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  • Kenya: Health expert urges provision of reproductive health services to IDPs
    25 november 2014 16:14:35
    Nairobi , Kenya (PANA) – A medical practitioner has called for inclusion of reproductive health facilities in post-conflict services provided for the increasing number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in various camps across Africa. Full text...

  • UN: WHO, UNAIDS top officials visit Mali for Ebola response
    24 november 2014 21:37:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, and Executive Director of Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Mr. Michel Sidibe, have visited Mali in a joint mission to support the country in its efforts to curb the spread of Ebola. Full text...

  • Belgium: Belgium welcomes certification of DR Congo as Ebola-free
    24 november 2014 19:46:11
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Belgium has welcomed the certification of DR Congo as free of the Ebola virus disease, saying the disease was fought "efficiently". Full text...

  • Mali: New Ebola case reported in Mali
    24 november 2014 18:01:22
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – A new case of Ebola disease whose results tested positive was Sunday admitted to Mali's national isolation centre (CNAM) for intensive treatment, according to Monday's daily update from the centre. Full text...

  • Kenya: IPPF prods African journalists to promote reproductive health
    24 november 2014 17:42:54
    Nairobi, Kenya(PANA) - The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Journalists Network Conference opened here Monday with a call on media practitioners across Africa to help promote sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues among the people. Full text...

  • Ghana: Health workers from ECOWAS states train for deployment to Ebola-hit nations
    24 november 2014 09:31:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Health workers from six ECOWAS member states will undergo training from Monday (24Nov) in Ghana's capital, Accra, ahead of their deployment to the three countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak in the region, an ECOWAS Commission statement obtained by PANA here Monday said. Full text...

  • Madagascar: WHO confirms outbreak of Plague in Madagascar, over 40 killed
    22 november 2014 09:34:42
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed the outbreak of Plague, a deadly infectious disease that has killed over 40 people from 119 cases since 16 Nov. 2014 in Madagascar, an island nation off the coast of South-east Africa. Full text...

  • UN: Ban hopeful of end to Ebola outbreak by mid-2015
    22 november 2014 07:17:25
    New York, US (PAN) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said by continuing to scale up the global fight against Ebola, there is hope the outbreak could be contained by mid-2015. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cost of treatment for viral hepatitis in Cameroon revised downwards
    21 november 2014 19:13:32
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Viral hepatitis B and C patients in Cameroon will now pay less for treatment following an agreement signed by the Health ministry and Hoffmann-La Roche Laboratories to reduce the price of the required medicament, according to Public Health Minister André Mama Fouda. Full text...

  • UN: Ban, UN agencies chief hold talks on Ebola response
    20 november 2014 23:00:46
    New York, US (PANA) - On the eve of a meeting of UN agency chiefs to discuss ways to jointly tackle the Ebola outbreak, the World Bank reported on Thursday that Liberia’s labour sector has suffered a huge blow since the start of the crisis, as a "massive effort" was underway in Mali to halt the spread of the re-emerged virus. Full text...

  • Mali: Information ministry, media sign agreement on professional treatment of Ebola
    20 november 2014 21:08:28
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian ministry of Digital Economy, Information and Communication on Thursday signed a protocol with the print and electronic media in the West African country for the "professional handling" of information on the deadly Ebola epidemic. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali announces measures to check the spread of Ebola
    20 november 2014 20:30:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali is taking a series of measures to check the spread of the deadly Ebola virus after the country recorded four deaths in the past few days. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Deutsche Welle produces radio programmes on Ebola
    20 november 2014 12:39:24
    Abidjan, Cote d' Ivoire ( PANA) - The German public broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, has produced a series of radio programmes for listeners in Africa about the Ebola virus disease raging in West Africa, according a statement received here by issued PANA. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'WAHO needs extra US$2.5m annually to fight epidemics'
    20 november 2014 09:59:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The West African Health Organisation (WAHO), the specialised institution responsible for health in the region, requires an additional US$2.5 million annually to strengthen its capacity to fight epidemics, according to its Chief Executive, Dr. Xavier Crespin. Full text...

