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  • UNICEF reiterates importance of breastfeeding to save newborn lives
    31 july 2018 05:42:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Three-in-five babies, mostly born in low- and middle-income countries, are not breastfed within the first hour of life, placing them at higher risk of death and disease, according to a new United Nations report launched on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Medical charity opens emergency nutrition programme in Chadian capital
    28 july 2018 07:56:17
    N’Djamena, Chad (PANA) - Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has opened a therapeutic feeding centre in partnership with the Chadian Ministry of Health, to respond to the plight of thousands of under-five-year-olds in N’Djamena, the capital. Full text...

  • Action needed to find, test, treat millions unknowingly infected with viral hepatitis – WHO
    28 july 2018 07:39:56
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Millions of people globally who have viral hepatitis are unaware or unable to receive treatment, the United Nations health agency said Friday, on the eve of World Hepatitis Day, raising the alarm to “find, test and treat the missing millions.” Full text...

  • 'Stigma and discrimination still persists’ against people living with HIV – ILO
    27 july 2018 06:12:01
    Amsterdam, Netherlands (PANA) - Although progress in treating people living with HIV has enabled them to work, they continue to face career discrimination, says a new study launched on Thursday by the United Nations labour agency. Full text...

  • UNICEF raises US$10 million for 9th Ebola epidemic
    26 july 2018 20:41:09
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The UN Childrens' Fund (UNICEF) said it raised more than US$10 million, including funds from several donors, to respond to the 9th Ebola epidemic, which broke out two months ago in North-West Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a communiqué obtained Thursday by PANA. Full text...

  • 'Rwanda will not apply restriction on birth limits' - PM
    26 july 2018 14:52:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente, on Thursday said the government has never planned to impose limits on the number of children a family can have in the East African country. Full text...

  • Researchers say scientific evidence does not support HIV criminalization laws
    25 july 2018 15:36:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -– Twenty of the world’s leading HIV scientists have launched an evidence-based consensus that systematically refutes the rationale for laws that criminalize HIV transmission, according to a statement obtained on Wednesday. Full text...

  • More ‘political commitment’ needed urgently for HIV prevention: UNAIDS chief
    25 july 2018 06:46:15
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands (PANA) - As HIV infections continue to rise, UNAIDS — the UN agency leading the global effort to end the public health threat posed by the virus — called on Tuesday for countries to boost prevention measures and continue facilitating access to treatment. Full text...

  • WHO declares DR Congo Ebola outbreak over
    24 july 2018 19:30:06
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Ebola virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) has been declared over, thanks to a concerted national and international effort to contain the threat, the UN’s top health official said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan lawyer honoured for AIDS pro-bono work
    24 july 2018 15:04:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan lawyer, Allan Achesa Maleche, has been named winner of the Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award. Full text...

  • Medical charity raises raises red flag on children missing vaccinations in CAR
    22 july 2018 05:40:47
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - A medical charity is warning that children in the Central African Republic (CAR) are missing out on routine vaccinations. Full text...

  • AstraZeneca, Kenya pharmacists body team up to enhance healthcare in Kenya
    19 july 2018 14:19:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical company, has teamed up with the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK), to strengthen healthcare capabilities by building capacity of Kenyan pharmacists through the AstraZeneca Pharmacy Academy. Full text...

  • ‘Prevention crisis’ is hampering global HIV response, warns head of UNAIDS
    19 july 2018 07:03:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Complacency over HIV and AIDS has created a “prevention crisis” that risks destabilizing efforts to reach the key 2020 target of fewer than 500,000 new HIV infections per year, the head of the UN agency in charge of fighting the pandemic warned on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN-backed treaty against illicit tobacco trade set to take effect in September
    18 july 2018 16:33:10
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A United Nations-backed treaty aimed at stopping the illicit trading of tobacco products, is set to enter into force on 25 September, marking a diplomatic breakthrough in efforts to protect public health and strike back against the criminal organizations profiting from such deals. Full text...

  • Sand, dust storms, a 'human well-being' issue, says high level panel
    17 july 2018 07:07:37
    New York, US (PANA) - From higher morbidity and mortality rates to reduced economic growth, the impact of sand and dust storms can be major, especially for lower-income nations and vulnerable communities. Full text...

  • UNICEF says record number of children vaccinated in 2017
    16 july 2018 19:52:19
    New York, US (PANA) - A record 123 million children were immunized globally in 2017, according to data released on Monday by the World Health Organization and UN children's Fund (UNICEF). Full text...

