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  • Bashir bans import of drugs manufactured locally
    30 october 2018 10:06:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has banned import of drugs and any such products that are locally manufactured, a move apparently seeking to encourage local manufacturing and at the same time save hard currency. Full text...

  • Kenya hosts conference on newborn healthcare
    30 october 2018 08:37:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Delegates from around the world are meeting in Nairobi to discuss strategies for improving the health of newborn babies and ensuring the successful implementation of universal health care plans around Africa. Full text...

  • More than nine in ten children exposed to deadly air pollution - WHO
    29 october 2018 21:25:33
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Air pollution is “stunting children’s brains” and affecting their health in more ways than was previously suspected, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda conducts simulation exercise for Ebola prevention
    25 october 2018 18:16:27
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's health personnel at the Military Hospital in Kanombe, a suburb of Kigali city, conducted a simulation exercise on Thursday as part of preparations to prevent and manage suspected cases of Ebola virus. Full text...

  • WHO charts course to achieve universal health coverage
    25 october 2018 11:10:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Countries around the world on Thursday agreed to the Declaration of Astana, vowing to strengthen their primary health care systems as an essential step toward achieving universal health coverage. Full text...

  • Pope Francis, WHO Chief say health is a right and not a privilege
    24 october 2018 12:57:55
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Director-General of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has met with His Holiness Pope Francis to discuss ways to ensure that all people can obtain the healthcare they need, whoever they are, wherever they live. Full text...

  • High prices restrict access to best drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment - MSF
    24 october 2018 09:07:03
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - People with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) continue to be deprived of today’s best-possible treatment in part because of high drug prices. Full text...

  • IFAD, Save the Children fight for girl child nutrition
    22 october 2018 14:21:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - By 2030, there will be 129 million children with stunted growth due to malnutrition, mostly born of young mothers, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and Save the Children warned on Monday. Full text...

  • 4th int'l conference of west African consortiun clinical research begins in Bamako
    17 october 2018 13:27:43
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The 4th international conference of west African consortiun clinical research, gathering researchers from the west African sub-region, Europe and America, began since Tuesday in Bamako, the Malian capital, chaired by the Malian minister of health and public hygiene, Pr. Samba Sow, PANA learned from reliable source. Full text...

  • Global health organizations commit to new ways of working together for greater impact
    17 october 2018 05:27:09
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - Eleven heads of the world’s leading health and development organizations on Tuesday signed a landmark commitment to find new ways of working together to accelerate progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Full text...

  • WHO calls crisis meeting over deadly Ebola outbreak in DR Congo
    16 october 2018 05:00:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has already claimed around 130 lives. Full text...

  • 80% of children in DRC Ebola-affected areas return to school - UNICEF
    15 october 2018 02:45:13
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – One month after the beginning of the school year, 80 per cent of school-aged children have returned to school in Beni and Mabalako health zones, the two epicentres of the current Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). More than half of these children are girls, the UN children's fund (UNICEF) has said. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for end of abuse of mental patients in Ghana
    10 october 2018 05:49:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Hundreds of people with real or perceived mental health conditions remain chained or confined in prayer camps in Ghana, despite some progress, one year after the government pledged to enforce a ban on shackling, Human Rights Watch has said on World Mental Health Day on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mental illness will cost the world US$$16 trillion by 2030 - Lancet report
    10 october 2018 05:34:11
    London, UK (PANA) - A new Lancet Commission report on mental health says that mental disorders are on the rise in every country in the world and will cost the global economy US$16 trillion by 2030. Full text...

  • Start nurturing mental health ‘at an early age’, urges UN chief
    10 october 2018 01:16:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Worldwide, it is estimated that one in five adolescents experience mental health challenges, though most remain under-diagnosed and under-treated. Full text...

  • UN-led tobacco control advocates denounce ‘increasingly vicious’ industry interference
    05 october 2018 06:57:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Tobacco giants are adopting new ways and “disguises” to push their products, noxious both for people and the environment, and interfere with government efforts to regulate the sale and use of tobacco, the head of the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC, the United Nations-led tobacco control treaty, has told UN News. Full text...

  • South African Liberation hero fights for life in hospital
    04 october 2018 15:22:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – One of the last two remaining Rivonia treason trialists, Andrew Mlangeni, is fighting for his life after being admitted to a Cape Town hospital in South Africa. Full text...

