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  • Burkina Faso: WAEMU releases 480 million CFAF to prevent Ebola disease
    25 september 2014 20:22:11
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) has granted 480 million CFAF to its member countries to prevent the spread of the Ebola disease, a press release in Ouagadougou said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges world leaders to act now to stop Ebola
    25 september 2014 19:18:30
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday called on world leaders to speed up the global response to the Ebola outbreak that has evolved from a public health crisis into a threat to peace and security, saying: "The world can and must stop Ebola now." Full text...

  • UN: Ghana President calls for sustained efforts to halt Ebola outbreak
    25 september 2014 17:15:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Ghana's President John Mahama on Thursday called for a sustained, coordinated international effort to stem the outbreak of the Ebola virus which he described as a "disease of isolation." Full text...

  • Switzerland: World Heart Day, WHO says salt reduction saves lives
    25 september 2014 09:56:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ahead of the 2014 World Heart Day, to be observed 29 Sept., the World Health Organization (WHO) has called on countries to take action on the overuse of salt by implementing WHO’s sodium reduction recommendations to cut the number of people experiencing heart disease and stroke and, in turn, save lives. Full text...

  • US: Powell appointed head of Ebola Coordinating Unit
    25 september 2014 09:12:46
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry has named Ambassador Nancy Powell to lead the Ebola Coordination Unit at the Department of State, the US State Department has announced. Full text...

  • UN: South Africa’s President pledges to support Ebola-affected nations
    25 september 2014 07:39:21
    New York, US (PANA) - President Jacob Zuma of South Africa said the recent outbreak of Ebola in West African has exposed the lack of infrastructure and limited resources in Africa, pledging to assist the people and governments of hardest-hit Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • UN: Ban alarmed at new studies on Ebola infection
    23 september 2014 21:02:39
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday said he was alarmed by new studies on Ebola, which warned of an exponential climb in the coming weeks unless swift action is taken to control the spread of the virus. Full text...

  • UN: WHO study says 20,000 people will be infected by Ebola in November
    23 september 2014 19:44:59
    New York, US (PANA) - A joint World Health Organization (WHO) study released Tuesday in Full text...

  • Sudan: South Sudanese children in dire situation despite improvements in food security
    23 september 2014 16:48:47
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Tens of thousands of children under the age of five remain at risk of malnutrition-related death in South Sudan, despite temporary improvements in the food security situation that were released Tuesday by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) group of experts. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Commission chief, Nigerian reporters parley on Ebola
    23 september 2014 14:37:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, has laid special emphasis on the fundamental role of the media in promoting social mobilization, critical for the successful fight against the Ebola virus disease, which has already killed 2,442 people out of the 4,872 cases reported in West Arica since March 2014. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Swift action needed to curb exponential climb in Ebola outbreak - Study
    23 september 2014 07:59:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Unless Ebola control measures in West Africa are enhanced quickly, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Imperial College, London, predict numbers will continue to climb exponentially, with more than 20,000 people infected by early November, a new study has shown. Full text...

  • UN: Advance teams of UN mission for Ebola response arrive in West Africa
    22 september 2014 19:25:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The advance team of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Full text...

  • Kenya: US govt. donates boats to fight AIDS in Lake shore counties
    22 september 2014 15:37:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The US Ambassador to Kenya, Robert F. Godec, on Monday presented three motor boats, each worth US$ 67,415, to Kenya's county governments of Siaya, Homa Bay and Busia. Full text...

  • Gambia: Polio-free Gambia ends first routine vaccination campaign today
    22 september 2014 11:46:26
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The first polio vaccination for the year in The Gambia, which has been certified polio-free, rounds off Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Schools partially resume as Ebola fears linger
    22 september 2014 09:49:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Schools in Nigeria resumed on Monday after a summer break that was elongated by fears over the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that have left 8 persons dead from 19 confirmed cases, but many states have decided to prolong the break due to persistent fears by teachers and parents Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID takes measures to prevent Ebola
    22 september 2014 00:02:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has said all its personnel travelling to and from West Africa would undergo strict medical procedures with UN-certified medical staff to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease. Full text...

