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  • UN: WHO official says no "quick fix" for Ebola
    14 november 2014 18:21:47
    New York, US (PANA) - A top Ebola specialist at the World Health Organisation, Dr. Martin Full text...

  • UN: Ban says non-communicable diseases threat to human health
    14 november 2014 17:53:12
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world copes with infectious diseases such as influenza, Full text...

  • Switzerland: Uganda free of Marburg disease
    14 november 2014 10:56:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Uganda has been declared free of the Marburg virus disease that was discovered in September 2014, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • UN: 'Progress made in global fight against Ebola'
    14 november 2014 05:54:50
    New York, US (PANA) - Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: US supports new family planning project in Côte d’Ivoire
    13 november 2014 20:00:53
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – A five-year family planning project was launched Thursday in Abidjan with financial support from the US Government to support access to services provided under Côte d’Ivoire's national family planning programme. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Malnutrition exposes African population to serious health risks - IFPRI
    13 november 2014 18:08:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In spite of increased spending on social protection in many African countries, half of them still experience a level of malnutrition that constitutes serious public health risk, according to a new report published Thursday by the US-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Full text...

  • Switzerland: Ebola deaths continue steady climb, hit 5,160
    13 november 2014 13:27:34
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The number of deaths recorded from the worst Ebola outbreak in history has risen to 5,160, continuing its steady climb as the disease continues to ravage the three West African states of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO highlights dangers of indoor air pollution
    13 november 2014 08:25:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has highlighted the dangers of burning fuels like unprocessed coal and kerosene in the home, and issued targets for reducing emissions of health-damaging pollutants from domestic cook stoves, space heaters and fuel-based lamps. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ebola deaths cross 5,000-mark
    12 november 2014 22:45:13
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The total number of deaths from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has crossed the 5,000-mark, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Mali confirms second Ebola fatality - WHO
    12 november 2014 21:48:12
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Mali’s Ministry of Health has confirmed the country’s second fatal case of Ebola virus disease - a nurse who worked at a privately-run clinic in the capital city, Bamako. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF calls for greater efforts in preventing child pneumonia deaths
    12 november 2014 18:52:51
    New York, US (PANA) - Although significant declines in child deaths from pneumonia Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian bank donates US$1m to Ebola fight in Africa
    12 november 2014 09:37:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - One of Nigeria's leading financial institutions United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) has donated US$1 million to pep up the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in three West African countries, the bank said in a statement made available to PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Stopping Ebola is our number one priority - UN envoy
    12 november 2014 08:12:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Full text...

  • Mali: China donates materials to fight Ebola in Mali
    11 november 2014 17:40:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – China has donated a batch of materials to Mali in a bid to fight the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), official sources in the Malian capital told PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Denial of medical care on ships from West Africa draws UN concern
    11 november 2014 08:06:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN and other leading international transport, trade and tourism organisations have expressed concern about the reported denial of medical care to ill seafarers on board ships that had previously called at ports in Ebola-affected countries. Full text...

  • UN: Germany donates US$30 million to WFP for Ebola humanitarian work
    10 november 2014 20:22:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Germany has donated US$30 million to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to enable the agency to feed over one million people affected by the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ebola Regional Solidarity Fund boosted by more states' contributions (Eds: Refiling to correct contributions from US$9.0m to US$7.7m)
    10 november 2014 07:53:45
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - More ECOWAS Member States have announced financial contributions raising to US$7.7 million the total of the regional Solidarity Fund to fight Ebola. Full text...

  • Gambia: Ebola fears threaten Gambian tourism
    09 november 2014 23:00:24
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Though Gambia remains Ebola-free, the disease's pandemic in some West African nations has adversely affected the tourism sector in The Gambia, according to former Director of Tourism Shiekh Tijan Nyang. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief hails progress in fight against Ebola, urges intensified response
    09 november 2014 19:37:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday said the world is on the "right track" to defeat Ebola as the infection rate of the deadly virus shows some signs of slowing in West Africa's most affected areas Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African business leaders agree to set up Ebola Fund
    08 november 2014 14:12:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African business executives agreed to create an Emergency Fund for Ebola and immediately raised US$ 28.5 million required urgently by the African Union (AU) to send 1,000 health workers to battle the outbreak in three countries in West Africa, PANA reported Saturday. Full text...

  • US: Japan donates US$18 million to fight Ebola, Australia sends medical personnel
    07 november 2014 20:40:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The Government of Japan has donated US$18 million to boost the fight against Ebola in three affected West African countries, namely Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Ebola solidarity fund bags US$9m
    07 november 2014 17:26:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - More Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have announced financial contributions to the regional Solidarity Fund to fight Ebola to about US$9.0 million. Full text...

  • DR Congo: President Kabila commends AIMF's special interest on Ebola
    07 november 2014 13:01:25
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Congolese president, Joseph Kabila, has welcomed the special attention given to the Ebola virus disease by participants in the 34th International Meeting of Francophone Mayors (AIMF), held from 3 to 7 November in Kinshasa, the DR Congo capital. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ebola response should address issues of fear, stigmatisation - Mahama
    07 november 2014 10:25:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Regional and international responses to the Ebola scourge should “extend beyond the obvious and tangible needs” and address equally critical issues of fear and stigmatisation and the growing number of children being orphaned by the disease, ECOWAS chairman and Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama has said. Full text...

