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  • Switzerland: Unhealthy environments cause 12.6 million deaths each year - WHO
    15 march 2016 10:13:10
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - An estimated 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012 – nearly 1 in 4 of total global deaths, according to new estimates from the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva. Full text...

  • UN: Water, sanitation likely to be best answer to Zika virus, say UN experts
    13 march 2016 05:26:50
    New York, US (PANA) - Improving water and sanitation services may be the best answer to addressing the outbreak of the Zika virus, according to United Nations human rights experts, who stress that such critical factors should not be in the shadow of hi-tech solutions being considered. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNDP, Sudan initial deal on procurement of life-saving drugs
    10 march 2016 18:04:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's Ministry of International Cooperation and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday signed a US$60 million agreement on a three-year procurement support to the Ministry of Health, the UN agency said in a press release. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS launches mobile platform for better healthcare delivery in Cote d'Ivoire
    09 march 2016 17:44:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Starting this month, a thousand people living with HIV in Cote d’Ivoire Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO warns of more cases of Zika with ‘further geographic spread’
    09 march 2016 07:32:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said the latest update on Zika virus is ‘alarming,’ with more cases expected in the coming months in a larger geographic area, and warned that modes of transmission now include sexual intercourse as well as mosquito bites. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Fighting childhood malnutrition in Madagascar
    08 march 2016 13:16:51
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Over 30 Malagasy and international scientists and clinicians are gathered at the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar, Antananarivo, Madagascar, Monday for the launching of the AFRIBIOTA project, an ambitious programme of multidisciplinary research meant to better understand chronic childhood malnutrition, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mbeki addresses his AIDS stance
    07 march 2016 11:38:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former president Thabo Mbeki on Monday sparked another storm of controversy by addressing his "HIV denialism", an issue that clouded his term in office and political legacy. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS to hold high-level meeting in New York on ending AIDS
    03 march 2016 17:46:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) will on 8-10 Full text...

  • Belgium: EC pledges € 470 million to Global Fund in next three years
    03 march 2016 17:34:35
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Commission on Thursday announced a pledge of € 470 million to the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the period of three years starting in 2017. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed report says drug treaties are for health, wellbeing of mankind
    02 march 2016 18:04:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The ultimate goal of the international drug control treaties is to ensure Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana close to reaching global targets on HIV/AIDS fight
    02 march 2016 13:36:58
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Researchers in Botswana said the country is leading in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as indicated by the country’s endevours towards the UNAIDS 2020 Goal. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS marks Zero Discrimination Day, stresses need for tolerance
    01 march 2016 16:01:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Tuesday called on the international community to celebrate individuality, as it observed Zero Discrimination Day, stressing that embracing diversity brings valuable benefits to all societies around the world. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'El Niño may increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes spreading Zika'
    26 february 2016 11:16:20
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The above-average rainfall caused by El Niño that is expected in parts of South America until May could cause floods and increases in diseases spread by mosquitoes, including malaria and the Zika virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Full text...

  • Mali: Global Fund supports investment in health in Mali
    25 february 2016 13:20:23
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali and the Global Fund have consolidated their partnership with the signing of three new grant agreements totalling 108.5 million euros for financing the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria besides developing strong and sustainable health systems in the west African country. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana on high alert for Zika virus
    24 february 2016 17:23:08
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana authorities have allayed public fears on the Zika virus and assured the nation that steps were already in place to detect the virus. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Africa marks turning point in saving children’s lives
    24 february 2016 15:31:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Using vaccines, one of the most powerful tools for saving children’s lives, has marked the start of a new era in Africa, the African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs, Dr. Sidiki Mustapha Kaloko said here Wednesday at the opening of the first-ever Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New study offers hope for Africa halting HIV infections
    24 february 2016 07:38:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In a move to push for a decline in new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths, Elizabeth Irungu, a Kenyan researcher, recommends countries in Subsaharan African should adopt a newly developed microbicide gel known as " pre-exposure prophylaxis" or "PrEP". Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU convenes first ministerial meeting on immunization in Africa
    23 february 2016 18:04:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other key immunization development partners has organized the first ever Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa to be held Wednesday at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Congo: 12 modern hospitals under construction in Congo
    23 february 2016 17:39:36
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo has embarked on a multi-million dollar project to improve public healthcare delivery, including construction of 12 modern hospitals, the country's Minister for Planning at the Presidency, Jean Jacques Bouya said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New medical trial for HIV prevention among women shows promising results in Sub-Saharan Africa
    23 february 2016 07:57:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – In one of the US-based Massachusset clinical trial, known as AVAC, medical researchers have shown that women in Sub-Saharan Africa could be protected against HIV infection using a new advanced technique known as ‘vaginal ring’ that contains the antiretroviral (ARV) drug dapivirine with a new prevention strategy, according to an official statement obtained here Tuesday by PANA. Full text...

