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  • 8th African vaccination week launched in Côte d'Ivoire
    08 may 2018 13:18:36
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian minister of Health and Public hygiene, Dr Raymonde Goudou-Coffie, on Tuesday officially launched the 8th African vaccination week, on the theme: ‘Vaccinations are successful, play your role’. Full text...

  • Largest-ever global response to cholera targets 2 million people in Africa
    07 may 2018 18:00:56
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A spate of cholera outbreaks across Africa has prompted the largest cholera vaccination drive in history, with more than two million people across the continent set to receive oral cholera vaccine (OCV), the United Nations announced on Monday. Full text...

  • ‘Bad’ fats targeted in new global health guidelines
    04 may 2018 20:44:57
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - People everywhere need to cut down on their consumption of artery-clogging fatty foods, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging, in a new report released on Friday. Full text...

  • Mental health ‘neglected issue’ but key to achieving Global Goals, say UN chiefs
    04 may 2018 05:27:25
    London, UK (PANA) - Mental health remains one of the most neglected global health issues, even though it is critical to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders, top United Nations officials have said at an event in London. Full text...

  • Vitamin A deficiency puts 140 million children at risk of illness and death – UNICEF
    02 may 2018 22:26:33
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 140 million children are at greater risk of illness, hearing loss, blindness and even death globally if urgent action is not taken to provide them with life-saving vitamin A supplements, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. Full text...

  • 90% people worldwide breathe polluted air - says WHO
    02 may 2018 06:38:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world with new data released by the UN health agency on Wednesday showing that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Full text...

  • MSF stops operating clinics around South Sudan's Mundri town
    01 may 2018 05:38:50
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says it has stopped operating clinics in remote areas around Mundri, Western Equatoria State, South Sudan, after a violent armed robbery against its team last week, which will affect some 75,000 people. Full text...

  • 'Africa loses $2 billion annually through brain drain in health sector'
    27 april 2018 10:07:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The new report on Good Governance released by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation indicates that only three African countries - Libya, Mauritius and Tunisia - have at least one doctor per 1,000 people, while Africa loses around $2 billion annually through brain drain in the health sector. Full text...

  • World marks 10th World Malaria Day
    25 april 2018 12:03:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Wednesday, 25 April, marks the 10th World Malaria Day and the culmination of a month of worldwide action against the disease at a time when global malaria cases are on the rise for the first time in a decade. Full text...

  • Millions of children still missing out on routine immunizations – UNICEF
    25 april 2018 04:57:57
    New York, US (PANA) - At the start of World Immunization Week , the United Nations on Tuesday said that while vaccines are protecting more children than ever, more countries need to make immunization a priority, because more than one million children still die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases. Full text...

  • A historic opportunity to end AIDS in Africa (A UNAIDS feature)
    22 april 2018 15:38:57
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A decade of progress has inspired the once unthinkable - that the AIDS epidemic can be ended as a public health threat. A decade of transformation has set the stage, and the global community is united behind the goal of ending AIDS by 2030. Full text...

  • Health experts at UN meeting press for action to address malnutrition in Africa
    21 april 2018 14:41:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Africa’s attempts to achieve health for all by 2030 could be threatened unless the continent addresses the twin challenges of under-nutrition and obesity, experts attending a United Nations meeting in Nairobi this week have warned. Full text...

  • Drones ready to join fight against deadly diseases – UN agency
    20 april 2018 06:12:15
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - Robotics may soon be a critical ally in the fight against disease-spreading bugs, a United Nations agency said on Thursday after a successful test releasing sterile mosquitos from aerial drones as part of efforts to suppress the insect that spreads Zika and other diseases. Full text...

  • Research reveals gaps in providing sub-optimal malaria treatment in Africa
    19 april 2018 19:13:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - New research published Thursday by the Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN), reveals that a large proportion of malaria patients in endemic countries in Africa are likely to receive doses of malaria medicine that are too low to offer effective treatment. Full text...

  • Rwandan army to provide free treatments for 113,000 patients in critical care
    19 april 2018 15:38:44
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) will Friday launch the "unique" outreach programme targeting some 113,000 patients in critical care across the country, a military source confirmed Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rwandan FM renews call for a malaria-free Africa by 2030
    19 april 2018 13:41:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, has said that current progress in the fight against malaria has stalled in Africa, warning that current efforts to cut malaria prevalence in half across the Commonwealth by 2023 will be an important stepping stone towards the African Union’s goal of a malaria-free Africa by 2030. Full text...

