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  • 'Implement policy frameworks to address maternal, newborn, child mortality challenges'
    03 august 2013 13:10:39
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Dr. Nkosazana C. Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, has called for the implementation of existing continental and national policy frameworks and plans of action that address the challenges of maternal, newborn and child mortality in Africa. Full text...

  • WHO tasks member states on acute respiratory infections
    02 august 2013 10:43:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has tasked member states to continue with their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns. Full text...

  • AU holds health conference in SA
    02 august 2013 10:02:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - An African Union (AU) conference aimed at complementing ongoing efforts to improve the health of African citizens and reduce maternal and newborn mortality is underway in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Ex-Ugandan VP is UN envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa
    02 august 2013 08:09:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Ms. Speciosa Wandira-Kasibwe of Uganda as his Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Full text...

  • UNICEF urges strong leadership to promote breastfeeding
    01 august 2013 22:10:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) kicked off World Breastfeeding Week on Thursday by calling for strong leadership to promote a practice that is the most effective and inexpensive way to save a child’s life. Full text...

  • More than 22,000 children affected by malnutrition in southern DRC
    31 july 2013 20:25:58
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – More than 22,700 children are suffering from malnutrition in the province of Katanga, in south-west of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the spokesperson for the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Yvon Edoumou, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • AIDS-related deaths fall by 40% in Eastern, Southern Africa
    30 july 2013 12:49:21
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - AIDS-related deaths in Eastern and Southern Africa are continuing to decline as access to antiretroviral therapy increases across the region, a report released Tuesday by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa shows. Full text...

  • World Hepatitis Day: UNODC chief calls for prevention, fair access to treatment
    28 july 2013 19:13:07
    New York, US (PANA) - As the 2013 World Hepatitis Day is marked globally on Sunday (28July), Executive Director of UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov has called for stronger prevention efforts to stop the spread of this major health risk. Full text...

  • No Coronovirus in Nigeria's most populous city, officials say
    26 july 2013 15:50:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Officials in Nigeria's most populous city of Lagos said Friday no case of the deadly Coronavirus disease has been recorded in the city or in the eponymous state. Full text...

  • UN General Assembly designates 19 November as World Toilet Day
    24 july 2013 19:43:33
    New York, US (PANA) - In a bid to make sanitation for all a global development priority, the UN General Assembly on Wednesday designated 19 November as the World Toilet Day, Full text...

  • UNICEF, partners raise alarm on nutrition crisis in northern Mali
    24 july 2013 17:53:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The humanitarian community is sounding the alarm on a nutrition Full text...

  • Cholera epidemic halted in southern Congo
    24 july 2013 12:50:41
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The cholera epidemic that has ravaged Pointe-Noire, southern Congo, since last November has been halted, according to the health official in charge of the efforts, Dr. Joseph Ngala. Full text...

  • 2013 World Hepatitis Day: WHO urges action on hepatitis threat
    24 july 2013 11:33:29
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged governments to act against the five hepatitis viruses that can cause severe liver infections and lead to 1.4 million deaths every year, ahead of the 2013 World Hepatitis Day to be observed globally 28 July. Full text...

  • UNICEF says 30 million girls at risk of genital mutilation
    22 july 2013 19:23:20
    New York, US (PANA) - A report, launched on Monday by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), Full text...

  • Top leading causes of death remain top major killers in last decade - WHO
    22 july 2013 13:48:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The top leading causes of death in the world have remained the top major killers in the past decade (2000-2011), according to the latest statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), obtained by PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya’s Safaricom Business wins award for maternal health initiative
    17 july 2013 16:51:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Kenyan mobile service operator, Safaricom Business, has won top honours at the third Chief Information Officer (CIO) Awards, held in Kigali, Rwanda, for a mobile-based platform designed to improve maternal and child health care, Pyramid Research reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS signs malaria elimination pact with Nigerian state
    17 july 2013 12:36:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS and Nigeria’s oil-rich Rivers State have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of a factory to produce anti-mosquito larvae biolarvicides, under the ECOWAS Malaria Elimination Campaign. Full text...