  • Mauritius celebrates World Population Day 2018
    11 july 2018 18:18:48
    Bagatelle, Mauritius (PANA) – To improve the quality of life of its people, the Mauritian government plans to reposition its family planning strategy and promote increased contraceptive use. Full text...

  • Niger’s girls find sanctuary in fistula treatment centres (A UN feature)
    10 july 2018 06:39:58
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Twenty-three-year-old Kodi Moumdau laughs with a group of young women in brightly coloured shawls in her ward at the National Fistula Centre [Centre National de Référence de Fistule Obstétricale] in the outskirts of Niamey, the capital of Niger. They can consider themselves among the lucky women who have been treated for and survived an obstetric fistula condition. Full text...

  • Dangers of poor quality health care revealed ‘in all countries’: WHO report
    05 july 2018 19:24:56
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - United Nations experts said on Thursday that ineffective health care is a global phenomenon which increases the burden of illness and wastes scarce resources. Full text...

  • 'Mental health needs of children, young people in conflict need to be prioritised'
    05 july 2018 15:45:21
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) – More action is needed to address the devastating impact of prolonged conflicts on the mental health of children and young people, experts said at a conference in Berlin on Thursday, the UN children's fund (UNICEF) reported. Full text...

  • MSF hands over Ebola response activities in DRC
    04 july 2018 06:55:22
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says after a two-month emergency intervention in Equator Province of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), it has begun handing over its Ebola response activities to the Ministry of Health and other non-governmental organisations in Mbandaka, Bikoro, Itipo and Iboko. Full text...

  • WHO sensitises Congolese journalists on Ebola
    28 june 2018 11:47:15
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A sensitisation workshop for Congolese journalists on Ebola opened on Wednesday in Brazzaville with the participation of public and private broadcasting media practitioners. Full text...

  • WHO study reveals ‘game-changer’ drug to save women’s lives in childbirth
    27 june 2018 22:34:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A stand-by drug used to prevent potentially-fatal bleeding after childbirth has some new competition – with improved benefits, according a United Nations health agency-led report. Full text...

  • A little black box for detecting and tracking disease outbreaks (A WHO feature)
    25 june 2018 06:49:11
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - One of the toughest tasks in responding to a major public health emergency is getting accurate information about infectious disease outbreaks. Full text...

  • Catholic priest returns home after surviving Ebola in DR Congo (Feature by WHO)
    14 june 2018 06:42:02
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Rev. Father Lucien Ambunga, Catholic Priest and Pastor for the remote rural community of Itipo celebrated his first mass last Sunday since he returned to his parish on 8 June, after recovering from Ebola. Full text...

  • Mauritius Health minister appeals to the population to donate blood
    13 june 2018 11:56:26
    Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Minister, Mr Anwar Husnoo, on Wednesday appealed to the population to donate blood as frequently as possible and encourage more people to help collect 55,000 pints of blood every year. Full text...

  • Prevention is key to ‘breaking the cycle of HIV transmission’, UN chief tells General Assembly
    13 june 2018 06:00:25
    New York, US (PANA) - This year’s United Nations annual debate over how best to battle HIV and AIDS heard on Tuesday that while progress has been made, it remains “uneven and fragile” with many hurdles still to come. Full text...

  • Everyone has 'a moral imperative' to uphold the rights of persons with disabilities, says UN chief
    12 june 2018 19:57:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Cementing and protecting the rights of around 1.5 billion people around the world in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilitiss is a “moral imperative” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Measles gains ground in Mauritius
    09 june 2018 08:05:39
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Health Ministry has on Saturday indicated that no fewer than 205 cases of measles have been identified to date in the past four weeks in several parts of the island. Full text...

  • WHO reports ‘very strong progress’ in battling DR Congo Ebola outbreak
    09 june 2018 07:32:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - One month after the start of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), United Nations health experts on Friday reported “very strong progress” in the response to the disease. Full text...

  • Rights group calls for respect of human rights in DRC Ebola response
    07 june 2018 03:58:50
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo should ensure human rights protections in controlling the recent Ebola outbreak, Human Rights Watch has said Full text...

  • ‘Social drivers’ must be confronted in fight against TB, says UN chief
    04 june 2018 20:18:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Winning the fight against Tuberculosis requires that “social drivers” of the disease – especially poverty and inequality – are tackled head on, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Monday, urging greater efforts to provide universal health coverage and combat the growing threat of anti-microbial resistance. Full text...

  • WHO launches Global Action Plan on Physical Activity
    04 june 2018 10:14:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is on Monday joining Prime Minister António Costa of Portugal to launch the new "WHO Global action plan on physical activity and health 2018-2030: More active people for a healthier world." Full text...

