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  • UN: UNAIDS urges human rights protection for people living with AIDS
    09 december 2016 15:48:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The world will never achieve the end of AIDS without bold actions to advance the human rights of the people left furthest behind, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies sign agreement on purchasing 'greener' health commodities
    08 december 2016 18:11:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has joined other UN and international agencies in a new agreement that will lead to more environmentally and socially sustainable procurement of health commodities. Full text...

  • US: US envoys visit Malawi to support adolescent girls
    07 december 2016 18:18:18
    New York, US (PANA) - US Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, Ambassador Deborah Birx, and US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Cathy Russell will travel to Malawi from 8-10 December to explore ways to better support the health of adolescent girls. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF warns on sharp rise in new HIV infections among adolescents
    01 december 2016 17:10:57
    New York, US (PANA) - New HIV infections among adolescents are projected to rise from 250,000 in 2015 to nearly 400,000 a year by 2030 if progress stalls in reaching adolescents, a report released by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Thursday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana president calls for collective efforts to fight HIV
    01 december 2016 11:45:36
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President Ian Khama has implored the nation to unite in fighting the HIV scourge saying a collective effort is needed coupled with individual responsibility. Full text...

  • UN: Ban stresses need to stop stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS
    30 november 2016 20:31:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday stressed the need to stop stigma and abuse against those living with HIV/AIDS and to ensure that they receive the care, treatment and protection they are entitled to. Full text...

  • UN: WHO issues new guidelines on HIV self-testing
    29 november 2016 22:48:15
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of World AIDS Day, marked annually ‪on 1 December‬, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines on HIV self-testing, which aim to help millions of people know their HIV status and get treatment. Full text...

  • Sudan: President fires chief of Sudan's drugs board over price hike
    25 november 2016 17:35:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir on Friday fired Sudan National Medicines and Poisons Board chair, Mohamed Al- Hassan Imam Al-Akad, following an unprecedented increase in prices of drugs. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS wins award for China-Africa health cooperation
    22 november 2016 14:36:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has been honoured with an award for promoting cooperation between China and Africa on health issues. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS says 18.2 million people on anti-retroviral therapy
    21 november 2016 19:02:09
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Monday stated that countries are getting on the UNAIDS' Fast-Track Approach, with an additional one million people accessing treatment in just six months (January to June 2016). Full text...

  • Chad: UN agencies, EU join forces to tackle malnutrition
    19 november 2016 07:13:19
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - Important steps have been taken by several United Nations agencies in partnership with the European Union to help tackle malnutrition in Chad, especially in accessibility, availability and use of highly nutritious food for the most vulnerable, according to a joint news release on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN spotlights impact of sanitation on peoples’ livelihoods
    18 november 2016 17:01:15
    New York, US (PANA) - To mark the 2016 edition of World Toilet Day, along with urging action to tackle the often neglected global sanitation crisis, the UN is spotlighting the impact of sanitation or lack of it on livelihoods and work environments. Full text...

  • Mauritius: UK-based team operates on children with congenital heart disease
    18 november 2016 07:46:39
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A team from "Healing Little Hearts", a United Kingdom-based charity, is presently in Mauritius to undertake corrective heart procedures on 22 children at the island's Cardiac Centre. The youngest patient is 18 months old. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO welcomes global health funding for malaria vaccine
    17 november 2016 18:10:05
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The world’s first malaria vaccine will be rolled out in pilot projects in sub-Saharan Africa, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed on Thursday saying funding is now secured for the initial phase of the programme and vaccinations are due to begin in 2018. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO warns world heading towards ‘post-antibiotic era’
    15 november 2016 05:03:02
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - With a worldwide call on everyone, everywhere to play their part in maintaining the effectiveness of antibiotics, the United Nations health agency has kicked off a week-long campaign to make antibiotic resistance a globally recognized health issue and to raise awareness of the need to protect antibiotics through appropriate use. Full text...

  • UN: UN urges prevention to reduce diabetes, associated blindness
    14 november 2016 14:52:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Monday said the global rate of diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980, with some 422 million adults living with diabetes as of 2014, which it said represents a global health risk. Full text...

  • Morocco: UNICEF calls for tough action on pneumonia, diarrhoea
    12 november 2016 07:47:42
    Marrakech, Morocco (PANA) - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says pneumonia and diarrhoea kill some 1.4 million children each year, mostly in middle and low-income countries, despite the fact that these illnesses are largely preventable through straightforward and cost-effective solutions. Full text...