  • UN: WHO new study says ageing well must be global priority
    07 november 2014 08:35:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday warned that as the world population aged 60 or older will jump from 800 million to 2 billion in the next four decades, soaring levels of chronic illness and diminished well being are poised to become a major global public health challenge. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS to set up centre for disease prevention, control
    07 november 2014 00:46:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has been directed to set up a regional centre for disease prevention and control in West Africa and for the enhancement of health research in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Ghana: Togo's President Gnassingbe to supervise EVD response, eradication process
    07 november 2014 00:29:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders who met at an extraordinary session in Accra, Ghana, Thursday have appointed Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe as the supervisor of the Ebola Virus Disease response and eradication process, according to a communique issued at the end of the one-day meeting. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says polio threat re-emerges in Sudan
    06 november 2014 22:57:06
    New York, US (PANA) - Children in conflict areas in Sudan that are not under government control may be at high risk of contracting polio, according to a senior UN humanitarian official in the country. Full text...

  • UN: WFP urges more humanitarian support for Ebola victims
    06 november 2014 20:06:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ms. Ertharin Cousin, on Thursday called on partners all over the world to work together to address the critical needs of those affected by the Ebola crisis. Full text...

  • Ghana: Minister urges cautious optimism on Ebola response
    06 november 2014 18:10:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana’s Minister of Health Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah has lauded the progress in regional and international responses to the fight against Ebola, with Nigeria and Senegal recently declared free of the disease, but cautioned against letting down the guards on the outbreak that has claimed more than 5,000 lives mainly in West Africa. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana President Mahama appeals for more aid to stop Ebola pandemic
    06 november 2014 14:15:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president John Mahama on Thursday opened a two-day ECOWAS extraordinary summit to discuss the Ebola outbreak with an appeal for more aid to stop its devastating spread. Full text...

  • UN: IFC gives US$450 million in finance package to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone
    05 november 2014 22:54:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), on Wednesday announced a package of some US$450 million in commercial financing that will enable trade, investment, and employment in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan to attend one-day ECOWAS summit on Ebola in Ghana
    05 november 2014 18:42:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will Thursday join other leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra, Ghana, for an emergency one-day Summit on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Regional Solidarity Fund for Ebola falls short
    05 november 2014 15:29:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The US$15 million ECOWAS Regional Solidarity Fund (RSF), created in July 2014 to meet the demands of the three West African states worst hit by Ebola, has recorded contributions totaling only US$4.5 million, according to the Director-General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO), Dr. Xavier Crespin. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU sends medical team to boost Ebola response in Guinea
    05 november 2014 14:27:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has stepped up its Ebola response with the deployment of a team of medical workers to Guinea, one of the three countries affected by Ebola. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia’s former first lady Thandiwe Banda diagnosed with cancer
    04 november 2014 16:55:09
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s former First Lady, Thandiwe Banda, has been diagnosed with cancer, her husband former president Rupiah Banda has confirmed. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan denies visa to foreigners from Ebola affected countries
    04 november 2014 14:29:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) - Sudan will not issue visas to travellers from countries affected by the Ebola virus disease on grounds that health checks in those countries were not accurate, the media here reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF doubles staff in Ebola-affected countries, WHO deplores lagging vaccine research
    04 november 2014 04:47:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced plans to boost its staff in countries on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Full text...

  • Congo: China donates medical equipment to Congo
    03 november 2014 11:53:57
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Chinese government has donated medical equipment, worth US$ 815,000 (432 million CFA francs), to Congo to support the African country's fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), according to the Chinese ambassador in Congo, Guan Jian. Full text...

  • UN: UN Ebola response chief says disease 'still very much a crisis'
    02 november 2014 18:23:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Full text...

  • US: Obama commends American military for Ebola response work
    02 november 2014 18:13:47
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has commended the American forces Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says Ebola response must be sustained
    31 october 2014 21:54:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, on Friday appealed for the global response to the deadly virus to be sustained until every last case is contained and treated. Full text...

  • Belgium: US envoy says Ebola will be eradicated
    31 october 2014 11:27:19
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – After visiting the West African countries hit by the deadly Ebola virus disease, the US ambassador to the UN and special envoy of President Barack Obama, Mrs Samantha Power, said she is optimistic about the possibility of eradicating the Ebola disease. Full text...

  • Ghana: World Bank President Kim lauds Ghana's role in Ebola fight
    30 october 2014 20:10:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The World Bank on Thursday commended Ghana for playing an important role in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease, especially by hosting the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and helping to set up a humanitarian bridge to assist the three countries worst hit by the epidemic. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: World Bank increases Ebola response funding to US$500 million
    30 october 2014 16:37:36
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  • Rwanda: EAC lag behind in achieving Abuja Declaration on health
    29 october 2014 21:15:43
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Despite pledges made in Abuja, Nigeria, by African states in 2001 to commit 15 per cent of their annual budgets to public health spending, some member countries of the East African Community (EAC), except Rwanda, are yet to meet the commitment. Full text...

  • UN: 'Signs of Ebola declining in Liberia offer glimmer of hope'
    29 october 2014 19:30:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The spread of Ebola in Liberia may be slowing, as demonstrated in the decline in burials and sickbed occupancy rates, as well as a reduction in lab-reported new cases in the West African country hardest hit by the virus, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria’s Ebola response czar says quick action averted deaths
    29 october 2014 15:42:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Nigeria’s top health research specialist who led the response to an Ebola outbreak which killed at least eight people in Nigeria said Wednesday quick response stopped the spread of the virus in the country. Full text...

  • UN: Ban commends African nations for Ebola repsonse
    28 october 2014 21:50:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday commended some African nations, namely Ethiopia, Burundi and Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), for deploying medical personnel to assist Ebola victims that have claimed nearly 5,000 lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Guinea: New centres for Ebola treatment to be opened in Guinea
    28 october 2014 20:34:16
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - About 88 Ebola transit and treatment centres will be built by mid-November in several regional capitals and prefectures in Guinea, one of the three West African countries being ravaged by the deadly disease, Dr. Sakoba Keita, the Ebola response coordinator, announced on Tuesday. Full text...

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