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  • Typhoon Haiyan: WHO, Philippines Govt launch mass vaccination campaign
    22 november 2013 09:37:11
    Manila, Philippines (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Philippines Department of Health have launched a vaccination campaign to prevent outbreaks of measles and polio among survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Full text...

  • President Jonathan undergoes medical check up in London
    21 november 2013 16:41:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - In the course of his on-going visit to London for a meeting of Nigeria’s Honorary International Investors’ Council, President Goodluck Jonathan became indisposed and could not be present at Thursday's opening of the meeting, according to an official press statement, received here by PANA. Full text...

  • UN reports sustained progress in fighting HIV/AIDS
    20 november 2013 21:39:56
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN on Wednesday reported accelerated progress in combating HIV/AIDS in much of the world, with significant decreases in new infections and deaths, but said worrying signs persist that some regions and countries are falling behind in the global battle. Full text...

  • ICFP confab: Participants harp on sustained family planning funding
    15 november 2013 21:38:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - As the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) came to an end Friday in Addis Ababa, a high level panel discussion has identified sustained funding, commitment, legislative support and effective leadership as key to improving access to the unmet family planning needs of 53 million women on the continent. Full text...

  • Nigeria, US officials work out modalities for disaster response
    14 november 2013 20:32:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Officials of Nigeria and United States met on Thursday in Abuja to work out modalities for enhancing disaster preparedness and strengthening Nigeria’s response to outbreak of pandemic. Full text...

  • World Diabetes Day: Ban urges greater access to healthy food, physical activity
    14 november 2013 16:41:42
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday stressed the need to lower the number of people living with diabetes by changing unhealthy lifestyles that include poor diets and a lack of exercise. Full text...

  • Mauritius celebrates World Diabetes Day
    14 november 2013 09:02:47
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo said Thursday that Mauritius is no longer among the top 10 countries with the highest prevalence of diabetes, quoting the International Diabetes Federation Atlas 2012. Full text...

  • Report: More countries access contraceptive information
    13 november 2013 22:57:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A report released on Wednesday at the ongoing international conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa has noted that countries with greater needs for family planning are making progress to increase access to contraceptive information, supplies and services among their people. Full text...

  • American Heart Association releases guide to prevent heart attack, stroke
    13 november 2013 19:06:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology on Wednesday released new cardiovascular prevention guidelines to prevent heart attack and stroke. Full text...

  • Sustained political support urged for family planning
    13 november 2013 10:51:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Participants at the ongoing third International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) here have underscored the importance of sustained political will to ensure increased access to family planning information and tools. Full text...

  • Celebrated African musician Chaka Chaka hails Ethiopian health body
    12 november 2013 21:17:29
    Adama, Ethiopia (PANA) - Renowned South Africa musician, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, on Tuesday hailed the efforts of an Ethiopian family planning body, the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE), for championing the cause of sexual and reproductive health as well as providing access to family planning tools to a large number of people. Full text...

  • UN agencies, partners say simple actions can reduce pneumonia deaths
    12 november 2013 19:04:14
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN agencies and their partners are marking World Pneumonia Day on Tuesday by highlighting essential actions that can help end child deaths from the single biggest killer of children under the age of five around the world. Full text...

  • UN Security Council expresses concern over Sudan’s polio campaign
    12 november 2013 15:17:07
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Security Council said it was concerned that the planned anti-polio vaccination campaign, scheduled to hold in Sudan's South Kordofan and Blue Nile States, could not hold due to the impasse between the government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), which controls areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Full text...

  • Pneumonia still responsible for 1/5th of child deaths - WHO
    12 november 2013 14:20:37
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As the 5th World Pneumonia Day is marked 12 Nov., the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that the disease remains the single biggest killer of children under five globally, claiming the lives of more than one million girls and boys every year. Full text...

  • Ethiopia hosts international confab on family planning
    11 november 2013 23:48:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A key Global Family Planning Conference will be held from 12-15 November in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that will bring together thousands of advocates, researchers, health professionals and political leaders from more than 100 countries. Full text...

  • Shortage of health workforce to reach 12.9m in coming decades - WHO
    11 november 2013 17:02:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The world will be losing 12.9 million healthcare workers by 2035; according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO), released on Monday and received here b y PANA. Full text...

  • AIDS.lMinisters of Health and Finance on domestic financing for health
    08 november 2013 21:07:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and the African Development Bank (AfDB) will convene a high-level political meeting on increased domestic funding for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Addis Ababa next week. Full text...

  • Over 20m to be vaccinated for polio in Syria, neighbouring countries
    08 november 2013 13:21:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The largest-ever consolidated immunisation response in the Middle East is under way to stop a polio outbreak, aiming to vaccinate over 20 million children in seven countries and territories repeatedly, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Full text...

  • ACHPR condemns coerced sterilisation of women living with HIV
    07 november 2013 17:07:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has condemned the coerced sterilisation of women living with HIV as a blatant violation of their fundamental rights, which are guaranteed under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Full text...

  • UN, World Bank support women's health, girls' education in the Sahel
    06 november 2013 15:12:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Responding to Niger's "Call to Action" for improvements in women's reproductive health and girls' education, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim have pledged to strongly support the initiative and to invest Full text...