  • WHO supports Zimbabwe with 1.4 million vaccinations to beat cholera outbreak
    03 october 2018 19:03:47
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting Zimbabwe’s efforts to begin vaccinating 1.4 million people against a new deadly outbreak of cholera, beginning on Wednesday, after the water-borne disease first surfaced in a suburb of the capital Harare early last month. Full text...

  • Tobacco control measures are working, but too slowly in less-developed countries: WHO
    02 october 2018 06:33:01
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - “Great progress” has been made in tackling tobacco consumption and saving lives but more needs to be done to challenge the industry’s attempts to “bypass” international regulations, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritius health authorities to develop strategies for reducing salt intake
    01 october 2018 17:47:49
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian health ministry will develop strategies to cut down salt intake in diets as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), an official source told PANA Monday in the capital Port Louis. Full text...

  • UNICEF teams up with DRC Ebola survivors to help stop spread
    01 october 2018 06:44:52
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – Recent survivors of the Ebola virus and the UN children's fund (UNICEF) are partnering to help prevent further transmission of the deadly disease in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Progress in malaria control stalls, WHO
    01 october 2018 06:37:35
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - After an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled, the Africa Regional Office of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported. Full text...

  • 'Access to legal abortion services needed, to prevent 47,000 women dying each year'
    28 september 2018 16:28:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - States across the world should act now to decriminalise abortion and make every effort to ensure that women and girls have the right to make their own decisions about pregnancy, said a group of United Nations human rights experts on Friday, in a statement marking International Safe Abortion Day. Full text...

  • Violence and displacement in Ebola-hit DR Congo threatens humanitarian response
    28 september 2018 16:09:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Increasing violence in Ebola-affected areas of north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is threatening the safety of tens of thousands of people there, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN stands up to stop 41 million avoidable deaths per year
    27 september 2018 19:17:26
    New York, US (PANA) - “Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic Lyme disease, depression” – just some of the illnesses outlined by World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, who drove home the danger by asking delegates to stand up, when they heard the name of an illness that had killed someone they loved: One by one, every single person in the room, got to their feet. Full text...

  • Ageing Tutu admitted to hospital
    27 september 2018 15:59:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Archbishop Desmond Tutu was admitted to a Cape Town hospital for unknown reasons on Thursday. Full text...

  • US 1st Lady to promote maternal healthcare on first Africa visit
    27 september 2018 12:53:19
    New York, US (PANA) - US First Lady, Melania Trump, is scheduled to visit four African countries to promote maternal and child welfare programs, officials said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Fight against ‘vicious’ TB epidemic drastically underfunded: UN deputy chief
    26 september 2018 18:57:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The fight against tuberculosis (TB) is drastically under-funded, with a gap of around $13 billion per year, said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the first-ever High-Level TB Meeting, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Medical charity reports 'alarming' mortality rates among children in south Niger
    26 september 2018 07:49:09
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Paediatric teams from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have reported alarming mortality rates among children aged under five in Magaria, south Niger. Full text...

  • Global leaders urged to make bold commitments at first-ever UN tuberculosis summit
    26 september 2018 07:48:32
    New York, US (PANA) - As global leaders gather for the first-ever United Nations tuberculosis (TB) Summit in New York this week, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a medical charity has called on governments to save more lives by scaling up TB testing and treatment today, and make real commitments to develop more effective and easier-to-use tools to defeat TB tomorrow. Full text...

  • Ebola-hit DRC faces ‘perfect storm’ as uptick in violence halts WHO operation
    25 september 2018 19:25:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A "perfect storm" of active conflict and traumatized communities in Ebola-affected areas of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could enable the deadly disease to spread, but there are “no plans” to pull UN workers out of the country despite concerns for their security, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Aid work suspended due to deadly attack in DR Congo
    25 september 2018 07:19:33
    Beni, DR Congo (PANA) - Humanitarian charity, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), suspended all its activities in the north-eastern city of Beni and surrounding areas Monday, as a result of an armed group attack on Saturday. Full text...

  • 155 children left orphaned or separated from their parents in DRC’s latest Ebola outbreak - UNICEF
    22 september 2018 12:48:12
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – UNB children's fund, UNICEF, and its partners have so far identified 155 children who have been orphaned or left unaccompanied as a result of the latest Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Rights group blasts Tanzania over decision to suspend family planning advertisements
    22 september 2018 05:18:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has blasted Tanzania for the government's decision to suspend family planning commercials on television and radio. Full text...

