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  • Children ‘are dying’ now in DRC’s Kasai from malnutrition, warns UNICEF
    11 may 2018 16:05:56
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - About 400,000 children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) “are at risk of death” in the Kasais region from food shortages caused by conflict and displacement, according to a senior UN official who has just returned from the area, expressing shock at what he had witnessed.Full text...

  • 8th African vaccination week launched in Côte d'Ivoire
    08 may 2018 13:18:36
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian minister of Health and Public hygiene, Dr Raymonde Goudou-Coffie, on Tuesday officially launched the 8th African vaccination week, on the theme: ‘Vaccinations are successful, play your role’.Full text...

  • Millions of children still missing out on routine immunizations – UNICEF
    25 april 2018 04:57:57
    New York, US (PANA) - At the start of World Immunization Week , the United Nations on Tuesday said that while vaccines are protecting more children than ever, more countries need to make immunization a priority, because more than one million children still die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases. Full text...

  • Health experts at UN meeting press for action to address malnutrition in Africa
    21 april 2018 14:41:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Africa’s attempts to achieve health for all by 2030 could be threatened unless the continent addresses the twin challenges of under-nutrition and obesity, experts attending a United Nations meeting in Nairobi this week have warned. Full text...

  • Low quality supplies of Oxytocin, misoprostol hamper efforts to improve maternal health in Sub-Saharan Africa
    17 april 2018 14:27:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The lack of access to safe maternal health services during the critical hours of childbirth remains a key barrier to national efforts to save the lives of mothers and their children in Sub-Saharan Africa, said Dinev Milka, one of the senior advisors for the global Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) in an exclusive interview with PANA on Tuesday.Full text...

  • IOM, partners begin new round of vaccinations in South Sudan
    13 april 2018 05:32:50
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations migration agency and its partners are set to begin a second round of an oral cholera vaccination campaign in Malakal and Wau, South Sudan, after the initial round reached more than 60,400 people last month. Full text...

  • Medical charity moves to vaccinate some 10,000 children in Mali
    10 april 2018 09:46:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Being vaccinated against diseases like diphtheria, measles, whooping cough, meningitis, pneumonia, yellow fever, and other potentially fatal illnesses is a commonplace event for many children. Full text...

  • 'Data can help to end malnutrition across Africa' - writes Kofi Annan
    06 march 2018 16:37:59
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Saying that data can help to end malnutrition across Africa, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, laments that progress in the fight against hunger is patchy, and warns that new tools must target action to those who are most vulnerableFull text...

  • UN official calls Sudanese rivals to strengthen efforts on child protection
    01 march 2018 18:57:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Children and Armed Conflict has expressed satisfaction at the progress made in the implementation of the Action Plan, signed two years ago, to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone maximizes protection of children against polio
    24 february 2018 09:12:34
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone on Friday officially introduced injectable polio vaccine (or IPV) into its routine immunization programme to maximize protection against polio. Full text...

  • Over five million children vaccinated against measles in Somalia
    08 january 2018 18:36:25
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - One million children aged six months to 10 years in Puntland and 4.2 million across Somalia were vaccinated during a five-day measles campaign that wrapped up on Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported. Full text...

  • FAO tells G7 that 'urgent action needed to curb malnutrition globally'
    06 november 2017 09:43:21
    Milan, Italy (PANA) - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has stressed the critical need to transform food systems to ensure healthy diets and good nutrition for all. Full text...

  • Mali: UNICEF warns of nutrition crisis affecting 165,000 children in Mali
    09 october 2017 17:19:53
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – A nutrition crisis, exacerbated by continuing violence, instability and displacement, is threatening the lives and futures of thousands of children in Mali, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNICEF says nutrition crisis deepening across Kenya
    16 september 2017 07:46:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The failure of the March-June long rains – the third consecutive poor rains since early 2016 – has helped push an additional 37,000 children across Kenya below the threshold of acute malnutrition, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Expert panel suggests ways to improve nutrition in Africa
    12 september 2017 18:41:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - While hunger and malnutrition are still clearly a major problem in Africa, research from the Malabo Montpellier Panel has shown that several countries are starting to win the battle for better nutrition outcomes. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 1 in 10 infants worldwide did not receive any vaccinations in 2016 - Report
    17 july 2017 15:29:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Worldwide, 12.9 million infants, nearly 1 in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to the most recent World Health Organisation (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) immunization estimates. Full text...

