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  • SAFA hosts ground-breaking Medical Symposium in Johannesburg
    20 may 2018 16:56:13
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - A ground-breaking Medical Symposium, jointly organized by the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the Confederal of African Football (CAF), took place at the SAFA House in Johannesburg on Saturday. Full text...

  • UNICEF mobilises community workers to fight DR Congo Ebola
    19 may 2018 04:41:53
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Scaling up in response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN children's fund (UNICEF), with the DRC Government and partners, is mobilizing hundreds of community workers to raise awareness among children and families of how to protect themselves against the disease. Full text...

  • WHO boss to open World Health Assembly with 'ambitious agenda for change'
    18 may 2018 19:10:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - After one year in office, WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will open the 71st World Health Assembly next week in Geneva with an ambitious agenda for change that aims to save 29 million lives by 2023. Full text...

  • WHO says DR Congo Ebola 'not public health emergency of international concern'
    18 may 2018 19:09:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is not a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Full text...

  • Ending double jeopardy for women with HIV in 8 African nations
    18 may 2018 13:34:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A new US$ 30 million partnership to help end cervical cancer, led by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the George W. Bush Institute and UNAIDS will accelerate life-saving efforts in eight African countries. Full text...

  • UNAIDS urges scaling up of HIV vaccine research to stop new infections (A UNAIDS feature)
    18 may 2018 13:30:49
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As the world celebrates "HIV Vaccine Awareness Day" on 18 May, UNAIDS has called for an increase in research and investment to find an effective vaccine to protect people against HIV and stop new HIV infections. Full text...

  • Emergency meeting called as Ebola spreads to Congolese city – WHO
    17 may 2018 20:20:59
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an emergency meeting on Friday to “consider the international risks” of the latest outbreak of the deadly disease Ebola, which has now moved to an urban area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • WHO concerned as one Ebola case is confirmed in urban area of DR Congo
    17 may 2018 15:31:07
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - One new case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of nearly 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Obese people more likely to smoke, says new gene research
    17 may 2018 06:26:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - New research indicates that people who are genetically prone to being overweight have a higher risk of taking up smoking - and they are likely to smoke more than average — UN scientists said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Investing in non-communicable disease control posts strong gains - WHO report
    16 may 2018 15:14:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The world’s poorest countries can gain US$ 350 billion by 2030 by scaling up investments in preventing and treating chronic diseases, like heart disease and cancer, that cost an additional US$ 1.27 per person annually, according to a new report made available Wednesday in Kigali by the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • WHO launches new diagnostic tool to ensure effective treatment
    16 may 2018 04:05:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Although correctly identifying disease is essential for successful treatment, many have no way of accessing an accurate diagnosis, the United Nation health agency said on Tuesday, launching new tool to close this critical gap. Full text...

  • WHO chief visits Ebola affected area in DR Congo
    14 may 2018 08:36:33
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Sunday visited the town of Bikoro in the north-west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to assess the response to the current Ebola outbreak. Full text...

  • UNAIDS Chief puts spotlight on the HIV response in Lesotho, South Africa and Zambia (A UNAIDS feature story)
    12 may 2018 09:09:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, recently completed a five-day visit to three countries in southern Africa, with the mission highlighting high-level political discussions, the launch of the Lesotho HIV Health and Situation Room and frank and an open dialogue with women activists about how to address sexual harassment and abuse. Full text...

  • UN says ready for 'all scenarios' in DR Congo Ebola outbreak
    11 may 2018 18:28:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The chances of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) spreading across borders are low, said the United Nations health agency on Friday, although nine neighbouring countries remain on alert. Full text...

  • Nigeria’s Lassa fever outbreak contained, but continued vigilance needed - WHO
    11 may 2018 11:37:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - With six weeks of declining numbers and only a handful of confirmed cases reported in recent weeks, the critical phase of Nigeria’s largest-ever Lassa fever outbreak is under control, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • UNICEF calls for narrowing of 'breastfeeding gaps' between rich and poor
    10 may 2018 05:51:46
    New York, UN (PANA) – As the world celebrates Mother's Day this weekend, the UN children's agency (UNICEF) is calling for the narrowing of breatfeeding gaps between rich and poor worldwide. Full text...

  • New Ebola outbreak confirmed in DR Congo
    08 may 2018 20:35:21
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Two new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) by Government scientists there, prompting the UN health agency to immediately scale up its response. Full text...

  • Rwanda wary of cholera spread from Uganda
    08 may 2018 17:47:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda’s health officials said Tuesday they have stepped up surveillance for acute watery diarrhoea by sensitizing Uganda-bound travellers to avoid taking contaminated beverages and maintain personal and food hygiene, after seven cases of cholera were diagnosed in the neighbouring country. Full text...