  • UN: Hundreds of children still die of measles every day - UN-backed report
    10 november 2016 20:12:28
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-backed report issued on Thursday has revealed that despite a 79 per cent worldwide decrease in measles deaths between 2000 and 2015, nearly 400 children still die from the disease every day. Full text...

  • Nigeria: WHO, partners support measles vaccination in Nigeria's Borno State
    10 november 2016 10:34:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) and health partners have helped to vaccinate more than 10,000 children against measles in 2 days in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Nigeria's conflict-affected Borno State. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO launches new prenatal care to curb pregnancy risks
    09 november 2016 05:23:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has introduced a new prenatal care model, designed to enhance pregnancy experience for women, and reduce the risk of stillbirths and other complications. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius introduces National Plan of Action for Nutrition
    05 november 2016 14:54:16
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius will intends to introduce soon a National Plan of Action for Nutrition for the period 2016 to 2020, an official of the Health and Quality of Life Ministry here told PANA on Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO issues new guidelines to stop surgical infections
    03 november 2016 17:13:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Warning that millions of people die every year from preventable surgical infections, particularly in developing countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday issued new guidelines on tackling hospital-acquired infections with the aim of saving lives, cutting costs and arresting the spread of "superbugs". Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius becomes 46th nation to launch CARMMA
    03 november 2016 14:32:55
    Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has become the 46th African nation to join the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA), an initiative of the African Union that was initiated in May 2009 to trigger concerted and increased action towards improving maternal and new-born health and survival across the continent. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'UN strategy making access to revolutionary hepatitis C treatment possible'
    28 october 2016 05:59:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) says since the approval of new medicines for hepatitis C – offering a cure rate of over 95 per cent, fewer side effects and complete cure within three months – about two years back, more than one million patients in low- and middle-income countries have been treated. Full text...

  • UN: WHO tasks governments on tackling air pollution
    21 october 2016 05:33:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO), in partnership with the Coalition for Climate and Clean Air (CCAC) and the Government of Norway, has launched a global awareness campaign on the dangers of air pollution, especially "invisible killers" such as black carbon, ground-level ozone and methane – for the health of individuals and the planet. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Health Minister calls for efforts to tackle NCD
    20 october 2016 06:29:08
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health Minister Anil Gayan on Thursday said that Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) are fast becoming a disease of mass destruction, with a UN World Health Organisation (WHO) global projection of 52 million deaths in the very near future. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF secures children's life-saving vaccine at low price
    19 october 2016 18:51:40
    New York, US (PANA) - With a price drop to below US$1 a dose, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has successfully secured a five-in-one vaccine for children at half the price the agency currently pays, which will allow it to buy 450 million doses for 80 countries over the next three years. Full text...

  • Switzerland: ‘Massive scale-up’ needed to meet targets on TB – WHO boss
    14 october 2016 04:35:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Highlighting “considerable” inequalities among countries when it comes to enabling people with tuberculosis to access cost-effective diagnosis and treatment, a new United Nations health report has called for political commitment and increased funding to prevent, detect and treat the disease if global targets are to be met. Full text...

  • UN: WHO stresses role of midwives for quality maternal health
    13 october 2016 18:08:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The first global survey of midwifery personnel has revealed that too often, midwives face cultural isolation, unsafe accommodation, and low salaries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, calling on governments to put an end to the discrimination and lack of respect that hinder their ability to provide quality care to women and newborns. Full text...

  • US: Under-nutrition taking huge toll on Chad’s economy - Study
    13 october 2016 07:10:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Chad’s economy is losing 575.8 billion CFA francs (US$1.2 billion) per year, or 9.5 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP), to the effects of childhood under-nutrition and resultant increased healthcare costs, additional burdens on the education system and lower productivity by the workforce, a new United Nations-backed study has found. Full text...

