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  • Guinea: Cuban medical team arrives in Guinea to fight Ebola
    23 october 2014 14:09:10
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - A 38-member-team of Cuban health workers arrived Wednesday in Conakry to participate in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country, a PANA correspondent reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: AfDB gives US$300,000 to tackle Ebola
    23 october 2014 12:55:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have signed a Grant Protocol agreement for US$300,000 towards the coordination of Ebola Crisis Response Project in the most affected countries in the region – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • South Africa: Warning over future asbestos-related disease claims
    23 october 2014 12:43:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Up to 233 new claimants suffering from the deadly asbestos related disease, mesothelioma, could still lodge claims against two private sector trusts formed to compensate former asbestos mine workers. Full text...

  • UN: WHO Emergency Committee evaluates UN-wide Ebola response
    22 october 2014 21:59:00
    New York, US (PANA) - A World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola has begun consultations in Geneva to evaluate the organization’s ongoing response to the global Ebola crisis amid broader agency-wide efforts in confronting the deadly disease, UN deputy spokesperson, Mr. Farhan Haq, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO stresses need for better research funding for TB
    22 october 2014 19:39:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The world is fighting a difficult battle against the spread of tuberculosis (TB), the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday in a new report showing that there is a greater number of cases than previously estimated and a shortfall in research funding. Full text...

  • Mali: WHO vows to fight Ebola in Mali, Mauritania
    22 october 2014 15:52:03
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that Mali and Mauritania were part of its priority countries, among the 16 West African countries, in the fight to prevent the spread of Ebola disease in the region, a WHO communiqué, obtained here Wednesday by PANA, indicated. Full text...

  • Senegal: Rotary announces US$ 8.4 million in grants to fight polio in Nigeria
    22 october 2014 15:16:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Rotary International, in advance of the 24 October observance of the World Polio Day, Wednesday announced US$ 8.4 million in grants to combat polio in Nigeria. Full text...

  • DR Congo: All contacts linked to Ebola in DR Congo to be discharged in three days
    21 october 2014 19:10:35
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – All contacts linked to the deadly Ebola virus disease in the province of Equateur of northwest DR Congo will be discharged in three days, Public Health Minister Félix Kabange Numbi announced Tuesday at the close of a working session with Prime Minister Matata Ponyo in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • UN: Ebola vaccines from Canada, UK to be tested on humans
    21 october 2014 17:23:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said two experimental Ebola vaccines are "front runners" in the race to stop the transmission of the virus, as their trials on humans is underway. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama acknowledges 'turnaround' in Ebola response
    21 october 2014 08:03:12
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has said the turnaround in international response to the Ebola virus disease in parts of West Africa has raised hopes for the fight against the disease. Full text...

  • UN: UN Ebola Trust Fund generates millions of dollars in pledges
    21 october 2014 05:50:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Trust Fund for Ebola Response set up by the UN Secretary-General has received US$8.8 million in deposits and US$5 million in commitment, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said. Full text...

  • UN: China donates US$6 million to WFP for Ebola response
    20 october 2014 18:06:45
    New York, US (PANA) - China has contributed US$6 million to the UN World Food Programme Full text...

  • Senegal: GGA says dirty water kills hundreds of thousands in Africa
    20 october 2014 17:17:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Good Governance Africa (GGA), a research and advocacy organisation working to improve government performance on the continent, said Monday that dirty water kills hundreds of thousands in Africa annually. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan welcomes WHO's declaration of Nigeria as Ebola-free
    20 october 2014 16:23:48
    Abuja, NIgeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Monday welcomed the declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that Nigeria is now officially Ebola-free, and dedicated the certification to the many patriotic health workers, volunteers and ordinary Nigerians who worked tirelessly, some of them paying the ultimate price. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants journalists, authorities to work together in Ebola-stricken nations
    20 october 2014 15:40:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Monday said in Ebola-stricken countries, authorities and journalists should work together to tackle the problem. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Health Minister, US CDC congratulate Nigeria on becoming Ebola-free
    20 october 2014 15:20:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Outgoing Nigerian Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Monday poured encomiums on Nigerian health workers, who led the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EBV) and the political leadership, for providing the policy and will to fight Ebola when it broke out in July with the arrival of an American-Liberian to the country. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Sata goes abroad for medical check-up
    20 october 2014 14:03:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As speculation continues to mount on the health of Zambian President Michael Sata, State House announced on Monday that the president left the country Sunday night for medical check-up abroad. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Nigeria now Ebola-free - WHO (Full story)
    20 october 2014 12:00:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Nigeria is now free of Ebola virus transmission, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Monday, making the country the second West African nation to be cleared of Ebola in four days, following the declaration on Senegal on Friday. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: AfDB chair optimistic about Ebola eradication
    20 october 2014 11:54:24
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - African Development Bank (AfDB) President Donald Kaberuka has expressed the optimism about the eradication of the Ebola virus disease, saying Africa has the means and knowledge to overcome the epidemic that is now ravaging parts of West Africa. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria is Ebola-free - WHO
    20 october 2014 11:48:03
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) Monday declared Nigeria Ebola-free, marking the second West African nation to be so declared within a spate of four days. Full text...

