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  • UN: WHO scales up emergency response in northeast Nigeria
    23 august 2016 06:22:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) is ramping up its response in north-eastern Nigeria, where initial assessments have revealed urgent health problems among populations in areas formerly held by Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • UN: WHO African member states adopt new malaria control framework
    22 august 2016 17:35:23
    New York, US (PANA) - With Africa still accounting for more than 90 per cent of global malaria deaths in 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said its member states in Africa have adopted a new framework on implementing a strategy towards a malaria-free continent. Full text...

  • Benin: Mercy Ships docks in Cotonou for 10-month free medical services
    22 august 2016 11:22:47
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Mercy Ships, an international charity that provides free health services, has docked in Benin's port city of Cotonou, with the Africa Mercy, the world's largest private hospital ship, which is staffed by an all-volunteer crew. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria warns of fake malaria drugs in Cameroon, DR Congo
    20 august 2016 18:39:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ‎The Nigerian Federal Government on Saturday warned of the circulation of two fake malaria drugs in Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius introduces HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer
    19 august 2016 06:37:45
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius on Friday launched a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to prevent cervical cancer among girls as part of the Expanded Programme of Immunisation in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations. Full text...

  • UN: WHO names Michael Bloomberg Global Ambassador on Non-Communicable Diseases
    18 august 2016 15:10:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has named former New York Mayor and philanthropist, Michael Bloomberg, as its Global Ambassador for Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs). Full text...

  • UN: WHO takes steps to improve data on stillbirths, maternal, neonatal deaths
    16 august 2016 18:57:20
    New York, US PANA) - Most stillbirths and neonatal deaths are preventable with quality health care during pregnancy and childbirth, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday as it launched three new publications to help countries address and strengthen their classification, review, and investigation processes on these deaths, which are unrecorded or underreported. Full text...

  • Angola: Millions to be vaccinated against yellow fever in Angola, DR Congo
    16 august 2016 09:48:28
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - One of the largest emergency vaccination campaigns ever attempted in Africa will start in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo this week as the UN health agency and partners work to curb a yellow fever outbreak that has killed more than 400 people and made thousands more sick. Full text...

  • UN: WHO steps up cholera response in Central African Republic
    12 august 2016 16:39:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are stepping up efforts to respond to a recent cholera outbreak in villages along the Oubangui River in Central African Republic (CAR), and have stressed the urgent need for more resources and support for the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: New iPhone App diagnoses malaria, tuberculosis
    12 august 2016 09:11:43
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Digicape, an Apple online store, has revealed that it is expanding its solution set in the Healthcare market through a deal with xRapid, a London-based startup that created a mobile health solution to provide automatic diagnosis of malaria via an iPhone app. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Wild Polio Virus resurfaces in Nigeria
    11 august 2016 19:44:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s celebration of two years without a case of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) appears short-lived as the Nigerian government announced Thursday it is drawing up emergency plans to draft experts in the next 48 hours for immediate massive immunization of children in the affected areas of the Boko Haram ravaged northeastern State of Borno. Full text...

  • UN: WHO, partners step up measures to control yellow fever epidemic in Angola, DRC
    09 august 2016 22:35:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are continuing their programmes against yellow fever outbreaks even though the epidemic, first reported in January 2016, appears to be declining, with no new cases confirmed in the last six weeks. Full text...

  • Angola: UNDP, Global Fund sign grant to strengthen Angola’s response to HIV/AIDS
    05 august 2016 19:46:28
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund on Friday signed a US$30 million grant to reduce new HIV infections in Angola, while also increasing antiretroviral therapy coverage and ensuring better adherence to treatment. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritian population urged to support breastfeeding mothers
    04 august 2016 17:39:51
    Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health Minister Anil Gayan on Thursday urged fathers, relatives, neighbours and health care professionals to support the breastfeeding mothers in light of the negative impact of modern lifestyles on breastfeeding with women having to reconcile work with motherhood. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN agency makes case for rural folks in post-ebola recovery plan
    03 august 2016 15:28:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The biggest outbreak of Ebola in human history is over, but urgent investments in the rural areas of Sierra Leone and Liberia are needed if these countries are to fully recover, said Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD),says. Full text...