  • Commonwealth leaders call for collective action to halve malaria in 5 years
    18 april 2018 22:58:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Commonwealth leaders attending the Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, UK, have committed to make a game-changing commitment to halve malaria across the Commonwealth within the next five years, according to a statement obtained on Wednesday by PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • New antimalaria drugs may become ineffective - Experts
    18 april 2018 22:46:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - New drugs that could treat malaria may rapidly become ineffective for 2.4 billion people from Commonwealth member states, 90% whom live in malaria-endemic countries with the majority in sub-Saharan African region, according to a new research released on the sideline of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that is currently taking place in London, UK. Full text...

  • Top causes of maternal death linked to Haemorrhage, Hypertensive disorders in Sub-Saharan Africa
    17 april 2018 15:24:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The two leading causes of maternal death in Sub-Saharan Africa are directly linked to the post-partum haemorrhage and Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy (HDP), according to an official report made available Tuesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Low quality supplies of Oxytocin, misoprostol hamper efforts to improve maternal health in Sub-Saharan Africa
    17 april 2018 14:27:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The lack of access to safe maternal health services during the critical hours of childbirth remains a key barrier to national efforts to save the lives of mothers and their children in Sub-Saharan Africa, said Dinev Milka, one of the senior advisors for the global Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) in an exclusive interview with PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius, South Africa sign medical twinning on hemophilia
    17 april 2018 10:20:43
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius' Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital and the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital of South Africa haved signed a medical twinning in the field of hemophilia. Full text...

  • Mauritius, UNFPA to strengthen cooperation in reproductive health
    17 april 2018 09:53:20
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening regional cooperation in the field of sexual and reproductive health, PANA learnt on Tuesday in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Gambian gov’t signs agreement with doctors to end strike
    16 april 2018 22:15:41
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Striking Gambian doctors and the government have reached an agreement to end the long-drawn industrial action that affected Gambia’s health institutions. Full text...

  • AfDB supports Nigeria’s healthcare sector
    16 april 2018 13:27:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) says because Lagos State, Nigeria’s largest healthcare market, lacks an adequate supply of quality secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities with only about 700 to 1,000 quality beds for a population of over 21 million people, its board of Directors has approved a loan of US$ 20 million to help Nigeria develop human capital through improved service delivery in the healthcare system. Full text...

  • Red Cross says trauma unit of Bangui's major hospital 'completely full'
    13 april 2018 10:14:14
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The trauma unit at a major hospital in the Central African Republic (CAR) is filled to capacity after an outbreak of fighting in the capital, where ambulances transporting the wounded have often been delayed because of street battles and barricades. Full text...

  • IOM, partners begin new round of vaccinations in South Sudan
    13 april 2018 05:32:50
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations migration agency and its partners are set to begin a second round of an oral cholera vaccination campaign in Malakal and Wau, South Sudan, after the initial round reached more than 60,400 people last month. Full text...

  • UN advises hospitals to help mothers breastfeed
    11 april 2018 22:38:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Breastfeeding within the first hour of birth protects newborns from infections and saves lives, United Nations agencies said at the roll-out of their 10-step guidance to help new mothers and hospital workers embrace this practical advice and give children the best possible start in life. Full text...

  • UN-backed campaign to protect nearly a billion people in Africa from yellow fever by 2026
    10 april 2018 22:27:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid a resurgence of yellow fever outbreaks, the United Nations together with partners, has begun an ambitious campaign to vaccinate close to one billion people against the deadly disease across 27 high-risk African countries. Full text...

  • Rwanda bans imports of Burundian small ruminants' meat after detection of viral infection
    10 april 2018 17:26:12
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Authorities in the Rwandan ministry of Agriculture and Animal resources, on Tuesday instructed all the Customs and Border services to intensify control against viral infections of small ruminants which was detected in neighboring Burundi and threatening to spread across the border. Full text...

  • Medical charity moves to vaccinate some 10,000 children in Mali
    10 april 2018 09:46:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Being vaccinated against diseases like diphtheria, measles, whooping cough, meningitis, pneumonia, yellow fever, and other potentially fatal illnesses is a commonplace event for many children. Full text...

  • African countries urged to strive for universal access to good quality health
    07 april 2018 20:00:39
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has urged African countries to strive towards universal access to good quality health care to spur economic growth, development and prosperity across the Region. Full text...

  • Universal health coverage key to safer, fairer world, says WHO chief
    07 april 2018 04:28:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday marked World Health Day, and the agency’s 70th anniversary, with a strong call for universal health coverage, to ensure that all people can get quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe government, companies failing to protect tobacco workers - HRW
    06 april 2018 09:04:17
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – Children and adults who work on Zimbabwe’s tobacco farms are facing serious risks to their health as well as labour abuses, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Thursday. Full text...

