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  • Côte d'Ivoire: WHO approves designation of Africa regional director
    27 january 2015 19:30:45
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The 136th session of the executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO), held in Geneva, has approved the designation of Botswana's Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti as WHO Regional Director for Africa, said a communiqué sent Tuesday to PANA in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Kikwete joins global leaders at immunisation fund raising
    27 january 2015 11:29:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has arrived in Berlin, Germany, to attend a high-level meeting of the Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) being hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday to mobilise funds for global immunisation programmes through 2020. Full text...

  • Kenya: WHO calls for better preparedness for Ebola outbreaks
    26 january 2015 14:09:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Ebola outbreak is “clearly” retreating throughout the affected countries of West Africa but the continuing emergency response shows the need for urgent changes so that, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said Full text...

  • Tanzania: NEPAD joins AU in fight against Ebola
    26 january 2015 12:08:45
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The NEPAD Agency of the African Union (AU) has said it is placing emphasis on mobilising African countries to put in place conducive and enabling environment for conducting clinical trials to test the candidate vaccines and other therapies against the Ebola virus. Full text...

  • UN: WHO to hold special meeting on Ebola on Sunday
    24 january 2015 06:41:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) will hold a special meeting Full text...

  • UN: UN lauds Mali for stemming Ebola epidemic
    23 january 2015 20:23:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Friday commended Mali for stemming the Ebola outbreak and urged the West African nation to remain vigilant as neighbouring countries continue to report new cases as part of the epidemic that has recorded nearly 22,000 cases and more than 8,600 deaths to date. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Over 2.5m reached in emergency anti-malaria campaign - WHO
    22 january 2015 13:01:25
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Two successive emergency response campaigns in Sierra Leone to distribute anti-malarial drugs to people living in areas affected by Ebola have successfully reached more than 2.5 million people, and significantly reduced the number of people with fever that might be mistaken for Ebola, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • UN: UN launches US$1 billion appeal for global Ebola response
    21 january 2015 21:28:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland, appealed for US$1 billion for the first six months of 2015 to sustain the momentum to stamp out Ebola in West Africa. Full text...

  • US: UNDP-led mission on recovery programme for Ebola-affected West African States
    21 january 2015 13:42:08
    New York, US (PANA) - A UNDP-led mission which will identify critical areas of support needed to help the nations most affected by Ebola start their recoveries, concluded their work Tuesday in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius offers US$100,000 to fight Ebola
    21 january 2015 11:52:25
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius is to contribute US$100,000 to the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which is ravaging parts of West Africa, PANA reported Wednesday from Port-Louis, the capital city. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials urge more vigilance in Ebola fight as West Africa marks progress
    20 january 2015 23:00:23
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday said it is almost one year since Ebola began spreading in West Africa, ravaging villages and local economies. Full text...

  • Ghana: Rotary gives Nigeria US$8.1 for polio eradication (Refiling to add clarify amount in the lead)
    20 january 2015 21:41:30
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - As Nigeria marks six months without a new case of polio, Rotary has announced US$8.1 million in grants to help the country in its final push to eradicate the disease within its borders. Full text...

  • Ghana: Rotary gives Nigeria US$8.1m for polio eradication
    20 january 2015 21:36:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - As Nigeria marks six months without a new case of polio, Rotary has announced US$8.1 in grants to help the country in its final push to eradicate the disease within its borders. Full text...

  • Ghana: Carter congratulates Ghana for eliminating Guinea worm
    20 january 2015 08:38:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Centre have congratulated Ghana on being certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) this week as having eliminated Guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis), a water-borne parasitic disease poised to be the second human disease in history, after small pox, to be eradicated. Full text...

  • UN: WHO urges greater government action against non-communicable diseases
    19 january 2015 20:12:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The international community has an opportunity to reverse the global epidemic of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and prevent the grim annual toll of 16 million people who die of heart and lung diseases, strokes, cancer and diabetes before the age of 70, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Centre for Alzheimer Disease control opened in Tunis
    17 january 2015 13:52:59
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The first health centre for the treatment of Alzheimer disease (AD) in Africa and the Middle East was opened on Friday in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU releases 215 million euros for Ebola vaccines
    17 january 2015 12:37:21
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has raised 215 million euros to finance projects aiming at combating the Ebola epidemic, particularly for vaccines and quick tests essential to overcome the disease, official sources said. Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama calls for more support for Ebola-affected countries
    16 january 2015 16:08:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A High Level Coordination Meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its partners on the Ebola virus opened in Accra on Friday with an appeal from Ghana's President John Mahama for more financial support for the three most affected countries of the deadly disease. Full text...

