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  • US spends $4 billion on HIV/AIDS programme in Nigeria
    17 november 2017 21:03:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) said on Friday that it has spent over $4 billion on HIV/AIDS response programme in Nigeria since 2004. Full text...

  • Governments given deadline to increase testing and treatment for TB
    16 november 2017 07:57:56
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ahead of the first-ever Global Ministerial Conference on ‘Ending TB’ in Moscow, international medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Stop TB Partnership have called for countries with high burdens of tuberculosis (TB) to implement the latest international treatment and testing standards by World TB Day, 24 March 2018. Full text...

  • Promote affordable, equitable access to diabetes medicines, information for women, UN urges
    15 november 2017 07:27:20
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – On World Diabetes Day on Tuesday, the United Nations health agency noted that women – especially those in low-income countries – are particularly vulnerable to diabetes, a condition that can be prevented or delayed with medication, regular screening and healthier lives. Full text...

  • Women more affected by diabetes in Mauritius - Ministry of Health
    14 november 2017 13:12:43
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Diabetes affects women slightly more than men in Mauritius, according to the latest non-communicable disease study. Full text...

  • Antibiotic resistance is ‘crisis we cannot ignore,’ UN warns
    14 november 2017 06:55:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – As World Antibiotic Awareness Week began on Monday, the United Nations, through its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), called for responsible use of antibiotics in humans and animals to reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance. Full text...

  • Kenya losing 31,000 children to pneumonia annually - minister
    13 november 2017 19:24:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - An estimated 31,000 children die in Kenya annually as a result of pneumonia and diarrhoea, which are preventable and treatable conditions, Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu said on Monday. Full text...

  • US announces new efforts to tame HIV/AIDS epidemic in Rwanda
    13 november 2017 17:35:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - United States Ambassador to Rwanda Erica Barks-Ruggles on Monday announced new efforts through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) that aim at supporting Rwanda in its HIV/AIDS response to controlling the scourge in the country. Full text...

  • WHO warns of dangers of air pollution to health, climate (A WHO feature)
    12 november 2017 05:41:28
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - From smog hanging over cities to smoke inside the home, air pollution poses a major threat to health and climate, the UN health agency has warned. Full text...

  • WHO enhances efforts to reduce burden of chronic diseases in Libya
    10 november 2017 20:04:27
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Libya’s burden of non-communicable diseases (NCD) is estimated to account for more than 76% all deaths and more than 41% mainly due to heart diseases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Harvard Cancer Centre to train 20 Rwandan medical workers
    09 november 2017 15:31:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Centre (CTSC) is to train some 20 Rwandan doctors by equipping them with skills in cancer treatment, under a new treaty signed between the American university and Rwandan government, an official source confirmed on Thursday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • IOM expands HIV/AIDS services in South Sudan displacement sites
    09 november 2017 05:50:02
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Thanks to the recent expansion of HIV/AIDS services conducted by the United Nations migration agency, some 171,000 civilians and their host communities have gained benefit from these health facilities in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Buhari orders investigation into outbreak of strange disease in Jigawa
    08 november 2017 19:37:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday directed the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, to investigate reports of an unknown disease that has led to the death of several children in Jigawa State. Full text...

  • 100 babies born in Rwanda using IVF in three years
    07 november 2017 16:54:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least 100 babies have been born in Rwanda using in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies since 2014, a senior Rwandan health official told local media on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rwandan First Lady advocates joint efforts for comprehensive cancer care in Africa
    07 november 2017 16:09:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan First Lady on Tuesday called on health researchers and policy makers from across Africa to work together and never stop educating the people about the importance of healthy lifestyles, including regular medical checkups, for cancer treatments. 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...

  • Madagascar plague: Mitigating the risk of regional spread (A WHO Feature)
    05 november 2017 06:06:55
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - This year plague came early to Madagascar and spread quickly. When it began to move out from the areas where it traditionally occurs, people became increasingly alarmed – both within the island nation and in neighbouring territories and countries. Full text...

  • WHO sees drop in cases of plague in Madagascar
    03 november 2017 20:40:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – While progress has been made in response to the plague outbreak in Madagascar, and the number of suspected new cases continues to decline, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that sustaining operations through the remainder of the plague season will be critical as there is still a risk of potential further spread of the disease. Full text...

  • UK gov’t completes US$5 million laboratory project for Sierra Leone
    03 november 2017 16:40:29
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The UK government on Thursday completed a US$ 5 million laboratory project for Sierra Leone’s health system, including the construction of three laboratories and the training of staff to run them. Full text...

