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  • Pharmaceutical regulation authority to be created in Cote d'Ivoire
    13 december 2018 10:53:01
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government adopted on Wednesday during the meeting of the council of ministers a decree on the organization and functioning of the Ivorian Pharmaceutical Regulation Authority (AIRP). Full text...

  • Better care, stronger laws needed to save 30 million babies on the brink of death - Report
    13 december 2018 04:53:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Nearly 30 million babies are born too soon, too small or become sick, requiring specialised care to survive beyond the first month of life, according to a new report by a global coalition that includes the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • UN pushes for universal health care on International Day
    12 december 2018 22:29:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Universal health care for all, leaving no one behind, by 2030: that’s the call going out on International Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, which this year fell on Wednesday. Full text...

  • At least 100 maternal deaths reported in first half of 2018 in Burkina Faso
    12 december 2018 12:18:08
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least 100 maternal deaths were reported in the first half of 2018 in Burkina Faso, Amnesty International reported in its 2017/2018 report on the human rights situation in the country. Full text...

  • HIV prevalence in Cameroon down since 2011
    11 december 2018 13:49:58
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The prevalence of HIV-AIDS in Cameroon went down from 4.3 percent to 3.4 percent since 2011, according to the latest Demographic and Health Survey. Full text...

  • 'Niger city recording 30 new HIV infections monthly in some groups'
    11 december 2018 11:39:59
    Maradi, Niger (PANA) - There are 30 new HIV infections per month in some groups particularly sex workers and homosexuals in Maradi, Niger's economic capital, says the regional coordinator of the intersectoral unit for the fight against HIV/AIDS in the region, Dr. Ali Soumana. Full text...

  • Suspected case of Lassa fever reported in Benin
    11 december 2018 10:07:37
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - A case of suspected Lassa haemorrhagic fever has been reported in northeast Benin, according to a statement signed by the Benin health minister, Professor Benjamin Hounkpatin. Full text...

  • WHO holds global health management planning conference in Kenya
    10 december 2018 17:14:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has welcomed the pending launch of a universal healthcare programme in Kenya, which aims to enroll every citizen into a state-funded insurance cover. Full text...

  • Libya adopts five-year reproductive health strategic plan
    10 december 2018 11:35:22
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Health minister of the Libyan government of national accord recognised by the international community, Omar Bechir al-Taher, has adopted a strategic plan for reproductive health and mother, new-born, child and teenager health in Libya (2019-2023), developed with the collaboration of several UN specialised agencies. Full text...

  • Niger launches national nutrition policy
    08 december 2018 14:54:53
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Niger’s national nutritional security policy for the period 2017-2025, launched on Saturday, will contribute to the country’s socio-economic development, by strengthening human capital and reducing mortality rates as well as the cost of healthcare. Full text...

  • UNICEF launches national immunization campaign in Libya
    08 december 2018 12:53:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Saturday launched a one-week national immunization campaign in Libya, with the aim to immunize about 2,750,000 children, aged under 15 years, against measles, rubella and polio. Full text...

  • A million lives could be saved by 2050 through climate action, WHO says
    05 december 2018 22:39:26
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - Taking bold climate action now, could help save a million lives and a lot of money by the middle of the century, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, launching a special report as part of the ongoing COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland. Full text...

  • Rotary International grants 530 million CFA Francs to Mali to eradicate polio
    04 december 2018 16:42:52
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Rotary International, through the World Health Organization (WHO), has granted 530 million CFA Francs to Mali towards the eradication of polio in the country. Full text...

  • UN agriculture chief urges ‘transformative changes’ to how we eat
    04 december 2018 04:29:26
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Obesity affects millions of people, and several billion suffer from diseases caused by vitamin- or mineral-deficient diets, known as micronutrient deficiencies, according to the UN agriculture chief, who has called for “transformative changes” to our food systems. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso HIV/AIDS expert lauds quality of treatment of patients
    02 december 2018 17:54:24
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Dr. Didier Bakouan, a member of the national committee to combat HIV/AIDS in Burkina Faso, has lauded the quality of treatment of the disease in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritius initiates HIV testing through caravans
    01 december 2018 07:52:13
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Ministry has initiated HIV testing through caravans moving across the island to reach a maximum number of persons, PANA learnt from official sources in the Mauritian capital on Saturday. Full text...

  • AIDS at a ‘critical juncture’ - Guterres
    30 november 2018 20:18:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Thirty years after the first World AIDS Day, the HIV response stands at a crossroads. The direction we take may determine whether the epidemic will be stemmed by 2030, or if future generations will continue to bear its burden, according to UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Full text...