  • 8th African vaccination week launched in Côte d'Ivoire
    08 may 2018 13:18:36
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian minister of Health and Public hygiene, Dr Raymonde Goudou-Coffie, on Tuesday officially launched the 8th African vaccination week, on the theme: ‘Vaccinations are successful, play your role’. Full text...

  • Largest-ever global response to cholera targets 2 million people in Africa
    07 may 2018 18:00:56
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A spate of cholera outbreaks across Africa has prompted the largest cholera vaccination drive in history, with more than two million people across the continent set to receive oral cholera vaccine (OCV), the United Nations announced on Monday. Full text...

  • ‘Bad’ fats targeted in new global health guidelines
    04 may 2018 20:44:57
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - People everywhere need to cut down on their consumption of artery-clogging fatty foods, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging, in a new report released on Friday. Full text...

  • Mental health ‘neglected issue’ but key to achieving Global Goals, say UN chiefs
    04 may 2018 05:27:25
    London, UK (PANA) - Mental health remains one of the most neglected global health issues, even though it is critical to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders, top United Nations officials have said at an event in London. Full text...

  • Vitamin A deficiency puts 140 million children at risk of illness and death – UNICEF
    02 may 2018 22:26:33
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 140 million children are at greater risk of illness, hearing loss, blindness and even death globally if urgent action is not taken to provide them with life-saving vitamin A supplements, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. Full text...

  • 90% people worldwide breathe polluted air - says WHO
    02 may 2018 06:38:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world with new data released by the UN health agency on Wednesday showing that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Full text...

  • MSF stops operating clinics around South Sudan's Mundri town
    01 may 2018 05:38:50
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says it has stopped operating clinics in remote areas around Mundri, Western Equatoria State, South Sudan, after a violent armed robbery against its team last week, which will affect some 75,000 people. Full text...

  • 'Africa loses $2 billion annually through brain drain in health sector'
    27 april 2018 10:07:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The new report on Good Governance released by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation indicates that only three African countries - Libya, Mauritius and Tunisia - have at least one doctor per 1,000 people, while Africa loses around $2 billion annually through brain drain in the health sector. Full text...

  • World marks 10th World Malaria Day
    25 april 2018 12:03:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Wednesday, 25 April, marks the 10th World Malaria Day and the culmination of a month of worldwide action against the disease at a time when global malaria cases are on the rise for the first time in a decade. Full text...

  • Millions of children still missing out on routine immunizations – UNICEF
    25 april 2018 04:57:57
    New York, US (PANA) - At the start of World Immunization Week , the United Nations on Tuesday said that while vaccines are protecting more children than ever, more countries need to make immunization a priority, because more than one million children still die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases. Full text...

  • A historic opportunity to end AIDS in Africa (A UNAIDS feature)
    22 april 2018 15:38:57
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A decade of progress has inspired the once unthinkable - that the AIDS epidemic can be ended as a public health threat. A decade of transformation has set the stage, and the global community is united behind the goal of ending AIDS by 2030. Full text...

  • Health experts at UN meeting press for action to address malnutrition in Africa
    21 april 2018 14:41:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Africa’s attempts to achieve health for all by 2030 could be threatened unless the continent addresses the twin challenges of under-nutrition and obesity, experts attending a United Nations meeting in Nairobi this week have warned. Full text...

  • Drones ready to join fight against deadly diseases – UN agency
    20 april 2018 06:12:15
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - Robotics may soon be a critical ally in the fight against disease-spreading bugs, a United Nations agency said on Thursday after a successful test releasing sterile mosquitos from aerial drones as part of efforts to suppress the insect that spreads Zika and other diseases. Full text...

  • Research reveals gaps in providing sub-optimal malaria treatment in Africa
    19 april 2018 19:13:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - New research published Thursday by the Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN), reveals that a large proportion of malaria patients in endemic countries in Africa are likely to receive doses of malaria medicine that are too low to offer effective treatment. Full text...

  • Rwandan army to provide free treatments for 113,000 patients in critical care
    19 april 2018 15:38:44
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) will Friday launch the "unique" outreach programme targeting some 113,000 patients in critical care across the country, a military source confirmed Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rwandan FM renews call for a malaria-free Africa by 2030
    19 april 2018 13:41:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, has said that current progress in the fight against malaria has stalled in Africa, warning that current efforts to cut malaria prevalence in half across the Commonwealth by 2023 will be an important stepping stone towards the African Union’s goal of a malaria-free Africa by 2030. Full text...