  • Pneumonia, world's deadliest disease; kills two children every minute, says Save the Children
    02 november 2017 12:03:30
    London, UK (PANA) - Nearly one million children a year are dying from pneumonia even though it can be treated with antibiotics costing as little as 30 British pence, Save the Children, an independent child rights organisation, said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN reports 3 million people now have access to hepatitis C cure
    31 october 2017 20:11:29
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – A record 3 million people obtained treatment for hepatitis C over the past two years, and 2.8 million more people embarked on lifelong treatment for hepatitis B in 2016, the United Nations health agency reported on Tuesday, the eve of the World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil, highlighting increasing momentum in the global response to the viral disease. Full text...

  • WHO calls for political action to stop spread of TB
    30 october 2017 21:26:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Progress has not been fast enough over the past year to reach global and regional targets on stopping the spread of tuberculosis (TB), or to make real headway in closing persistent gaps in TB care and prevention, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. Full text...

  • WHO warns South Africa of "black death" plague threat
    27 october 2017 08:29:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) –The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that South Africa is at high risk of the “black death” plague. Full text...

  • Measles deaths fall, but world still far from eliminating disease – Report
    27 october 2017 04:50:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Annual deaths from measles have dropped below 100,000 last year for the first time, United Nations and other international agencies reported on Thursday, as they warned, however, that the world is still far from reaching goals on eliminating the disease. Full text...

  • ECOWAS annual meeting on 'health planning' opens in Niamey
    26 october 2017 15:12:57
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) annual meeting on health planning opened Thursday in Niamey, under the theme: "Continuing and strengthening dialogue and collaboration on health planning and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms". Full text...

  • Eradication of polio 'once and for all' within reach – WHO
    25 october 2017 05:38:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Despite progress towards global eradication of polio, sustained commitment is needed to overcome the final hurdle and stamp out the disease once and for all, the United Nations health agency said on Tuesday, the World Polio Day. Full text...

  • WHO promptly responds to Marburg outbreak in Eastern Uganda
    23 october 2017 20:00:47
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Following the confirmation of a case of Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) in Kween district of eastern Uganda by the country’s Ministry of Health and the activation of the National Response Team, the World Health Organization (WHO) Rapid Response team from the country office was able to reach the epicentre within 48 hours and is currently supporting national and district authorities to contain the outbreak. Full text...

  • Rwanda issues public alert on Marburg hemorrhagic fever threat
    23 october 2017 11:55:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's Ministry of Health on Monday issued a public alert on Marburg hemorrhagic fever asking the population to remain vigilant as government steps up measures to prevent the outbreak of the deadly virus in the country. Full text...

  • WHO Director-General rescinds Mugabe's Goodwill Ambassador appointment
    22 october 2017 16:04:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has rescined the appointment of Zimabean President Robert Mugabe as its Goodwill Ambnassador for Non-Communicable Diseases (NDCs). Full text...

  • New report says pollution is one of world’s biggest killers
    20 october 2017 05:41:33
    London, UK (PANA) - Pollution is a major cause of premature death, disability, and disease around the world, a new report in the medical journal Lancet has said, stressing that most health impacts are on people living in low- and middle-income countries. Full text...

  • Gov'ts endorse UN-backed plan to tackle non-communicable diseases - WHO
    19 october 2017 20:12:31
    Montevideo, Uruguay (PANA) – Global leaders have pledged to take bold action to reduce suffering from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which include the world's leading killers – heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes – the United Nations health agency reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso starts mosquito spraying operation to stop dengue fever
    19 october 2017 17:29:10
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least 11 people have died of dengue fever in Burkina Faso since the beginning of this year, the government said on Thursday as it planned a targeted space spraying operation from 23 to 30 October. Full text...

  • 7,000 newborns die every day, despite steady decrease in under-five mortality - Report
    19 october 2017 06:08:05
    New York, USA (PANA) – Every day in 2016, 15,000 children died before their fifth birthday, 46 per cent of them – or 7,000 babies – died in the first 28 days of life, according to a new UN report. Full text...

  • WHO supports yellow fever immunization for 874,000 people in Nigeria
    18 october 2017 07:21:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian goverment has launched a 10-day campaign launched to immunize nearly 874,000 people against yellow fever in the states of Kwara and Kogi, according to the United Nations health agency. Full text...

  • Rotary boosts global polio eradication efforts
    17 october 2017 13:53:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global humanitarian organization, Rotary International, is giving US$49.5 million in grants to support polio immunization and surveillance activities in nine countries, among them Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Full text...