  • Botswana: Maternal health care delivery improves in Botswana
    19 february 2016 19:05:52
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s data authority, Statistics Botswana’s (SB) recent figures indicates an improvement in the country’s maternal health care delivery. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana-Mauritius health partnership reaps results
    17 february 2016 18:33:30
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Doctors from Botswana’s largest and oldest hospital, Princes Marina Hospital, in collaboration with Mauritius Medical Team from the Cardiac Centre at Pamplemousse, Mauritius, will this month conduct another set of cardiac procedures. Full text...

  • UN: WHO launches global Zika response strategy
    17 february 2016 07:30:33
    New York, US (PANA) - As World Health Organization (WHO) officials briefed United Nations Member States in New York on Tuesday on the Zika virus outbreak, the agency launched a global strategy to guide the international response to the spread of the virus and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it. Full text...

  • Benin: UN agencies boost efforts to prevent further spread of Lassa fever in Benin
    12 february 2016 06:12:20
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Following the outbreak of Lassa fever in Benin, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) officials in the country are scaling up an emergency response to help prevent further spread of the disease. Full text...

  • Togo: Health authorities move to fight meningitis in Togo
    10 february 2016 09:15:53
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – Health authorities in Togo have announced a mass vaccination campaign, due to take off in the coming days in the northern region, where an outbreak of meningococcal meningitis has been confirmed. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO to provide expertise to help curb spread of Zika virus
    10 february 2016 06:09:20
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Under the lead of the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations system, including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is mobilizing a coordinated response to Zika aimed at minimizing the threat in affected countries and reducing the risk of further international spread. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African football, political leaders partner Gavi on immunization
    07 february 2016 21:00:16
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Africa United partners on Sunday launched a new initiative on universal access to immunization called "Every Shot Counts" at the final of the Orange African Nations Championship in Rwanda. Full text...

  • UN: Upholding women’s human rights essential to Zika response – UN rights chief
    07 february 2016 07:02:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Upholding women’s human rights is essential if the response to the Zika health emergency is to be effective, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said at the weekend, following the advice to women by some governments to delay getting pregnant due to the possible link between the virus and neurological disorders affecting newborns. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies mobilize to support Benin on cases of Lassa fever
    05 february 2016 20:22:56
    New York, US (PANA) - After the identification of four cases of Lassa fever in Benin, the government, backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has immediately launched a response against the epidemic, a UN statement said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN, UNICEF chiefs task govts on eliminating FGM by 2030
    05 february 2016 16:01:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and some senior UN Full text...