  • UN: Kenya reaffirms commitments to address HIV/AIDS stigma, discrimination
    02 august 2016 15:50:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Kenya has reaffirmed its commitment to end HIV-related stigma and discrimination with a new national campaign titled: "Kick out HIV stigma", the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said on Tuesday in a statement. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF stresses need for breastfeeding to save babies
    29 july 2016 19:01:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 77 million of the world’s newborns - or 1 in 2 - are exposed to an increased risk of death because they are deprived of essential nutrients and antibodies when they are not breastfed within the first hour of birth, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned Friday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: WHO deploys mobile labs to keep track of yellow fever in DRC
    29 july 2016 18:04:34
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday it has supported the deployment of a mobile laboratory from the European Union (EU) to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in order to strengthen and fast track diagnosis of yellow fever. Full text...

  • Kenya: Brazil allays Zika Virus fears during Olympic games
    28 july 2016 13:59:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Sportsmen heading to Brazil for the forthcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro should not worry about the Zika Virus as the outbreak of the disease has declined by 80 percent during the last two months, Brazilian Ambassador to Kenya, Marcela Nicodemos, said Wednesday night. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS honours Chinese news agency for AIDS response partnership
    28 july 2016 11:49:17
    New York, US (PANA) - In the recognition of the key role that the media play in the Fast-Track response to ending the AIDS epidemic, Cai Mingzhao, the President of Xinhua News Agency has been presented with the UNAIDS Leaders and Innovators Award at an event held during a joint cooperation visit to Xinhua headquarters in Beijing, China. Full text...

  • UN: UN ramp up support for South Sudan's battle against cholera outbreak
    27 july 2016 15:04:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and its partners are ramping up support for South Sudan's fight to contain a cholera outbreak, including an oral vaccination campaign to reach over 14,000 people and the creation of treatment and rehydration centres. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS honours 10 NGOs for outstanding community leadership on AIDS
    26 july 2016 13:53:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Ten community-based organizations from different parts of the world, including Africa, have won the "2016 Red Ribbon Award" for their inspiring work towards ending or reducing the impact of the AIDS epidemic. Full text...

  • UN: WHO to launch new hepatitis testing guidelines
    25 july 2016 19:08:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of World Hepatitis Day observed annually on 28 July, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it plans to release new testing guidelines for hepatitis B and C, in an attempt to encourage testing and reach the 95 per cent of people who are not aware they are infected with the disease. Full text...

  • UN: AIDS conference urges end of discrimination, more support for HIV care
    23 july 2016 17:36:08
    New York, US (PANA) - As the 21st International AIDS Conference wrapped up in Durban, South Africa, the Deputy Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS), Luiz Loures, called for ending discrimination against patients, especially those from the most vulnerable populations, as well as bolster more HIV care and resources to end the epidemic. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS regional director to meet with Liberian authorities on HIV/AIDS
    23 july 2016 17:12:48
    New York, US (PANA) - West and Central Africa's Regional Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), Dr. Djibril Diallo, will on Monday begin a four-day official mission to Liberia for talks with the country's leadership on HIV response mechanism. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners launch documentary film on HIV/AIDS treatment
    21 july 2016 16:20:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030, Mr. Ray Chambers, the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Lagos-based Ventures Africa, on Thursday launched a documentary film, titled: "Treatment For All: Our Lives, Our Stories", to support AIDS treatment expansion and stop the spread of HIV. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF steps up operations in South Sudan to check cholera outbreak
    21 july 2016 14:20:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Dozens of people in South Sudan may have cholera, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said, noting that it is working with partners to step up its operations to avoid a possible cholera outbreak in the country. Full text...

  • S. Africa: New drive for paediatric HIV treatment launched at AIDS conference
    21 july 2016 08:24:10
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - A new global push to end paediatric AIDS by 2020 has been launched at the 21st International AIDS Conference, the world’s largest forum devoted to any single health or development issue, said the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: South Africa launches "SheConquers' HIV prevention campaign
    20 july 2016 18:09:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Responding to the heightened vulnerability of young women and adolescent girls to HIV, the Government of South Africa has launched a nationwide HIV prevention campaign, a Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) statement said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS urges strong faith response to end AIDS by 2030
    20 july 2016 17:54:09
    New York, US (PANA) - A strong faith response is critical to achieving the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Fast-Track Targets by 2020 and to ending AIDS by 2030, UNAIDS said in a statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO urges governments to act fast on hepatitis testing, treatment
    20 july 2016 15:39:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Around 400 million people are infected with hepatitis but only one in 20 know they have the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Adolescents dying of AIDS at alarming rate, UNICEF warns
    19 july 2016 07:01:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) says an average of 29 adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 are infected with HIV every hour, calling for a redoubling of prevention and treatment efforts. Full text...