  • UN: 'Ebola cases no longer rising in Guinea, Liberia'
    20 november 2014 08:03:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the number of Ebola cases is no longer increasing nationally in Guinea and Liberia, but is still on the rise in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • UN: 'Every dollar invested in water, sanitation brings four-fold return in costs'
    19 november 2014 19:10:41
    New York, US (ANA) - For every dollar invested in water and sanitation, there is a US$4.3 return in the form of reduced health care costs for individuals and society around the world, where 2.5 billion people still lack access to basic sanitation services, with 1 billion practicing open defection, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritania, Mali to hold consultations on border security
    19 november 2014 17:45:51
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Malian and Mauritanian authorities are to hold consultations at ministerial level to "enhance security measures and peaceful coexistence" on both sides of their common border. Full text...

  • Tunisia: World Bank grants Ebola-hit countries US$285 million
    19 november 2014 17:29:34
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Executive Board of the World Bank is to give US$285 million to the three countries in West Africa badly affected by the Ebola virus disease, according to a statement issued by the bank on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges 'fast-track' approach to end AIDS epidemic by 2030
    18 november 2014 22:31:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Taking a fast-track approach in the battle against AIDS over the next five years will avert 21 million deaths and allow the world to end the epidemic by 2030, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said in a new report on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO steps up Ebola response in Mali
    18 november 2014 22:08:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Health Organization (WHO) says it is intensifying efforts to keep the Ebola outbreak from spreading in Mali by working to identify all chains of transmission and stepping up social mobilization campaigns to include a range of actors, from religious leaders to truck and bus drivers. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: International football starts unite in fight against Ebola
    18 november 2014 18:22:36
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The world’s top football players, including Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona’s Neymar Jr., Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm, are joining forces with global health experts to help raise global awareness in the fight against Ebola. Full text...

  • Rwanda: WHO says slow, complex diagnostic tests challenge efforts to contain Ebola
    18 november 2014 17:56:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Efforts to contain the Ebola outbreaks in West Africa are currently hampered by cumbersome, slow and complex diagnostic tests that impose a number of additional logistical challenges, including requirements for a high level of laboratory bio-safety and staff expertise in using sophisticated machines, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)'s situation assessment released Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • UN: DRC declares end to Ebola outbreak
    18 november 2014 07:33:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has praised the end of an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Full text...

  • Rwanda: UN representative for Ebola Emergency Response in Guinea 'found dead'
    17 november 2014 20:33:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The special representative of the UN Secretary General for the Ebola Emergency Response in Guinea, Rwandan national Marcel Rudasingwa, has been found dead in his hotel room in Conakry, local media reported on Monday quoting several UN sources in the West African nation. Full text...

  • US: Sierra Leonean Ebola patient dies at US medical facility
    17 november 2014 19:36:18
    New York, US (PANA) - A Sierra Leonean medical doctor, Martin Salia, who contracted Ebola, Full text...

  • UN: UN stresses importance of improving children’s health
    17 november 2014 18:42:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the fourth World Prematurity Day, the UN said the Full text...

  • UN: FAO launches 'pocketbook' on nutrition
    17 november 2014 18:16:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday released Full text...

  • Nigeria: Top players, FIFA, CAF, health experts unite in fight against Ebola
    17 november 2014 15:30:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Top international footballers have joined forces with the world football governing body, FIFA, the African football governing body, CAF, and health experts to raise global awareness and promote simple preventative measures in the fight against Ebola. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia remains Ebola-free - Govt.
    17 november 2014 10:46:39
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Following rumours of a suspected case of Ebola in the Gambia, the government has said the country remains free of the disease that has claimed over 5,000 lives mostly in three West African states. Full text...

  • Tanzania: 'Turning the tide on Ebola' target may not be met, says Oxfam
    17 november 2014 07:40:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Oxfam International’s Executive Director Winnie Byanyima has criticized the Group of 20's response to the Ebola crisis raging in West Africa, saying it is "dangerously inadequate". Full text...