  • Spread of AIDS has levelled off in Niger, says health minister
    30 november 2018 18:00:25
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The spread of AIDS in Niger has levelled off at around 0.4% with around 43,000 people living with HIV / AIDS, Niger's Minister of Public Health Illiassou Mainassara said Thursday on the occasion of the international pandemic day. Full text...

  • Nigerien authorities close down 2 health centres operated by Marie Stopes
    30 november 2018 09:16:48
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Nigerien health authorities on Thursday closed two health centres in Niamey and Maradi operated by the British charity, Marie Stopes International for "non-authorised activities". Full text...

  • 80 adolescents a day will still die of AIDS by 2030, despite slowdown in epidemic
    29 november 2018 19:28:45
    New York, US (PANA) - By 2030, around 80 adolescents will be dying of AIDS every day if “we don’t accelerate progress in preventing transmission”, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Better housing means better health and well-being, stress new WHO guidelines
    28 november 2018 03:04:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new guidelines highlighting that better homes, invariably lead to better standards of health and overall well-being. Full text...

  • Libyan authorities discuss medical bills for citizens undergoing treatment abroad
    27 november 2018 19:04:22
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's President of the Presidential Council of the National Unity Government, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Tuesday chaired a meeting to discuss money deposits for the treatment and care of Libyans abroad and the necessary procedures to accelerate their transfer, as well as the record of accumulated debts owed to the Libyan State. Full text...

  • UNAIDS stresses 'knowledge' to win combat against HIV worldwide
    23 november 2018 04:11:39
    New York,US (PANA) - Ahead of World AIDS Day, marked every year on 1 December, the United Nations issued a report on Thursday that highlights the critical importance of scaling up HIV testing worldwide. Full text...

  • UNICEF urges Congolese parliamentarians to fight malnutrition
    21 november 2018 11:18:35
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo's UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Representative, Micaela Marques de Sousa, has urged Congolese parliamentarians to be involved in the fight to defeat malnutrition. Full text...

  • Libya, Malta discuss cooperation on health matters
    21 november 2018 10:27:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya and Malta on Tuesday discussed the promotion and cooperation between their two countries in the domain of health. Full text...

  • New study links urbanization with lower rates of child stunting in Africa
    20 november 2018 20:01:34
    Washington, US (PANA) - Urbanization is changing the landscape of health and nutrition in Africa, and in Nigeria it relates to both lower levels of stunting among children and higher rates of obesity among women, according to two recent studies by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Full text...

  • Half of Mauritian population suffer from diabetes
    19 november 2018 17:05:06
    Reduit, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Health and Quality of Life minister Anwar Husnoo on Monday said the Government is spending some Rs 9 billion each year in the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which accounts for 84% of total burden of disease. (Rs 34.50 = 1 USD) Full text...

  • WHO, partners launch new country-led response to revive stalled malaria control efforts
    19 november 2018 14:39:11
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - Reductions in malaria cases have stalled after several years of decline globally, according to the new World malaria report 2018. Full text...

  • African countries call for regional programme for universal health coverage, SDGs
    17 november 2018 19:41:28
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The third annual conference of planning directors from World Health Organisation (WHO) member countries on the strengthening of health systems for universal health coverage and sustainable development goals (SDGs), which ended Saturday in Abidjan, has recommended the speeding up the establishment of a regional heath coverage programme. Full text...

  • Mauritius to host 17th HIV/AIDS Indian Ocean symposium next week
    17 november 2018 19:05:28
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius will host the 17th HIV/AIDS Indian Ocean Symposium from 20-22 November to discuss HIV-related topics such as prevention, trivialization of infection, discrimination against people living with HIV and homosexuality. Full text...

  • Libyan medical teams complete training in emergency response
    17 november 2018 14:25:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Six Libyan medical teams, made up of 34 members of the Libyan National Centre for Disease Control, have completed a training session on emergency response in Tunisia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Niger adopts national policy on nutritional safety
    16 november 2018 17:57:30
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Aiming to improve the nutritional safety of its citizens, the Niger government on Friday adopted a National Policy for Nutritional Security (NPNS 2017-2025) and its multi-sectoral action plan for the 2017-2019 period, said a communique issued after the meeting of the Council of Ministers. Full text...

  • Farmers on the frontline in battle against drug-resistant microbes: UN health agency
    15 november 2018 05:02:57
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has revealed that as some 700,000 people are dying each year from antimicrobial resistant infections, an untold number of sick animals are also suffering from diseases that do not respond to treatment. Full text...