  • Mauritius: IOC trains field epidemiologists in Indian Ocean
    16 january 2015 11:34:50
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), based in Mauritius, has started a two-year training of a dozen epidemiologists from Madagascar, Seychelles, Comoros and Mauritius on practical and tutorial exercises under a project of sanitary surveillance. Full text...

  • UN: UN, international experts begin Ebola recovery assessment in affected countries
    16 january 2015 08:57:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and a team of international experts have begun an Ebola Recovery Assessment (ERA) mission in Sierra Leone, as part of efforts to partner with governments affected by the Ebola epidemic to address the impact of the virus on affected countries. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: First Ebola centre for pregnant women opens in Freetown
    15 january 2015 09:42:17
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The first Ebola Centre for Pregnant Women has opened in Freetown, Sierra Leone, one of the three West African nations most affected by the disease, PANA reported from here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Cholera kills 20 in Nigerian state
    15 january 2015 08:49:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 20 people have died following an outbreak of cholera in 11 communities in Nigeria's southern Rivers State, according to Commission of Health Sampson Parker. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana says huge fire at warehouse consumes US$80 milion worth of medicines
    14 january 2015 19:35:41
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A huge fire that started on Tuesday at the Central Medical Stores of the Ministry of Health in Tema, 25 km east of Accra, has consumed drugs valued at about 263.79 million Ghana cedis (about US$80 million) cutting Ghana's medicine supplies to under three months. Full text...

  • Mali: Govt cautions public in Mali to heed preventive measures against Ebola
    14 january 2015 19:30:14
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – As long as the Ebola virus disease has not been eradicated from neighbouring countries, the government in Mali has urged the public to maintain cleanliness and use toll-free telephone lines to report any suspected case of the disease to health authorities. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS, Partners to review Ebola response initiatives
    14 january 2015 15:20:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS and its partners are to hold a High-Level Coordination Meeting in Accra, Ghana, on Friday to take stock of various partner/stakeholder initiatives within the context of an integrated regional response to the Ebola epidemic in the region. Full text...

  • Ghana: Fire sweeps through Ghana's main drug warehouse
    13 january 2015 19:52:19
    Tema, Ghana (PANA) - Fire on Tuesday swept through the main warehouse of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) consuming a huge quantity of medicines and raising the spectre of drug shortage in government hospitals and health facilities in the short term. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says two leading Ebola vaccines show 'acceptable safety'
    09 january 2015 20:21:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that two promising Ebola vaccines appear safe and could soon be tested in West Africa, as the agency wrapped up an expert meeting in Geneva on Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal: AU, Kenya to send 170 health workers to Ebola-hit countries
    08 january 2015 18:48:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Union (AU) and the Kenyan government will send 170 health workers to Ebola hit countries, the AU said in a statement on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Ebola mission chief commends progress, warns against complacency
    07 january 2015 22:59:49
    New York, US (PANA) - On his first tour of Ebola-stricken Liberia, the newly Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed on Wednesday outlined his vision to tackle the scourge in what he called a "3C approach", which he described as recognizing the vital roles of "countries, communities and coordination". Full text...

  • Mali: US ends enhanced airport entry screening for travellers from Mali
    07 january 2015 17:28:14
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have removed Mali from the list of Ebola-affected nations subject to enhanced visa and port-of-entry screening. Full text...

  • UN: New UN Ebola mission chief vows scaled-up efforts to end pandemic
    07 january 2015 06:28:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The new Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has said he will scale-up efforts toward ending the Ebola epidemic in the affected West African countries. Full text...

  • Guinea: Mauritanian President Abdelaziz urges international solidarity to contain Ebola disease
    05 january 2015 16:57:14
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz on Monday called for international solidarity in efforts being made to contain the deadly Ebola virus diseases in West Africa, noting that virus does not recognise national borders. Full text...

