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  • Cote d'Ivoire/ECOWAS: Ebola outbreak in Guinea, threat to regional security - ECOWAS
    28 march 2014 17:17:18
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called for a regional response to the Ebola hemorrhagic fever which broke out in one of its member states, Guinea, and is threatening others, calling the outbreak ''a serious threat to regional security.” Full text...

  • Senegal: Health ministry mobilizes against Ebola virus
    28 march 2014 15:23:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Health authorities in Senegal are taking preventive measures against the Ebola virus which, for several days, has ravaged neighboring Guinea, according to a statement from the ministry, obtained by PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt. takes preventive measures against ebola virus
    28 march 2014 13:39:18
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian government Friday announced preventive measures against the Ebola fever, which has for several weeks ravaged Guinea, causing dozens of deaths, Full text...

  • Togo: Health ministry takes measures against Ebola fever
    27 march 2014 22:21:13
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Although the Ebola fever is not yet been detected in Togo, the country’s health ministry has taken specific measures to prevent the fever from entering the country, according to an official communiqué. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Make health sector priority in post-2015 agenda'
    27 march 2014 19:28:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Partners in the health sector in Africa on Thursday urged decision-makers to make health development a priority in the continent's common position on the post-2015 agenda. Full text...

  • Guinea: Muslims fast to curb Ebola fever
    27 march 2014 16:23:49
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Guinean Muslims, mainly those living in the capital, Conakry, on Thursday observed a one-day fast following a call from imams to implore God to keep the Ebola fever out of the country. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Ebola forces Mauritania Airlines to suspend Guinea flights
    27 march 2014 15:42:52
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritania Airlines International on Wednesday suspended its flight to Conakry, capital of the Guinea, following the announcement of the existence of the Ebola fever virus in the country, a PANA correspondent has learnt from sources in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Zambia: World Bank to provide Zambia with US$67m to improve health delivery systems
    26 march 2014 10:58:45
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The World Bank has announced that it will give Zambia US$ 67 million to improve the utilization of maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition services. Full text...

  • Mali: Authorities want all cigarette packages to carry warning signs
    25 march 2014 17:36:36
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian authorities have warned manufacturers that as from Thursday, 27 March, 2014, all cigarette packages must carry the health warning, "Tobacco seriously damages health", saying that defaulters will no longer be allowed to sell their products in the country. Full text...

  • Mali: 'No Ebola cases reported in Mali'
    25 march 2014 15:22:51
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - No cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever have yet been reported in Mali, PANA learnt Tuesday from official sources here. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Orange's first healthcare hotline launched in Cameroon
    25 march 2014 14:58:47
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - In collaboration with the Cameroonian Ministry for Health, Orange Cameroon plans to launch a preventive medical service, called My Healthline, which will be expanded to other sub-Saharan African countries and extend the scope beyond sexual health, all built on a common Orange Healthcare platform. Full text...

  • Congo: More than 1,800 patients treated by US NGO in seven months
    25 march 2014 13:40:10
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Medical personnel on the ship-hospital “Africa Mercy” from US NGO “Mercy Ships”, have operated on 1,845 patients in seven months at Pointe-Noire, southern Congo, the Congolese Health and Population Ministry said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Guinea: Ebola outbreak in Guinea confirmed, 59 dead
    25 march 2014 13:38:03
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO), quoting Guinea's Ministry of Health, Tuesday reported the outbreak of Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever, in some parts of the West African nation. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Guinea confirms Ebola outbreak
    25 march 2014 13:27:07
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Guinea has confirmed an outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever, Ebola, in some parts of the country, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Tuesday quoted the country's Ministry of Health as saying. Full text...

  • Switzerland/WHO: '7m deaths annually linked to air pollution'
    25 march 2014 09:34:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that in 2012 around 7 million people died - one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 24,000 cases of tuberculosis registered every year in Cameroon
    24 march 2014 17:53:11
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Health authorities in Cameroon, on the occasion of the World Day Against Tuberculosis celebrated Monday, have announced that every year more than 24,000 new cases of tuberculosis are registered in the country. Full text...

  • USAID launches new TB programme for Kenya
    24 march 2014 13:25:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - US Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Monday joined the Cabinet Secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Health James Macharia to mark World Tuberculosis Day by launching the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) TB Accelerated Response and Care activity. Full text...

