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  • Botswana: Botswana on high alert for Zika virus
    24 february 2016 17:23:08
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana authorities have allayed public fears on the Zika virus and assured the nation that steps were already in place to detect the virus. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Africa marks turning point in saving children’s lives
    24 february 2016 15:31:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Using vaccines, one of the most powerful tools for saving children’s lives, has marked the start of a new era in Africa, the African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs, Dr. Sidiki Mustapha Kaloko said here Wednesday at the opening of the first-ever Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New study offers hope for Africa halting HIV infections
    24 february 2016 07:38:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In a move to push for a decline in new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths, Elizabeth Irungu, a Kenyan researcher, recommends countries in Subsaharan African should adopt a newly developed microbicide gel known as " pre-exposure prophylaxis" or "PrEP". Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU convenes first ministerial meeting on immunization in Africa
    23 february 2016 18:04:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other key immunization development partners has organized the first ever Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa to be held Wednesday at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Congo: 12 modern hospitals under construction in Congo
    23 february 2016 17:39:36
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo has embarked on a multi-million dollar project to improve public healthcare delivery, including construction of 12 modern hospitals, the country's Minister for Planning at the Presidency, Jean Jacques Bouya said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New medical trial for HIV prevention among women shows promising results in Sub-Saharan Africa
    23 february 2016 07:57:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – In one of the US-based Massachusset clinical trial, known as AVAC, medical researchers have shown that women in Sub-Saharan Africa could be protected against HIV infection using a new advanced technique known as ‘vaginal ring’ that contains the antiretroviral (ARV) drug dapivirine with a new prevention strategy, according to an official statement obtained here Tuesday by PANA. Full text...

  • Botswana: Maternal health care delivery improves in Botswana
    19 february 2016 19:05:52
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s data authority, Statistics Botswana’s (SB) recent figures indicates an improvement in the country’s maternal health care delivery. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana-Mauritius health partnership reaps results
    17 february 2016 18:33:30
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Doctors from Botswana’s largest and oldest hospital, Princes Marina Hospital, in collaboration with Mauritius Medical Team from the Cardiac Centre at Pamplemousse, Mauritius, will this month conduct another set of cardiac procedures. Full text...

  • UN: WHO launches global Zika response strategy
    17 february 2016 07:30:33
    New York, US (PANA) - As World Health Organization (WHO) officials briefed United Nations Member States in New York on Tuesday on the Zika virus outbreak, the agency launched a global strategy to guide the international response to the spread of the virus and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it. Full text...

  • Benin: UN agencies boost efforts to prevent further spread of Lassa fever in Benin
    12 february 2016 06:12:20
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Following the outbreak of Lassa fever in Benin, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) officials in the country are scaling up an emergency response to help prevent further spread of the disease. Full text...

  • Togo: Health authorities move to fight meningitis in Togo
    10 february 2016 09:15:53
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – Health authorities in Togo have announced a mass vaccination campaign, due to take off in the coming days in the northern region, where an outbreak of meningococcal meningitis has been confirmed. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO to provide expertise to help curb spread of Zika virus
    10 february 2016 06:09:20
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Under the lead of the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations system, including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is mobilizing a coordinated response to Zika aimed at minimizing the threat in affected countries and reducing the risk of further international spread. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African football, political leaders partner Gavi on immunization
    07 february 2016 21:00:16
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Africa United partners on Sunday launched a new initiative on universal access to immunization called "Every Shot Counts" at the final of the Orange African Nations Championship in Rwanda. Full text...

  • UN: Upholding women’s human rights essential to Zika response – UN rights chief
    07 february 2016 07:02:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Upholding women’s human rights is essential if the response to the Zika health emergency is to be effective, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said at the weekend, following the advice to women by some governments to delay getting pregnant due to the possible link between the virus and neurological disorders affecting newborns. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies mobilize to support Benin on cases of Lassa fever
    05 february 2016 20:22:56
    New York, US (PANA) - After the identification of four cases of Lassa fever in Benin, the government, backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has immediately launched a response against the epidemic, a UN statement said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN, UNICEF chiefs task govts on eliminating FGM by 2030
    05 february 2016 16:01:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and some senior UN Full text...

