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  • Mali: Mortality rate of U-5 children reduced by half in Mali
    06 february 2014 14:22:23
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The mortality rate of children under five in Mali was reduced by half between 1990 and 2012, the UNICEF Representative in Mali, Gianfranco Rotigliano, indicated here Wednesday in a report, entitled "the state of the world’s children in figures 2014". Full text...

  • Kenya: Philips, AMREF in strategic partnership to improve healthcare in Africa
    06 february 2014 13:48:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Royal Philips and the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) are to work together in an innovative shared-value partnership designed to bring about a structural improvement in the healthcare infrastructure and provision on the African continent. Full text...

  • Togo: Cases of anthrax epizootic recorded in Togo
    05 february 2014 14:55:44
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Anthrax epizootic, a disease that attacks animals and can be transmitted from animals to humans, has hit Nataré district, in the Savanes Region of Togo, according to an official communique from the Prime Minister's Office and the Livestock ministry. Full text...

  • Gambia: US diplomat applauds Gambia’s investment in health
    05 february 2014 11:39:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A US diplomat has hailed the Government of Gambia for its investment in healthcare, education and immunisation, PANA reported from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Science Academy warns of shortage of measles vaccines
    04 february 2014 22:03:38
    Nigeria, Lagos (PANA) – The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) has warned that the country risks the scarcity of measles vaccines, which could result in hundreds of under five deaths, if urgent action is not taken, as the current stock will run out by mid-April. Full text...

  • Mauritius: World Cancer Day marked
    04 february 2014 11:26:27
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Cancer is emerging as a major public health challenge that can be attributed to an ageing population, rapid lifestyle modifications and environmental changes in Mauritius, where it has become the third major health threat after diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, PANA reported Tuesday from the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Health expert advocates more investment in African youth
    03 february 2014 23:21:49
    Yaounde , Cameroon (PANA) – Ahead of the official opening ceremony of the 6th edition of Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights on 5 February, a capacity building workshop opened on Monday in Yaounde with a call on African countries to double their investments in the youth. Full text...

  • US: WHO calls for more action to prevent cancer
    03 february 2014 22:36:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday called for multi-pronged preventive action including treaties and laws extending tobacco-style restrictions to alcohol and sweetened beverages. Full text...

  • Guinea: Campaign against measles to be launched
    02 february 2014 17:59:03
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Guinean health authorities will launch a vaccination campaign for children, aged 0 to five years, against measles that is ravaging the country, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Cameroon hosts Africa confab on sexual health rights
    02 february 2014 17:52:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital, will host the sixth edition of Africa's Conference on Sexual Health and Rights from 3-7 February, PANA reported Sunday, quoting organisers. Full text...

  • Sudan: Insecurity forces MSF doctors to treat patients in the bush
    31 january 2014 14:53:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Doctors without Borders (MSF) on Friday said ongoing insecurity in Unity State has forced thousands of people to flee into the bush, including patients taken out of hospital for them to continue medical treatment. Full text...

  • Congo: EU allocates 4.6m euros to train medical staff in Congo
    31 january 2014 12:25:49
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has allocated 4.6 million euros to train 1,450 paramedical staff in Congo, the country's Ministry of Health and Population said here Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Cancer, third main killer disease in Mauritius'
    30 january 2014 15:16:36
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Cancer is the third main killer disease in Mauritius after diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, accounting for about 12.1 per cent of the total number of deaths in the small island-nation, a PANA correspondent reported from here, quoting official figures. Full text...

  • Kenya: USAID, GE partner with Kenyan bank to finance health programme
    28 january 2014 16:27:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and General Electric (GE), in conjunction with Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Tuesday announced a new partnership that will make up to US$ 10 million in local financing available to small- and medium-enterprises in the country. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN agency warns of emerging diseases in South Sudan
    26 january 2014 17:33:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Despite the ceasefire signed late last week between the warring parties in South Sudan, UNICEF has warned that an outbreak of diseases is unfolding across South Sudanese towns. Full text...