  • Niger: Tuberculosis, public health priority in Niger
    24 march 2014 12:50:23
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Tuberculosis remains a public health emergency in Niger, despite national efforts to combat the disease, Niger Public Health Minister Mano Aghali said Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: African ministers meet in Abuja over continental pharmaceutical industry set up
    21 march 2014 15:49:04
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - African ministers will gather in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, from 28-30 March, to discuss the creation of a continental pharmaceutical factory, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, revealed Friday in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 20 cases of dengue discovered in Mauritius
    21 march 2014 09:05:24
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian health authorities revealed Friday that 20 cases of dengue fever have been detected in the Island nation, mainly in the northern region of Triolet. Full text...

  • Mauritania: UNAIDS boss visits Nouakchott treatment centre
    20 march 2014 20:09:38
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – UNAIDS executive director, Michel Sidibé, on Thursday visited the Nouakchott HIV/AIDS treatment centre and expressed “satisfaction" at the care and treatment being given people living with HIV/AIDS in Mauritania. Full text...

  • Congo: 2013, successful year in fight against Africa's 3 big killers (WHOAFRO FEATURES)
    20 march 2014 13:43:03
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Evidence from Africa’s health sector suggests that 2013 was a fairly successful year in the fight against Africa’s three big killer diseases – HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. Full text...

  • Mauritania: UNAIDS to fight alarming spread of HIV/AIDS in Arab world
    19 march 2014 21:03:26
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – UNAIDS is working to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Arab world following "records of alarming" spread of the pandemic in those countries, sources told PANA on Wednesday ahead of the visit of the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé. Full text...

  • UN: WHO appeals for funding to scale up health response in CAR
    18 march 2014 21:34:03
    New York, US (PANA) - With about half of the health facilities in strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) having been looted, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday appealed for immediate additional resources to scale up efforts to meet the country’s significant health needs. Full text...

  • Guinea: Unidentified epidemic wreaks havoc in Guinea
    17 march 2014 21:31:37
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - An unidentified disease, which is accompanied by diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding, has killed nine people since Saturday in Guinea's southern district of Guéckédou, according to the Guinean Press Agency, AGP. Full text...

  • Senegal: Anti-tobacco bill passed
    16 march 2014 14:46:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal's Parliament has passed an anti-tobacco bill, which bans the use of tobacco in the country's “religious cities” and establishes ''smoking rooms'' to strengthen the protection against passive tobacco addiction. Full text...

  • Libya: Polio vaccination campaign begins in Libya
    16 march 2014 08:30:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya has kick-started a week-long polio vaccination campaign all over the country, in line with instructions given by the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Around 10,000 people suffer from renal diseases in Mauritius
    13 march 2014 13:32:02
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Renal diseases affect more and more Mauritians because of diabetes and hypertension, with around 1,000 patients undergoing dialysis and about 10,000 affected by the disease. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Woman gives birth to quadruplets
    11 march 2014 18:08:55
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A 26-year old Mauritanian, Ezza Mint Malik Ould Hady, has been delivered of quadruplets, out of which one died, hospital sources said. Full text...

  • Zambia: Over 45% of under 5 children in Zambia are stunted
    10 march 2014 20:53:40
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - About 45 per cent of children in Zambia who are below the age of five are stunted due to malnutrition. Full text...

  • Libya: National poliomyelitis vaccination campaign to be launched 15 March
    08 march 2014 15:03:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya will launch a one-week nationwide poliomyelitis vaccination campaign from 15 March, the director of the national disease centre, Dr. Bedreddine Béchir al-Najjar, said here Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO issues guidelines on access to contraceptives
    06 march 2014 21:45:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the International Women’s Day on 8 March, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday released a set of recommendations for countries to ensure that women, girls and couples have access to the tools needed to avoid unwanted pregnancies, thereby improving health and allowing for better family planning. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Kenya hosts IPPF Africa region confab on population, development
    05 march 2014 14:35:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A three-day Africa Pre-Conference on Population and Development (Pre-CPD) and Post 2015 consultation meeting, organised by the International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region (IPPFAR) in collaboration with Reproductive Advocacy Network Africa (RHANA), is underway in Nairobi, Kenya Full text...

