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  • UN: UN officials appeal for more support to curb Ebola epidemic
    28 november 2014 21:20:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Anthony Banbury, Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and Dr. David Nabarro, UN Special Envoy on Ebola, have made an appeal for people who possess skills that are "quite rare" to join the global effort to fight the Ebola epidemic. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF urges more investment, access to treatment for HIV infected children
    28 november 2014 19:12:29
    New York, US (PANA) - An estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted, but disparity in access to treatment is hampering progress towards reaching a global goal of reducing new infections in children by 90 percent, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday ahead of World AIDS Day. Full text...

  • Tunisia: About 1,400 living with HIV in Tunisia
    28 november 2014 17:26:26
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Persons living with HIV in Tunisia are currently estimated at 1,400 with males being the majority, according to the coordinator Tunisian National Programme for Control of HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Hayatt Hamoudi. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Sexual transmission of Ebola not documented, but...... - WHO
    28 november 2014 12:22:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has said though sexual transmission of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has not yet been documented, men who have recovered from EVD should be aware that seminal fluid may be infectious for as long as three months after onset of symptoms. Full text...

  • Kenya: African countries making progress in fighting HIV/AIDS
    27 november 2014 22:17:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – With less than six months to the deadline set to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, African countries have made appreciable progress in fighting the scourge of HIV/AIDS, according to a medical expert, Dr. Lawrence Oteba. Full text...

  • Mali: President Keita appoints special advisor for fight against Ebola
    27 november 2014 19:36:49
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita has appointed Professor Samba Sow as Special Advisor at the Presidency in charge of coordinating the fight against the Ebola epidemic, said a communiqué issued Thursday by the Council of Ministers. Full text...

  • US: Obama commends positive moves toward Ebola vaccine
    27 november 2014 16:51:08
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has congratulated scientists at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the first published results from Phase 1 human clinical trials of a promising Ebola vaccine candidate. Full text...

  • Kenya: Nyando Sub-County gets Open Defecation Free Certification (Feature by David Jagongo, PANA Correspondent)
    27 november 2014 15:32:24
    Kisumu, Kenya (PANA) - What started as a pilot project in 2010 following frequent outbreak of cholera in the Nyando Sub County in Kisumu County, Western Kenya, is today celebrated as a success in a region that had perennial outbreak of waterborne diseases. Full text...

  • UN: UN Ebola response mission opens new office in Mali
    26 november 2014 22:25:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The newest outpost of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response Full text...

  • Mali: Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grants Mali US$218 million
    26 november 2014 21:11:37
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has granted Mali US$218 million dollars, or 109 billion CFAF, over four years to fight diseases particularly the Ebola epidemic, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, the Fund's Director, Dr Mark Dybub, said on Wednesday in Bamako. Full text...

  • UN: WHO report says obesity-related cancers on the rise
    26 november 2014 19:37:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Being overweight or obese has become a major risk factor for developing cancer, particularly among women and in more developed countries, the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: IPPF honours African reproductive health activist
    26 november 2014 14:57:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Africa Regional office of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has honoured one of the continent's pioneering reproductive health and family planning advocates, Prof. Frederick Torgbor Sai, by naming a research institute after him. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Authorities take measures against Madagascar plague
    26 november 2014 11:26:38
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Health authorities in Mauritius Wednesday launched a national action plan to prevent the spread to the island of the Plague that has caused a hundred deaths in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: WB gives Cote d'Ivoire US$70m loan to strengthen health system
    26 november 2014 10:25:45
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the World Bank Group Tuesday approved an International Development Association (IDA) loan worth US$70 million to help Cote d'Ivoire to improve the deployment and quality of health services in some regions, according to a statement received by PANA here. Full text...

  • UN: '1 Dec. target for Ebola response may not be met'
    26 november 2014 09:04:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said while Ebola response targets for 1 Dec. in West Africa may be reached in many places, they may not be met in some areas. Full text...

  • Kenya: Health expert urges provision of reproductive health services to IDPs
    25 november 2014 16:14:35
    Nairobi , Kenya (PANA) – A medical practitioner has called for inclusion of reproductive health facilities in post-conflict services provided for the increasing number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in various camps across Africa. Full text...

  • UN: WHO, UNAIDS top officials visit Mali for Ebola response
    24 november 2014 21:37:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, and Executive Director of Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Mr. Michel Sidibe, have visited Mali in a joint mission to support the country in its efforts to curb the spread of Ebola. Full text...