  • Commonwealth leaders call for collective action to halve malaria in 5 years
    18 april 2018 22:58:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Commonwealth leaders attending the Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, UK, have committed to make a game-changing commitment to halve malaria across the Commonwealth within the next five years, according to a statement obtained on Wednesday by PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • New antimalaria drugs may become ineffective - Experts
    18 april 2018 22:46:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - New drugs that could treat malaria may rapidly become ineffective for 2.4 billion people from Commonwealth member states, 90% whom live in malaria-endemic countries with the majority in sub-Saharan African region, according to a new research released on the sideline of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that is currently taking place in London, UK. Full text...

  • Top causes of maternal death linked to Haemorrhage, Hypertensive disorders in Sub-Saharan Africa
    17 april 2018 15:24:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The two leading causes of maternal death in Sub-Saharan Africa are directly linked to the post-partum haemorrhage and Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy (HDP), according to an official report made available Tuesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Low quality supplies of Oxytocin, misoprostol hamper efforts to improve maternal health in Sub-Saharan Africa
    17 april 2018 14:27:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The lack of access to safe maternal health services during the critical hours of childbirth remains a key barrier to national efforts to save the lives of mothers and their children in Sub-Saharan Africa, said Dinev Milka, one of the senior advisors for the global Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) in an exclusive interview with PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius, South Africa sign medical twinning on hemophilia
    17 april 2018 10:20:43
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius' Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital and the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital of South Africa haved signed a medical twinning in the field of hemophilia. Full text...

  • Mauritius, UNFPA to strengthen cooperation in reproductive health
    17 april 2018 09:53:20
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening regional cooperation in the field of sexual and reproductive health, PANA learnt on Tuesday in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Gambian gov’t signs agreement with doctors to end strike
    16 april 2018 22:15:41
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Striking Gambian doctors and the government have reached an agreement to end the long-drawn industrial action that affected Gambia’s health institutions. Full text...

  • AfDB supports Nigeria’s healthcare sector
    16 april 2018 13:27:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) says because Lagos State, Nigeria’s largest healthcare market, lacks an adequate supply of quality secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities with only about 700 to 1,000 quality beds for a population of over 21 million people, its board of Directors has approved a loan of US$ 20 million to help Nigeria develop human capital through improved service delivery in the healthcare system. Full text...

  • Red Cross says trauma unit of Bangui's major hospital 'completely full'
    13 april 2018 10:14:14
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The trauma unit at a major hospital in the Central African Republic (CAR) is filled to capacity after an outbreak of fighting in the capital, where ambulances transporting the wounded have often been delayed because of street battles and barricades. Full text...

  • IOM, partners begin new round of vaccinations in South Sudan
    13 april 2018 05:32:50
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations migration agency and its partners are set to begin a second round of an oral cholera vaccination campaign in Malakal and Wau, South Sudan, after the initial round reached more than 60,400 people last month. Full text...

  • UN advises hospitals to help mothers breastfeed
    11 april 2018 22:38:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Breastfeeding within the first hour of birth protects newborns from infections and saves lives, United Nations agencies said at the roll-out of their 10-step guidance to help new mothers and hospital workers embrace this practical advice and give children the best possible start in life. Full text...

  • UN-backed campaign to protect nearly a billion people in Africa from yellow fever by 2026
    10 april 2018 22:27:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid a resurgence of yellow fever outbreaks, the United Nations together with partners, has begun an ambitious campaign to vaccinate close to one billion people against the deadly disease across 27 high-risk African countries. Full text...

  • Rwanda bans imports of Burundian small ruminants' meat after detection of viral infection
    10 april 2018 17:26:12
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Authorities in the Rwandan ministry of Agriculture and Animal resources, on Tuesday instructed all the Customs and Border services to intensify control against viral infections of small ruminants which was detected in neighboring Burundi and threatening to spread across the border. Full text...

  • Medical charity moves to vaccinate some 10,000 children in Mali
    10 april 2018 09:46:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Being vaccinated against diseases like diphtheria, measles, whooping cough, meningitis, pneumonia, yellow fever, and other potentially fatal illnesses is a commonplace event for many children. Full text...

  • African countries urged to strive for universal access to good quality health
    07 april 2018 20:00:39
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has urged African countries to strive towards universal access to good quality health care to spur economic growth, development and prosperity across the Region. Full text...

  • Universal health coverage key to safer, fairer world, says WHO chief
    07 april 2018 04:28:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday marked World Health Day, and the agency’s 70th anniversary, with a strong call for universal health coverage, to ensure that all people can get quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. Full text...

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