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  • 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...

  • Switzerland: WHO delegates commend efforts to end polio transmission in 3 endemic States
    26 may 2017 16:06:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - At its 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, delegates on Thursday paid tribute to ongoing efforts to end polio transmission in the last three endemic countries - Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Full text...

  • Switzerland: ‘All roads should lead to universal healthcare,’ says new WHO chief
    24 may 2017 20:06:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The newly-elected head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, outlined his priorities for journalists at the agency’s headquarters on Wednesday in Geneva, where he stressed the need for Member States to provide healthcare for all and to implement international health regulations. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission congratulates Tedros as new WHO chief
    24 may 2017 06:44:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat has congratulated Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia on his election as the first ever Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) from the African region. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO Africa Region announces new organizational reforms
    24 may 2017 05:41:57
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa has announced four new flagship programmess for the region over the next two years, including a major push on adolescent health and the creation of regional emergency hubs. Full text...

  • US: UNFPA urges 'hope, healing, dignity' for fistula sufferers
    23 may 2017 20:02:48
    New York, US (PANA) – Obstetric fistula has largely been eliminated in developed countries, but more than two million women and girls still live with the condition, the head of the United Nations women's health agency said on Tuesday, calling for investment and support to eliminate the debilitating and stigmatizing condition. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Ethiopian Dr Ghebreyesus elected new WHO Director-General
    23 may 2017 19:38:05
    Geneva, Ethiopia (PANA) - Members States of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday elected Ethiopian Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of the UN health agency. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Stand up for human rights to – and through – health,' experts urge gov'ts
    23 may 2017 11:49:36
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The world is at a watershed moment that could lead to greater dignity for everyone throughout their lives, but only if Governments invest in the integral relationship between human rights and health specifically for women, children and adolescents, a UN-backed group of politicians and health and human rights experts has said. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Outgoing WHO chief urges world body to ‘remember the people’ behind the facts and figures
    23 may 2017 05:08:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - In her valedictory speech, the outgoing chief of the United Nations health agency on Monday highlighted the relevance of the World Health Organization (WHO), and offered its decision-making body parting advice that included protecting scientific evidence, pushing for innovation and thinking of people in every decision that is taken. Full text...

  • Congo: WHO calls for high taxes on tobacco to finance health for all in Africa
    20 may 2017 15:23:17
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Increasing tobacco taxes to reduce demand for tobacco could generate revenue for African governments to finance universal health coverage, health promotion as well as other development programmes, according to the World Health Organization's regional director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti. Full text...

  • Somalia: Big influx at nutritional feeding centres for children in Baidoa - ICRC
    19 may 2017 10:44:45
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) – The nutritional feeding centre for malnourished children supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Baidoa, Somalia, has more than twice as many young patients this year as one year ago, underscoring the large food needs in the country. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Experts race against clock to quell DRC Ebola outbreak – UN
    18 may 2017 20:06:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – A race against the clock has begun to contain an outbreak of Ebola in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Reporting of global death statistics improving, WHO says
    18 may 2017 13:42:57
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – An increasing amount of deaths have recorded causes, but more than half still have incomplete or incorrect information, the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Research funders accept WHO standards on reporting clinical trial results
    18 may 2017 12:57:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Some of the world’s largest funders of medical research and international non-governmental organizations on Thursday agreed on new standards that will require all clinical trials they fund or support to be registered and the results disclosed publicly. Full text...

  • Nigeria; Nigerian government raises emergency response team on Ebola
    17 may 2017 18:31:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A 10-man emergency team, comprising frontline medical workers, has been set up by Nigeria's Ministry of Health and is on standby for deployment to any part of the country in case an outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease is reported. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya on high alert after fresh Ebola outbreak in DRC
    16 may 2017 16:14:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Health Ministry issued an Ebola Alert on Tuesday following an outbreak of the disease in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), saying the risk of importation remained high due to the use of Kenya as an air transit hub to DRC. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO, partners worried by high adolescent deaths from preventable causes
    16 may 2017 11:43:34
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - More than 3,000 adolescents die every day, totalling 1.2 million deaths a year, from largely preventable causes, according to a new report from UN World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners. Full text...

  • DR Congo: WHO deploys technical experts to DR Congo Ebola outbreak site
    16 may 2017 05:59:55
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The United Nations health agency is deploying technical experts to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) amid an outbreak of Ebola virus near its northern border with the Central Africa Republic, the agency’s regional director for Africa confirmed. Full text...

  • DR Congo: WHO Africa Director for Africa visits Kinshasa on Ebola outbreak
    14 may 2017 06:43:18
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, on Saturday visited Kinshasa, DR Congo, to discuss with national authorities and partners ways to mount a rapid, effective and coherent response in order to stop the ongoing Ebola outbreak that has claimed 3 lives so far. Full text...

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