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  • 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...

  • Inactivity puts physical, mental health of more than 1.4 billion adults at risk, says WHO
    05 september 2018 06:56:10
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Insufficient physical activity is a leading risk factor for non-communicable disease, negatively impacting mental health and overall quality of life, according to a newly released United Nations health agency study. Full text...

  • Impressive African health gains at risk from changing trends - WHO report
    31 august 2018 06:41:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Life expectancy across Africa has improved significantly, says a new United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) report, released on Thursday, but national health systems must be improved to ensure that services get to the people who need them most. Full text...

  • UN food relief agency airlifts aid to DR Congo province hit by Ebola outbreak
    30 august 2018 18:13:24
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - Emergency food aid is being delivered to people affected by the Ebola virus in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the World Food (WFP) reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • As children in Ebola-affected areas of DR Congo head back to school, UNICEF ramps up support
    29 august 2018 06:41:28
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - As the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) gears up for the upcoming academic year – with some 250 schools in Ebola-affected health zones – the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is scaling up education, health and water, sanitation, and hygiene programmes to assist children and their teachers. Full text...

  • Lack of access to clean water, toilets puts children’s education at risk, says UN
    28 august 2018 06:30:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Millions of children are going to school without basic hygiene facilities, and the goal of universal access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene remains “a huge challenge,” the United Nations warned on Monday Full text...

  • 68th session of WHO Regional Committee for Africa opens in Senegal on Monday
    25 august 2018 06:52:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ministers of Health and senior officials from 47 African countries will meet in Dakar, Senegal, for the 68th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa, scheduled to take place from 27 – 31 August 2018 with the launch of a new report on the State of Health in Africa high on the agenda. Full text...

  • Ebola outbreak spreads to eastern DRC 'no-go' zone surrounded by rebels
    25 august 2018 06:18:35
    Geneva, Switzerland(PANA) - Rebel violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is escalating inside the vast country’s Ebola-hit North Kivu province, putting millions at risk, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Friday. Full text...

  • Health expert says Sierra Leone regions see progress in water and sanitation
    23 august 2018 06:32:57
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - A water and sanitation (WATSAN) expert of the medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says the West African state of Sierra Leone has seen progress in those areas in two northern regions - Mongo and Kabala - in the last three years since a devastating outbreak of the dreaded Ebola disease in 2014-15 killed thousands of people. Full text...

  • UN must stand together to fight devastating effects of tobacco – UN health official
    23 august 2018 05:57:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - United Nations agencies must join forces at the policy level and refuse interference from tobacco companies in their programmes so the destructive impact of tobacco can be effectively addressed and lives can be saved, the head of the UN tobacco control treaty watchdog (WHO FCTC Secretariat) told UN News on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Child victims of DRC Ebola outbreak need ‘special attention and care’ - UNICEF
    18 august 2018 06:05:21
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - An ongoing deadly Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) has particularly affected children, the UN’s children agency, UNICEF, said on Friday. Full text...

  • MSF applauds WHO's recommendation of improved TB treatment options
    18 august 2018 05:49:29
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a medical charity, has welcomed the new World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for improved treatment for people with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), prioritising the use of several oral drugs, including the newer drug bedaquiline, and minimising the use of drugs that must be injected. Full text...

  • Medical charity opens Ebola treatment centre in DR Congo's North Kivu region
    17 august 2018 07:44:13
    Mangina, DR Congo (PANA) - Taking a new step in its response to the current Ebola outbreak in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a treatment centre on 14 August in Mangina, a small town considered to be the epicentre of the outbreak. Full text...

  • Conflict zones could constitute ‘hiding places’ for Ebola virus – WHO chief
    14 august 2018 19:57:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Following a two-day mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday repeated his call for warring parties in conflict-riven North Kivu to stop fighting, and allow health teams access to areas affected by the recent Ebola outbreak in the region. Full text...

