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  • Nigeria: President Buhari undergoes routine medical check up in the UK
    19 january 2017 12:42:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, leaves Abuja Thursday for the United Kingdom “on a short leave”, which is part of his annual vacation, a Presidential statement has said. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan health officials warn against Bird Flu in humans
    18 january 2017 15:28:01
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Health officials on Wednesday warned against bird flu in humans in the wake of detection of the virus at poultry farms in neighbouring Uganda. Full text...

  • Nigeria: WHO to vaccinate some 4.7 million children against measles in northeast Nigeria
    14 january 2017 07:09:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A United Nations-supported mass vaccination campaign has started to protect more than 4.7 million children against a measles outbreak in conflict-affected states in north-eastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan army personnel joins voluntary blood donation campaign
    13 january 2017 15:09:56
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan army on Friday launched a campaign aimed at encouraging military personnel to regularly donate blood and help save lives. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO report says tobacco control can save billions of dollars, millions of lives
    10 january 2017 15:56:18
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Policies to control tobacco use, including tobacco tax and price increases, can generate significant government revenues for health and development work, according to a new global report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America. Full text...

  • Libya: WHO warns against spread of HIV/AIDS in Libya
    10 january 2017 13:40:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned against a strong HIV/AIDS prevalence in Libya in view of the security chaos that caused the disintegration of its health system. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNICEF says 13% of Africa’s malnourished children in Sudan
    04 january 2017 14:39:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Two million Sudanese children under-five are acutely malnourished and 550,000 of these children are severely malnourished, a report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said. Full text...

  • Libya: UN health agency fills gap in HIV treatment for patients in Libya
    03 january 2017 21:38:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has begun distributing much-needed anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs to patients living with HIV in Libya, following the country’s collapse in medical services and inability to provide life-saving drugs. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Final trial results confirm Ebola vaccine provides protection
    23 december 2016 13:32:18
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - An experimental Ebola vaccine was highly protective against the deadly virus in a major trial in Guinea, according to results published Friday in 'The Lancet'. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU prepares launch of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
    22 december 2016 13:23:17
    Zanzibar, Tanzania (PANA) - Senior staff members of the African Union (AU) on Thursday were busy on the second day of their meeting in the Tanzanian offshore island of Zanzibar to complete plans and procedures for rapid response by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (AfricaCDC) . Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF, partners begin mass measles' vaccinations in Somalia
    19 december 2016 17:28:42
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a major measles outbreak in Somalia, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners have supported a swift delivery of 55,000 doses of measles vaccine to Kismayo along with Vitamin A supplementation to boost the immunity of some 54,000 children under the age of 10 that are expected to be vaccinated. Full text...

  • UN: UN General Assembly tasks member states on tackling cholera epidemic in Haiti
    16 december 2016 17:37:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly on Friday called on all 193 UN member states to fully support a new approach by the organization to tackle the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzania health institution confirms Zika virus cases in the country
    16 december 2016 10:44:25
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania's leading public health research institution has confirmed presence of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in the country, according to reports in the local media on Friday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB to sink US $20m in Port Sudan water, sanitation project
    15 december 2016 17:44:33
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) plans to finance the Port Sudan Priority Water and Sanitation (PSPWS) project in collaboration with the UK Department of International Development (DfID), the Bank said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Doctors at Zambia’s largest hospital stage sit-in protest
    14 december 2016 11:31:41
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Resident doctors at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Zambia's capital, Lusaka, have started a sit-in protest citing a wide range of unfulfilled obligations by government that have left them with no option but to resort to industrial action. Full text...

  • UN: Malaria remains public health problem in sub-Saharan Africa -WHO
    13 december 2016 17:05:58
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite major progress in the fight against malaria, the mosquito-borne disease remains an acute public health problem, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, home to 90 per cent of the world’s malaria cases, according to an annual report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan women jailed for abortion set to be freed (A News Analysis by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent, Kigali)
    13 december 2016 16:23:33
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan government's pardon for dozens of women is seen as a move to free those of them who have been incarcerated for abortion. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Malaria control improves for vulnerable in Africa, but global progress off-track - WHO
    13 december 2016 11:50:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Malaria Report 2016 has revealed that children and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa have greater access to effective malaria control. Full text...