  • UN: UN chief stresses need to eliminate cervical cancer
    04 february 2016 14:51:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking World Cancer Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana government repeats typhoid warning
    04 february 2016 14:45:11
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana government has once again urged the public to take precautionary measures to avoid typhoid fever infection. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius tackles mental health issues
    04 february 2016 13:21:23
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health Minister Anil Gayan on Thursday said that his ministry, as the custodian of public health, has to ensure that persons with mental disorders are treated with respect, dignity and compassion. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopia launches plan to improve treatment for heart ailments
    04 february 2016 11:07:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia’s Health Minister Kesetebirhan Admasu has launched a plan to improve the treatment of heart ailments and other non-communicable diseases, such as stroke, hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases in collaboration with a drug-manufacturing firm. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius issues travel warning against Zika virus
    03 february 2016 12:42:20
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Health Ministry on Wednesday warned travellers to countries with active Zika transmission, advising them to take the necessary precautions as there is no vaccine against the disease. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO declares Zika a Public Health Emergency
    01 february 2016 22:08:41
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan on Monday declared a Zika linked virus as Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO says films showing smoking scenes should be rated
    01 february 2016 06:24:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on governments to rate movies that portray tobacco use in a bid to prevent children and adolescents from starting to smoke cigarettes and use other forms of tobacco. Full text...

  • Tanzania: 'Ebola funds impossible to track' - Oxfam
    31 january 2016 08:01:28
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Global leaders are failing to honour their promises to communities devastated by Ebola in West Africa as US$5.8 billion of pledged recovery funds proved almost impossible to track, Oxfam warned Sunday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Health services increase surveillance of the Zika virus in Mauritius
    30 january 2016 09:02:14
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Ministry has established a protocol aimed at controlling the spread of the Zika disease in Mauritius, PANA learnt Saturday from official sources. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Increasing breastfeeding could save 800,000 children a year
    29 january 2016 11:59:03
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A major new Series on breastfeeding, published in medical journal, “The Lancet”, finds that despite strong health and economic benefits from breastfeeding, few children are exclusively breastfed until 6 months, as recommended by World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to carry out survey on tobacco use among youth
    29 january 2016 10:04:24
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Ministry will be conducting a Global Youth Tobacco Survey among students aged 13 to 15 years old to develop appropriate health strategies for this particular age group to reduce any risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Full text...

  • Ghana: Death toll in meningitis outbreak rises to 50
    29 january 2016 07:52:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - At least 50 people have so far died from the outbreak of pneumococcal meningitis in Ghana, the minister of Health Alex Segbefia has announced. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO warns of dire health situation of 2 million Libyans
    29 january 2016 05:50:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - With a political deal among Libya’s numerous factions in flux, some US$50 million is urgently needed to meet the life-saving needs of nearly 2 million people in the crisis-torn country, as the conflict lingers and the year-long peace process has again hit stumbling blocks, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO convenes emergency meeting on Zika virus
    28 january 2016 16:38:36
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - WHO Director-General Margaret Chan is to convene an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee early next week on Zika virus after observing an increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana health officials on typhoid alert following outbreak in South Africa
    26 january 2016 17:04:00
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana is on high alert following an outbreak of typhoid in neighbouring South Africa. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO warns of flare-ups of 'stubborn' Ebola virus
    26 january 2016 11:39:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Margaret Chan, has noted that despite the three countries worst affected by the Ebola Virus interrupting all chains of transmission from the original outbreak that began more than two years ago, the virus is stubborn and further flare-ups would occur. Full text...

  • UN: Governments must act to reverse rise in childhood obesity, UN report warns
    25 january 2016 18:45:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Facing a global epidemic in childhood obesity with the number Full text...

