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  • Nigeria: WHO supports Nigeria to create public awareness on viral hepatitis
    03 august 2017 17:51:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health and World Health Organization (WHO) are leading other stakeholders to create more awareness on viral hepatitis and give nationwide visibility to eliminate the deadly disease in Nigeria, the WHO Regional Office for Africa said Thursday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: All countries fail to meet breastfeeding standards - New report
    01 august 2017 09:11:10
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates. Full text...

  • DRC: Medical charity vaccinates over one million children against measles in DRC
    30 july 2017 06:37:10
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - With measles sweeping across Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), more than one million children have been vaccinated against the disease in a nine-month campaign by medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), supporting the Ministry of Health. Full text...

  • France: Sub-Saharan Africa has 'unacceptably high' AIDS-related deaths - MSF
    27 july 2017 09:47:32
    Paris, France (PANA) – An unacceptably high number of people continue to develop and die of AIDS-related diseases across sub-Saharan Africa, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has warned. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO moves to eliminate hepatitis
    27 july 2017 06:14:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - On the occasion of the World Hepatitis Day, celebrated annually on 28 July, the World Health Organization (WHO) says the 2017 event is an opportunity to add momentum to all efforts to implement its first global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis for the period 2016-2021 and help Member States achieve the ultimate - to eliminate hepatitis. Full text...

  • Botswana: Drop in condoms use pushes Botswana to introduce flavours
    26 july 2017 18:17:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s health authorities have pinned hope on scented condoms, to activate use of the sheath-shaped barrier device across the country, as the southern Africa nation experiences a decrease in condom use. Full text...

  • France: End AIDS Coalition launched in Paris
    25 july 2017 13:20:20
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNAIDS has welcomed the launch of the End AIDS Coalition (EAC), a strong collaboration of leading AIDS experts, scientists, clinicians, policy-makers, faith leaders, business leaders and activists determined to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. Full text...

  • Swaziland: UNAIDS congratulates Swaziland on viral load suppression among adults living with HIV
    24 july 2017 16:07:37
    Mbabane, Swaziland (PANA) - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has congratulated the Kingdom of Swaziland on the findings of the Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS 2) announced by the Swazi Prime Minister, Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, on Monday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO urges early action to stave off threat of HIV drug resistance
    22 july 2017 05:52:21
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The United Nations health agency has warned that the spread of an HIV strain resistant to some of the most widely used medicines could undermine global progress in treating and preventing HIV infection if early and effective action is not taken. Full text...

  • Libya: Benghazi hospital awash with photos of decomposing bodies of newborn babies
    21 july 2017 05:58:15
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - The Health Minister of the Libyan Interim Government, Reida El-Oakley, has sacked the top Management Staff of the Benghazi Medical Centre (BMC) in the wake of a series of scandals that was triggered by the discovery of rotting embryos in a malfunctioning refrigerator and the discovery of decomposing bodies on newborn babies. Full text...

  • Congo: UN agency scales up cholera response with 500,000 doses of oral vaccine in South Sudan
    20 july 2017 19:21:02
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The United Nations health agency is scaling up cholera response in South Sudan, where 17,785 cases, including 320 deaths, have been reported since the outbreak in June 2106. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 19.5 million people on life-saving treatment, AIDS-related deaths halved since 2005
    20 july 2017 13:09:07
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has released a new report showing that for the first time the scales have tipped as more than half of all people living with HIV (53%) now have access to HIV treatment. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO study finds industry interference in tobacco control policies
    19 july 2017 17:52:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Despite measures protecting a majority of people from tobacco-related illness and death, the tobacco industry continues to hamper government efforts to fully implement life and cost-saving interventions, the United Nations health agency reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 1 in 10 infants worldwide did not receive any vaccinations in 2016 - Report
    17 july 2017 15:29:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Worldwide, 12.9 million infants, nearly 1 in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to the most recent World Health Organisation (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) immunization estimates. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan ministers hospitalised with cholera-like symptoms
    14 july 2017 19:18:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -Two Kenyan ministers were among scores of patients receiving treatment for suspected cholera infection and food poisoning after attending a local trade exhibition, a health ministry official said Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: AU selects Kenya to host regional centre for disease control
    14 july 2017 18:55:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has won the bid to host the Regional Collaborating Centre for the African Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the Ministry of Health here said Friday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: MSF warns malaria preparedness vital as rains begin in S. Sudan
    13 july 2017 09:53:55
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan are at risk of contracting malaria in the coming months during the annual peak of the disease, which begins in the country’s rainy season, the medical charity organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has reported. Full text...

