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  • Over five million children vaccinated against measles in Somalia
    08 january 2018 18:36:25
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - One million children aged six months to 10 years in Puntland and 4.2 million across Somalia were vaccinated during a five-day measles campaign that wrapped up on Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported. Full text...

  • Gambia’s main hospital sacks corrupt officials
    08 january 2018 14:56:49
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The new management of Gambia's biggest hospital, the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH), revealed that it has suspended some members of staff over corruption and other irregularities. Full text...

  • WHO raises red flag of meningitis outbreak in West Africa (A WHO feature)
    26 december 2017 10:12:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As bacterial meningitis season begins in West Africa this year, a convergence of factors is threatening the region with large outbreaks affecting millions, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) warns. Full text...

  • Ethiopia working with UN to strengthen national NCD response (A WHO feature)
    25 december 2017 08:51:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - All of government action is needed to prevent and control the health and development impacts of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in Ethiopia, the Minister of Health has told the United Nations Interagency Task Force on NCDs during its recent mission to the country. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak in Nigeria's Borno state successfully contained - WHO
    25 december 2017 05:39:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A five-month long cholera outbreak in Nigeria's conflict-affected Borno state has been successfully contained, the United Nations health agency has announced. Full text...

  • Sudanese minister announces donation of his body parts
    22 december 2017 18:02:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Health minister Bahar Idriss Abu Gardah has announced donation of all parts of his body to needy patients upon his death. Full text...

  • World Bank injects US$105m to improve primary health care in Mozambique
    21 december 2017 18:19:01
    Washington, US (PANA) - Mozambique’s Primary Health Care Strengthening Programme‐for‐Results is set to benefit from the World Bank’s non-reimbursable US$105 million grant approved on Thursday for improvement of primary health care in under-served areas of the southern African country. Full text...

  • Rwanda bans 'shisha' smoking
    15 december 2017 18:03:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda has banned 'shisha' tobacco smoking, including sale, distribution and purchase of the product that has been popular among the country's youth. Full text...

  • UN chief spotlights power of universal health coverage to unlock economic growth
    14 december 2017 21:14:18
    Tokyo, Japan (PANA) – Health is everyone's right and a driver of economic development, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stressed on Thursday, expressing the UN's readiness to help countries move towards health coverage for all. Full text...

  • Up to 650,000 people die of respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu each year - Health partners
    14 december 2017 10:22:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Up to 650,000 deaths annually are associated with respiratory diseases from seasonal influenza, according to new estimates by the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and global health partners. Full text...

  • Half the world lacks access to essential health services – UN-backed report
    13 december 2017 16:42:19
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – At least half of the world's population cannot obtain essential health services, and nearly 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty each year due to the out-of-pocket health expenses they must pay, according to a United Nations-backed study. Full text...

  • UN Assembly calls on Member States to ‘accelerate progress’ on goal of universal health coverage
    12 december 2017 20:04:07
    New York, USA (PANA) – The United Nations on Tuesday called for greater efforts on the part of its Member States to ensure universal health coverage, and designated 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day. Full text...

  • WHO chief urges respect, protection of human rights in health
    10 december 2017 06:05:41
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Sunday urged all countries to respect and protect human rights in health – in their laws, their health policies and programmes. Full text...

  • WHO commends South Africa's parliament for passing tax bill on sugary drinks (A WHO feature)
    10 december 2017 04:41:34
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Parliament has taken a brave and powerful step towards promoting the health of the country’s citizens and reducing diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes, by passing a bill last Tuesday to implement a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, according to Dr Rufaro Chatora, WHO’s Representative to South Africa. Full text...

  • Uganda ends Marburg virus disease outbreak
    08 december 2017 11:47:03
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Uganda has successfully controlled an outbreak of Marburg virus disease and prevented its spread only weeks after it was first detected, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Full text...

  • Number of people affected by dementia to triple in next 30 years - WHO
    07 december 2017 11:26:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As the global population ages, the number of people living with dementia is expected to triple from 50 million to 152 million by 2050, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • West, Central Africa left behind in Global HIV response
    05 december 2017 15:32:35
    Abidjan, Cote d;Ivoire (PANA) - More than four decades into the HIV epidemic, four in five children living with HIV in West and Central Africa are still not receiving life-saving antiretroviral therapy, and AIDS-related deaths among adolescents aged 15-19 are on the rise, according to a new report released on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Experts take stock of progress, challenges in tackling HIV among children, young adults
    04 december 2017 10:14:31
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - As thousands of international delegates converge in Abidjan, Côte d’ Ivoire for the bi-annual Conference on International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) from 4-9 December , the scene has been set, with some of the key issues that will be deliberated and discussed. Full text...