  • UNICEF mobilises communication specialists to support Ebola vaccination campaign in DRC
    13 august 2018 06:44:37
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – Following the launch of the vaccination campaign against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on 8 August, UNICEF has mobilized communication specialists to inform and engage communities affected by the disease as the vaccination campaign is being rolled-out. Full text...

  • Free, secure access needed in DR Congo conflict zone to tackle Ebola – WHO
    13 august 2018 06:30:37
    Beni, DR Congo (PANA) - After seeing first-hand the complexities of the Ebola response in the conflict-affected region of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for “free and secure” access to the disease-affected people. Full text...

  • Medical charity launches emergency response to treat severely malnourished children in Chadian capital
    12 august 2018 07:25:39
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - Endemic in the region, acute malnutrition affects not only the rural provinces of the Sahel strip. It is chronic among children under five in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, and has reached alarming proportions in this city of about 1.5 million inhabitants, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said. Full text...

  • Specialist Red Cross Ebola team arrives in North Kivu
    10 august 2018 09:49:07
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – A team of Red Cross experts has arrived in the town of Beni, close to the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to a statement from the medical charity. Full text...

  • Ebola vaccination begins in North Kivu - WHO
    09 august 2018 16:36:48
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Ministry of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday announced the launch of Ebola vaccinations for high risk populations in North Kivu province. Full text...

  • AU, AfDB, Afreximbank discuss establishment of African Pharmaceutical Development Fund
    08 august 2018 14:20:32
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Officials from the African Union (AU), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Import and Export Bank (Afreximbank) are holding a three-day meeting in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss practical steps towards the creation of a fund to support pharmaceutical manufacturing in Africa. Full text...

  • 'Mauritius committed to promote breastfeeding'
    08 august 2018 07:42:35
    Port-Louis, Mauritius, (PANA) - Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Minister Dr Anwar Husnoo has said that the government is committed to promote breastfeeding as an important public health intervention so as to make sure that every child born in Mauritius is given a good chance to survive, grow and develop into a healthy and strong young citizen. Full text...

  • Specialist Red Cross team arrives in North Kivu to combat Ebola
    07 august 2018 16:13:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A team of Red Cross experts has arrived in the town of Beni, close to the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu in eastern DR Congo,,the humanitarian organization said in a press releaseTuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches campaign against Non-Communicable Diseases
    06 august 2018 09:19:12
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A 10-day campaign against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) was launched over the weekend by the Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Ministry. Full text...

  • UNICEF mobilises staff, supplies to help with response to new DRC Ebola outbreak
    06 august 2018 06:27:31
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Following last Wednesday's announcement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of a new Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) says it has mobilised its teams to help contain the spread of the disease and protect children. Full text...

  • 'Conflict in new Ebola zone of DR Congo exacerbates complexity of response'
    05 august 2018 03:26:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Protecting vulnerable people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the latest Ebola Virus outbreak is going to be “very, very complex”, given the huge logistical challenges and ongoing conflict there, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Full text...

  • DR Congo ebola outbreak compounds dire humanitarian crisis - NRC
    03 august 2018 14:06:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new Ebola outbreak in DR Congo's conflict zone, North Kivu, whose residents have been massively displaced, is a toxic cocktail that will exacerbate the virus and have fatal consequences, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) warned on Friday. Full text...

  • Eswatini deworms at least 85% of school-aged children - WHO
    03 august 2018 06:21:32
    Mbabane, Eswatini (PANA) - The Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) has surpassed the target set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for deworming coverage and obtained 85% during the third round of the Mass Medicine Administration (MMA) campaign. Full text...

  • 'Developing Africa’s pharmaceutical sector is crucial' - ECA
    02 august 2018 14:29:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says there is an urgent need to develop Africa's pharmaceutical sector to reduce the continent’s dependence on imported pharmaceutical and medical products. Full text...

  • New cluster of Ebola cases announced in DR Congo, says WHO
    02 august 2018 04:26:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced on Wednesday that preliminary laboratory results indicate a new cluster of cases of the deadly Ebola virus in North Kivu province, the UN health agency said. Full text...

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