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  • Switzerland: New framework to eliminate human rabies launched
    10 december 2015 12:06:34
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A new framework to eliminate human rabies and save tens of thousands of lives each year was launched on Thursday by World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Global Alliance for the Control of Rabies (GARC). Full text...

  • Tanzania: Study says unmet need for modern contraception remains high in Benin
    09 december 2015 14:50:45
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Many Beninese women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using a modern contraceptive method, according to a new study released Wednesday by the U.S.-based Guttmacher Institute and the Association Béninoise pour le Marketing Social et la Communication pour la Santé, a network member of Population Services International. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Novartis supplies 300 million child-friendly antimalarial treatments without profit'
    09 december 2015 10:27:26
    Basel, Switzerland (PANA) - Pharmaceutical giant, Novartis, announced on Wednesday that it has reached a delivery milestone of 300 million pediatric antimalarial treatments supplied without profit since 2009, helping to reduce the disease burden for children in more than 30 malaria-endemic countries. Full text...

  • Belgium: New report signals country progress in the path to malaria elimination
    09 december 2015 06:04:31
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - New estimates from WHO show a significant increase in the number of countries moving towards malaria elimination, with prevention efforts saving millions of dollars in healthcare costs over the past 14 years in many African countries. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO outlines global trends and looks ahead to 2030 targets
    09 december 2015 05:32:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday issued a comprehensive analysis of global health trends since 2000, and laid out actions that should be prioritized over the next 15 years to achieve the newly-agreed United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), saying that universal health care is the “linchpin of development in health”. Full text...

  • UN: WHO testing data collection system to help track, curb attacks against health workers
    08 december 2015 17:41:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) is testing a new system for collecting data to ensure that attacks against healthcare workers in the line Full text...

  • Mauritius: China funds hospital construction in Mauritius
    05 december 2015 05:20:34
    Candos, Mauritius (PANA) - China has funded the construction of a new hospital in Mauritius at a cost of US$18 million, PANA reported from here Saturday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO unveils checklist for causes of maternal, newborn deaths in health facilities
    04 december 2015 13:38:48
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Of the more than 130 million births occurring each year, an estimated 303,000 result in the mother’s death, 2.6 million in stillbirth, and another 2.7 million in a newborn death within the first 28 days of birth, the UN health agency said Friday. Full text...

  • UN: New UN report says children under-5 die from food-borne diseases
    03 december 2015 20:56:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Diarrhoeal diseases are responsible for more than half of all food-borne diseases globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday in its first-ever report on the issue. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO sounds alarm on deaths of children from foodborne disease
    03 december 2015 11:03:21
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Almost one third (30%) of all deaths from foodborne diseases are in children under the age of 5 years, despite the fact that they make up only 9% of the global population, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN marks World AIDS Day with hope to end epidemic by 2030
    01 december 2015 17:09:28
    New York, US (PANA) -The first World AIDS Day since political leaders committed to ending Full text...

  • Mauritius: Health minister highlights importance of HIV testing in Mauritius
    01 december 2015 15:07:45
    Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius (ANA) – “It is most important that everyone knows his or her HIV status as ignorance on this matter can cause death of innocent individuals,” Mauritian Health Minister Anil Gayan said Tuesday at a ceremony to mark World AIDS Day. Full text...

  • UN: WHO urges expanded antiretroviral therapy to all people living with HIV
    01 december 2015 14:16:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Expanding antiretroviral therapy to all people living with HIV is the Full text...

  • Tanzania: UN Committee urges Malawi to expand access to safe, legal abortion
    01 december 2015 07:38:25
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Noting a high number of teenage pregnancies and lack of comprehensive and age appropriate education on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Malawi, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (UN CEDAW) Tuesday called on the southern Africa nation to implement laws and policies to expand access to safe and legal abortion. Full text...

  • WHO: HIV/AIDS deaths fall 42%
    30 november 2015 23:40:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - On World AIDS Day, 1 Dec., the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasizes that expanding antiretroviral therapy to all people living with HIV is key to ending the AIDS epidemic within a generation. Full text...

