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  • 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...

  • Bashir bans import of drugs manufactured locally
    30 october 2018 10:06:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has banned import of drugs and any such products that are locally manufactured, a move apparently seeking to encourage local manufacturing and at the same time save hard currency. Full text...

  • Kenya hosts conference on newborn healthcare
    30 october 2018 08:37:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Delegates from around the world are meeting in Nairobi to discuss strategies for improving the health of newborn babies and ensuring the successful implementation of universal health care plans around Africa. Full text...

  • More than nine in ten children exposed to deadly air pollution - WHO
    29 october 2018 21:25:33
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Air pollution is “stunting children’s brains” and affecting their health in more ways than was previously suspected, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda conducts simulation exercise for Ebola prevention
    25 october 2018 18:16:27
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's health personnel at the Military Hospital in Kanombe, a suburb of Kigali city, conducted a simulation exercise on Thursday as part of preparations to prevent and manage suspected cases of Ebola virus. Full text...

  • WHO charts course to achieve universal health coverage
    25 october 2018 11:10:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Countries around the world on Thursday agreed to the Declaration of Astana, vowing to strengthen their primary health care systems as an essential step toward achieving universal health coverage. Full text...

  • Pope Francis, WHO Chief say health is a right and not a privilege
    24 october 2018 12:57:55
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Director-General of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has met with His Holiness Pope Francis to discuss ways to ensure that all people can obtain the healthcare they need, whoever they are, wherever they live. Full text...

  • High prices restrict access to best drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment - MSF
    24 october 2018 09:07:03
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - People with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) continue to be deprived of today’s best-possible treatment in part because of high drug prices. Full text...

  • IFAD, Save the Children fight for girl child nutrition
    22 october 2018 14:21:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - By 2030, there will be 129 million children with stunted growth due to malnutrition, mostly born of young mothers, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and Save the Children warned on Monday. Full text...

  • 4th int'l conference of west African consortiun clinical research begins in Bamako
    17 october 2018 13:27:43
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The 4th international conference of west African consortiun clinical research, gathering researchers from the west African sub-region, Europe and America, began since Tuesday in Bamako, the Malian capital, chaired by the Malian minister of health and public hygiene, Pr. Samba Sow, PANA learned from reliable source. Full text...

  • Global health organizations commit to new ways of working together for greater impact
    17 october 2018 05:27:09
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - Eleven heads of the world’s leading health and development organizations on Tuesday signed a landmark commitment to find new ways of working together to accelerate progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Full text...

  • WHO calls crisis meeting over deadly Ebola outbreak in DR Congo
    16 october 2018 05:00:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has already claimed around 130 lives. Full text...

  • 80% of children in DRC Ebola-affected areas return to school - UNICEF
    15 october 2018 02:45:13
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – One month after the beginning of the school year, 80 per cent of school-aged children have returned to school in Beni and Mabalako health zones, the two epicentres of the current Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). More than half of these children are girls, the UN children's fund (UNICEF) has said. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for end of abuse of mental patients in Ghana
    10 october 2018 05:49:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Hundreds of people with real or perceived mental health conditions remain chained or confined in prayer camps in Ghana, despite some progress, one year after the government pledged to enforce a ban on shackling, Human Rights Watch has said on World Mental Health Day on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mental illness will cost the world US$$16 trillion by 2030 - Lancet report
    10 october 2018 05:34:11
    London, UK (PANA) - A new Lancet Commission report on mental health says that mental disorders are on the rise in every country in the world and will cost the global economy US$16 trillion by 2030. Full text...

  • Start nurturing mental health ‘at an early age’, urges UN chief
    10 october 2018 01:16:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Worldwide, it is estimated that one in five adolescents experience mental health challenges, though most remain under-diagnosed and under-treated. Full text...

  • UN-led tobacco control advocates denounce ‘increasingly vicious’ industry interference
    05 october 2018 06:57:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Tobacco giants are adopting new ways and “disguises” to push their products, noxious both for people and the environment, and interfere with government efforts to regulate the sale and use of tobacco, the head of the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC, the United Nations-led tobacco control treaty, has told UN News. Full text...