  • African leaders recommit to better funding to tackle HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria
    16 july 2013 17:13:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Special Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria ended in Abuja Tuesday, with African leaders recommitting themselves to the declaration they made in 2001 to increase health sector funding in order to end the scourge of the diseases. Full text...

  • AU Special Summit: Jonathan tasks African leaders as summit opens
    15 july 2013 16:44:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Special Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria got underway here Monday, with host President Goodluck Jonathan challenging his fellow African leaders to look inward in the search of solutions to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other related infectious diseases. Full text...

  • AU Special Summit: Infectious diseases, threat to Africa's development - Dlamini-Zuma
    15 july 2013 16:22:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Monday described HIV/AIDS and the other infectious diseases as threats to Africa's socio-economic development. Full text...

  • WHO says malaria vaccine possible by 2015
    14 july 2013 17:44:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Sunday that a vaccine for malaria may just be three years away. Full text...

  • AU ''needs'' US$3.6b annually for malaria prevention, control
    14 july 2013 17:32:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Africa Union (AU) said on Sunday it requires US$3.6 billion yearly for the prevention and control of malaria in the continent, which accounts for most of the malaria cases and deaths worldwide. Full text...

  • Nigeria plans new intervention plan on malaria
    14 july 2013 00:11:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria is planning a new intervention plan on malaria in order to boost Full text...

  • New UN framework to give 15 million people access to HIV treatment
    13 july 2013 16:53:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Saturday launched a new framework which seeks to give 15 million people with HIV/AIDS access to anti-retroviral treatment by the year 2015. Full text...

  • New malaria intelligence gathering unit for Africa launched
    13 july 2013 13:47:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Malaria Situation Room, a joint initiative that will provide critical malaria intelligence in support of 10 African countries, was launched on Saturday at a special African Union (AU) Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Abuja, Nigeria. Full text...

  • Health sector funding key to reducing HIV infections - Zambian President
    12 july 2013 20:39:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Michael Sata says education and increased funding to the health sector are key to reducing the number of new HIV infections in the country. Full text...

  • Africa to commit to zero AIDS death in post-MDG era
    12 july 2013 13:22:28
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibe has assured that Africa, which has the largest number of people living with AIDS, will, in the post-MDG era, commit to achieving zero deaths related to HIV/AIDS by ensuring better treatment and prevention. Full text...

  • 'Nigeria records nine new polio cases'
    12 july 2013 10:46:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has reported nine new cases of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) after about two weeks without recording any case, bringing the total number of cases in the country for 2013 to 35, the private Guardian newspaper reported Friday, quoting the latest edition of the Weekly Polio Update published by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Full text...

  • Adolescent pregnancies in Zambia remain a challenge
    11 july 2013 17:31:48
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Adolescent pregnancies continue to be a challenge in Zambia, with recent reports showing that 3 out of 10 teenagers in Zambia (ages 15 to 19) are victims of early motherhood, making the country the fifth highest in teen pregnancies in sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • 'Mandela responding to treatment'
    10 july 2013 21:07:06
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - There is a glimmer of hope for critically-ill former South African President Nelson Mandela, after the country's presidency said on Wednesday that he is responding to treatment at the hospital, where he has been on admission since 8 June for a recurring lung infection. Full text...

  • Bush wants life-saving in poor countries prioritised
    03 july 2013 09:22:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Noting Africa’s impressive progress in reducing new HIV infections, former US President George W. Bush has called on policymakers in developed nations to make life-saving in developing regions one of their priorities. Full text...

  • WHO issues new HIV treatment guidelines
    02 july 2013 07:50:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended an earlier offering of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for people living with HIV, saying it will enable them to live longer, healthier lives, and substantially reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others. Full text...

  • Cancer cases rose in 2012 in Brazzaville
    29 june 2013 17:14:58
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Cancer cases in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital, rose in 2012 with 614 cases recorded, 114 more than the 500 cases recorded in both 2010 and 2011, the head of the Cancer Service at Brazzaville’s Teaching Hospital, Charles Gombe Mbalawa, indicated here Saturday. Full text...

  • 12,000 Mauritians are on drugs - Health minister
    26 june 2013 13:58:15
    Ilot, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Health Minister, Lormus Bundhoo, Wednesday indicated that although Mauritius was a small island, there are between 11,000 and 12,000 drug addicts in the country. Full text...

