health experts are preparing to meet in coming days to hammer out Full text...

  • Ghana: Labour Commission directs doctors to call off strike immediately
    20 august 2015 08:08:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The National Labour Commission (NLC) has directed striking doctors in Ghana's public hospitals to immediately call off their crippling strike that has brought untold suffering to the population. Full text...

  • South Sudan: WHO provides emergency life-saving health services to South Sudan IDPs
    19 august 2015 15:25:11
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are working hard to cope with the health needs of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North-eastern South Sudan, where fighting continues and the humanitarian situation remains dire, the global health body said Wednesday. Full text...

  • WHO: Health workers hailed on World Humanitarian Day
    19 august 2015 09:27:20
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - On the occasion of the 2015 World Humanitarian Day being observed globally Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) has drawn the world’s attention to the contributions and sacrifices of health workers who respond to humanitarian crises. Full text...

  • Ghana: Striking doctors given 48 hours to report for work
    18 august 2015 20:48:30
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's health minister Alex Segbefia has told striking doctors in the public sector to call off their strike by Thursday and return work or consider themselves to have breached the country labour laws. Full text...

  • WHO: 'Vaccine hesitancy, growing challenge for immunization programmes'
    18 august 2015 10:15:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - People who delay or refuse vaccines for themselves or their children are presenting a growing challenge for countries seeking to close the immunization gap, according to a special issue of the journal Vaccine, guest-edited by the World Health Organization (WHO) and published Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: First ever dialysis centre launched in Rwanda
    17 august 2015 15:41:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's first-ever dialysis centre was officially launched here with the main mission to offer patients with renal failure flexible and customized therapy options as managed by a team of highly trained nurses and medical professionals, PANA reports Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: WHO says Sierra Leone "down to the last chain" of Ebola transmission
    17 august 2015 14:50:36
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The use of rapid response teams and strong community involvement in finding Ebola virus disease cases and contacts is yielding results in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a new report published Monday. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC challenged to do more to fight HIV/AIDS
    17 august 2015 12:54:48
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President Ian Khama has challenged the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) secretariat to put more into fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Full text...

  • UN: WHO kicks-off campaign honouring world's health workers in frontlines
    15 august 2015 15:06:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to launch a campaign aimed at honouring the sacrifices and efforts of thousands of international health workers deployed to the frontlines of the world’s most pressing crises, PANA in New York reports on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Doctors vote to continue strike
    14 august 2015 20:31:07
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Striking doctors of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) on Friday voted to continue their two-week-old industrial action for another fortnight as they harden their position in a standoff with the government, which has asked them to return to the hospitals and then come to the negotiation table. Full text...

  • Kenya: Health ministry opens US-funded HIV, TB and lab facilities in Nairobi
    14 august 2015 17:55:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenya’s demonstrated leadership in public health in Africa has prompted the United States to make significant long-term investments to expand the East African country's capacity of national-level health and laboratory systems, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec said Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Death toll from Sunstroke fatalities hits 15
    14 august 2015 11:36:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The death toll from the sunstroke that hit Half town, Sudan's Northern State, has risen from 13 to 15 after two persons died on their way to hospital on Thursday, the pro-government Ashorooq TV website and the independent daily, al Jareeda, reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Six kidney transplant patients survive surgery in India
    14 august 2015 07:00:53
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Six kidney transplant patients have returned to Botswana after successful transplants, officials from the country’s oldest referral hospital, Princess Marina, have announced. Full text...

  • UN: UN health agency ramps up efforts to tackle cholera outbreak in South Sudan
    13 august 2015 20:52:24
    New York, US (PANA) - As the battle against cholera outbreak continues in South Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are boosting assistance to help children and the most vulnerable to prevent and reduce the spread of further cases. Full text...

  • UN: UN health officials highlight role of emergency preparedness in Ebola fight
    13 august 2015 20:05:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The deadly Ebola outbreak which ravaged West Africa for more than a year has demonstrated the increasing importance of emergency preparedness both in Africa and across the world. Full text...

  • UN: Hygiene protocols keep classrooms in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone free of Ebola
    12 august 2015 17:19:51
    New York, US (PANA) - UN-supported measures put in place to protect them from the Ebola virus have helped keep classrooms free from any infections in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: WHO, partners successfully battling cholera outbreak in South Sudan
    12 august 2015 15:17:42
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are battling South Sudan’s on-going cholera outbreak, providing thousands of people with life-saving treatment which has reportedly brought down the number of cases. Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama says doctors' strike illegal; asks them to resume work
    12 august 2015 13:13:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has again declared that the strike by public sector doctors is illegal as the deadline for their mass resignation on Friday draws close. Full text...

  • Ghana: Striking doctors, government dig in as public hospitals remain empty
    11 august 2015 20:37:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Striking doctors and the government are hardening their positions as public hospitals in Ghana remain empty and patients cry for medical care. Full text...

  • Ghana: Govt. appeals to retired doctors to return to hospitals
    11 august 2015 08:56:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - As a strike by doctors in public hospitals in Ghana bites harder without any resolution in sight, the government is appealing to retired doctors to return to work to save lives. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges greater efforts to improve health, well-being of indigenous peoples
    09 august 2015 16:16:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called on the international community to commit to do more to improve the health and well-being of indigenous peoples, who face a wide range of challenges from inadequate sanitation and housing to high rates of diabetes, drug and alcohol abuse. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda's first IVF couple gets twins in Kigali
    07 august 2015 18:29:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's first twin babies born via in vitro fertilization (IVF) were recorded Friday at King Faisal Referral Hospital in KIgali, state-run Radio Rwanda reported quoting hospital sources. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says Ebola challenges remain despite drop in cases
    06 august 2015 15:42:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Latest indications of a drop in new cases of Ebola in West Africa should not be taken as proof that the killer disease has been defeated, the World Health Organization Full text...