  • DRC: DR Congo’s economy loses over US$1 billion to child under-nutrition - Study
    07 july 2017 20:08:26
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is losing as much as 4.5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a United Nations-backed study released on Friday. Full text...

  • DRC: Nearly 400,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition in DRC's Greater Kasai – UNICEF
    24 may 2017 15:36:06
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The crisis in Greater Kasai in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has severely disrupted life-saving interventions for children in recent months, putting an estimated 400,000 children at risks of severe acute malnutrition, said UNICEF on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalia launches second cholera vaccination campaign in Baidoa
    04 may 2017 10:12:07
    Baidoa, Somalia PANA) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Federal Ministry of Health of Somalia have launched the first round of a preventative oral cholera vaccination campaign (OCV) in Baidoa at the Baidoa Regional Hospital, targeting 224 000 persons aged 1 year and older. Full text...

  • Somalia: 1.4m children to suffer acute malnutrition in Somalia this year - UNICEF
    02 may 2017 18:43:17
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Some 1.4 million children in Somalia are projected to be acutely malnourished this year, an increase of 50 per cent over last year, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO announces World Immunization Week to be held 24-30 April
    20 april 2017 09:58:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday announced World Immunization Week from 24-30 April, which aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Full text...

  • Somalia: UNICEF says malnutrition, disease rise sharply among Somali children
    31 march 2017 07:06:45
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - As the spectre of famine hangs once again over Somalia, early numbers show an increasing number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea – a combination that killed many children in the famine of 2011, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies to vaccinate 116 million children in Africa against polio
    24 march 2017 20:44:53
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 116 million children are set to be immunized against polio starting on Saturday in one of the largest of its kind synchronized vaccination campaigns across West and Central Africa, UN agencies announced. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New improved maize varieties set to be released in sub-Saharan Africa
    31 january 2017 12:14:18
    Kigali,Rwanda (PANA) - Agriculture researchers have embarked on the the replacement of old varieties of maize with some of the over 230 improved drought tolerant seeds across 12 African countries, according to an official statement made available on Tuesday to PANA in Kigali.Full text...

  • UN: UN says global malnutrition costs US$3.5 trillion
    01 december 2016 18:56:52
    New York, US (PANA) - As the two-day International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition kicked off on Thursday in Rome, Italy, participants were told that one in three people on the planet suffers some form of malnutrition, impacting public health and economic development at an estimated cost of US$3.5 trillion per year. 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ghana: New report charts path for Africa's nutrition revolution
    18 october 2016 18:46:17
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) is having a positive impact in countries that have implemented its recommendations, according to the 2015 Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR) released Tuesday in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says most children receive inadequate nutrition
    14 october 2016 18:36:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Five out of six children worldwide under two years old are not receiving adequate nutrition for growth and brain development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report issued Friday. Full text...

  • US: Under-nutrition taking huge toll on Chad’s economy - Study
    13 october 2016 07:10:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Chad’s economy is losing 575.8 billion CFA francs (US$1.2 billion) per year, or 9.5 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP), to the effects of childhood under-nutrition and resultant increased healthcare costs, additional burdens on the education system and lower productivity by the workforce, a new United Nations-backed study has found. Full text...

  • UN: FAO tasks governments on malnutrition
    21 september 2016 00:32:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Jose Graziano da Silva, on Tuesday in New York called on governments to take concrete action on malnutrition. 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: UN report says under-nutrition in Ghana takes huge human, economic toll
    02 august 2016 21:48:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The economy of Ghana has been losing some US$2.6 billion annually or 6.4 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) due to child under-nutrition, according to a new UN report launched on Tuesday in the country’s capital, Accra. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Global immunization coverage sustained in past five years - WHO
    17 july 2016 07:16:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) -The latest World Health Organisation (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) data on global immunization coverage show that 86% of the world’s children received the required 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines (DTP3) in 2015, a coverage level that has been sustained above 85% since 2010. Full text...