  • Switzerland: '382 health-care workers die from Ebola pandemic'
    04 january 2015 14:14:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The ongoing Ebola pandemic in West Africa has claimed the lives of 382 health-care workers (HCWs), out of a total of 678 HCWs who were infected as at the end of December 2014, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • UN: New UN Ebola mission chief assumes duties
    03 january 2015 22:37:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The newly-appointed UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Full text...

  • Gambia: British holiday makers join authorities to salvage tourism season
    02 january 2015 21:02:18
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Scores of British tourists currently on holidays in The Gambia have joined the authorities to salvage the tourism season, assuring potential tourists that “The Gambia is Ebola free.” Full text...

  • UN: Outgoing head of UN Ebola mission sums up progress
    02 january 2015 20:12:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Outgoing head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Anthony Banbury, on Friday pointed to significant progress in tackling the outbreak, since he was appointed in September last year, while stressing that zero case is the only acceptable outcome in the "big battle" with the disease. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Schools to reopen in Ebola hit S/Leone after 7 months' closure
    01 january 2015 12:04:00
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Schools that were shut in Sierra Leone seven months ago over the Ebola Virus Disease are to reopen, President Ernest Bai Koroma said in his New Year message to the nation on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says Ebola transmission still persists in western Sierra Leone
    31 december 2014 22:06:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The number of Ebola cases is fluctuating in Guinea, decreasing in Liberia, but still showing signs of transmission in some parts of Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: 'Fight against Ebola requires district-by-district approach' - UN envoy
    30 december 2014 20:17:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The outgoing head of the UN Emergency Ebola Response Mission (UNMEER), Mr. Anthony Banbury, said on Tuesday that communities are going to play a big role in defeating the "nasty disease" in West Africa by stopping outbreaks while they are small and not allowing them to become bigger. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: How Kailahun district kicked Ebola out (WHO FEATURES)
    30 december 2014 11:25:56
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Kailahun district borders the area of Guinea where the first cases of Ebola were confirmed at the end of March 2014. Full text...

  • Libya: Health officials on alert after reported cases of severe pneumonia
    29 december 2014 20:42:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The technical and monitoring committee at the Libyan disease centre has met to discuss the diagnosis of 10 cases of severe pneumonia that has killed five patients, medical sources said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Ebola Mission opens treatment facility in Liberia
    29 december 2014 20:04:42
    New York US (PANA) - Mr. Anthony Banbury, the Head the UN Mission for the Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), on Monday said the mission is opening a treatment facility in Liberia near the Sierra Leonean border. Full text...

  • Libya: Avian influenza kills 4 in Libya
    27 december 2014 15:52:57
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) - Four persons have died from Avian Influenza in Libya, even though the country has not recorded any case of Ebola, according to Libyan Health Minister Ridha al-Oukli. Full text...

  • UN: UN Ebola response warehouse in Guinea back in operation after fire incident
    25 december 2014 08:11:56
    New York US (PANA) - The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) says a main UN logistics hub managed by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Guinea is now fully operational, despite the fire that swept through the facility last week threatening medicines Full text...

  • UN: Another UN staff in Liberia tests positive for Ebola
    25 december 2014 07:54:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) said another of its staff has tested Full text...

  • Tanzania: ITU launches 'Ebola-Info-Sharing' mobile app
    24 december 2014 09:26:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The International Telecommunication Union (ITU has launched a free mobile Application to be used in the campaign against the Ebola disease outbreak. Full text...

  • UN: UN Ebola Mission reports 50 new Ebola cases in Guinea
    23 december 2014 22:51:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) on Tuesday reported an outbreak of 50 confirmed cases in a number of villages of Kissidougou prefecture in Guinea. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief commends courage, commitment of Ebola health workers
    22 december 2014 21:39:58
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the memorable and moving example of a Sierra Leonean nurse who had contracted Ebola, but became a caregiver as soon as she had recovered was, commendable and that kind of commitment should move everybody to do more to end the outbreak in West Africa. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali launches youth programme to sensitize communities on Ebola
    22 december 2014 20:29:18
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali on Monday launched a programme under which 300 youth will be deployed to several communities to fight the Ebola disease, as it works to be declared Ebola-free. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Good news from Ebola-gripped Sierra Leone
    22 december 2014 10:23:12
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The discharge of the last Ebola patient from Sierra Leone's Kailahun district, where the first case of the disease was recorded 25 May 2014, has further heightened hopes that the increase in incidence of the disease in the country is slowing down. Full text...

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