  • Ghana: UN official calls for help for Ebola-affected West African countries
    28 november 2015 10:47:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Following the flare-up of Ebola in Liberia 77 days after the outbreak was declared over, the region's top coordinator of the United Nations response to the epidemic says the three West African countries most affected by the deadly disease cannot recover from its ravages on their own. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe: WHO signals hopes of end to AIDS epidemic by 2030
    28 november 2015 10:01:10
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the world is poised to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Full text...

  • UN: Adolescent deaths from AIDS tripled since 2000, warns UNICEF
    27 november 2015 19:29:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The number of adolescent deaths from AIDS has tripled over the Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS says countries adopting Fast-Track Strategy to end HIV/AIDS
    24 november 2015 14:46:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the World AIDS Day 2015, UNAIDS on Tuesday released a new report showing that countries are getting on its Fast-Track Strategy to end AIDS by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • UN: UN says MDG target to reduce malaria burden achieved
    20 november 2015 14:47:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has announced that the world has met and surpassed the Millennium Development Goals target 6 (MDG6) to halt and begin reversing malaria incidence by 2015, stating that progress in the fight against malaria since 2000 averted more than 6.2 million malaria deaths, some 97 per cent of which have been among young children. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Health company to intensify diarrhoea, malaria prevention efforts in Nigeria
    19 november 2015 11:17:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Global Chief Executive Officer of a consumer health and hygiene company Reckitt Benckiser, Mr. Rakesh Kapoor, says the company will further intensify diarrhoea and malaria prevention efforts in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Ghana: Nestlé helps to fight NCD, high intake of salt in West, Central Africa
    18 november 2015 09:18:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Nestlé, a transnational food and beverage company, says is involved in fighting non-communicable diseases and high intake of salt in West and Central Africa. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says antibiotic resistance threatens public health
    17 november 2015 14:55:44
    New York, US (PANA) - A recent multi-country survey revealed that people are confused about the rising threat of antibiotic resistance to public health and are unclear about how to prevent it from growing, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday at the launch of a global campaign at the initiation of the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week. Full text...

  • WHO: 'Measles vaccination has saved 17m lives since 2000'
    13 november 2015 19:43:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The number of measles-related deaths has decreased 79% from 546,800 at the beginning of the century to 114,900 in 2014, according to new data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Measles & Rubella Initiative. Full text...

  • UN: UN calls for greater action to check diabetes
    13 november 2015 18:31:29
    New York, US (PANA) - With the World Health Organization (WHO) warning that diabetes will Full text...

  • WHO: 'Measles cases drop by over 50% in Africa'
    13 november 2015 13:01:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Measles cases in the African region dropped by more than 50% between 2000 and 2014, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • UN: UN report says maternal mortality drops by 44 per cent
    12 november 2015 16:28:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Maternal mortality has fallen by 44 per cent since 1990, UN Full text...

  • Kenya: Philips introduces new diagnostic device to prevent childhood pneumonia deaths
    12 november 2015 11:29:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Technology company, Philips on Thursday announced the upcoming release of a Children's Automated Respiration Monitor, aimed to help improve the diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia in low-resource countries, potentially preventing many of the 935,000 childhood deaths caused by pneumonia each year. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says affordable vaccine brings Africa near elimination of meningitis A
    11 november 2015 14:05:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Scientists have found that 90 per cent of individuals vaccinated with a meningitis A vaccine, costing less than 50 cents a dose, had protective antibodies in their system five years later, bringing Africa close to elimination of the highly feared disease on the continent, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Affordable vaccine has led to control and near elimination of meningitis A'
    10 november 2015 12:33:32
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Five years after an affordable meningitis A vaccine was introduced, its use has led to the control and near elimination of deadly meningitis A disease in the African “meningitis belt”, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: WHO hails S/Leone for stopping Ebola
    07 november 2015 12:23:56
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday declared that Ebola virus transmission has been stopped in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • UN: WHO scales up global efforts on El Nino effects on health
    06 november 2015 20:16:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Deeply concerned about potential deaths, illness, malnutrition and psychosocial effects brought by the ongoing El Nino phenomenon, the strongest in nearly two decades, the World Health Organization (WHO) is ramping up its efforts with regional offices and partners to guide countries on El Nino preparedness and timely response to curb its health risks. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone prepares to mark end of Ebola
    05 november 2015 22:29:49
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone, worst hit by the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa, is preparing to mark the end of Ebola transmission, if no new case of the virus is recorded, PANA reported Thursday, quoting the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS Board adopts new ambitious strategy to end AIDS epidemic by 2030
    31 october 2015 15:32:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Coordinating Board has adopted a new strategy to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches mass children nutrition screening in South Sudan
    30 october 2015 14:58:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have stepped up their activities in South Sudan after the recently released Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) revealed that nearly 237,000 children in the country are estimated to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Don't sop eating meat, but reduce consumption - WHO
    29 october 2015 20:38:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) may have backpedaled slightly on its earlier statement relating to the processed meat and colorectal cancer. Full text...