  • Tobacco industry admissions should strengthen global resolve on tobacco control (A WHO feature)
    03 december 2017 04:58:21
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - In major victories for tobacco control efforts, four U.S. tobacco companies are publishing court-ordered “corrective statements” to set the record straight on the dangers of their products, while a major French bank has announced it will divest its interests in the tobacco industry. Full text...

  • World AIDS Day: UN calls for renewed commitment to make epidemic ‘a thing of the past’
    02 december 2017 10:04:18
    New York, U.S. (PANA) - The world will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – which include the target of ending AIDS by 2030 – without people attaining their right to health, the United Nations said on Friday, as the world marked the World AIDS Day with a strong appeal for the full realization of this fundamental right by everyone, everywhere. Full text...

  • Historic heart transplant commemorated in Cape Town
    01 december 2017 13:45:20
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Leading surgeons from around the world have gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, to mark the 50th anniversary of the world’s first human heart transplant. Full text...

  • WHO boss reminds world 'everyone counts' in war against HIV/AIDS
    01 december 2017 11:32:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General General of the UN World Health Organisation (WHO), on Friday reminded the world that everyone counts in the fight to eliminate the dreaded AIDS disease. Full text...

  • Sweden, 4 UN agencies to boost health of women in East, Southern Africa
    01 december 2017 11:13:19
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - As the World marks World AIDS Day on Friday, the Government of Sweden, together with the regional offices of UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNICEF and WHO, has announced a progremme to boost the healh of women in East and Southern Africa. Full text...

  • Botswana targets to end HIV/AIDS transmission by 2030
    01 december 2017 10:47:26
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President Ian Khama has said the country needs to step up efforts to address rampant social ills to realise ending HIV/AIDS by 2030. Full text...

  • Liberian health worker receives Florence Nightingale Award
    30 november 2017 19:16:14
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - A professional nurse and former staff of the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS), Mrs. Roselyn Nugba Ballah, Thursday received the Florence Nightingale Medal in the Liberian capital, Monrovia. Full text...

  • '1 in 10 medical products in developing countries is substandard or falsified' - WHO
    29 november 2017 08:00:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - An estimated 1 in 10 medical products circulating in low- and middle-income countries is either substandard or falsified, according to new research from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Global response to malaria at crossroads, warns WHO
    29 november 2017 07:52:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - After unprecedented global success in malaria control, progress has stalled, according to the World Malaria Report 2017. Full text...

  • 7th World Healthcare Students Symposium kicks off in Kigali
    23 november 2017 13:48:38
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - More than 1,000 pharmacists and health experts from 30 countries around the world gathered here on Thursday for a five-day symposium aimed at discussing and developing skills concerning health professions in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda 2030. Full text...

  • Nearly 21 million people now have access to HIV treatment – UN agency
    22 november 2017 04:56:48
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – About 20.9 million people now have access to the antiretroviral therapy, according to a new report by the UN agency leading the global push to end AIDS, spotlighting that this remarkable progress has been made possible by people living with HIV demanding their rights, strong leadership and financial commitment. Full text...

  • US spends $4 billion on HIV/AIDS programme in Nigeria
    17 november 2017 21:03:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) said on Friday that it has spent over $4 billion on HIV/AIDS response programme in Nigeria since 2004. Full text...

  • Governments given deadline to increase testing and treatment for TB
    16 november 2017 07:57:56
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ahead of the first-ever Global Ministerial Conference on ‘Ending TB’ in Moscow, international medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Stop TB Partnership have called for countries with high burdens of tuberculosis (TB) to implement the latest international treatment and testing standards by World TB Day, 24 March 2018. Full text...

  • Promote affordable, equitable access to diabetes medicines, information for women, UN urges
    15 november 2017 07:27:20
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – On World Diabetes Day on Tuesday, the United Nations health agency noted that women – especially those in low-income countries – are particularly vulnerable to diabetes, a condition that can be prevented or delayed with medication, regular screening and healthier lives. Full text...

  • Women more affected by diabetes in Mauritius - Ministry of Health
    14 november 2017 13:12:43
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Diabetes affects women slightly more than men in Mauritius, according to the latest non-communicable disease study. Full text...