  • UN: UN reports 'alarming' level of malnutrition in Nigeria's northeast
    12 july 2016 16:16:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Humanitarian convoys have uncovered emergency levels of severe acute malnutrition and famine-like conditions in Nigeria's Borno State, particularly in 15 satellite camps, where some 275,000 people are living, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia places sixth in exclusive breast feeding rating
    14 june 2016 15:56:21
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia has made great progress in promoting exclusive breast feeding, becoming the sixth highest in the world at over 72 percent, according to the 2016 Global Nutrition Report. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius marks World Immunization Week
    25 april 2016 17:13:08
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Health authorities on Monday marked the World Immunisation Week which is dedicated to promoting vaccination and providing an opportunity to strengthen immunisation services and systems, PANA learnt from official sources in the Mauritian capital.Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says un-immunized children live in conflict-affected countries
    22 april 2016 18:15:14
    New York, US (PANA) - Almost two thirds of children who have not been immunized Full text...

  • UN: WHO stresses need for immunization for healthy societies
    21 april 2016 21:17:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday announcedFull text...

  • Rwanda: Chronic malnutrition rates drop in Rwanda but remain ‘stubbornly high’ - Study
    06 april 2016 05:42:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Chronic malnutrition rates in Rwanda have fallen significantly in the last three years, but still remain stubbornly high, especially in rural areas, finds a new study conducted over three years by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture with support from the World Food Programme (WFP). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians above 60 get anti-influenza vaccine
    04 april 2016 11:54:26
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritians above 60, children with disabilities attending specialised schools and inmates of charitable institutions and private licensed homes, will get free anti-influenza vaccine as the island enters into the winter season, PANA learnt on Monday from the Social Security and National Solidarity Ministry in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • US: UN General Assembly proclaims Decade of Action on Nutrition
    01 april 2016 19:43:20
    New York, Ghana (PANA) - The United Nations General Assembly on Friday agreed a resolution proclaiming the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition from 2016 to 2025. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius introduces Pneumococcal Vaccine
    24 march 2016 12:28:09
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius on Thursday introduced the Pneumococcal Vaccine to its Expanded Programme on Immunisation as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), PANA learnt from the Health and Quality of Life Ministry in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Zimbabwe facing worst malnutrition rates in 15 years – UNICEF
    16 march 2016 06:02:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Zimbabwe is facing its worst malnutrition rates in 15 years, as nearly 33,000 children are in urgent need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Fighting childhood malnutrition in Madagascar
    08 march 2016 13:16:51
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Over 30 Malagasy and international scientists and clinicians are gathered at the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar, Antananarivo, Madagascar, Monday for the launching of the AFRIBIOTA project, an ambitious programme of multidisciplinary research meant to better understand chronic childhood malnutrition, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU convenes first ministerial meeting on immunization in Africa
    23 february 2016 18:04:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other key immunization development partners has organized the first ever Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa to be held Wednesday at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African football, political leaders partner Gavi on immunization
    07 february 2016 21:00:16
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Africa United partners on Sunday launched a new initiative on universal access to immunization called "Every Shot Counts" at the final of the Orange African Nations Championship in Rwanda. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Dangote and Bill & Melinda Gates to fight under-nutrition in Nigeria
    21 january 2016 18:35:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Dangote Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have announced a combined commitment of US$100 million over the next five years (2016-2020) towards ending under-nutrition in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali contributes US$10 million to initiative UNITLIFE for fighting malnutrition
    29 december 2015 17:00:26
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali will contribute US$ 10 million to UNITLIFE, a new financing mechanism to fund nutrition programmes in sub-Saharan Africa that was launched at the United Nations on 28 September 2015, the Council of Ministers decided here Tuesday. Full text...

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