  • Sudan: Fatal fever breaks out in Darfur
    29 october 2015 20:28:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - An outbreak of viral hemorrhagic fever has been reported in west Sudan's Darfur region, killing 103 of 182 infected people, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement issued here Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: SADC Parliamentary Forum trains MPs on health issues
    29 october 2015 11:58:45
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum on Thursday launched a two-day Orientation Training Workshop for members of the Mauritius National Assembly as well as stakeholders working directly or indirectly on issues related to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV/AIDS at the National Assembly in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • UN: 'Tuberculosis deaths nearly halved since 1990, but 4,400 dying daily from disease'
    28 october 2015 20:53:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday announced that the fight against tuberculosis (TB) is paying off, with this year’s death rate nearly half of what it was in 1990. Full text...

  • UN: New UN report calls for youth violence prevention programmes
    27 october 2015 20:32:19
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) Tuesday stressed the need for coordinated and systematic approach to youth violence prevention programmes through a broad range of health, education and social interventions. Full text...

  • Nigeria: WHO formally removes Nigeria from list of polio-endemic countries
    26 october 2015 21:11:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) Monday formally removed Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries, the global health body announced Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN health experts say processed meat, bacon, sausage cause cancer
    26 october 2015 17:50:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Eating red meat more, especially processed meat and Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari restates Nigeria's commitment to polio-free Nigeria in 2017
    26 october 2015 15:00:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Muhammadu Buhari Monday restated Nigeria's commitment toward the achievement of a polio-free Nigeria by 2017, which will mark two years after the country was delisted as a polio-endemic country. Full text...

  • Congo: Africa celebrates World Polio Day amid successes of collective efforts against polio
    24 october 2015 14:51:27
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Africa's success in fighting wild polio virus has demonstrated that strategies for eradication of vaccine preventable diseases work when they are fully implemented, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti said Saturday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNESCO, Merck launch Africa Research Summit
    20 october 2015 10:11:41
    Geneva, Switzerland, (PANA) - Merck, a leading science and technology company, on Tuesday launched in partnership with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) the first edition of the UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says Ebola virus persists in body fluids of survivors for months
    15 october 2015 19:03:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The Ebola virus can persist in the eye, semen, the placenta, breast milk Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says inadequate hygiene endangers key development goal
    15 october 2015 13:29:40
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 40% of health facilities have no water resources within 500 metres in sub-Saharan Africa where the practice of handwashing with soap is dangerously low even though it is “one of the cheapest, simplest, most effective health interventions, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ebola scare hits Nigeria again
    09 october 2015 08:53:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Fifteen people have been quarantined at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital in southern Nigeria after a patient manifested the symptoms of the Ebola Virus Disease before dying at the hospital, the local media reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO reports first week without new case of Ebola
    08 october 2015 14:35:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The prospect of an end to Ebola could be drawing nearer, after UN Full text...

  • Zambia: Eye health films launched on World Sight Day to combat blindness in Zambia
    08 october 2015 09:51:36
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Marking World Sight Day, non-profit organisation Orbis Africa on Thursday launched Zambia’s first documentary films on eye health as its latest innovative tool to reduce preventable and treatable blindness and visual impairment on the continent. Full text...

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