  • Belgium: Belgium welcomes certification of DR Congo as Ebola-free
    24 november 2014 19:46:11
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Belgium has welcomed the certification of DR Congo as free of the Ebola virus disease, saying the disease was fought "efficiently". Full text...

  • Mali: New Ebola case reported in Mali
    24 november 2014 18:01:22
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – A new case of Ebola disease whose results tested positive was Sunday admitted to Mali's national isolation centre (CNAM) for intensive treatment, according to Monday's daily update from the centre. Full text...

  • Kenya: IPPF prods African journalists to promote reproductive health
    24 november 2014 17:42:54
    Nairobi, Kenya(PANA) - The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Journalists Network Conference opened here Monday with a call on media practitioners across Africa to help promote sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues among the people. Full text...

  • Ghana: Health workers from ECOWAS states train for deployment to Ebola-hit nations
    24 november 2014 09:31:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Health workers from six ECOWAS member states will undergo training from Monday (24Nov) in Ghana's capital, Accra, ahead of their deployment to the three countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak in the region, an ECOWAS Commission statement obtained by PANA here Monday said. Full text...

  • Madagascar: WHO confirms outbreak of Plague in Madagascar, over 40 killed
    22 november 2014 09:34:42
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed the outbreak of Plague, a deadly infectious disease that has killed over 40 people from 119 cases since 16 Nov. 2014 in Madagascar, an island nation off the coast of South-east Africa. Full text...

  • UN: Ban hopeful of end to Ebola outbreak by mid-2015
    22 november 2014 07:17:25
    New York, US (PAN) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said by continuing to scale up the global fight against Ebola, there is hope the outbreak could be contained by mid-2015. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cost of treatment for viral hepatitis in Cameroon revised downwards
    21 november 2014 19:13:32
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Viral hepatitis B and C patients in Cameroon will now pay less for treatment following an agreement signed by the Health ministry and Hoffmann-La Roche Laboratories to reduce the price of the required medicament, according to Public Health Minister André Mama Fouda. Full text...

  • UN: Ban, UN agencies chief hold talks on Ebola response
    20 november 2014 23:00:46
    New York, US (PANA) - On the eve of a meeting of UN agency chiefs to discuss ways to jointly tackle the Ebola outbreak, the World Bank reported on Thursday that Liberia’s labour sector has suffered a huge blow since the start of the crisis, as a "massive effort" was underway in Mali to halt the spread of the re-emerged virus. Full text...

  • Mali: Information ministry, media sign agreement on professional treatment of Ebola
    20 november 2014 21:08:28
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian ministry of Digital Economy, Information and Communication on Thursday signed a protocol with the print and electronic media in the West African country for the "professional handling" of information on the deadly Ebola epidemic. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali announces measures to check the spread of Ebola
    20 november 2014 20:30:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali is taking a series of measures to check the spread of the deadly Ebola virus after the country recorded four deaths in the past few days. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Deutsche Welle produces radio programmes on Ebola
    20 november 2014 12:39:24
    Abidjan, Cote d' Ivoire ( PANA) - The German public broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, has produced a series of radio programmes for listeners in Africa about the Ebola virus disease raging in West Africa, according a statement received here by issued PANA. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'WAHO needs extra US$2.5m annually to fight epidemics'
    20 november 2014 09:59:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The West African Health Organisation (WAHO), the specialised institution responsible for health in the region, requires an additional US$2.5 million annually to strengthen its capacity to fight epidemics, according to its Chief Executive, Dr. Xavier Crespin. Full text...

  • UN: 'Ebola cases no longer rising in Guinea, Liberia'
    20 november 2014 08:03:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the number of Ebola cases is no longer increasing nationally in Guinea and Liberia, but is still on the rise in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • UN: 'Every dollar invested in water, sanitation brings four-fold return in costs'
    19 november 2014 19:10:41
    New York, US (ANA) - For every dollar invested in water and sanitation, there is a US$4.3 return in the form of reduced health care costs for individuals and society around the world, where 2.5 billion people still lack access to basic sanitation services, with 1 billion practicing open defection, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritania, Mali to hold consultations on border security
    19 november 2014 17:45:51
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Malian and Mauritanian authorities are to hold consultations at ministerial level to "enhance security measures and peaceful coexistence" on both sides of their common border. Full text...