  • South Africa: Opposition calls for greater Ebola awareness
    20 october 2014 11:45:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday questioned whether the country is sufficiently prepared to deal with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's success proves Ebola can be defeated (Feature by Segun Adeyemi, PANA Correspondent, Lagos)
    20 october 2014 09:56:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Against the background of gloomy prognosis over the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that is ravaging parts of West Africa, Nigeria has shown, through its successful epic battle against the virulent disease, that Ebola can indeed be defeated. Full text...

  • UN: UN, West African govts agree on coordinating global crisis response
    19 october 2014 14:40:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and Governments of countries at the forefront of efforts to turn back the unfolding Ebola outbreak in West Africa have agreed to ensure that the UN system adopts a coordinated approach to global support being mobilised for national-level crisis response plans. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: AfDB to launch Ebola crisis response projects with AU, ECOWAS
    18 october 2014 12:42:45
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The African Development Bank (AfDB), in association with the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), will carry out a ‘Crisis Response Technical Assistance Project' to support Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three countries most affected by the Ebola Virus Disease. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO declares Senegal Ebola-free
    17 october 2014 14:48:43
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) Friday formally declared Senegal Ebola-free, representing a rare ray of hope in the grim Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak that has killed over 4,400 people in West Africa, PANA reported, quoting a statement by the global health body. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: WHO declares Senegal Ebola-free
    17 october 2014 14:38:10
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) Friday formally declared Senegal Ebola-free, representing a ray of hope in the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak that has killed over 4,400 people in West Africa. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAC partner states to send medical team to fight Ebola in West Africa
    17 october 2014 09:09:57
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - East African Community (EAC) partner states are preparing to send a team of 41 medical doctors and 578 health workers to assist the West African countries hit by Ebola, as part of international efforts to contain the epidemic. Full text...

  • UN: Ban stresses need for urgent global action against Ebola
    16 october 2014 18:55:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called on the international community to step up its efforts to respond to the Ebola crisis and turn pledges into action. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Health workers' shortage biggest gap in Ebola response - Dlamini-Zuma
    16 october 2014 14:31:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said Thursday that the lack of health workers is the biggest gap in efforts to respond to an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, warning that the viral disease could spiral out of control if African leaders fail to react urgently. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Ebola situation deteriorates in Guinea, Liberia, S/Leone - WHO
    16 october 2014 10:09:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone with regards to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is deteriorating, with widespread and persistent transmission of EVD, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest update on the disease. Full text...

  • Zambia: Govt’s funding for nutrition continues to be undesirably low, Civil Society charges
    16 october 2014 07:18:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Zambia Civil Society Organisation Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance has bemoaned the meager budget allocation to the coordinating National Food and Nutrition Commission, saying this demonstrates inadequate appreciation on the part of government of the potential dangers exerted by under-nutrition to national and economic development. Full text...

  • UN: Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone to share experiences
    15 october 2014 22:48:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday said 35 Ebola survivors will meet later this week in Kenema, Sierra Leone, one of the epicentres of the Ebola outbreak in the country, to share their stories on overcoming the scourge and discuss how best to deal with the psychological aftermath. Full text...

  • UN: Medical, humanitarian supplies delivered to Ebola affected countries
    15 october 2014 19:25:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Humanitarian supplies and medical equipment, including protective Full text...