  • UN: WHO launches new portal to track universal health coverage
    12 december 2016 20:29:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking Universal Health Coverage Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) Monday has launched a new data portal to track global access to universal health coverage, including information about equity of access and where services need to be improved. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS Board urges more investment, partnership to end HIV/AIDS epidemic
    12 december 2016 15:58:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Coordinating Board has stressed the need for sustained investment, strengthened commitment, partnerships and innovation to enable more countries to accelerate the delivery of services to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Full text...

  • Kenya: Week-long doctors, nurses strike paralyses health sector
    10 december 2016 15:00:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A major health crisis has shut down Kenyan state-owned hospitals following a nationwide strike by nurses and doctors pressing for the implementation of a 300% pay hike. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS urges human rights protection for people living with AIDS
    09 december 2016 15:48:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The world will never achieve the end of AIDS without bold actions to advance the human rights of the people left furthest behind, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies sign agreement on purchasing 'greener' health commodities
    08 december 2016 18:11:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has joined other UN and international agencies in a new agreement that will lead to more environmentally and socially sustainable procurement of health commodities. Full text...

  • US: US envoys visit Malawi to support adolescent girls
    07 december 2016 18:18:18
    New York, US (PANA) - US Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, Ambassador Deborah Birx, and US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Cathy Russell will travel to Malawi from 8-10 December to explore ways to better support the health of adolescent girls. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF warns on sharp rise in new HIV infections among adolescents
    01 december 2016 17:10:57
    New York, US (PANA) - New HIV infections among adolescents are projected to rise from 250,000 in 2015 to nearly 400,000 a year by 2030 if progress stalls in reaching adolescents, a report released by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Thursday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana president calls for collective efforts to fight HIV
    01 december 2016 11:45:36
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President Ian Khama has implored the nation to unite in fighting the HIV scourge saying a collective effort is needed coupled with individual responsibility. Full text...

  • UN: Ban stresses need to stop stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS
    30 november 2016 20:31:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday stressed the need to stop stigma and abuse against those living with HIV/AIDS and to ensure that they receive the care, treatment and protection they are entitled to. Full text...

  • UN: WHO issues new guidelines on HIV self-testing
    29 november 2016 22:48:15
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of World AIDS Day, marked annually ‪on 1 December‬, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines on HIV self-testing, which aim to help millions of people know their HIV status and get treatment. Full text...

  • Sudan: President fires chief of Sudan's drugs board over price hike
    25 november 2016 17:35:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir on Friday fired Sudan National Medicines and Poisons Board chair, Mohamed Al- Hassan Imam Al-Akad, following an unprecedented increase in prices of drugs. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS wins award for China-Africa health cooperation
    22 november 2016 14:36:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has been honoured with an award for promoting cooperation between China and Africa on health issues. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS says 18.2 million people on anti-retroviral therapy
    21 november 2016 19:02:09
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Monday stated that countries are getting on the UNAIDS' Fast-Track Approach, with an additional one million people accessing treatment in just six months (January to June 2016). Full text...

  • Chad: UN agencies, EU join forces to tackle malnutrition
    19 november 2016 07:13:19
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - Important steps have been taken by several United Nations agencies in partnership with the European Union to help tackle malnutrition in Chad, especially in accessibility, availability and use of highly nutritious food for the most vulnerable, according to a joint news release on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN spotlights impact of sanitation on peoples’ livelihoods
    18 november 2016 17:01:15
    New York, US (PANA) - To mark the 2016 edition of World Toilet Day, along with urging action to tackle the often neglected global sanitation crisis, the UN is spotlighting the impact of sanitation or lack of it on livelihoods and work environments. Full text...

  • Mauritius: UK-based team operates on children with congenital heart disease
    18 november 2016 07:46:39
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A team from "Healing Little Hearts", a United Kingdom-based charity, is presently in Mauritius to undertake corrective heart procedures on 22 children at the island's Cardiac Centre. The youngest patient is 18 months old. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO welcomes global health funding for malaria vaccine
    17 november 2016 18:10:05
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The world’s first malaria vaccine will be rolled out in pilot projects in sub-Saharan Africa, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed on Thursday saying funding is now secured for the initial phase of the programme and vaccinations are due to begin in 2018. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO warns world heading towards ‘post-antibiotic era’
    15 november 2016 05:03:02
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - With a worldwide call on everyone, everywhere to play their part in maintaining the effectiveness of antibiotics, the United Nations health agency has kicked off a week-long campaign to make antibiotic resistance a globally recognized health issue and to raise awareness of the need to protect antibiotics through appropriate use. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges prevention to reduce diabetes, associated blindness
    14 november 2016 14:52:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Monday said the global rate of diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980, with some 422 million adults living with diabetes as of 2014, which it said represents a global health risk. Full text...