  • Tunisia: World Bank grants Ebola-hit countries US$285 million
    19 november 2014 17:29:34
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Executive Board of the World Bank is to give US$285 million to the three countries in West Africa badly affected by the Ebola virus disease, according to a statement issued by the bank on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges 'fast-track' approach to end AIDS epidemic by 2030
    18 november 2014 22:31:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Taking a fast-track approach in the battle against AIDS over the next five years will avert 21 million deaths and allow the world to end the epidemic by 2030, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said in a new report on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO steps up Ebola response in Mali
    18 november 2014 22:08:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Health Organization (WHO) says it is intensifying efforts to keep the Ebola outbreak from spreading in Mali by working to identify all chains of transmission and stepping up social mobilization campaigns to include a range of actors, from religious leaders to truck and bus drivers. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: International football starts unite in fight against Ebola
    18 november 2014 18:22:36
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The world’s top football players, including Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona’s Neymar Jr., Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm, are joining forces with global health experts to help raise global awareness in the fight against Ebola. Full text...

  • Rwanda: WHO says slow, complex diagnostic tests challenge efforts to contain Ebola
    18 november 2014 17:56:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Efforts to contain the Ebola outbreaks in West Africa are currently hampered by cumbersome, slow and complex diagnostic tests that impose a number of additional logistical challenges, including requirements for a high level of laboratory bio-safety and staff expertise in using sophisticated machines, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)'s situation assessment released Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • UN: DRC declares end to Ebola outbreak
    18 november 2014 07:33:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has praised the end of an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Full text...

  • Rwanda: UN representative for Ebola Emergency Response in Guinea 'found dead'
    17 november 2014 20:33:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The special representative of the UN Secretary General for the Ebola Emergency Response in Guinea, Rwandan national Marcel Rudasingwa, has been found dead in his hotel room in Conakry, local media reported on Monday quoting several UN sources in the West African nation. Full text...

  • US: Sierra Leonean Ebola patient dies at US medical facility
    17 november 2014 19:36:18
    New York, US (PANA) - A Sierra Leonean medical doctor, Martin Salia, who contracted Ebola, Full text...

  • UN: UN stresses importance of improving children’s health
    17 november 2014 18:42:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the fourth World Prematurity Day, the UN said the Full text...

  • UN: FAO launches 'pocketbook' on nutrition
    17 november 2014 18:16:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday released Full text...

  • Nigeria: Top players, FIFA, CAF, health experts unite in fight against Ebola
    17 november 2014 15:30:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Top international footballers have joined forces with the world football governing body, FIFA, the African football governing body, CAF, and health experts to raise global awareness and promote simple preventative measures in the fight against Ebola. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia remains Ebola-free - Govt.
    17 november 2014 10:46:39
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Following rumours of a suspected case of Ebola in the Gambia, the government has said the country remains free of the disease that has claimed over 5,000 lives mostly in three West African states. Full text...

  • Tanzania: 'Turning the tide on Ebola' target may not be met, says Oxfam
    17 november 2014 07:40:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Oxfam International’s Executive Director Winnie Byanyima has criticized the Group of 20's response to the Ebola crisis raging in West Africa, saying it is "dangerously inadequate". Full text...

  • Tanzania: World Bank chief welcomes G20 call to act on Ebola
    16 november 2014 12:01:43
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has welcomed the call to action on Ebola by G20 Leaders saying it is an important commitment to combat Ebola and address the terrible human and economic impact of the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian state peps up ECOWAS Ebola battle
    16 november 2014 10:26:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's southern Rivers State has announced the donation of 5,000 complete set of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to ECOWAS in support of the member states affected by the outbreak that has claimed more than 5,000 lives mainly in the region. Full text...

  • UN: WHO official cautions Liberia on new Ebola cases
    15 november 2014 17:43:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) Assistant Director-General for Polio and Emergencies, Dr. Bruce Aylward, on Saturday warned that the number of Ebola cases in Liberia, which has recently shown some signs of decline, "is starting to pick up again, most likely because people are relaxing their guard". Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: AfDB, Drogba to establish partnership to fight Ebola
    14 november 2014 22:28:49
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Donald Kaberuka, and the Ivorian international footballer Didier Drogba, have agreed to a partnership to fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease. Full text...

  • UN: WHO official says no "quick fix" for Ebola
    14 november 2014 18:21:47
    New York, US (PANA) - A top Ebola specialist at the World Health Organisation, Dr. Martin Full text...

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