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  • Tanzania: WHO holds consultation on experimental Ebola vaccines
    01 october 2014 19:12:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - More than 70 experts who took part in a World Health Organisation consultation on clinical trials of possible Ebola vaccines have agreed to have a fully tested and licensed product that can be scaled up for use in mass vaccination campaigns. Full text...

  • Ghana: Experts devise strategy to address info gap in Ebola response
    01 october 2014 10:55:30
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Regional and international communication experts have developed clear and harmonised messages to address the information gap in national and regional responses to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which has claimed more than 3,000 lives from over 6,000 cases reported in the ECOWAS region, the ECOWAS Commission said Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: High alert as first case of Ebola is diagnosed in US
    01 october 2014 08:07:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Following Tuesday's diagnosis of the first case of Ebola in the US, the authorities in the city of Dallas have activated their Emergency Operations Centre in the city to level 2, which means high readiness, PANA reported from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: UNMEER outlines programme to fight Ebola
    30 september 2014 17:43:43
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) on Tuesday outlined an "ambitious programme" to halt the ravaging Ebola virus disease warning that, without a robust international commitment and response, the world would be engulfed by the disease. Full text...

  • Nigeria: China, Nigeria sign MOU on Ebola
    30 september 2014 15:49:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – China and Nigeria Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), under which Nigeria will receive 10 million Yuan towards the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Full text...

  • Congo: China offers Congo 400 million FCFA to prevent EVD
    30 september 2014 13:54:13
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – China will donate 400 million FCFA to the Congolese government to enable the African country respond appropriately to the threat of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Ghana: Togo sends blood samples to Ghana for Ebola test
    30 september 2014 11:50:07
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Togo has been using the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, to test blood samples taken from suspected Ebola patients, a research fellow at the medical facility said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Togo: China offers Togo 420m FCFA to prevent Ebola
    30 september 2014 07:35:57
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - China has signed a financial aid agreement worth 420 million FCFA (US$800,000) with Togo to help the West African country to prevent the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), PANA learnt from official sources in the Togolese capital. Full text...

  • UN: Sierra Leone, Liberia task UN on stronger Ebola response
    30 september 2014 07:18:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Leaders from Sierra Leone and Liberia, the two countries, along with Guinea, at the epicentre of the battle against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, have urged the UN General Assembly to ensure the world body mounts a stronger and better coordinated response "to end this grave threat to our collective survival". Full text...

  • UN: Head of Ebola response mission arrives in Accra
    29 september 2014 22:11:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Anthony Banbury, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), on Monday arrived in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Cardiovascular diseases on the decline in Mauritius
    29 september 2014 17:57:50
    Grand Bay, Mauritius (PANA) - Deaths due to heart disease in Mauritius have proportionally decreased from 22.8% in 2005 to 17.7 % in 2013 but heart disease remains one of the leading causes of admission to hospitals, according to Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says reduction in salt intake prevents heart diseases
    29 september 2014 17:31:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday urged governments and people around the world to take action to reduce the intake of salt. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Death toll from Ebola hits 42 in DRC
    28 september 2014 09:59:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The death toll from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has risen to 42 from 70 cases, according to the latest update by the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • US: US hails Cote d'Ivoire for reinstating air travel to Ebola-hit countries
    28 september 2014 09:38:55
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has commended Cote d'Ivoire for reinstating air travel to Ebola-affected countries, in line with the recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Air Travel Association (IATA). Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS ministerial group wants regional security forces to bolster Ebola fight
    27 september 2014 14:59:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The ECOWAS Coordinating Ministerial Group for the implementation of the Regional Operational Plan on the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has called for an urgent mobilization of the Armed and Security Forces of Member States to strengthen the regional response and interventions against the disease. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU donates extra 50 million euros to fight Ebola
    26 september 2014 21:12:31
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union has released an extra amount of 50 million euros to help countries affected by the deadly Ebola virus disease in West Africa. Full text...

  • US: IMF approves US$130 million to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone for Ebola response
    26 september 2014 17:35:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday approved an emergency financial assistance to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone totaling US$130 million to help respond to the Ebola outbreak. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for renewed efforts to improve health of women, children
    26 september 2014 07:40:35
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for renewed commitment and action to sustain the unprecedented progress made in improving the health of women and children worldwide in partnership with governments, civil society, the private sector, philanthropists and international organisations. Full text...

  • Benin: China helps Benin prevent Ebola
    25 september 2014 21:42:52
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - China has given Benin items valued at 423 million CFAF to help the country fight a possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease, official sources said on Thursday. Full text...

  • 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...

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