  • South African Liberation hero fights for life in hospital
    04 october 2018 15:22:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – One of the last two remaining Rivonia treason trialists, Andrew Mlangeni, is fighting for his life after being admitted to a Cape Town hospital in South Africa. Full text...

  • WHO supports Zimbabwe with 1.4 million vaccinations to beat cholera outbreak
    03 october 2018 19:03:47
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting Zimbabwe’s efforts to begin vaccinating 1.4 million people against a new deadly outbreak of cholera, beginning on Wednesday, after the water-borne disease first surfaced in a suburb of the capital Harare early last month. Full text...

  • Tobacco control measures are working, but too slowly in less-developed countries: WHO
    02 october 2018 06:33:01
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - “Great progress” has been made in tackling tobacco consumption and saving lives but more needs to be done to challenge the industry’s attempts to “bypass” international regulations, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritius health authorities to develop strategies for reducing salt intake
    01 october 2018 17:47:49
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian health ministry will develop strategies to cut down salt intake in diets as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), an official source told PANA Monday in the capital Port Louis. Full text...

  • UNICEF teams up with DRC Ebola survivors to help stop spread
    01 october 2018 06:44:52
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – Recent survivors of the Ebola virus and the UN children's fund (UNICEF) are partnering to help prevent further transmission of the deadly disease in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Progress in malaria control stalls, WHO
    01 october 2018 06:37:35
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - After an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled, the Africa Regional Office of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported. Full text...

  • 'Access to legal abortion services needed, to prevent 47,000 women dying each year'
    28 september 2018 16:28:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - States across the world should act now to decriminalise abortion and make every effort to ensure that women and girls have the right to make their own decisions about pregnancy, said a group of United Nations human rights experts on Friday, in a statement marking International Safe Abortion Day. Full text...

  • Violence and displacement in Ebola-hit DR Congo threatens humanitarian response
    28 september 2018 16:09:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Increasing violence in Ebola-affected areas of north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is threatening the safety of tens of thousands of people there, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN stands up to stop 41 million avoidable deaths per year
    27 september 2018 19:17:26
    New York, US (PANA) - “Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic Lyme disease, depression” – just some of the illnesses outlined by World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, who drove home the danger by asking delegates to stand up, when they heard the name of an illness that had killed someone they loved: One by one, every single person in the room, got to their feet. Full text...

  • Ageing Tutu admitted to hospital
    27 september 2018 15:59:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Archbishop Desmond Tutu was admitted to a Cape Town hospital for unknown reasons on Thursday. Full text...

  • US 1st Lady to promote maternal healthcare on first Africa visit
    27 september 2018 12:53:19
    New York, US (PANA) - US First Lady, Melania Trump, is scheduled to visit four African countries to promote maternal and child welfare programs, officials said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Fight against ‘vicious’ TB epidemic drastically underfunded: UN deputy chief
    26 september 2018 18:57:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The fight against tuberculosis (TB) is drastically under-funded, with a gap of around $13 billion per year, said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the first-ever High-Level TB Meeting, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Medical charity reports 'alarming' mortality rates among children in south Niger
    26 september 2018 07:49:09
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Paediatric teams from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have reported alarming mortality rates among children aged under five in Magaria, south Niger. Full text...

  • Global leaders urged to make bold commitments at first-ever UN tuberculosis summit
    26 september 2018 07:48:32
    New York, US (PANA) - As global leaders gather for the first-ever United Nations tuberculosis (TB) Summit in New York this week, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a medical charity has called on governments to save more lives by scaling up TB testing and treatment today, and make real commitments to develop more effective and easier-to-use tools to defeat TB tomorrow. Full text...

  • Ebola-hit DRC faces ‘perfect storm’ as uptick in violence halts WHO operation
    25 september 2018 19:25:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A "perfect storm" of active conflict and traumatized communities in Ebola-affected areas of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could enable the deadly disease to spread, but there are “no plans” to pull UN workers out of the country despite concerns for their security, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Aid work suspended due to deadly attack in DR Congo
    25 september 2018 07:19:33
    Beni, DR Congo (PANA) - Humanitarian charity, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), suspended all its activities in the north-eastern city of Beni and surrounding areas Monday, as a result of an armed group attack on Saturday. Full text...

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