  • Nigeria: MFWA laments restrictions on media coverage of Ebola
    15 october 2014 14:48:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa have been associated with various forms of press freedom restrictions and attacks on journalists, which continue to hamper the provision of timely and accurate information to the public, according to the Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA). Full text...

  • Switzerland: Senegal, Nigeria to be declared Ebola-free
    15 october 2014 14:25:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Senegal and Nigeria are to be declared Ebola-free in a few days' time if certain conditions are met, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • UN: UN member states urged to bolster efforts to stop Ebola outbreak
    15 october 2014 08:35:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Anthony Banbury has urged UN member states to expand on-the-ground efforts across the Full text...

  • UN: WHO predicts 10,000 new Ebola cases
    15 october 2014 08:24:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) is predicting 10,000 new cases per week of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the three Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. Full text...

  • Guinea: New rural radio stations to fight Ebola in Guinea
    14 october 2014 20:51:36
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Four new rural radio stations will be set up shortly in Guinea by the coordinating committee for the Ebola response to effectively fight the deadly Ebola disease that broke out in the country last January. Full text...

  • Congo: Govt. seeks private sector involvement in fight against Ebola
    14 october 2014 16:32:06
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The government in Congo is rallying the local private sector to back its ongoing efforts to prevent the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which continues to kill people in West Africa, according to a statement issued here Tuesday by the health ministry at a fund raising meeting for the same purpose. Full text...

  • Belgium: Suspected Ebola case reported in Belgium
    14 october 2014 12:12:38
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A traveller from Guinea who is suspected to be affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been placed in a special unit of St. Pierre hospital in Brussels, the Belgian capital, PANA learned from official sources Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Mauritius deports AU official for visiting Ebola-affected West Africa
    14 october 2014 12:00:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An African Union (AU) official has filed a complaint against Mauritius for harassment and deportation, following his ordeal during a recent trip to Port Louis, the Mauritian capital, PANA reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Strong community involvement key to defeating Ebola – UN official
    13 october 2014 22:11:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator, Mr. Magdy Martínez-Soliman says community engagement and activism are critical in Sierra Leone’s ongoing battle against the spread of Ebola. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Community Ebola care units established to widen care
    13 october 2014 13:17:46
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - As the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Sierra Leone continues to accelerate, community Ebola care units are being established in the worst-hit areas of the country to shorten waiting times and provide care closer to home, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan passenger dies on arrival from S. Sudan, tests negative for Ebola
    12 october 2014 16:46:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan health authorities eased after a female passenger, who collapsed and later died at an airport treatment facility, tested negative for Ebola and Marburg, PANA reported quoting the authorities. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS develops crisis communication, community mobilisation strategies on Ebola
    12 october 2014 13:53:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Regional experts in crisis communication and community mobilization have validated harmonized messages to be rolled out with strategic tools to engender massive community participation towards strengthening national and regional responses to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that has claimed more than 4,000 lives from the more than 8,000 cases reported in the ECOWAS region. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Affected West African countries working on post-Ebola recovery plan
    12 october 2014 12:20:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The three countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa are working on a post-Ebola recovery plan, Sierra Leone Finance Minister Kaifala Marah has said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IMF chief calls for decisive action to halt Ebola epidemic in West Africa
    11 october 2014 08:17:10
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The international community should recognise that it should act decisively and urgently to stop the Ebola epidemic in West African countries, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Friday during her meeting with President Alpha Condé of Guinea at the Fund's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Full text...

  • UN: UN marks Mental Health Day; calls for improved care for schizophrenia
    10 october 2014 22:14:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Suffering from schizophrenia should not have to mean enduring "a life sentence of isolation and poor physical health," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday as he urged the creation of better support networks and services for people living with the mental health disorder. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials stress more efforts to battle Ebola virus
    10 october 2014 20:56:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials on Friday warned that the Ebola outbreak is "far ahead" of the global response as it is moving from a local to an international crisis requiring all countries to scale up efforts and financial commitments to bring an end to the scourge. Full text...

  • Uganda: Ebola-like disease, Marburg, breaks out in Uganda
    10 october 2014 12:16:45
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday announced the outbreak of the Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) in Kampala, Uganda. Full text...

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