  • Namibia declares Congo fever outbreak
    05 april 2018 11:47:01
    Windhoek, Namibia (PANA) – Namibia’s health ministry has declared Congo fever outbreak after the death of a Keetmanshoop man at the Windhoek Central Hospital on Tuesday, and the hospitalisation of two others, an official report said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nambian victim of Congo fever accorded lonely burial
    05 april 2018 11:35:07
    Windhoek, Nambia (PANA) – Namibian health officials have buried 37-year-old Keetmanshoop resident Hendrik Hartebees in Windhoek on Tuesday soon after he died of Congo fever at the Windhoek Central Hospital, The Namibian daily reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Liberia ramps up resources to improve mental health
    31 march 2018 06:46:44
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Nineteen clinicians specialising in child and adolescent mental health graduated on Friday in Monrovia from a training developed by the Carter Center’s Mental Health Programme in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Full text...

  • WHO says Nigeria’s Lassa fever outbreak is slowing, but remains a concern
    28 march 2018 06:56:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – After nearly 400 confirmed infections and 100 deaths, the spread of Lassa fever in Nigeria is beginning to slow but the epidemic is far from contained, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have warned. Full text...

  • UN calls for action to end TB
    24 march 2018 11:50:06
    New York, US (PANA) - Claiming more than 4,500 lives daily, tuberculosis (TB) continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide as well as the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, the United Nations said Friday, ahead of World Tuberculosis Day. Full text...

  • Gambian NGO mediates in crippling doctors' strike
    23 march 2018 12:13:44
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Association of Non-governmental organizations (TANGO) in Gambia on Friday appealed to striking doctors to dialogue to find a solution to their concerns as it seeks to mediate to end the impasse. Full text...

  • WHO supports 16 African countries to protect against Listeriosis
    23 march 2018 10:20:54
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The World Health Organization has reached out to 16 African nations to provide support for preparedness and response to a listeriosis outbreak that started in South Africa in 2017 but is now threatening other countries on the continent. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire to establish raw materials institute for basic drugs
    22 march 2018 12:42:24
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government on Wednesday approved the establishment of a research and development institute of raw materials for the basic generic drugs. Full text...

  • Striking Gambian doctors refuse to hold talks with authorities
    21 march 2018 14:22:16
    Gambia, Gambia (PANA) - Refusing to dialogue with the government, some 211 Gambian resident doctors have continued with their "sit-down" strike, thereby crippling the country’s medical sector, PANA reported Wednesday from Banjul, quoting a spokesperson of Gambia’s main referral hospital, Lamin Jammeh. Full text...

  • Former minister urges Gambian doctors to end strike action
    19 march 2018 12:15:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The leader of Gambia Moral Congress (GMC) party, Mai Ahmad Fatty, on Monday urged striking Gambia doctors to resume work. Full text...

  • On the frontlines of the fight against Lassa fever in Nigeria (A WHO Feature)
    18 march 2018 04:48:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In early January, John had one of the most terrifying experiences of his life. The mechanic from a rural community in Edo state in southern Nigeria came down with Lassa fever. Full text...

  • AU Medical Services Directorate commemorates Africa Healthy Lifestyle Day
    17 march 2018 06:14:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Medical Services Directorate on Friday commemorated the Africa Healthy Lifestyle Day at the African Union Commission (AUC) Headquarters, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the slogan “When your life works your work works”. Full text...

  • Gambian health centre blamed for death of woman after giving birth to lifeless twins
    13 march 2018 10:27:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Relatives of a 22-year-old Gambian woman, who died shortly after giving birth of lifeless twins, have blamed staff of Sukuta Health Centre for negligence and unprofessionalism resulting in their deaths. Full text...

  • Measles campaign aims to protect drought-hit communities in Somalia
    12 march 2018 17:58:23
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – A measles vaccination campaign has been launched in Somalia in response to several months of drought, which has raised the likelihood of a catastrophic spread of infectious diseases, local health authorities and UN aid agencies said on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambian doctors expose challenges in health sector
    12 march 2018 12:06:49
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Dr Nenneh Bah, the Vice President of the striking Gambia Resident Doctors, on Monday said their strike action was necessary for people to know the numerous problems doctors face in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Gambian doctors stop work amid row with health minister
    12 march 2018 09:36:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - About 130 resident doctors across the country have stopped work completely from Monday after the health minister Saffie Lowe Ceesay rejected their demand to resign. Full text...

  • WHO issues guidelines to help countries end ‘reign’ of tobacco industry
    10 march 2018 12:33:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday launched new guidelines on the role that tobacco product regulations can play in saving lives by reducing the demand for tobacco and tobacco products – estimated to kill over seven million people annually. Full text...

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