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  • UN: UN Ebola mission concludes duty in West Africa, as Ebola vaccine makes waves
    31 july 2015 20:20:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER)on Friday officially concluded its duty in the three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Conference on on maternal, child health in West Africa opens
    30 july 2015 20:15:09
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – About 300 experts from across the globe are attending a two-day forum in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou, to define strategic orientations in the domain of maternal and child health in West Africa. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo to start 2nd round of polio vaccination
    29 july 2015 22:39:49
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government will hold, 30 July to 2 Aug., the second round of the national vaccination campaign against polio, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the other partners, according to the Congolese Health Minister. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS tasks countries to uphold commitments on public health, access to medicines
    28 july 2015 21:20:08
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world celebrates the achievement of reaching 15 million people with HIV treatment and commits to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Tuesday reminded countries of the urgent need to ensure that new trade agreements under negotiation do not impede access to medicines. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies, partners warn on 'acute shortage' of meningitis vaccines in West Africa
    28 july 2015 21:08:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and leading public health organizations have warned that West Africa is at risk of a large meningitis outbreak unless drug manufacturers increase vaccine production by 5 million doses before the 2016 meningitis season starts in January. Full text...

  • UN: WHO marks Hepatitis Day, urges prevention
    28 july 2015 20:33:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking World Hepatitis Day 2015, which falls on 28 July in honour of the birthday of the scientist who discovered the hepatitis B virus and its first vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are urging policy-makers, health workers and the public to act now to prevent infection and death from the infectious disease. Full text...

  • Niger: World Bank lends Niger US$37m to fight malaria
    28 july 2015 17:30:06
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The World Bank has on Tuesday extended a US$ 37 million loan to Niger for financing a project on fighting malaria and neglected tropical diseases in the Sahel, an official source here said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Liberia: 'Lack of public trust in govt. contributed to Ebola outbreak in Liberia'
    28 july 2015 09:19:42
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Amid reports of a possible Ebola resurgence in Liberia, a new research paper by peacebuilding charity International Alert has highlighted the need to improve trust between the Liberian public and its government. Full text...

  • Sudan: USAID provides cold chain equipment to Sudan's Health ministry
    27 july 2015 19:33:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated cold chain equipment worth US$800,000 to Sudan through the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), it was officially disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Conference on innovative medical research in Africa opens in Mauritius
    27 july 2015 17:50:48
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Education and Scientific Research Minister Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun on Monday said the presence of many world-class scientists in Africa is an indication that the continent "can make an invaluable contribution towards understanding and finding cures for many of the debilitating diseases that continue to afflict the continent.” Full text...

  • UN: WHO welcomes European regulators’ initial green light on malaria vaccine
    24 july 2015 20:47:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday welcomed a major regulatory hurdle cleared by a malaria vaccine, saying it expects to make a policy recommendation later this year on its use in the context of an overall panoply of public health tools for combating the disease which kills one African child a minute. Full text...

  • Ghana: European Medicines Agency adopts 'positive scientific opinion' on malaria vaccine
    24 july 2015 20:38:45
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK), a British multinational pharmaceutical company, announced on Friday that the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the medicines regulator, has adopted a "positive scientific opinion" for its malaria vaccine candidate vaccine MosquirixTM, also known RTS,S - in children aged 6 weeks to 17 months. Full text...

  • UN: WHO to mark World Hepatitis Day with pilot initiative to curb unsafe injections
    24 july 2015 08:36:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it will commemorate the fifth World Hepatitis Day next week with a global injection safety initiative campaign in three pilot countries. Full text...

  • Kenya: US giants GE to build healthcare skills, capacity in East Africa
    23 july 2015 12:42:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ahead of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, General Electric (GE), an American multinational conglomerate corporation, Thursday announced a series of new commitments aimed at addressing some of the most critical health challenges in East Africa through a sustained focus on skills development and capacity building. Full text...

  • UK: 'Testing for malaria reduces over prescription by over 70%'
    23 july 2015 12:00:03
    London, United Kingdom (PANA) - Using malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) in registered drug shops in a highly endemic region in Uganda substantially reduced over diagnosis of malaria, improving the use of valuable malaria drugs, according to a new study. Full text...