  • UN: UN chief stresses need to eliminate cervical cancer
    04 february 2016 14:51:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking World Cancer Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana government repeats typhoid warning
    04 february 2016 14:45:11
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana government has once again urged the public to take precautionary measures to avoid typhoid fever infection. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius tackles mental health issues
    04 february 2016 13:21:23
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health Minister Anil Gayan on Thursday said that his ministry, as the custodian of public health, has to ensure that persons with mental disorders are treated with respect, dignity and compassion. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopia launches plan to improve treatment for heart ailments
    04 february 2016 11:07:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia’s Health Minister Kesetebirhan Admasu has launched a plan to improve the treatment of heart ailments and other non-communicable diseases, such as stroke, hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases in collaboration with a drug-manufacturing firm. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius issues travel warning against Zika virus
    03 february 2016 12:42:20
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Health Ministry on Wednesday warned travellers to countries with active Zika transmission, advising them to take the necessary precautions as there is no vaccine against the disease. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO declares Zika a Public Health Emergency
    01 february 2016 22:08:41
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan on Monday declared a Zika linked virus as Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO says films showing smoking scenes should be rated
    01 february 2016 06:24:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on governments to rate movies that portray tobacco use in a bid to prevent children and adolescents from starting to smoke cigarettes and use other forms of tobacco. Full text...

  • Tanzania: 'Ebola funds impossible to track' - Oxfam
    31 january 2016 08:01:28
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Global leaders are failing to honour their promises to communities devastated by Ebola in West Africa as US$5.8 billion of pledged recovery funds proved almost impossible to track, Oxfam warned Sunday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Health services increase surveillance of the Zika virus in Mauritius
    30 january 2016 09:02:14
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Ministry has established a protocol aimed at controlling the spread of the Zika disease in Mauritius, PANA learnt Saturday from official sources. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Increasing breastfeeding could save 800,000 children a year
    29 january 2016 11:59:03
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A major new Series on breastfeeding, published in medical journal, “The Lancet”, finds that despite strong health and economic benefits from breastfeeding, few children are exclusively breastfed until 6 months, as recommended by World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to carry out survey on tobacco use among youth
    29 january 2016 10:04:24
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Ministry will be conducting a Global Youth Tobacco Survey among students aged 13 to 15 years old to develop appropriate health strategies for this particular age group to reduce any risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Full text...

  • Ghana: Death toll in meningitis outbreak rises to 50
    29 january 2016 07:52:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - At least 50 people have so far died from the outbreak of pneumococcal meningitis in Ghana, the minister of Health Alex Segbefia has announced. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO warns of dire health situation of 2 million Libyans
    29 january 2016 05:50:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - With a political deal among Libya’s numerous factions in flux, some US$50 million is urgently needed to meet the life-saving needs of nearly 2 million people in the crisis-torn country, as the conflict lingers and the year-long peace process has again hit stumbling blocks, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO convenes emergency meeting on Zika virus
    28 january 2016 16:38:36
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - WHO Director-General Margaret Chan is to convene an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee early next week on Zika virus after observing an increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana health officials on typhoid alert following outbreak in South Africa
    26 january 2016 17:04:00
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana is on high alert following an outbreak of typhoid in neighbouring South Africa. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO warns of flare-ups of 'stubborn' Ebola virus
    26 january 2016 11:39:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Margaret Chan, has noted that despite the three countries worst affected by the Ebola Virus interrupting all chains of transmission from the original outbreak that began more than two years ago, the virus is stubborn and further flare-ups would occur. Full text...

  • UN: Governments must act to reverse rise in childhood obesity, UN report warns
    25 january 2016 18:45:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Facing a global epidemic in childhood obesity with the number Full text...

  • Ghana: Meningitis causes health concern in Ghana, kills 32
    25 january 2016 11:31:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The outbreak of a variant of meningitis in parts of Ghana is causing public health concern as the disease has killed some 32 people in the past three weeks, the state owned Graphic newspaper reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Zika virus infection reported in Americas, Africa, Asia and Pacific
    24 january 2016 07:05:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Twenty countries in the Americas and about 10 in Africa, Asia and the Pacific have reported cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus infection, according to information delivered by the UN World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Dangote and Bill & Melinda Gates to fight under-nutrition in Nigeria
    21 january 2016 18:35:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Dangote Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have announced a combined commitment of US$100 million over the next five years (2016-2020) towards ending under-nutrition in Nigeria. Full text...

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