  • Mauritius: Minister worried by significant rise in injection drug-users in Mauritius
    04 august 2015 14:27:05
    Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Health Minister, Anil Gayan, Tuesday observed that there has been a significant increase in the number of syringes taken by NGOs for distribution to the injection drug-users. Full text...

  • Mauritius: High Caesarean Section rate to be investigated in Mauritius
    04 august 2015 13:09:01
    Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius will conduct a study to identify the reasons behind the high Caesarean sections (CS) rate in the island which stands at 47% of all deliveries, so said the Mauritian Health Minister, Anil Gayan, Tuesday at a workshop organised in the context of the World Breastfeeding Week 2015 being held from 1-7 August 2015. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials call for stronger workplace policies for nursing mothers
    03 august 2015 19:25:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is marking the annual World Breastfeeding Week by Full text...

  • Mauritius: Survey on Non Communicable Diseases launched in Mauritius
    03 august 2015 14:40:11
    Mahebourg, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius on Monday launched a survey on non-communicable disease (NCD) at the Willoughby Government School, Mahebourg, in southern Mauritius, with the aim of gaining new insight into the burden of diseases through the collection of relevant, sensitive and scientific data for health policy makers and professionals to take the right decision, PANA learnt from the Health Ministry. Full text...

  • UN: UN Ebola mission concludes duty in West Africa, as Ebola vaccine makes waves
    31 july 2015 20:20:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER)on Friday officially concluded its duty in the three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Conference on on maternal, child health in West Africa opens
    30 july 2015 20:15:09
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – About 300 experts from across the globe are attending a two-day forum in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou, to define strategic orientations in the domain of maternal and child health in West Africa. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo to start 2nd round of polio vaccination
    29 july 2015 22:39:49
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government will hold, 30 July to 2 Aug., the second round of the national vaccination campaign against polio, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the other partners, according to the Congolese Health Minister. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS tasks countries to uphold commitments on public health, access to medicines
    28 july 2015 21:20:08
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world celebrates the achievement of reaching 15 million people with HIV treatment and commits to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Tuesday reminded countries of the urgent need to ensure that new trade agreements under negotiation do not impede access to medicines. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies, partners warn on 'acute shortage' of meningitis vaccines in West Africa
    28 july 2015 21:08:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and leading public health organizations have warned that West Africa is at risk of a large meningitis outbreak unless drug manufacturers increase vaccine production by 5 million doses before the 2016 meningitis season starts in January. Full text...

  • UN: WHO marks Hepatitis Day, urges prevention
    28 july 2015 20:33:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking World Hepatitis Day 2015, which falls on 28 July in honour of the birthday of the scientist who discovered the hepatitis B virus and its first vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are urging policy-makers, health workers and the public to act now to prevent infection and death from the infectious disease. Full text...

  • Niger: World Bank lends Niger US$37m to fight malaria
    28 july 2015 17:30:06
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The World Bank has on Tuesday extended a US$ 37 million loan to Niger for financing a project on fighting malaria and neglected tropical diseases in the Sahel, an official source here said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Liberia: 'Lack of public trust in govt. contributed to Ebola outbreak in Liberia'
    28 july 2015 09:19:42
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Amid reports of a possible Ebola resurgence in Liberia, a new research paper by peacebuilding charity International Alert has highlighted the need to improve trust between the Liberian public and its government. Full text...

  • Sudan: USAID provides cold chain equipment to Sudan's Health ministry
    27 july 2015 19:33:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated cold chain equipment worth US$800,000 to Sudan through the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), it was officially disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Conference on innovative medical research in Africa opens in Mauritius
    27 july 2015 17:50:48
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Education and Scientific Research Minister Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun on Monday said the presence of many world-class scientists in Africa is an indication that the continent "can make an invaluable contribution towards understanding and finding cures for many of the debilitating diseases that continue to afflict the continent.” Full text...

  • UN: WHO welcomes European regulators’ initial green light on malaria vaccine
    24 july 2015 20:47:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday welcomed a major regulatory hurdle cleared by a malaria vaccine, saying it expects to make a policy recommendation later this year on its use in the context of an overall panoply of public health tools for combating the disease which kills one African child a minute. Full text...

  • Ghana: European Medicines Agency adopts 'positive scientific opinion' on malaria vaccine
    24 july 2015 20:38:45
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK), a British multinational pharmaceutical company, announced on Friday that the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the medicines regulator, has adopted a "positive scientific opinion" for its malaria vaccine candidate vaccine MosquirixTM, also known RTS,S - in children aged 6 weeks to 17 months. Full text...

  • UN: WHO to mark World Hepatitis Day with pilot initiative to curb unsafe injections
    24 july 2015 08:36:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it will commemorate the fifth World Hepatitis Day next week with a global injection safety initiative campaign in three pilot countries. Full text...

  • Kenya: US giants GE to build healthcare skills, capacity in East Africa
    23 july 2015 12:42:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ahead of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, General Electric (GE), an American multinational conglomerate corporation, Thursday announced a series of new commitments aimed at addressing some of the most critical health challenges in East Africa through a sustained focus on skills development and capacity building. Full text...

  • UK: 'Testing for malaria reduces over prescription by over 70%'
    23 july 2015 12:00:03
    London, United Kingdom (PANA) - Using malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) in registered drug shops in a highly endemic region in Uganda substantially reduced over diagnosis of malaria, improving the use of valuable malaria drugs, according to a new study. Full text...

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