  • UN: 'No new Ebola cases in Liberia'
    23 july 2015 07:42:06
    New York, US (PANA) - No new cases of Ebola were reported in Liberia or in recent hotspots in West Africa with half of the 26 cases in this week’s update from the World Health Organization (WHO) coming from the capitals of Guinea and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria donates US$1b to fight Ebola in Africa
    22 july 2015 09:40:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Federal Government has donated US$1 billion to fight the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Africa, according to the country's Ministry of Health. Full text...

  • UN: Partnership sharply lowers price of HIV early infant diagnosis – UNAIDS
    20 july 2015 15:47:54
    New York, US (PANA) - A dramatic 35 per cent reduction in the price for HIV early infant Full text...

  • Mali: Doctors, health technicians trained on Ebola outbreak
    16 july 2015 20:45:12
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian national support centre for diseases (CNAM) in Bamako has held a training session for doctors, senior health technicians and community development agents following recent fresh cases of the Ebola virus disease in Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to a communiqué issued on Thursday by the Malian ministry of Health and Public Hygiene. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF, WHO report increase in immunization figures for world’s children
    16 july 2015 19:01:23
    New York, US (PANA) - An increasing number of children are receiving life-saving Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian firm invests in healthcare in Uganda
    16 july 2015 09:42:02
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian company CIEL Healthcare Limited (CHL), a branch of the CIEL Group, has acquired a major share in the International Medical Group (IMG) in Uganda, as part of an ambitious plan to seek new opportunities in the healthcare sector in sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt. launches NCD Survey 2015 in Mauritius
    14 july 2015 20:11:08
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Minister Anil Gayan on Tuesday launched the Mauritius Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) survey 2015 that will include cognitive decline in a bid to identify the link between ageing population and dementia. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO, Merck, Cambridge, Rome universities partner on medical research in Africa
    14 july 2015 20:02:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company, Merck, in partnership with UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Cambridge University and University of Rome plan to conduct UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit - MARS, which will be held on the 19 to 20 October in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • UN: WHO report finds inequalities in global mental health services, calls for more investment
    14 july 2015 18:50:43
    New York, US (PANA) - People suffering from mental health disorders are facing unequal access to specialized care, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday as it urged governments to boost financing for mental health services around the world. Full text...

  • UN: UN report says world has delivered on halting, reversing AIDS epidemic
    14 july 2015 18:44:32
    New York US (PANA) - The world has exceeded the targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to halt and reverse the spread of HIV and is on track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, according to a report released on Tuesday in Addis Ababa by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Full text...

  • UN: Greater investments needed as fight against malaria enters critical phase – UN
    13 july 2015 22:19:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite the tremendous progress made over the past 15 years, greater investments are needed to achieve the goal of a world free of malaria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed on Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where world leaders have gathered to discuss financing for development. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners launch key financing platform to end maternal, child mortality
    13 july 2015 21:56:28
    New York,US (PANA) - The United Nations and its partners on Monday launched a new initiative to help end maternal and child mortality by 2030, as they gathered in Addis Ababa for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. Full text...

  • South Africa: Health security measures under spotlight at WHO meeting
    13 july 2015 18:13:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – UN special envoy for Ebola David Nabarro on Monday warned that despite breakthroughs in tackling the virus disease, an estimated 30 new cases are reported each week. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyatta in Addis for global conference on women, children health
    13 july 2015 11:35:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday for an international conference geared towards establishing a global fund to support health programmes for women and children. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Cholera hits South Sudan capital as cost of clean water skyrockets
    13 july 2015 07:52:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Cholera cases are rapidly increasing in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, as the cost of clean water skyrockets amid a worsening economic crisis, global humanitarian agency Oxfam said Monday. Full text...

  • UN: Ebola conference generates US$5 billion in pledges for affected countries
    11 july 2015 19:11:09
    New York, US (PANA) - A high-level conference at the UN headquarters in New York has ended with more than US$5 billion in pledges to support the three West African countries battling Ebola. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says universal coverage key to meeting global health goals
    10 july 2015 21:11:40
    New York US (PANA) - Some 400 million people worldwide do not have access to essential health services, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a brief statement on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: US$7 billion needed for Ebola recovery efforts in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone
    10 july 2015 20:54:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Friday focused world attention on the final stretch of the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, an epidemic that has affected some 27,600 people, including more than 11,000 deaths, mostly in three West African states. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU releases 450 million euros for fight against Ebola
    10 july 2015 18:34:32
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union has released an extra aid of 450 million euros to fight the deadly Ebola virus disease in the three worst affected countries in West Africa -- Liberia, Sierra, Leone and Guinea. Full text...