  • Gambia: US official commends Gambia for significant achievements in malaria reduction
    12 july 2017 18:34:14
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The US Ambassador to the Gambia, Patricia C. Alsup, has commended the Gambia for the significant achievements it made in malaria reduction, saying Banjul should increase current efforts aimed at eliminating the disease in the tiny west African nation. Full text...

  • DRC: DR Congo’s economy loses over US$1 billion to child under-nutrition - Study
    07 july 2017 20:08:26
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is losing as much as 4.5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a United Nations-backed study released on Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Spectre of malnutrition, diseases, conflict threatens survival in Horn of Africa, Great Lakes
    07 july 2017 10:58:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Acute malnutrition, especially among refugees and children under five, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers remains a major concern in many parts of South Sudan, Sudan (Darfur, Kordofan region, and Eastern Sudan), northern Kenya and Uganda’s Karamoja region, according to a UN report released Friday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO warns antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea on the rise
    07 july 2017 01:50:43
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) is warning that antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea is on the rise and new drugs are needed to treat it. Full text...

  • US: UNICEF warns rising cholera, diarrhoea, malnutrition 'deadly' for children in E. Africa, Yemen
    04 july 2017 19:05:55
    New York, US (PANA) – Access, funding and security are urgently needed to ensure humanitarians can reach hundreds of thousands of children suffering from cholera and diarrhoea across Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Sudan, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. Full text...

  • Congo: WHO declares end to latest Ebola outbreak in DR Congo
    03 july 2017 19:39:41
    Brazaville, Congo (PANA) - A recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is over, the United Nations health agency announced Monday adding that enhanced surveillance for the virus continues. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Ghana pledges US$ 200 000 to UNAIDS
    03 july 2017 14:02:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Monday revealed that Ghana has pledged US$ 200,000 to support its work, indicating that the pledge was made at the close of the 40th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB), which was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27 to 29 June, 2017. Full text...

  • Kenya: Cholera claiming lives at 'alarming rate' in East Africa, Yemen - Aid agency
    03 july 2017 12:02:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Cholera is claiming lives at an alarming rate in East Africa and Yemen, the Norwegian Refugee Council warned on Monday. Full text...

  • Congo: WHO announces end of most recent Ebola outbreak in DRC
    03 july 2017 09:52:31
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Switzerland: New WHO chief Tedros assumes office
    01 july 2017 11:41:49
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Saturday, 1 July begins his 5-year term as the new Director-General of the UN World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Stakeholders commit to work toward universal health care for all in Africa
    28 june 2017 18:26:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The World Health Organization’s inaugural Africa Health Forum has concluded in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, with a resounding call to action that all stakeholders in Africa must work together to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a key aim of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNAIDS PCB calls for equal representation of women and men
    28 june 2017 14:55:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) “To effectively end AIDS in an inclusive manner that leaves no one behind, we need both women and men to engage meaningfully in decision-making and implementation of the AIDS response at all levels,” says Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Ghanaian Minister of Health and Chair of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board currently meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Without an end to discrimination, there would be no end to the AIDS epidemic' - UNAIDS
    28 june 2017 14:37:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - "Without an end to discrimination there would be no end to the AIDS epidemic. Everybody must have access to essential health and education services without fear of being harassed, mistreated or rejected," the words of the First Lady of Panama, Lorena Castillo de Varela, at the opening session of the 40th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Africa needs to act now to safeguard the health of its youth - Rwanda PM
    28 june 2017 10:58:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Partnerships and stronger collaboration are critical for better access to quality, affordable healthcare for everyone in Africa. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Africa needs to act now to safeguard health of its youth
    27 june 2017 19:45:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Partnerships and stronger collaboration are critical for better access to quality, affordable healthcare for everyone in Africa, the first Africa Health Forum launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa and the Government of Rwanda was told in Kigali on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Germany to double annual financial contributions to UNAIDS
    27 june 2017 15:02:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The German Government will double its funding to UNAIDS in 2017-2018, to 5 million per year, Gerd Müller, the German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, assured on Tuesday at the 40th Meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, being held in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 40th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board opens in Geneva
    27 june 2017 14:36:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A three-day meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, the 40th in the series, began on Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland, according to the UNAIDS media channel. Full text...