  • South Sudan: President Kiir makes public appearance after health fears
    12 october 2016 15:51:41
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, rode on the back of a white pick up truck on Wednesday to dispel fears over his health, local media reported. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNICEF to vaccinate 41 million children after polio outbreak in north-eastern Nigeria
    12 october 2016 05:40:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – More than 41 million children are expected to get vaccinations against polio as part of a major new health campaign by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the Lake Chad basin, aimed at the recent outbreak of polio in north-east Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: WHO calls for taxation, other measures to check unhealthy food
    11 october 2016 21:45:14
    New York, US (PANA) - Unhealthy diet accounts for more than 11 million deaths annually, with four million deaths due to obesity, the World Health Organization ((WHO) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: Ban calls for of immediate support for post-crisis psychological distress
    11 october 2016 06:27:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking World Mental Health Day 2016, the United Nations has highlighted the importance of making mental healthcare available to everyone who needs it – with a focus this year on providing immediate support to those in psychological distress after a crisis. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Former Rwandan Justice minister dies suddenly in Kigali
    03 october 2016 13:54:33
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Former Rwandan minister of Justice, Jean de Dieu Mucyo, who has also occupied senior high-ranking positions in the government before being elected member of Rwandan senate, died suddenly Monday morning after tumbling down steps in front of his office in Kigali, a close relative to his family told PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians urged to take responsibility for their own health
    29 september 2016 14:34:37
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - On the World Heart Day, celebrated worldwide Thursday, the Mauritian Health Minister, Mr Anil Gayan, has called on Mauritians to take responsibility for their health and well-being by adopting healthier lifestyle, including eating nutritious foods, exercising daily and avoiding risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use. Full text...

  • UN: IAEA database highlights global disparities in access to cancer care
    29 september 2016 14:19:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has launched a revamped global database which highlights startling disparities across the world when it comes to access to treatment and care for cancer. Full text...

  • US: UNESCO unveils video on comprehensive sexuality education for young people
    27 september 2016 06:24:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations cultural agency on Monday released a new video that outlines how comprehensive sexuality education helps young people develop the knowledge and skills to make conscious, healthy and responsible choices about relationships and sexuality. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Six candidates proposed for WHO director-general position
    26 september 2016 10:04:23
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Six candidates have been proposed by member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the position of WHO Director-General to replace Dr Margaret Chan who will complete her second term on 30 June next year. Full text...

  • UN: Over US$2 billion pledged for women’s, children’s well-being - UN
    22 september 2016 19:23:57
    New York, US (PANA) - 23 new commitments, corresponding to over US$2 billion in pledges for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and wellbeing were announced on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: World leaders commit to act on antimicrobial resistance
    21 september 2016 20:21:09
    New York, US (PANA) - World leaders on Wednesday at the UN headquarters in New York expressed their collective efforts to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines, in order to ensure a healthier society, enhance food security, and facilitate development. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Cholera vaccination campaign targets Juba neighbourhoods in South Sudan
    20 september 2016 13:50:24
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Over 23,000 people have been vaccinated against cholera in Juba between 17–20 September, in a campaign aiming to mitigate the spread of the disease in South Sudan’s capital, where the UN and the Ministry of Health have reported nearly 1,800 cholera cases and 12 related deaths since July. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges better nutrition for refugees
    20 september 2016 06:25:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that millions of refugees around the world face food insecurity and the risk of malnutrition, stressing the need for stronger response to ensure that refugees are able to meet their food and nutrition needs. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges more partnerships for healthier world
    17 september 2016 21:17:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Praising the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as a model of partnership that brings together people and development partners, governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by diseases, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday said such broad cooperation is also the key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Full text...

  • South Africa: Bishop Desmond Tutu re-admitted in hospital
    17 september 2016 13:17:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is back in hospital, just days after being discharged following three weeks of treatment for a recurring infection. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS urges donors to fully support Global Fund on AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria
    15 september 2016 16:03:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the 5th Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund), holding in Montreal, Canada, on 16-17 September, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has urged donors to fully fund the Global Fund to enable it carry out its responsibilities. Full text...

  • South Sudan: WHO, partners battle multiple disease outbreaks in South Sudan
    09 september 2016 19:32:46
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Infectious diseases continue to pose a major public health threat in South Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday in a brief on the current situation, noting that, adding to the chronic burden of disease, regular outbreaks further threaten people's health. Full text...

  • UN: G20 First ladies promote HIV prevention among youth
    05 september 2016 19:44:26
    New York, US (PANA) - China's First Lady, Peng Liyuan, and her counterparts from Group of 20 (G20) countries have expressed their commitment to preventing HIV infection among young people. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Wild Polio Virus reported in Boko Haram ravaged northeastern Nigeria
    05 september 2016 19:26:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The relapse of polio in Nigeria is increasing as a two-year-old boy with no vaccination history has been confirmed to be affected by Wild Polio Virus (WPV) in Monguno ward of Monguno local government area of Borno State, northeastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Millions protected in Africa's largest-ever emergency yellow fever jabbing campaign
    03 september 2016 10:16:42
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - A major part of the largest emergency vaccination campaign against yellow fever ever attempted in Africa has been completed, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced, saying more than 7.7 million people were vaccinated in record time in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

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