  • UN: Ban launches UN Ebola response mission, advance teams arrive in Accra on Monday
    20 september 2014 18:39:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday officially flagged-off the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and instructed the advance teams for the first-of-its-kind operation to head to its base in Accra, Ghana, by Monday, 22 September. Full text...

  • UN: General Assembly to takes action to halt Ebola spread in West Africa
    19 september 2014 23:00:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly on Friday underlined its strong commitment to respond to the Ebola emergency in a timely, effective and coordinated manner and to support the affected countries in tackling the virus. Full text...

  • US: UN constitutes joint assessment Ebola response team
    19 september 2014 22:07:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has constituted a joint assessment and coordination team on Ebola to assess the response mechanism to the virus in the West Africa region. Full text...

  • Togo: Health authorities activate Ebola preventive measures at all entry points of Togo
    19 september 2014 18:32:01
    Lome,Togo (PANA) - The unabated spread of the Ebola virus fever in West Africa has prompted health authorities in Togo to institute preventive measures at all entry points of the national territory, according to a ministerial decree, a copy of which was made available to PANA in Lomé Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU receives more funds for Ebola response in West Africa
    19 september 2014 14:09:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - China has donated US$2 million to the African Union Commission to support the AU response to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), the AU said here Friday. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council declares Ebola, a threat to peace, security
    18 september 2014 22:39:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council, in its first emergency meeting on a public health crisis, on Thursday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to peace and security. Full text...

  • Congo: CEMAC makes recommendations to prevent Ebola
    18 september 2014 21:38:19
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The ministers of Health from the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) ended their one-day meeting on Thursday in Brazzaville on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) with the adoption of a series of recommendations aimed at preventing and preparing a response to the disease that has killed about 2,500 people in West Africa. Full text...

  • UN: Ban, WHO welcome US military support on Ebola response
    17 september 2014 19:20:45
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, together with the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan will outline the international action plan to contain Ebola on Thursday, when the Security Council convenes an emergency meeting on the outbreak. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Japan grants Mauritania US$1.2 million for maternal and child health
    16 september 2014 20:56:31
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Japanese government has given Mauritania US$1.2 million to finance a project related to obstetric and neonatal health. Full text...

  • Congo: CEMAC experts meet on Ebola
    16 september 2014 20:33:03
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Experts from member countries of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) on Tuesday began a meeting in Brazzaville to study a prevention and preparation plan to respond to the deadly Ebola disease in the sub-region which they will submit on Thursday to the Health ministers. Full text...

  • US: UN needs US$1 billion to combat Ebola outbreak
    16 september 2014 19:57:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN said on Tuesday that it would need nearly US$1 billion for an exceptional and international response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Full text...

  • US: UNICEF says one million babies die on first day of life from preventable causes
    16 september 2014 19:06:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Though child survival rates have increased dramatically since 1990, one million babies each year do not see their second day of life, many succumbing to complications during labour and delivery that could be easily prevented, according to a report released here Tuesday by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Full text...

  • US: American govt scales up Ebola response in West Africa
    16 september 2014 15:13:15
    New York,US (PANA) - The US government says it is leveraging on the unique capabilities Full text...

  • US: Security Council holds emergency meeting on Ebola Thursday
    16 september 2014 07:43:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting in New York on Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana sends relief assistance to three Ebola-affected countries
    15 september 2014 22:13:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana is sending about 100 tons of humanitarian food relief items to three Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, an official statement said in Accra on Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU deploys mission against Ebola
    15 september 2014 15:17:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An African Union (AU)-led effort to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is gaining momentum with Monday’s gathering of 30 health specialists due to leave for Liberia, officials said. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Chair Mahama to visit main Ebola-hit countries
    15 september 2014 08:07:21
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama, was billed to visit Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries in the sub-region that have been badly affected by the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), on Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Residents of Ebola-hit countries barred from entering Mauritius
    14 september 2014 08:44:56
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Residents of countries affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) - Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - are temporarily barred from entering Mauritius, the Mauritian government announced. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Authorities organize simulations to check Ebola rescue plan
    13 september 2014 15:58:09
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – The Cape Verdian health authorities will, over the next few days, carry out simulations to check the national emergency plan to prevent the entry of the Ebola virus into the island. Full text...