  • Senegal: 5.6 million kids at risk of waterborne infections as rains start in L. Chad countries
    23 june 2017 18:52:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - More than 5.6 million children are at increased risk of contracting waterborne diseases, such as cholera and diarrhoeal infections, as the rainy season begins in conflict-affected areas of countries around Lake Chad, UNICEF warned on Friday. Full text...

  • Congo: WHO to hold Africa Health Forum in Kigali
    22 june 2017 06:55:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – For the first time, Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is convening a meeting of global leaders and thinkers to explore Africa’s healthcare priorities and challenges and find new ways to achieve better health for all. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Restrict use of sunbeds to reduce rising skin cancer' - WHO
    22 june 2017 06:21:32
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) has underscored national actions to limit the use of artificial tanning devices (sunbeds) in a bid to reduce the associated health risks, such as melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. Full text...

  • US: UN spotlights health benefits of yoga
    22 june 2017 06:02:45
    New York, US (PANA) – Recognising the universal appeal of yoga, the United Nations has marked the 2017 edition of the International Day of Yoga, which aims to integrate the benefits of healthy lives and wellbeing – essential aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Osinbajo urges ECOWAS, WAHO to address burden of communicable diseases in West Africa
    18 june 2017 09:07:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) Nigeria's Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) to channel their efforts towards the reduction in the burden of communicable diseases such as Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in the region. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO says abuse of older people on the rise
    14 june 2017 18:43:01
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Around 1 in 6 older people experiences some form of abuse, a figure higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age worldwide, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Privately-owned drug rehabilitation centre opens in Botswana
    13 june 2017 15:45:03
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s first privately-owned drug rehabilitation centre is set to open at the end of June. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN expert calls for end of 'gross neglect' in mental health care
    07 june 2017 07:55:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Citing decades of neglect in mental health care, a United Nations human rights expert has denounced “biomedical gatekeepers” who perpetuate stigma and urged States and psychiatrists to act with courage to reform a “crisis-hit system built on outdated attitudes”. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO updates Essential Medicines List with new advice on use of antibiotics
    06 june 2017 18:34:43
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - New advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances is among the additions to the "World Health Organisation (WHO) Model list of essential medicines for 2017." Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Tobacco kills a thousand annually in Mauritius' - Minister
    05 june 2017 17:08:59
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Tobacco causes a thousand deaths annually in Mauritius though the prevalence of smoking in the Indian Ocean island nation has dropped from 21% in 2009 to 19%, Mauritian Health Minister Anwar Husnoo said on Monday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone begins bed net distribution against malaria
    05 june 2017 10:09:32
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The West African state of Sierra Leone has kicked off bed net distributions to help protect its population against malaria, which remains one of the country’s most deadly diseases. Full text...

  • Kenya: "Advertise your services" - Kenyan medics told
    02 june 2017 14:40:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan medical institutions have been urged to advertise their services to stop Kenyans from seeking health services abroad, in most cases because they do not know that such services are available locally. Full text...

  • Kenya; Government urges medics to advertise services
    02 june 2017 11:56:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan medical institutions have been urged to advertise their services to save the money spent by those seeking medical services abroad, yet the specialised treatments are available locally. Full text...

  • Switzerland: DR Congo approves Ebola vaccine to counter outbreak
    31 may 2017 05:21:54
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - To contain the latest outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided technical support to 145 volunteers of the Congolese Red Cross and community health workers to deliver lifesaving information to local populations in remote areas along the Central African Republic border. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO highlights threats of tobacco to development worldwide
    30 may 2017 09:29:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Action to stamp out tobacco use can help countries prevent millions of people falling ill and dying from tobacco-related disease, combat poverty and, according to a first-ever World Health Organisation (WHO) report, reduce large-scale environmental degradation. Full text...

  • Tanzania: U.S. offers Tanzania US$526m to combat HIV/AIDS
    27 may 2017 10:55:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The United State of America has announced a grant of US$526 million to Tanzania as assistance for combating HIV/AIDS for the period of 2017/2018, according to a statement issued in Dar es Salaam on Saturday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation. Full text...

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