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  • 14% of newborns at risk of brain damage every year due to iodine deficiency – UN
    01 march 2018 19:40:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year – 14 per cent – are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to a lack of iodine in the earliest years of life, according to a United Nations-backed report released Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambian army to join campaign against open defecation
    01 march 2018 10:21:38
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is to involve the Gambian military in the campaign to discourage open defecation in the country. Full text...

  • President Barrow opens 58th West African surgeons' meeting
    26 february 2018 17:35:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow on Monday opened here the 58th annual meeting of West African College of Surgeons stating that the health sector stands out as one of his administration's priority areas for urgent action. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone maximizes protection of children against polio
    24 february 2018 09:12:34
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone on Friday officially introduced injectable polio vaccine (or IPV) into its routine immunization programme to maximize protection against polio. Full text...

  • New UN high-profile panel set to take on non-communicable diseases
    17 february 2018 05:01:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Bold, innovative solutions are now on the table to accelerate the prevention and control of deadly non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – such as heart and lung disease, cancers and diabetes – as a new United Nations health agency high-level commission gets set to begin its work. Full text...

  • WHO issues new guidelines on global care standards during childbirth
    15 february 2018 17:44:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new guidelines on global care standards throughout labour and immediately after childbirth aimed at reducing the use of needless and potentially harmful routine clinical and medical interventions. Full text...

  • WHO Africa boss begins Congo visit
    15 february 2018 11:56:45
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, started her first official three-day visit to the Republic of Congo on 14 February to enhance cooperation on strengthening the country’s health system. Full text...

  • South Sudan declares end of cholera outbreak
    08 february 2018 11:37:53
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – South Sudan has declared the end of its longest and largest cholera outbreak, with no new cases of cholera reported in over seven weeks. Full text...

  • US$46 billion in productivity lost to cancer in major emerging economies (A WHO Feature)
    04 february 2018 01:31:15
    Lyon, France, (PANA) – A new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology evaluates for the first time the cost of productivity lost due to premature cancer deaths in several major emerging economies. Full text...

  • Remote Nigeria communities welcome child health programme (A WHO Feature)
    04 february 2018 01:25:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - We have travelled for over 2 hours from Minna in Nigeria’s rural Niger State. The final 45 minutes are on unpaved roads, and we exchange nods and waves as our jostling four-wheel drive vehicle passes people walking or tending to crops. Coming to a field ringed with trees, we exit the vehicles to walk down a precipitous trail leading to the village of Etsu Gudu. Full text...

  • IAEA chief urges greater access to cancer diagnosis, prevention, treatment services
    02 february 2018 20:32:53
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – Millions of people suffering from cancer in developing countries still lack access to effective prevention, screening, early diagnosis and treatment, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Friday, urging continued efforts to ensure greater access to these vital services. Full text...

  • Congo, health charity sign MOU
    31 january 2018 10:21:02
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo and a humanitarian and medical charity, Order of Malta, on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding under which Congo will benefit from vaccination and other medical care activities. Full text...

  • WHO warms about antibiotic resistance
    29 january 2018 19:58:47
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Antimicrobials have been a driver of unprecedented medical and societal advances, but their overuse has resulted in antibiotic resistant bacteria. Full text...

  • WHO says world should focus on ending transmission of leprosy among children
    28 january 2018 05:51:55
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As the world marks World Leprosy Day, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) says national programmes should boost active case-finding, strengthen surveillance, improve contact-tracing and focus more on early detection of leprosy cases among children to ensure achievement of the global target of zero child infection by 2020. Full text...

  • African leaders urged to renew commitment to malaria-free Africa
    27 january 2018 15:49:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African nations must renew their commitment and strengthen instruments to attain a malaria-free Africa by 2030, their leaders heard on Friday at a high-level briefing held on the margins of the 30th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • WHO promotes one-health approach in response to zoonotic diseases in South Sudan
    26 january 2018 18:21:19
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Friday it is promoting the one-health approach to ensure that the combined resources and expertise are effectively used to reduce threats posed by zoonotic diseases in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Largest yellow fever vaccination campaign in Nigeria’s history under way – WHO
    26 january 2018 06:34:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government launched a mass vaccination campaign in alliance with the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday, aiming to immunize more than 25 million people before the end of this year. Full text...

  • Time to end leprosy stigma, says UN human rights expert
    25 january 2018 18:11:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - People affected by leprosy continue to suffer discrimination and lack of access to medical care, a newly appointed UN human rights expert specialising in the disease has warned, citing latest statistics that show over 200,000 new cases a year. Full text...

  • World Fund gives Mali 34 billion CFAF for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis treatment
    25 january 2018 15:45:49
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government and the World Fund for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis signed an agreement for 34 billion CFAF to strengthen the fight against HIV/AIDS in Mali, sources close to the Malian ministry of Health told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyan breastfeeding mothers face rape threats at state-run hospital
    19 january 2018 11:39:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Mothers of new-borns at a state-owned Kenyan hospital have narrated rape ordeals usually perpetrated by healthcare workers at the facility and sometimes by patients. Full text...

  • Authorities in Botswana issue cholera alert
    18 january 2018 11:19:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana is on high alert following the outbreak of cholera in East and Central African countries including Malawi, Kenya, South Sudan, Mozambique, Tanzania and Angola. Full text...

  • Nanotechnology's new cost-effective approach to address waterborne diseases in Rwanda (A feature by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent in Kigali)
    17 january 2018 14:08:56
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - With the use of nanotechnology application, including the distribution of equipment and powder products that come in small affordable easy-to-use packets with a high specificity of water purification, rural communities in Rwanda are now using these new purification products to replace the traditional water treatment. Full text...

  • Short period of postoperative bladder catheterization effective for repair of simple urinary fistula (A WHO Feature)
    14 january 2018 06:31:02
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN World Health Oraganisation (WHO) has issued a new recommendation on the length of bladder catheterization following surgical repair of a simple obstetric urinary fistula. Full text...

  • WHO prequalifies breakthrough vaccine for typhoid (A WHO Feature)
    14 january 2018 06:25:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - At the end of December 2017, WHO prequalified the first conjugate vaccine for typhoid, Bharat Biotech’s Typbar-TCV. Full text...

  • At least 60 dead in largest-ever Listeria outbreak in South Africa– WHO
    12 january 2018 19:43:30
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – What is believed to be the largest-ever outbreak of the bacterial disease Listeriosis – or Listeria – has left more than 60 people dead across South Africa, with nearly 750 confirmed cases, the United Nation’s health agency said on Friday. Full text...

  • WHO supports the immunization of 1 million people against cholera in Zambia
    10 january 2018 15:39:12
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Government of Zambia has launched a campaign to vaccinate residents of Lusaka against cholera with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners, according to an official statement issued Wednesday by the UN agency. Full text...

  • WHO chief urges Madagascar to invest in health to end plague epidemics
    09 january 2018 07:47:18
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - The Director-General of WHO has outlined his vision for a Madagascar free of plague epidemics during a three-day visit to the island nation that started on 7 January 2018. Full text...

  • 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...

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