  • Mexico: UN, partners launch plan to stop transmission of bovine tuberculosis to humans
    13 october 2017 07:48:28
    Guadalajara, Mexico (PANA) – Stressing the damaging impact on poor rural communities in Africa and South-East Asia of animal tuberculosis’ (bovine TB) transmission to humans, United Nations health experts have launched the first-ever roadmap to combat the so-called zoonotic TB. Full text...

  • Liberia: Test Ebola vaccines produce year-long immunity in most study participants
    12 october 2017 15:15:56
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Results from PREVAIL I, a large Ebola vaccine study that enrolled more than a thousand Liberians in Monrovia during the first few months of 2015, were published on Thursday, October 12, in the issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius takes steps to prevent pneumonic plague
    12 october 2017 07:04:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has taken all precautionary and control measures at its air and sea ports, and reinforced surveillance at all levels in a bid to prevent transmission of pneumonic plague which is currently affecting the near-by island of Madagascar. Full text...

  • US: UN launches innovative plan to significantly cut new HIV infections
    11 october 2017 22:24:57
    New York, US (PANA) – Despite a 50 per cent drop in AIDS-related deaths since the peak of the epidemic, new HIV infection declines among adults are lagging, prompting the United Nations to launch a 10-point plan that lays out immediate, concrete steps countries can take to accelerate progress. Full text...

  • UK: New study finds tenfold increase in childhood, adolescent obesity in four decades
    11 october 2017 07:11:32
    London, UK (PANA) - The number of obese children and adolescents (aged five to 19 years) worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades and if current trends continue, more children and adolescents will be obese than moderately or severely underweight by 2022, according to a new study led by Imperial College London and WHO. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Creating healthy workplace improves mental wellbeing, productivity – UN
    11 october 2017 06:41:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – People spend a large proportion of time at work, where experiences there factor into their overall wellbeing, the United Nations said on World Mental Health Day, noting that depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that have an impact on our ability to work, and to work productively. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO establishes high-level commission to tackle noncommunicable diseases
    10 october 2017 17:45:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations health agency on Tuesday announced the establishment of a high-level global commission on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) to identify innovative ways to curb the world’s biggest causes of death and extend life expectancy for millions of people. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Civil society in Sierra Leone calls for end to stigma attached to mental health
    10 october 2017 16:27:27
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Health based civil society groups In Sierra Leone have called on people to check their mental status regularly and fight off the stigma attached to such checkups. Full text...

  • South Africa: Jazz giant battles prostrate cancer
    09 october 2017 15:56:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African jazz legend, Hugh Masekela, has called for privacy after confirming that he will no longer be performing after being diagnosed with aggressive prostrate cancer. Full text...

  • Ghana: Rights groups urge Ghana to invest in Mental Health Services to end shackling
    09 october 2017 11:22:02
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The government of Ghana should ensure adequate funding for mental health services in the country, as a crucial step to eliminating the widespread practice of shackling and other abuses against people with psycho-social disabilities, a coalition of nongovernmental groups said on Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian capital placed on cholera alert
    09 october 2017 10:01:09
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian Ministry of Health has placed the capital city, Lusaka, on high alert following an increase in the number of cholera cases. Full text...

  • Madagascar: WHO ramps up response as bubonic, pneumonic plagues spread in Madagascar
    07 october 2017 10:13:06
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) – The United Nations health agency is rapidly scaling up response to a plague outbreak in Madagascar that has spread to the capital and port towns, infecting more than 100 people in just a few weeks. Full text...

  • Liberia: Liberia, US build public health institute, regional laboratory
    06 october 2017 16:34:33
    Monrovia, Liberia, October 6 (PANA) – Liberia and the United States have cut sod to construct the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHL), national reference and Regional Laboratory buildings in Congo Town, outside Monrovia. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Second round of Cholera vaccination starts for mudslide victims
    05 october 2017 15:07:59
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Sierra Leonean Ministry of Health and Sanitation has started the second round of the Oral Cholera Vaccination for 25 communities that were affected by the 14 August mudslide. Full text...

  • Kenya: Malaria outbreak kills 30 in Northern Kenya amid public health crisis
    05 october 2017 12:24:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A nationwide malaria outbreak has claimed the lives of 30 people, mostly children, in the dry and remote regions of Kenya and along the coastal region, top government officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Counselling, dieting among new WHO guidelines on child obesity
    04 october 2017 22:06:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – An estimated 41 million children under five years old are obese or overweight, United Nations health experts warned on Wednesday, launching new guidelines to tackle what they call a global epidemic. Full text...

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