  • Medical charity lauds South Africa's landmark step for access to medicines
    04 june 2018 04:58:56
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has lauded the move by the South African government to release a new intellectual property (IP) policy that will stop the country’s process of blindly handing out patents, thus providing hope to people across the country who cannot afford the medicines they need to stay alive and healthy. Full text...

  • Commission calls for urgent action against chronic diseases
    01 june 2018 20:36:57
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) Independent High-level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) calls for urgent action to address chronic diseases and mental health disorders. Full text...

  • Africa CDC deploys volunteers to tackle Ebola Virus Disease in DR Congo
    01 june 2018 18:29:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - After recruiting and training 18 Congolese volunteers, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has deployed them to Equator province to support the response to Ebola Virus Disease in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches new pictorial tobacco health warning labels
    01 june 2018 10:53:07
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Health Ministry on Friday launched a new set of pictorial health warning labels on tobacco packages to sensitise the population on the harmful effects of cigarette smoking. The new labels will replace the existing once set which date back to 2009. Full text...

  • Jammeh sued over HIV/AIDS “Cure”
    31 may 2018 15:30:59
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Three survivors of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s fraudulent and destructive HIV and AIDS “treatment programme”, on Thursday filed a legal action in the tiny West African country’s High Court. Full text...

  • Tobacco, leading cause of preventable deaths in Kenya - Minister
    31 may 2018 14:43:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Tobacco use has been identified as the leading cause of preventable deaths in Kenya. It is one of the leading contributors towards the rising burden of Non-Communicable Diseases in the country, Health Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki, said Thursday. Full text...

  • Ebola vaccine provides protection, hope for high-risk communities in DRC (Feature by WHO Africa Region)
    31 may 2018 07:08:33
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - It’s been ten days since Jean René (not his real name) lost his brother to Ebola virus disease (EVD). Full text...

  • Medical charity begins Ebola vaccination in DRC
    31 may 2018 07:02:20
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - Medical NGO, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says it has started vaccinating Ebola frontline workers in Bikoro, Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where teams have been working with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) over the past few weeks. The trial vaccination will also be offered to contacts of patients. Full text...

  • World No Tobacco Day targets habit that ‘breaks hearts’ – WHO
    31 may 2018 06:18:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - United Nations health experts on Thursday reiterated the message that tobacco causes deadly illnesses such as heart disease and stroke, and called for the prevention of “needless” loss of life. Full text...

  • Getting medicine to flood victims in Somalia, no matter what
    29 may 2018 19:58:02
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Recent flash and river flooding in Somalia has affected an estimated 772,000 people and displaced nearly 230,000 people from their homes, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • WHO deploys personnel to control cholera outbreak in Nigeria’s Adamawa state
    28 may 2018 19:53:00
    Yola, Nigeria (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO has deployed 39 staff with plans underway to engage additional 15 ad-hoc personnel, to rapidly contain a confirmed outbreak of cholera in Mubi North and South local government areas (LGAs) of Adamawa state in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Children must be at heart of response to Ebola outbreak in DRC – UNICEF
    28 may 2018 02:38:11
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – Children continue to be at risk and are affected by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), making it essential that their health and wellbeing are prioritized in the response. Full text...

  • Death of Ebola patients who fled DRC hospital highlights dangers - WHO
    27 may 2018 05:26:34
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The escape of three patients infected with the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the hospital where they were being treated is “not unexpected”, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, underlining the need to step up efforts to explain the dangers of the deadly disease to affected communities. Full text...

  • Delegates to World Health Assembly call for stepped up action against NCDs
    25 may 2018 11:22:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Delegates to the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva have called for stepped up action in the global fight to beat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS still impacting work and costing billions in lost earnings – ILO report
    24 may 2018 18:32:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Outlining the economic and social toll HIV and AIDS continues to take on workers around the world, the International Labour Organization (ILO) called on Thursday for an “urgent effort” to improve treatment, step up testing and ensure healthier and more productive workplaces. Full text...

  • New report tracks progress of WHO in African Region in transformation agenda
    24 may 2018 12:00:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Efforts to transform the UN Health Organisation (WHO) in the African Region to become the organisation that staff and stakeholders want is making an impact to the health of people across the region. Full text...

  • WHO, World Bank Group join forces to strengthen global health security
    24 may 2018 11:47:53
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Bank Group on Thursday launched a new mechanism to strengthen global health security through stringent independent monitoring and regular reporting of preparedness to tackle outbreaks, pandemics, and other emergencies with health consequences. Full text...

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