  • WHO: 'Resurgence of Ebola in Liberia not due to importation'
    10 july 2015 15:48:27
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - The resurgence of the Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia, after the country has been certified Ebola-free, was not caused by virus imported from neighbouring Guinea or Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization (WHO) said here on Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzanian nurse in self-quarantine after serving in Ebola-hit Liberia
    10 july 2015 11:13:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A Tanzanian nurse who has just returned home after taking part in the post-Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) recovery programme in the affected West African countries has placed herself under a 21-day quarantine, apparently because health authorities here are lax about precautions against the deadly virus. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Health Minister alarmed at teenage pregnancy rate in Mauritius
    10 july 2015 10:51:12
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health Minister Anil Gayan Friday revealed that the percentage of teenagers aged 15-19 years who are already mothers or pregnant with their first child has increased from 10.9% in 2002 to 12.1% in 2014. Full text...

  • Botswana: Health ministry revamps system to meet regulatory body's standards
    10 july 2015 09:46:06
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana is revamping its health institutions in order to meet the accreditation criteria set by Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) by 2017, according to Deputy Health Minister Alfred Madigele. Full text...

  • UN: Deaths of Ebola health workers may raise maternal mortality in West Africa
    09 july 2015 18:04:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The loss of health workers to Ebola could lead to a sharp Full text...

  • Guinea: Govt. takes stringent anti-Ebola measures
    08 july 2015 21:03:06
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – The Guinea National Ebola Coordination Centre has confirmed that 18 out of the 22 people hospitalized presently in the treatment centres have tested positive for by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Full text...

  • Libya: Libya allocates US$ 16 million to health facilities
    08 july 2015 18:55:00
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) - Despite its decreased revenue from oil production and sales, Libya's interim government has allocated 35.3 million dinars, about US$ 16 million to 38 health facilities across the country, according to government spokesman Ali Hatem al-Areibi. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian woman gives birth to tufts of hair
    08 july 2015 13:40:26
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A 26-year-old woman in Zambia's Luwingu district has given birth to tufts of hair, according to the Luwingu District Medical Officer, Dr. Ernest Mutale. Full text...

  • Senegal: Kenya hosts event on ‘brain drain’ in East Africa’s healthcare industry
    08 july 2015 13:32:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Kenya will play host to ''Medic East Africa'', the largest healthcare event in the East Africa region, which will take place from 1-3 September at the Oshwal Centre in Nairobi, organisers announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says taxing tobacco 'efficient and effective' way to reduce consumption
    07 july 2015 19:03:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Raising taxes on tobacco reduces consumption of products Full text...

  • UN: Ebola Review Panel tasks WHO on global public heath response
    07 july 2015 17:36:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed the report issued Full text...

  • UN: WHO says more vaccines needed to fight cholera
    06 july 2015 22:38:52
    New York,US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) says efforts to bring cholera deaths down to zero have been stepped up amid news that disease levels are unchanged, stating that more vaccines will help boost the fight against cholera. Full text...

  • UN: UN host International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York
    06 july 2015 21:46:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN headquarters in New York will on Friday, 10 July, host an International Ebola Recovery Conference in cooperation with the Presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to a UN statement obtained by PANA in New York on Monday. Full text...

  • Mali: USAID launches two US$ 80m health projects in Mali
    06 july 2015 16:52:51
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The quality of public health services in Mali is set to improve under two projects launched Monday in the country's capital, Bamako, with financing from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to the tune of US$ 80 million for a five-year period, official sources told PANA at the launch function. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief launches new report on HIV/AIDS reponse
    03 july 2015 22:27:37
    New York US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday in Barbados in the Caribbeans launched a major new UN report, stressing the need for an inclusive, rights-based and stigma-free response to wipe out the AIDS epidemic. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IAEA helps control avian flu in West Africa
    03 july 2015 19:37:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Following the recent outbreak of avian flu in Cote d’Ivoire, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), through its partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is helping West African countries in the early and accurate detection of the virus using nuclear-derived techniques, the agency said Friday. Full text...

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