  • Tanzania: World Bank chief welcomes G20 call to act on Ebola
    16 november 2014 12:01:43
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has welcomed the call to action on Ebola by G20 Leaders saying it is an important commitment to combat Ebola and address the terrible human and economic impact of the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian state peps up ECOWAS Ebola battle
    16 november 2014 10:26:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's southern Rivers State has announced the donation of 5,000 complete set of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to ECOWAS in support of the member states affected by the outbreak that has claimed more than 5,000 lives mainly in the region. Full text...

  • UN: WHO official cautions Liberia on new Ebola cases
    15 november 2014 17:43:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) Assistant Director-General for Polio and Emergencies, Dr. Bruce Aylward, on Saturday warned that the number of Ebola cases in Liberia, which has recently shown some signs of decline, "is starting to pick up again, most likely because people are relaxing their guard". Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: AfDB, Drogba to establish partnership to fight Ebola
    14 november 2014 22:28:49
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Donald Kaberuka, and the Ivorian international footballer Didier Drogba, have agreed to a partnership to fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease. Full text...

  • UN: WHO official says no "quick fix" for Ebola
    14 november 2014 18:21:47
    New York, US (PANA) - A top Ebola specialist at the World Health Organisation, Dr. Martin Full text...

  • UN: Ban says non-communicable diseases threat to human health
    14 november 2014 17:53:12
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world copes with infectious diseases such as influenza, Full text...

  • Switzerland: Uganda free of Marburg disease
    14 november 2014 10:56:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Uganda has been declared free of the Marburg virus disease that was discovered in September 2014, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • UN: 'Progress made in global fight against Ebola'
    14 november 2014 05:54:50
    New York, US (PANA) - Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: US supports new family planning project in Côte d’Ivoire
    13 november 2014 20:00:53
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – A five-year family planning project was launched Thursday in Abidjan with financial support from the US Government to support access to services provided under Côte d’Ivoire's national family planning programme. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Malnutrition exposes African population to serious health risks - IFPRI
    13 november 2014 18:08:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In spite of increased spending on social protection in many African countries, half of them still experience a level of malnutrition that constitutes serious public health risk, according to a new report published Thursday by the US-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Full text...

  • Switzerland: Ebola deaths continue steady climb, hit 5,160
    13 november 2014 13:27:34
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The number of deaths recorded from the worst Ebola outbreak in history has risen to 5,160, continuing its steady climb as the disease continues to ravage the three West African states of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO highlights dangers of indoor air pollution
    13 november 2014 08:25:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has highlighted the dangers of burning fuels like unprocessed coal and kerosene in the home, and issued targets for reducing emissions of health-damaging pollutants from domestic cook stoves, space heaters and fuel-based lamps. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ebola deaths cross 5,000-mark
    12 november 2014 22:45:13
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The total number of deaths from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has crossed the 5,000-mark, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Mali confirms second Ebola fatality - WHO
    12 november 2014 21:48:12
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Mali’s Ministry of Health has confirmed the country’s second fatal case of Ebola virus disease - a nurse who worked at a privately-run clinic in the capital city, Bamako. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF calls for greater efforts in preventing child pneumonia deaths
    12 november 2014 18:52:51
    New York, US (PANA) - Although significant declines in child deaths from pneumonia Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian bank donates US$1m to Ebola fight in Africa
    12 november 2014 09:37:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - One of Nigeria's leading financial institutions United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) has donated US$1 million to pep up the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in three West African countries, the bank said in a statement made available to PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Stopping Ebola is our number one priority - UN envoy
    12 november 2014 08:12:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Full text...

  • Mali: China donates materials to fight Ebola in Mali
    11 november 2014 17:40:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – China has donated a batch of materials to Mali in a bid to fight the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), official sources in the Malian capital told PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Denial of medical care on ships from West Africa draws UN concern
    11 november 2014 08:06:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN and other leading international transport, trade and tourism organisations have expressed concern about the reported denial of medical care to ill seafarers on board ships that had previously called at ports in Ebola-affected countries. Full text...

  • UN: Germany donates US$30 million to WFP for Ebola humanitarian work
    10 november 2014 20:22:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Germany has donated US$30 million to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to enable the agency to feed over one million people affected by the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. Full text...

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