  • Cameroon: More drinking water for Yaounde residents
    24 january 2014 11:18:02
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Residents of the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, will have more access to drinking water following the commissioning of a water treatment plant at Mefou on the outskirts of the city Thursday, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Health workers embark on 3-day warning strike
    22 january 2014 17:35:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian health workers, under the aegis of the Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU), Wednesday embarked on a three-day warning strike aimed at forcing the government to correct "certain anomalies" and implement the terms of previous agreements. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Campaign against drug abuse launched in secondary schools
    22 january 2014 15:31:27
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritius National Agency for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Substance Abuse (NATRESA) Wednesday launched a sensitization campaign against the use and abuse of illicit substances and HIV/Aids in a hundred secondary schools across the island, a PANA correspondent reported from here. Full text...

  • Congo begins free medical, surgical assistance for poor, vulnerable groups
    21 january 2014 22:30:21
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A medical and surgical assistance project for the vulnerable and poor people has begun in Pointe-Noire, Congo's main economic centre, in the south of the country, the Congolese ministry of Health and Population, said on Tuesday in a statement. Full text...

  • Senegal: President Sall opens China-built paediatric hospital
    20 january 2014 14:23:32
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A Children's hospital, financed by the Chinese government, has been officially opened in the Senegalese town of Diamniadio, some 40 kilometres away from the capital, Dakar. Full text...

  • Congo: 'Households spend ¾ of their income on health'
    16 january 2014 14:06:01
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Hospital care and medicines account for three quarters of the health expenditures from the income of the average Congolese, a situation that increases the poverty rate, the Director of health information and research, Richard Bilekot, disclosed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Fight against AIDS achieves 'remarkable' results
    15 january 2014 22:37:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Ghana has achieved "remarkable" results in the fight against AIDS, the National Youth Coordinator of Ghana, Ras Mubarak, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Congolese pharmacists mobilize drugs for CAR
    15 january 2014 22:22:40
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese pharmacists have set up a movement called "SOS Central African Republic" to raise funds to buy drugs for the Central African Republic (CAR), where bloody clashes between Christians and Muslims have left more than 1,000 people dead and millions displaced. Full text...

  • Senegal: Youth leader says battle against HIV/AIDS far from over
    15 january 2014 18:21:13
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gabriel Adeyemo, a youth leader from Nigeria, has said that despite the significant progress made in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, the battle is, however, far from over. Full text...

  • Nigeria: WHO declares Nigeria free of guinea worm
    15 january 2014 17:14:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Nigeria free of guinea worm, effective from 2013, according to Nigerian Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, who presented the guinea worm free certificate signed by the WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chang. Full text...

  • Senegal: African countries urged to invest in ways of curing HIV/Aids
    14 january 2014 18:59:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – UN-African youth leaders, meeting in Dakar, Senegal, Tuesday urged African countries to strengthen their struggle against HIV/Aids and to invest in research to find a cure to the disease. Full text...

  • 'Mauritania is behind in achieving health MDGs'
    10 january 2014 20:28:41
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritania will have difficulty in attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on improving the health of its population, officials said on Friday. Full text...

  • Rabies epidemic kills nine in Congo
    26 december 2013 10:24:46
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - An epidemic of rabies that broke out in Pointe-Noire, Congo, last August has killed nine people, according to the country's Health and Population Ministry. Full text...

  • Senegal gets US$ 42 million to improve health and nutrition
    20 december 2013 16:44:59
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The World Bank has offered Senegal US$42 million to enable the West African country fund its health and nutrition services, needed mostly by thousands of women and children, PANA learnt here from official sources. Full text...

  • Child malnutrition worsening in Cameroon
    19 december 2013 10:02:26
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - The rate of child malnutrition in Cameroon rose from 24 to 33 per cent between 1991 and 2011. Full text...

  • Congo launches vaccination campaign against measles
    17 december 2013 22:50:55
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese Minister of Health and Population, François Ibovi, on Tuesday launched a campaign in Brazzaville against measles to vaccinate some 800,000 children aged 0-5 years. Full text...

  • NGO berates Zambian govt. on decision to sack striking nurses
    17 december 2013 19:27:13
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Open Society Foundation in Zambia has urged President Michael Sata to undertake fact-finding visits to the country's largest hospital, the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, and other health institutions in the country to appreciate calls for reinstating sacked nurses and the gaps the firing has created. Full text...