  • UN: Report urges greater prevention, treatment of drug abuse
    04 march 2014 20:10:52
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN report says investment in prevention and treatment of drug abuse can lead to significant savings in health-care and crime-related costs and alleviate the suffering of drug-dependent users and their families. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty to launch global campaign on sexual, reproductive health
    04 march 2014 12:23:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International will launch a global campaign Thursday encouraging young people to claim their sexual and reproductive rights and combat a worldwide backlash against the progress made in this field in recent years, the global human rights watchdog said. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS appeals for tolerance, dignity for all
    27 february 2014 21:59:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of "Zero Discrimination Day" to be marked on 1 March worldwide, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Thursday called for the promotion and celebration of everyone’s right to a full life with dignity no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love. Full text...

  • Congo: Brazzaville to host bio larva-killing plant to eradicate malaria
    26 february 2014 12:41:42
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A bio-larva killing plant aimed at tackling the scourge of malaria is to be cited in the Congolese capital city of Brazzaville, according to the representative of Cuban firm Labiofam, Felix Quintanar Pulido. Full text...

  • UN: Ban announces new global action to support women, children's health
    25 february 2014 22:35:30
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says a global action to improve the health of women and children will be enhanced through a new programme to share ideas and successes among developing countries, Full text...

  • Switzerland:140,000 to be vaccinated against cholera in South Sudan
    23 february 2014 11:24:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Some 140,000 people living in temporary camps in South Sudan, which has been wracked by internecine fighting since last December, are to be vaccinated against cholera by the World Health Organisation (WHO), working with the South Sudan Government and partners, the global health agency said in a statement issued here this weekend. Full text...

  • Togo: World Bank gives Togo US$14m for health and nutrition programmes
    22 february 2014 14:36:28
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved support to Togo that will help the West African country offer lifesaving health and nutrition services to over 1.3 million people, nearly 60 percent of whom are women and girl children under the age of five. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Japan grants US$100,000 to Mauritania to reduce maternal and child mortality
    22 february 2014 12:00:32
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Japanese government has given Mauritania a grant of US$100,000 (about 27.5 million Ouguiya) to help the country renovate and equip the Amitié Hospital in the district of Arafat, in the capital, Nouakchott, the Japanese diplomatic embassy in Mauritania said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Mali: King Mohamed and President Kéita launch work for hospital
    21 february 2014 20:02:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – King Mohamed VI of Morocco and Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita on Friday launched work for the construction of a private hospital in Sébènicoro, at western Bamako, to be financed by the Moroccan Foundation for Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • Mauritius: HIV Operation Plan 2014 strengthened
    21 february 2014 18:27:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius will strengthen its HIV Operation Plan for 2014 in a bid to reduce the number of HIV cases registered on the island, according to an official communiqué issued here Friday. Full text...

  • Niger: WHO confirms Niger is Guinea worm free
    21 february 2014 13:59:48
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Niger free of Guinea worm, official sources told PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan vows to promote indigenous herbal products
    20 february 2014 19:33:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government says it will put in place measures to promote indigenous herbal products for local needs and export. Full text...

  • Kenya: USAID, Kenya bolster health sector NGOs
    20 february 2014 16:39:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenya Ministry of Health and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched new standards for strengthening civil society organizations working in the health sector, especially non-governmental organizations working in advocacy and service delivery in the health industry. Full text...

  • Tanzania: US govt supports campaign against childhood malnutrition
    19 february 2014 11:34:49
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - As part of its global hunger and food security initiative, the US government Wednesday launched a three-week micro-nutrient powder campaign in three regions of Tanzania to help combat childhood malnutrition. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh declares 17 January Gambia's National Natural Medicines Day
    18 february 2014 19:15:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - On the eve of Gambia’s 49th Independence Anniversary (18 February), President Yahya Jammeh has declared 17 January as the country's National Natural Medicines Day. Full text...

  • Mali: Hypertension plagues 22% of Malians
    18 february 2014 17:49:32
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Some 22% of Malians suffer from hypertension in a country where there is only one cardiologist to every 405,000 patients or 35 altogether across the country, PANA learnt at the first congress of the Malian Society of Cardiology (SOMACAR) which ended Monday in Bamako. Full text...

  • Mauritius: SADC regional HIV/AIDS Training Opens in Mauritius
    17 february 2014 13:19:08
    Quatre Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo said Monday that one of the greatest challenges facing countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) as they move toward greater integration is the adverse effects of HIV/AIDS on social, political and economic development. Full text...

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