  • UN: WHO urges speeding up efforts on non-communicable diseases
    19 july 2016 06:54:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Governments must make greater efforts to protect people from heart disease, cancers, diabetes and lung disease, the leading causes of death among the elderly, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief calls for scaling up HIV/AIDS global response mechanism
    19 july 2016 06:16:24
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 18,000 global leaders, scientists, advocates, and front-line health workers gathered on Monday in Durban, South Africa, for a UN-backed international conference on AIDS tagged, "AIDS 2016", to advance knowledge about HIV and build innovative partnerships to strengthen global response to the epidemic. Full text...

  • AU Summit: African First Ladies campaign against HIV/AIDS, maternal, child mortality
    18 july 2016 18:37:27
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The general assembly of the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) took place Monday in Kigali, Rwanda, reaffirming their commitment to advocate for access and investments in life saving vaccines for Africa’s mothers, newborns, and adolescents. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS reports global gains on 90-90-90 targets for HIV treatment
    18 july 2016 14:59:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Countries are making rapid progress in scaling up HIV testing and treatment across several regions, through the 90-90-90 targets, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS report says donor governments' funding for HIV declined in 2015
    18 july 2016 14:49:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Donor governments' funding to support HIV efforts in low- and middle-income countries fell for the first time in five years in 2015, decreasing from US$8.6 billion in 2014 to US$7.5 billion, a new report by the California-based NGO, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Global immunization coverage sustained in past five years - WHO
    17 july 2016 07:16:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) -The latest World Health Organisation (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) data on global immunization coverage show that 86% of the world’s children received the required 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines (DTP3) in 2015, a coverage level that has been sustained above 85% since 2010. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says majority of people want female genital mutilation to end
    15 july 2016 19:30:13
    New York, US (PANA) - New data from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that about two-thirds of men, women, boys and girls in countries where female genital mutilation is common want the practice to end. Full text...

  • South Africa: VP Ramaphosa salutes 12-year-old AIDS victim
    13 july 2016 14:01:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Wednesday saluted AIDS victim, Nkosi Johnson, whose fight against the disease touched the hearts of millions of people around the world. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kagame sacks health minister for alleged funds mismanagement
    12 july 2016 22:21:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday sacked the Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, for alleged mismanagement of public funds, one week after two other senior health officials were dismissed over "serious breaches of professional conduct", an official source confirmed here. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS report warns on new HIV infections among adults
    12 july 2016 15:41:16
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), released on Tuesday, has expressed concerns on new HIV infections among adults in some parts of the world. Full text...

  • France: Experts propose actions to reduce health risks linked to climate change
    09 july 2016 19:47:32
    Paris, France (PANA) - Participants at the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate, hosted by the Government of France, COP21 presidency, have proposed key actions for the implementation of the Paris agreement to reduce health risks linked to climate change. Full text...

  • UN: AIDS Watch Africa experts task govts on ending AIDS epidemic
    04 july 2016 17:35:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The Consultative Experts Meeting of AIDS Watch Africa (AWA) has welcomed the recently adopted UN Political Declaration on Ending AIDS and urged African governments to include the political declaration in their national strategic plans for AIDS response and also toward ending the AIDS epidemic. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS Board urges more investments, partnerships to end AIDS epidemic
    01 july 2016 13:56:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Coordinating Board has stressed the need for accelerated action, increased investment, intensified partnerships and innovation in community-led service delivery to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN launching yellow fever vaccination campaigns on Angola-DRC border
    30 june 2016 05:40:18
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Amid an outbreak of yellow fever in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations health agency is launching pre-emptive vaccination campaigns to halt the epidemic and prevent the risk of further international spread. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS, Belgium sign new multi-year funding agreement
    27 june 2016 15:06:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Government of Belgium have signed a new multi-year funding agreement for 2017–2020 to enhance the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Tunisia: WHO condemns attacks on Benghazi health facilities
    27 june 2016 10:53:02
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned recent attacks on two health facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for 'effective, compassionate' action to global drug abuse
    26 june 2016 19:28:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, UN Secretary-General on Sunday called for a global response that is simultaneously effective, compassionate and humane, to the challenges posed by the world drug problem. Full text...

  • UN: UNODC calls for more action to reduce impact of drugs on societies
    23 june 2016 14:57:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Thursday launched its annual World Drug Report, which shows that the number of people worldwide described as dependent on drugs increased to more than 29 million in 2014, up from around 27 million the previous year. Full text...

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