  • Nigeria: WHO commends Nigerian state government efforts against ebola
    13 september 2014 14:51:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - World Health Organization (WHO) Country Director for Nigeria, Dr Rui Vana Gaz, has commended the leadership of the Lagos State Government in southwest Nigeria, in the containment of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Journalists undergo training on reporting Ebola
    12 september 2014 22:48:54
    Lagos , Nigeria (PANA) – Journalists from across West Africa where the Ebola disease has broken out have been cautioned against using their reportage to create unnecessary panic in the minds of the people they are to educate on the disease. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges greater global support to fight Ebola
    12 september 2014 21:59:49
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday welcomed signs of solidarity in the fight against the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and called on all countries and organizations to move swiftly to support the governments of the countries affected. Full text...

  • UN: WHO welcomes Cuban doctors for Ebola response in West Africa
    12 september 2014 18:42:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) said Friday that the Full text...

  • Belgium: Brussels to host int'l coordination meeting on Ebola disease
    12 september 2014 11:53:11
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – An international high-level meeting on the coordination of the deadly Ebola virus disease will be held on Monday in Brussels, the Belgian capital, on the initiative of the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • Kenya: FIFA, UN join hands in fight against Ebola
    12 september 2014 08:49:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - FIFA, and the United Nations Thursday decided to join forces in the effort to stop the spread of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, FIFA , the world football governing body says. Full text...

  • US: UN will support Liberia, neighbours against Ebola outbreak
    11 september 2014 22:36:16
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Herve Ladsous, says the UN will continue to stand by Liberia and its neighbours currently battling an "unprecedented" Ebola outbreak. Full text...

  • US: UN allocates US$3.8m to bolster Ebola aid deliveries in West Africa
    11 september 2014 09:02:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has approved the allocation of US$3.8 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help offset disruptions in aid delivery caused by travel restrictions on Ebola-affected countries. Full text...

  • Senegal: Guinean student declared Ebola-free in Senegal
    10 september 2014 14:53:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - There is no more case of Ebola virus disease in Senegal, according to local media reports which Wednesday quoted sources close to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as saying that the only case, the young Guinean student, has now been declared Ebola-free. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Commission rallies military against Ebola
    10 september 2014 11:20:34
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has called on the defence forces of its member states to lend their professional support towards defeating the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which has claimed more than 2,000 lives from almost 4,000 cases reported in the region since Dec. 2013. Full text...

  • US: Ebola, greatest threat to Liberia since end of conflict - UN
    10 september 2014 10:03:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in Liberia Karin Landgren has said the country is facing its greatest threat since its years-long conflict, noting the Ebola outbreak in Liberia has claimed at least 1,200 people. Full text...

  • Tanzania:Africa's poor miss out on World Bank's billion-dollar private sector health initiative
    10 september 2014 09:41:39
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A billion-dollar flagship scheme to support private sector-led health care in Africa is bypassing poor people and concentrating instead on high-end urban hospitals catering mainly for the rich, according to Oxfam's analysis published Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban, world leaders to meet on Ebola crisis response
    09 september 2014 19:15:01
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene leaders gathering in New York for the upcoming high-level segment of this year’s UN General Assembly to highlight the urgent needs and required response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Full text...

  • US: Int'l NGO tasks African countries on health research, innovation
    09 september 2014 17:45:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The Geneva-based Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) on Tuesday called on African countries to step up to the "research and innovation table" by developing their own capacity, build funding lines for health research and innovation, and begin regional and international collaboration on the basis of their own priorities. Full text...

  • US: American govt spends US$100 million for Ebola response
    09 september 2014 14:40:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Tuesday said it is spending more than US$100 million in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, noting that the funding complements US Agency for International Development (USAID) announcement last week of plans to make available up to US$75 million in additional funding. Full text...

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