  • Ghana: Meningitis causes health concern in Ghana, kills 32
    25 january 2016 11:31:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The outbreak of a variant of meningitis in parts of Ghana is causing public health concern as the disease has killed some 32 people in the past three weeks, the state owned Graphic newspaper reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Zika virus infection reported in Americas, Africa, Asia and Pacific
    24 january 2016 07:05:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Twenty countries in the Americas and about 10 in Africa, Asia and the Pacific have reported cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus infection, according to information delivered by the UN World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Dangote and Bill & Melinda Gates to fight under-nutrition in Nigeria
    21 january 2016 18:35:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Dangote Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have announced a combined commitment of US$100 million over the next five years (2016-2020) towards ending under-nutrition in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Botswana: Rapid growth of STIs worries Gaborone Fathers
    20 january 2016 14:43:18
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Fathers from Botswana’s capital city have raised concern over the growing number of sexual transmitted infections (STIs). Full text...

  • Tanzania: Government bans unregistered traditional healers in Tanzania
    20 january 2016 09:53:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - In a move to stamp out quacks making easy money as practitioners of traditional medicine, the Tanzanian government has ordered persons claiming to be traditional healers in the country to register with the Alternative Health Practices Council of Tanzania (AHPCT). Full text...

  • UN: Sierra Leone reports new Ebola case - WHO
    15 january 2016 19:29:48
    New York, US (PANA) - A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in Sierra Leone, Full text...

  • Health: Sierra Leone records Ebola death hours after WHO declares West Africa epidemic over
    15 january 2016 06:03:38
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone on Thursday said that one person had died from Ebola shortly after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the outbreak of the epidemic in West Africa was over. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO declares Liberia Ebola-free
    14 january 2016 10:49:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia and says all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for vigilance as West Africa set to be declared Ebola-free
    14 january 2016 06:56:17
    New York, US (PANA) - As West Africa is set to be declared free of Ebola virus transmission on Thursday, top United Nations officials have highlighted the “extraordinary” global cooperation mustered to tackle an epidemic that killed over 11,300 people, at the same time calling for vigilance against future flare-ups. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Capital city 'records first Lassa Fever death'
    13 january 2016 23:37:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's capital city of Abuja has recorded its first death from the Lassa Fever outbreak that has claimed over 40 lives across the country since it started in Nov. 2015. Full text...

  • US: Rotary gives US$35 million to end polio worldwide
    13 january 2016 14:28:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Rotary International on Wednesday announced US$35 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, including US$15 million to support polio eradication efforts in five African countries, it said in a statement on Wednesday in New York. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Prevalence of diabetes stabilises in Mauritius
    13 january 2016 12:47:02
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) — Mauritian Health Minister Anil Gayan on Tuesday said that for the first time in 30 years, the prevalence of diabetes has stabilised in Mauritius with figures standing at 22.8% in 2015 compared to 23.6% in 2009 while the prevalence of pre-diabetes, for the same period, has declined from 24.4% to 19.4%. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'No new cases of Lassa Fever in last three days'
    12 january 2016 16:26:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria may have stemmed the spread of the Lassa Fever outbreak that has killed 41 people in 10 states across the country, following the announcement by the authorities on Tuesday that no new confirmed cases have been recorded in the last 72 hours. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Onchocerciasis vaccine tested in five years, say researchers
    11 january 2016 10:30:58
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Researchers at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, could in five years test the first vaccine against onchocerciasis, says a communiqué received by PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Libya: Over 100 Libyans referred abroad for medical care
    10 january 2016 15:23:45
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) – Libya's Ministry of Health has spent over US$ 476,000 on 102 Libyans who were injured in different armed clashes and taken abroad for specialised medical treatment between July and December 2015, it was officially disclosed here Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Health authorities sensitizes citizens after Lassa Fever kills 40
    10 january 2016 12:21:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian health authorities have commenced a nation-wide sensitization campaign against Lassa Fever after an outbreak of the disease left 40 dead from 10 of the country's 36 states since January 2016. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says oral cholera vaccines to double to 6 million doses in 2016
    08 january 2016 18:22:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Faced with a global shortage of oral cholera vaccines (OCV), the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday announced that supply should double this year to six million doses, with further increases later, after it approved a third producer to fight a disease that kills up to 142,000 people annually. Full text...

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