  • Antibiotic resistance is ‘crisis we cannot ignore,’ UN warns
    14 november 2017 06:55:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – As World Antibiotic Awareness Week began on Monday, the United Nations, through its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), called for responsible use of antibiotics in humans and animals to reduce the emergence of antibiotic resistance. Full text...

  • Kenya losing 31,000 children to pneumonia annually - minister
    13 november 2017 19:24:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - An estimated 31,000 children die in Kenya annually as a result of pneumonia and diarrhoea, which are preventable and treatable conditions, Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu said on Monday. Full text...

  • US announces new efforts to tame HIV/AIDS epidemic in Rwanda
    13 november 2017 17:35:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - United States Ambassador to Rwanda Erica Barks-Ruggles on Monday announced new efforts through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) that aim at supporting Rwanda in its HIV/AIDS response to controlling the scourge in the country. Full text...

  • WHO warns of dangers of air pollution to health, climate (A WHO feature)
    12 november 2017 05:41:28
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - From smog hanging over cities to smoke inside the home, air pollution poses a major threat to health and climate, the UN health agency has warned. Full text...

  • WHO enhances efforts to reduce burden of chronic diseases in Libya
    10 november 2017 20:04:27
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Libya’s burden of non-communicable diseases (NCD) is estimated to account for more than 76% all deaths and more than 41% mainly due to heart diseases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Harvard Cancer Centre to train 20 Rwandan medical workers
    09 november 2017 15:31:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Centre (CTSC) is to train some 20 Rwandan doctors by equipping them with skills in cancer treatment, under a new treaty signed between the American university and Rwandan government, an official source confirmed on Thursday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • IOM expands HIV/AIDS services in South Sudan displacement sites
    09 november 2017 05:50:02
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Thanks to the recent expansion of HIV/AIDS services conducted by the United Nations migration agency, some 171,000 civilians and their host communities have gained benefit from these health facilities in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Buhari orders investigation into outbreak of strange disease in Jigawa
    08 november 2017 19:37:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday directed the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, to investigate reports of an unknown disease that has led to the death of several children in Jigawa State. Full text...

  • 100 babies born in Rwanda using IVF in three years
    07 november 2017 16:54:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least 100 babies have been born in Rwanda using in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies since 2014, a senior Rwandan health official told local media on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rwandan First Lady advocates joint efforts for comprehensive cancer care in Africa
    07 november 2017 16:09:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan First Lady on Tuesday called on health researchers and policy makers from across Africa to work together and never stop educating the people about the importance of healthy lifestyles, including regular medical checkups, for cancer treatments. Full text...

  • FAO tells G7 that 'urgent action needed to curb malnutrition globally'
    06 november 2017 09:43:21
    Milan, Italy (PANA) - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has stressed the critical need to transform food systems to ensure healthy diets and good nutrition for all. Full text...

  • Madagascar plague: Mitigating the risk of regional spread (A WHO Feature)
    05 november 2017 06:06:55
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - This year plague came early to Madagascar and spread quickly. When it began to move out from the areas where it traditionally occurs, people became increasingly alarmed – both within the island nation and in neighbouring territories and countries. Full text...

  • WHO sees drop in cases of plague in Madagascar
    03 november 2017 20:40:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – While progress has been made in response to the plague outbreak in Madagascar, and the number of suspected new cases continues to decline, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that sustaining operations through the remainder of the plague season will be critical as there is still a risk of potential further spread of the disease. Full text...

  • UK gov’t completes US$5 million laboratory project for Sierra Leone
    03 november 2017 16:40:29
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The UK government on Thursday completed a US$ 5 million laboratory project for Sierra Leone’s health system, including the construction of three laboratories and the training of staff to run them. Full text...

  • Pneumonia, world's deadliest disease; kills two children every minute, says Save the Children
    02 november 2017 12:03:30
    London, UK (PANA) - Nearly one million children a year are dying from pneumonia even though it can be treated with antibiotics costing as little as 30 British pence, Save the Children, an independent child rights organisation, said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN reports 3 million people now have access to hepatitis C cure
    31 october 2017 20:11:29
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – A record 3 million people obtained treatment for hepatitis C over the past two years, and 2.8 million more people embarked on lifelong treatment for hepatitis B in 2016, the United Nations health agency reported on Tuesday, the eve of the World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil, highlighting increasing momentum in the global response to the viral disease. Full text...

  • WHO calls for political action to stop spread of TB
    30 october 2017 21:26:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Progress has not been fast enough over the past year to reach global and regional targets on stopping the spread of tuberculosis (TB), or to make real headway in closing persistent gaps in TB care and prevention, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. Full text...

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