  • Alcohol abuse kills three million people a year, most of them men – WHO report
    21 september 2018 17:21:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - More than one in 20 deaths in 2016 – 3 million people, mostly men – were caused by harmful use of alcohol, according to a report released on Friday by the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Ebola control in Butembo: Africa CDC supports local Coordination Prevention Commission
    21 september 2018 14:11:40
    Butembo, DR Congo (PANA) - In order to support the Congolese Government's efforts in response to the 10th Ebola epidemic, the African Union (AU), through the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), is contributing to this effort by providing professionals with proven skills who are actively involved in the control and eradication of the Ebola Virus Disease in Butembo city. Full text...

  • WHO launches first investment case to save up to 30 million lives
    20 september 2018 06:58:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday published its first investment case, setting out the transformative impacts on global health and sustainable development that a fully-financed WHO could deliver over the next five years. Full text...

  • Countries not doing enough to end TB by 2030, WHO warns
    19 september 2018 04:58:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Countries are not doing enough to end tuberculosis – the world’s deadliest infectious disease – by 2030, warned the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, at the release of the latest Global Tuberculosis Report. Full text...

  • Somewhere, every five seconds, a child under-15 dies: new UN report
    18 september 2018 05:28:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Around 6.3 million children under the age of 15, died from mostly preventable causes last year, the equivalent to 1 child dying every 5 seconds, according to a new report compiled by a group of United Nations agencies. Newborn babies account for half of the deaths. Full text...

  • Trade and consumption of cheap junk food are an obstacle for healthy diets - FAO
    15 september 2018 06:21:35
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The globalized food system is not delivering the diets that people need for a healthy life, but instead contributes to obesity and overweight especially in countries that are importing most of their food, FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva has said. Full text...

  • New cases of deadly Ebola virus in DR Congo, as UN steps up response
    15 september 2018 06:05:52
    Butembo, DR Congo (PANA) - In eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), the UN has stepped up community-based efforts to tackle Ebola disease, following confirmation that the virus has reached the city of Butembo, near the Ugandan border, where it has claimed three lives. Full text...

  • UN committee recommends 4 hazardous chemicals to be listed
    14 september 2018 11:51:33
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Rotterdam Convention’s Chemicals Review Committee has recommended that four hazardous chemicals recommended should be listed for the general public. Full text...

  • Cancer is a growing global threat and prevention is key, UN study shows
    13 september 2018 06:25:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - More than 18 million new cases of cancer are expected this year and it’s estimated that 9.6 million people will die from various forms of the disease in 2018, the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe declares cholera emergency in Harare
    11 september 2018 17:52:49
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – Zimbabwean health authorities on Tuesday declared the current cholera outbreak an emergency in the country’s capital Harare. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches campaign against Non-Communicable Diseases
    10 september 2018 07:02:38
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Minister Anwar Husnoo on Sunday launched a national prevention campaign against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) aimed at sensitising and educating the public against the risk-related factors, complications and prevention measures.  Full text...

  • MSF treats 65 Ebola patients in first month in North Kivu
    10 september 2018 05:56:55
    Beni, DRC (PANA) - Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says it has treated 65 patients confirmed to be diagnosed with Ebola in the first month of intervention in the latest Ebola outbreak, in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • 800,000 people commit suicide every year - WHO
    10 september 2018 05:22:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Every year, close to 800,000 people commit suicide, the second leading cause of death among people aged 15-29 in 2016. Full text...

  • Morocco signs Global Compact for Universal Health Coverage
    06 september 2018 06:53:49
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Morocco has signed the Global Compact for Universal Health Coverage 2030, thus consolidating the commitment of the country in favour of medical coverage by 2030, according to said a statement released by the Ministry of Health. Full text...

  • WHO congratulates South Africa on the end of the world’s largest listeriosis outbreak
    06 september 2018 05:45:52
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has congratulated South Africa and all those involved in ending the outbreak of listeriosis in the country for their efforts. It has also called for continued work on strengthening the country’s food safety system. Full text...

  • Tedros outlines steps to transform WHO
    05 september 2018 17:09:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Seeking to transform the World Health Organization (WHO), Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said the UN agency needs to make several major organizational shifts to truly fulfil its mission and mandate. Full text...

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