  • Mauritians warned against outbreak of vector-borne diseases
    16 december 2013 16:09:43
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Health Minister, Lormus Bundhoo, on Monday warned the population against the outbreak of vector-borne diseases as the rainy season starts in the island nation. Full text...

  • 'Cervical cancer, avoidable cause of death among women in sub-Saharan Africa'
    12 december 2013 13:46:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Cervical cancer, 528,000 new cases of which are recorded every year, is most notable in the lower-resource countries of sub-Saharan Africa, according to the latest statistics released Thursday by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a specialised cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), Full text...

  • Mauritians hold blood donation sensitisation march
    12 december 2013 11:14:53
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A march to sensitise Mauritians to donate blood was held in the capital city of Port-Louis Thursday. Full text...

  • World Malaria Report 2013 shows major progress in fight against malaria
    11 december 2013 17:02:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since the year 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 45% globally and by 49% in Africa, according to the World malaria report 2013 published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and received by PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Congo to launch national vaccination campaign against measles
    10 december 2013 11:04:21
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congolese health authorities will launch a national Vaccination Programme (PEV) under which children aged five and under will be vaccinated against measles. Full text...

  • SA Deputy President opens International AIDS conference
    08 december 2013 09:10:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Saturday night noted that AIDS-related deaths in Eastern and Southern Africa continue to decline, as do the annual number of new HIV infections and that more people than ever are receiving life-saving anti-retroviral therapy. Full text...

  • EU earmarks US$ 500m to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria 2014-2016
    04 december 2013 19:02:29
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) will donate US$ 500 million to the World Fund Against AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis during the period 2014 to 2016 to fight the three diseases, PANA learnt here Wednesday from official EU sources. Full text...

  • Polio vaccination starts Friday in Cameroon
    04 december 2013 12:15:58
    Yaoundé, Cameroun (PANA) - Cameroonian health authorities will Friday launch a three-day vaccination campaign against poliomyelitis in eight regions of the country, PANA reported from Yaoundé Wednesday, quoting the Public Health Ministry. Full text...

  • Global partners commit US$12b to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria
    04 december 2013 06:57:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has welcomed a US$12 billion commitment by international partners to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at its fourth replenishment meeting in Washington, DC, US. Full text...

  • Gambia signs MOU to fight malnutrition
    03 december 2013 20:57:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Banjul Office of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Gambian National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) and Ministry of Health have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at combating malnutrition in The Gambia, the Voice newspaper reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 5,385 HIV patients officially registered in Libya
    03 december 2013 15:15:53
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – There are 5,385 people suffering from HIV/AIDS in Libya, the Executive Director of the Libyan National Solidarity League with HIV patients, Mohamed Belhaj, has revealed. Full text...

  • President Khama calls for united force to fight HIV/AIDS epidemic
    02 december 2013 15:16:06
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President Ian Khama has expressed optimism that a united force against the prevailing HIV/AIDS epidemic is the solution in fighting the scourge. Full text...

  • 500,000 people suffer spinal cord injury every year - WHO
    02 december 2013 10:42:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) has said as many as 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year. Full text...

  • US hails Africa's anti-AIDS fight
    01 december 2013 20:25:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - New HIV infections In Africa have declined nearly 33 percent over the past decade, according to US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec. Full text...

  • UN hails gains in combating HIV/AIDS, urges more action on 'zero discrimination'
    01 december 2013 19:31:39
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials have welcomed the ''solid progress'' being made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, but urgently appealed to the international community to work even harder to end stigma, discrimination and complacency. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS prevalence rate declines in DRC
    01 december 2013 18:25:52
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has declined from 1.4 per cent in 2006 to 1.1 per cent in 2013, according to the country's anti-AIDS body PNMLS. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS prevalence rate stabilises in Rwanda
    01 december 2013 15:04:12
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Biomedical Centre of Rwanda announced Sunday that the prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in the country has been stabilised over the past three years at 3.1 per cent among the whole population. Full text...

  • UNICEF urges greater action to prevent HIV infections in adolescents
    29 november 2013 16:01:12
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says in a new report, released on Friday, that more than 850,000 infants have been saved from HIV since 2005, but alarming trends seen among adolescents requires urgent action to help this vulnerable group, Full text...

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