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  • 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...

  • Switzerland: WHO rules out travel restriction to DRC on latest EVD outbreak
    13 may 2017 15:07:56
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The latest outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) reported in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in a remote and hard to reach area and appears to be geographically relatively limited, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: DRC announces Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Bas-Uélé Province
    12 may 2017 16:37:11
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - An outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD was reported Friday when Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Public Health minister, Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about the occurrence in Likati health district of the northern Aketi, Bas-Uélé province, more than 1,300 km from the capital, Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO calls for immediate action to save lives in Somalia
    11 may 2017 10:22:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN health agency says it is concerned about the chronic shortage of funding for life-saving work in Somalia in response to the ongoing drought that has plunged the country further towards famine, disease, and health insecurity. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN-backed network brings together thousands to help tackle mosquito-borne diseases
    10 may 2017 19:20:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – In an effort to escalate the global fight against mosquito-borne diseases, the United Nations environment agency together with partners has launched a new collaborative platform that seeks to track and control the vector responsible for close to 2.7 million deaths annually. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Amid spreading cholera outbreak, UN migration agency aids South Sudanese
    10 may 2017 19:09:19
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – United Nations humanitarian workers are responding to a growing cholera outbreak in Ayod, the Greater Upper Nile region of South Sudan, one of multiple counties throughout the country where the disease has spread since June 2016. Full text...

  • Kenya: Epidemic alert issued over dengue fever spread in Kenya
    10 may 2017 18:38:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A dengue fever outbreak has been reported in the Kenyan city of Mombasa, and the capital, Nairobi, has been put on high alert, the local media reported on Wednesday, quoting local health authorities. Full text...

  • Kenya: US suspends aid to Kenyan health ministry
    09 may 2017 14:20:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, has suspended approximately US$ 21 million in assistance to Kenya's Health ministry, the Embassy said in a statement Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UN honours midwives as family 'partners for life'
    05 may 2017 21:50:04
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations population agency on Friday urged governments and development partners to expand midwifery programmes and promote an environment where midwives can effectively serve the needs of women and their families. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO warns of cholera outbreak in drought-hit Somalia as rainy season starts
    05 may 2017 21:42:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Somalia is suffering from the largest cholera outbreak in the past five years and the number of people killed is expected to double by the end of June, the United Nations health agency. Full text...

  • Guinea: High-level meeting on Ebola vaccines underway in Conakry
    05 may 2017 05:28:15
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, and the Director-General of WHO, Dr Margaret Chan are in Conakry, Guinea, to participate in the high-level meeting on Ebola Vaccines for Guinea and the World. Full text...

  • Egypt: World to mark 'World Hand Hygiene Day'
    04 may 2017 10:25:14
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – World Hand Hygiene Day will be marked on Friday, highlighting the importance of hand hygiene in health care. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalia launches second cholera vaccination campaign in Baidoa
    04 may 2017 10:12:07
    Baidoa, Somalia PANA) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Federal Ministry of Health of Somalia have launched the first round of a preventative oral cholera vaccination campaign (OCV) in Baidoa at the Baidoa Regional Hospital, targeting 224 000 persons aged 1 year and older. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO to begin pilot prequalification of biosimilar medicines for cancer treatment
    04 may 2017 09:57:23
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) will this year launch a pilot project for prequalifying biosimilar medicines, a step towards making some of the most expensive treatments for cancer more widely available in low- and middle-income countries. Full text...

  • Somalia: 1.4m children to suffer acute malnutrition in Somalia this year - UNICEF
    02 may 2017 18:43:17
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Some 1.4 million children in Somalia are projected to be acutely malnourished this year, an increase of 50 per cent over last year, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Projected number of severely malnourished Somali children up 50 percent
    02 may 2017 14:31:05
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The projected number of Somali children who are or will be acutely malnourished has shot up by 50 per cent since the beginning of the year to 1.4 million, including over 275,000 who have or will suffer life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in 2017, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN migration agency, partners redouble efforts to ‘End Malaria for Good’
    26 april 2017 07:09:05
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, on Tuesday joined the World Health Organization (WHO), the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and other partners to End Malaria for Good, and bring attention to how the burden of malaria continues to be greatest in the least developed parts of the world and among those with low socioeconomic status. Full text...

  • US: UNICEF reaches almost half of the world’s children with life-saving vaccines
    26 april 2017 06:45:23
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) procured 2.5 billion doses of vaccines to children in nearly 100 countries in 2016, reaching almost half of the world’s children under the age of five. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN launches lifesaving vaccination campaign in Somalia
    25 april 2017 17:24:26
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Almost 30,000 young Somali children, many of them displaced by a searing drought, are being vaccinated against measles this week in a United Nations-backed emergency campaign in one of the country’s hardest-hit towns. Full text...

  • Botswana: New facility to improve Botswana’s health sector
    25 april 2017 12:27:36
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s health sector still offers opportunities although patients still depend on facilities in neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Congo: Treated mosquito nets are 'safe and effective' - WHO
    25 april 2017 12:23:39
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs), which for many decades have been used to protect people against malaria, are "safe and effective". Full text...

  • UK: Tobacco giant BAT urged to respect human rights
    25 april 2017 11:54:25
    London, UK (PANA) – Two human rights groups on Tuesday asked British American Tobacco (BAT) to strengthen its processes for identifying and addressing human rights risks in its global supply chain. Full text...

  • Congo: WHO selects Ghana, Kenya, Malawi for first malaria vaccine
    24 april 2017 16:20:15
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in the pilot implementation programme for the world’s first malaria vaccine beginning in 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) announced on Monday. Full text...

  • Congo: Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to take part in WHO malaria vaccine pilot programme
    24 april 2017 12:02:42
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) announced on Monday that Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in a WHO-coordinated pilot implementation programme that will make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018. Full text...

  • Kenya: WHO calls for accelerated scale-up of efforts to prevent malaria
    24 april 2017 09:27:43
    Nairobi, Kenya, (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday called for accelerated scale-up of efforts to prevent malaria and save lives. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO says new hepatitis data highlight need for urgent global response
    21 april 2017 11:46:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - New World Health Organization (WHO) data reveal that an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO announces World Immunization Week to be held 24-30 April
    20 april 2017 09:58:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday announced World Immunization Week from 24-30 April, which aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana says steadfast HIV/AIDS fight continues
    19 april 2017 09:57:01
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi has reiterated the country firm support to the 90-90-90 HIV/AIDS initiative – knowledge status, treatment and virologist suppression. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Unprecedented progress' made against neglected tropical diseases - WHO
    19 april 2017 09:51:32
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) says "remarkable achievements"have been made in tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) since 2007 with an estimated 1 billion people receiving treatment in 2015 alone. Full text...

  • Nigeria: WHO, partners provide vaccines to control meningitis C in Nigeria
    15 april 2017 07:45:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A vaccination campaign is underway in Nigeria to contain an outbreak of meningitis C, a strain of meningitis which first emerged in the country in 2013, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Outgoing WHO boss assesses decade of public health
    14 april 2017 14:54:34
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a report - “Ten years in public health 2007-2017” – that chronicles the evolution of global public health over the decade that the outgoing Director-General Dr Margaret Chan has headed of the UN health agency. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO calls for radical increase in water, sanitation investment
    13 april 2017 08:43:18
    Geneva, Swtzerland (PANA) - Countries are not increasing spending fast enough to meet the water and sanitation targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), says a new report published by WHO on behalf of UN-Water – the United Nations inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater-related issues, including sanitation. Full text...

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