  • Morocco: UNICEF calls for tough action on pneumonia, diarrhoea
    12 november 2016 07:47:42
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says pneumonia and diarrhoea kill some 1.4 million children each year, mostly in middle and low-income countries, despite the fact that these illnesses are largely preventable through straightforward and cost-effective solutions. Full text...

  • UN: Hundreds of children still die of measles every day - UN-backed report
    10 november 2016 20:12:28
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-backed report issued on Thursday has revealed that despite a 79 per cent worldwide decrease in measles deaths between 2000 and 2015, nearly 400 children still die from the disease every day. Full text...

  • Nigeria: WHO, partners support measles vaccination in Nigeria's Borno State
    10 november 2016 10:34:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) and health partners have helped to vaccinate more than 10,000 children against measles in 2 days in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Nigeria's conflict-affected Borno State. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO launches new prenatal care to curb pregnancy risks
    09 november 2016 05:23:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has introduced a new prenatal care model, designed to enhance pregnancy experience for women, and reduce the risk of stillbirths and other complications. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius introduces National Plan of Action for Nutrition
    05 november 2016 14:54:16
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius will intends to introduce soon a National Plan of Action for Nutrition for the period 2016 to 2020, an official of the Health and Quality of Life Ministry here told PANA on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO issues new guidelines to stop surgical infections
    03 november 2016 17:13:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Warning that millions of people die every year from preventable surgical infections, particularly in developing countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday issued new guidelines on tackling hospital-acquired infections with the aim of saving lives, cutting costs and arresting the spread of "superbugs". Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius becomes 46th nation to launch CARMMA
    03 november 2016 14:32:55
    Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has become the 46th African nation to join the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA), an initiative of the African Union that was initiated in May 2009 to trigger concerted and increased action towards improving maternal and new-born health and survival across the continent. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'UN strategy making access to revolutionary hepatitis C treatment possible'
    28 october 2016 05:59:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) says since the approval of new medicines for hepatitis C – offering a cure rate of over 95 per cent, fewer side effects and complete cure within three months – about two years back, more than one million patients in low- and middle-income countries have been treated. Full text...

  • UN: WHO tasks governments on tackling air pollution
    21 october 2016 05:33:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO), in partnership with the Coalition for Climate and Clean Air (CCAC) and the Government of Norway, has launched a global awareness campaign on the dangers of air pollution, especially "invisible killers" such as black carbon, ground-level ozone and methane – for the health of individuals and the planet. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Health Minister calls for efforts to tackle NCD
    20 october 2016 06:29:08
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health Minister Anil Gayan on Thursday said that Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) are fast becoming a disease of mass destruction, with a UN World Health Organisation (WHO) global projection of 52 million deaths in the very near future. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF secures children's life-saving vaccine at low price
    19 october 2016 18:51:40
    New York, US (PANA) - With a price drop to below US$1 a dose, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has successfully secured a five-in-one vaccine for children at half the price the agency currently pays, which will allow it to buy 450 million doses for 80 countries over the next three years. Full text...

  • Switzerland: ‘Massive scale-up’ needed to meet targets on TB – WHO boss
    14 october 2016 04:35:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Highlighting “considerable” inequalities among countries when it comes to enabling people with tuberculosis to access cost-effective diagnosis and treatment, a new United Nations health report has called for political commitment and increased funding to prevent, detect and treat the disease if global targets are to be met. Full text...

  • UN: WHO stresses role of midwives for quality maternal health
    13 october 2016 18:08:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The first global survey of midwifery personnel has revealed that too often, midwives face cultural isolation, unsafe accommodation, and low salaries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, calling on governments to put an end to the discrimination and lack of respect that hinder their ability to provide quality care to women and newborns. Full text...

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