  • New HIV infections in children reduced by 50% in sub-Saharan Africa
    25 june 2013 18:41:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A new report on the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive has revealed a marked increase in progress in stopping new infections in children across the Global Plan priority countries in Africa. Full text...

  • Mauritius introduces Human Tissue Bill to Parliament
    25 june 2013 17:45:49
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Health Minister, Lormus Bundhoo, on Tuesday introduced the Human Tissue (Removal, Preservation and Transplant) Bill into Parliament in a bid to facilitate the removal and transplant of renal and other organs legally. Full text...

  • Mauritian students urged to pray for ailing Nelson Mandela
    25 june 2013 14:37:45
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Education Minister, Vasant Bunwaree, has called on students across the country to pray for the ailing former South African President, Nelson Mandela, whom he referred to as a living legend. Full text...

  • Youth reproductive health project launched in Senegal
    25 june 2013 13:05:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A youth health-centered programme, dubbed Access Service and Knowledge (ASK), was officially launched in Dakar Tuesday, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • President Zuma urges S/Africans to pray for Mandela
    24 june 2013 17:33:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma on Monday urged all South Africans to pray for Nelson Mandela, the ailing world statesman who is now in a critical condition at a Pretoria hospital. Full text...

  • Violence against women, ‘global health problem of epidemic proportions’ - WHO
    21 june 2013 13:04:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Physical or sexual violence is a public health problem that affects more than one third of all women globally, according to a new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO, in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches National Physical Activity Plan
    20 june 2013 13:58:20
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo Thursday launched the National Physical Activity Plan in a bid to increase awareness on the importance of physical activity among the population, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • UN, Lancet journal to hold meeting on AIDS response in Malawi
    20 june 2013 07:46:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Heads of State, policymakers, scientists, advocates and private sector leaders will gather on 28-29 June in Lilongwe, Malawi, to explore how the AIDS response can be used to shape the future of global health, a UN statement said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria now has 7 hospitals for kidney transplant – Health Minister
    14 june 2013 08:18:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Seven tertiary hospitals in Nigeria have been equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and personnel to undertake kidney transplant, the local VANGUARD newspaper quoted the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, as saying Thursday in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city. Full text...

  • UNAIDS welcomes new study to prevent new HIV infections
    13 june 2013 21:53:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), on Thursday reiterated strong support for a combined approach to prevent new HIV infections among injecting drug users, while welcoming a new study of the positive impact of an anti-retroviral medicine. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches blood donation campaign
    13 june 2013 19:12:59
    Vacoas-Phoenix, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian health authorities on Thursday launched a campaign in Vacoas-Phoenix, central Mauritius, to sensitize the local population on the need to donate blood on a regular basis. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 16 in Congo’s Pointe-Noire
    13 june 2013 13:20:00
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A cholera epidemic, plaguing Congo’s commercial city of Pointe-Noire since November 2012, has killed 16 persons out of the 1,054 cases recorded, according to a report issued by health officials here Thursday. Full text...

  • 35 tons of fake drugs seized in Congo
    13 june 2013 12:53:28
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese police said Thursday it had seized 35 tons of fake drugs, following a joint operation with the Gendarmerie. Full text...

  • African First Ladies body against HIV/AIDS partners IPPFAR on reproductive health
    13 june 2013 10:07:46
    Lagos, Nigeria(PANA) - The International Planned Parenthood Africa Region (IPPFAR) has signed a working agreement with the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) to address reproductive and sexual health, including family planning, prevention of HIV/ AIDS, maternal mortality as well as morbidity on the continent. Full text...

  • “Mandela responding well” - President Zuma
    12 june 2013 17:09:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday delivered some positive news to a nation anxious about the well-being of world statesman Nelson Mandela who is in intensive care at a Pretoria hospital. Full text...

  • World Blood Donor Day: WHO nudges countries on voluntary blood donations
    12 june 2013 09:14:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged all countries to obtain 100% of their supplies of blood and blood products from voluntary unpaid blood donors by 2020. Full text...

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