  • 'Make healthy choices’ to prevent and manage chronic diabetes - WHO
    15 november 2018 04:56:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The global prevalence of adult diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, World Diabetes Day, with the call to “eat healthily, be physically active and avoid excessive weight gain”. Full text...

  • Mali launch national campaign to fight Female Genital Mutilation
    14 november 2018 15:40:16
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali on Tuesday launched a national campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM), on the initiative of the Plan International and Global Media Campaign. Full text...

  • HIV, TB treatment at risk as countries gradually lose Global Fund support - MSF
    14 november 2018 08:58:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has called on the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to make urgent changes to their policies and practices for countries transitioning away from, or gradually losing, donor support, which increase the risk of critical drug stock-outs and alarming drug quality issues in many countries. Full text...

  • Rwandan PM urges Africa to harness youth as agents of sustainable development
    13 november 2018 17:53:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente on Tuesday called for African leaders' efforts to harness the youth population into agents of sustainable development and address Africa's demographic dividend. Full text...

  • Vision bodies hail sight inclusion in African Road Safety Forum
    13 november 2018 10:41:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Vision Impact Institute, a nonprofit organization and the African Council of Optometry (AFCO) have lauded inclusion of vision at the First African Road Safety Forum. Full text...

  • Antimicrobial resistance a 'global health emergency,' UN warns
    13 november 2018 03:41:18
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - By 2050, some five million people could die each year in Asia alone due to resistance to antibiotic medicines or antimicrobials, according to UN agencies. Full text...

  • Rwandan teenagers missing out on proper family planning, says official
    12 november 2018 13:19:36
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan Minister of Health, Diane Gashumba, has stressed the pressing need for the country to implement modern family planning programs to help curb the high rate of teenage pregnancies. Full text...

  • Humanitarian charity calls for improved hygiene facilities to combat cholera outbreaks
    12 november 2018 11:41:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The number of people who have been affected by cholera in northeast Nigeria has increased to 10,000, a humanitarian charity warned on Monday. Full text...

  • WHO launches competition for innovative solutions to improve health in Africa
    10 november 2018 15:33:14
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – The African Regional Office for the World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a competition, called ‘’Challenge for innovation’’, which seeks innovations in the health sector likely to have important social impact and meets the health needs on the continent. Full text...

  • Libya, Turkey sign health sector agreement
    10 november 2018 12:28:46
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya and Turkey have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Health Cooperation and a debt repayment mechanism. Full text...

  • Ebola outbreak in DRC conflict zone ‘remains dangerous and unpredictable’ – UN chiefs
    09 november 2018 04:58:54
    Beni, DRC (PANA) - While new measures to tackle the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are working, the epidemic remains dangerous and unpredictable, the United Nations said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Over a million Nigerians receiving anti-retroviral drugs
    08 november 2018 17:30:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) on Thursday said that about 1,090,233 people were receiving anti-retroviral drugs in the country during the first half of this year. Full text...

  • About 700,000 women benefit from free delivery in Burkina Faso
    06 november 2018 19:43:17
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - About 700,000 expectant mothers have benefited from free delivery, which has been in place since April 2016 in Burkina Faso, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré said on Tuesday in Oslo, Norway, at the Conference on Resupplying Global Financing for the Health of Children, Adolescents and Women. Full text...

  • Nigeria has 2nd largest global HIV/AIDS burden
    05 november 2018 19:27:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria is the second country with the largest HIV/AIDS virus burden in the world, Head of Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT) of the United Nations Children’s Fund in Nigeria, Dr. Ijaodola Olugbenga, has said. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso allocates 15% of its budget to health of mothers and children
    05 november 2018 15:01:55
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkina Faso President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, on Monday pledged to allocate 15 percent of his country's national budget to the healthcare of the mother and the child. Full text...

  • 'No cure’ for HIV in Zimbabwe says UN, following claims from local preacher
    01 november 2018 05:16:59
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The United Nations in Zimbabwe is reaffirming that people living with HIV and AIDS need to continue with antiretroviral (ARV) therapy to manage their infections, after a local preacher reportedly claimed that he had received divine revelation of an herbal cure. Full text...

  • Security Council urges responder-safety focus, as DRC Ebola outbreak worsens
    31 october 2018 02:00:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council has voiced “serious concern” over the impact of deteriorating security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the response to the deadly Ebola outbreak and fears that the virus could spread further into the country and the wider region. Full text...

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