  • Togo authorities destroy fake drugs
    01 november 2013 20:55:52
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Some 80 tonnes of counterfeit drugs and other illegal products have been destroyed by the Togolese authorities in the fight against fake pharmaceutical products, official sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • UNFPA report tasks governments on adolescent pregnancy
    30 october 2013 22:09:02
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN Population Fund (UNFPA) report released on Wednesday has called on governments to help girls achieve their full potential through education and adequate health services, in order to check the high rates of teenage pregnancies. Full text...

  • Congo launches vaccination against wild poliomyelitis
    29 october 2013 18:42:17
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congo has launched a vaccination campaign against the wild poliomyelitis across the country for children under five years of age, according to an official statement here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ghana to start pilot vaccination project against cervical cancer
    27 october 2013 06:33:19
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana is to start a pilot project next year to vaccinate adolescent girls against cervical cancer to stem its spread, President John Dramani Mahama announced on Saturday. Full text...

  • Mauritius takes health screening, counselling to the people
    26 october 2013 17:47:14
    Quatre Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Health ministry Saturday launched the ‘Health Screening and Counselling services at your doorstep Programme’, taking screening and counselling services further closer to the population, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • WHO urges redoubled efforts to eradicate polio
    25 october 2013 06:52:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said while the world is closer than ever to eradicating polio, children continue to be at risk, particularly in the Horn of Africa where a tapering outbreak has been confirmed, and Syria. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak in Nigeria spreads to Lagos, kills 3
    24 october 2013 09:46:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The outbreak of the life-threatening bacteria disease, cholera, in Nigeria has hit the economic capital city of Lagos, where it has claimed three lives, according to the eponymous state government. Full text...

  • 7.5 million Ivorian children for polio vaccination
    23 october 2013 17:03:13
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - More than 7.5 million Ivorian children, aged 0-5 years, will be vaccinated against polio when the third round of the nation's national immunization programme begins on Friday, according to health officials here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Drug resistance, missed patients put gains of TB control at risk
    23 october 2013 13:11:21
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Key challenges, including missed patients and drug resistance, have put at risk the tremendous gains achieved in global TB treatment, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Tuberculosis report 2013 published Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan, South Sudan cooperate in polio vaccination
    21 october 2013 09:40:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Monday said it had agreed to cooperate with South Sudan for a coordinated vaccination of hundreds of thousands of under-five children against polio. Full text...

  • WHO campaigns against lead poisoning in children
    18 october 2013 10:31:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - On the occasion of the International Lead Poisoning Awareness Prevention Week of Action (20-26 Oct), the World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking an end to lead poisoning in children by calling on countries to strengthen national actions to eliminate lead paint. Full text...

  • WHO says outdoor air pollution a leading cause of cancer
    17 october 2013 22:33:45
    New York, US (PANA) – The specialized cancer agency of the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Thursday that outdoor air pollution was a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths. Full text...

  • Zambia gets US$156m grant from Global Fund for ARV
    17 october 2013 11:11:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have signed a US$156 million grant agreement aimed at ensuring a secure supply of antiretroviral (ARV) medicine to all those receiving HIV treatment. Full text...

  • GAVI Alliance says 250 million children to be vaccinated by 2015
    15 october 2013 16:36:29
    New York, US (PANA) - A partnership between public and private sector, the GAVI Alliance, is was on track to meet its targets of supporting developing countries to immunize nearly 250 million children by 2015. Full text...

  • UN says simple handwash with soap can prevent diseases
    15 october 2013 15:31:50
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN on Tuesday called on people around the world to always engage in hand-washing to help prevent the spread of diarrhoeal disease and to ensure their health and well-being. Full text...

  • Mauritian, Mozambican health ministries to sign cooperation agreement
    14 october 2013 14:00:06
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Health Ministry will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its Mozambican counterpart on collaboration in Health matters, a PANA correspondent reported Monday from Port-Louis, the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • UN Security Council urges Sudan to undertake polio vaccination campaign
    12 october 2013 15:58:07
    New York, US (PANA) – Alarmed by the imminent threat posed by the spread of polio through South Kordofan, the UN Security Council has called on the Sudanese government to carry out a vaccination campaign immediately to stop the spread of the disease. Full text...

  • Mauritius sets up National Cancer Agency
    11 october 2013 11:43:00
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Health Ministry announced Friday the setting up of a National Cancer Agency under the Trust Fund for Specialised Medical Care Programme. Full text...

  • Mauritius concerned over mental health status of its old people
    10 october 2013 16:25:01
    Beau-Bassin, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo, on Thursday warned that mental health problems among ageing populations constitute a serious issue that needs to be addressed without delay. Full text...

  • UN marks World Mental Health Day with focus on well-being of ageing populations
    10 october 2013 14:23:10
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Thursday said citizens over 60 years of age must have access to social and health services to ensure their physical and mental well-being. Full text...

  • World’s largest Malaria conference starts in Durban Thursday
    09 october 2013 09:44:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The sixth Multilateral Initiative for Malaria (MIM) conference kicks off in Durban, South Africa, Thursday, organisers said. Full text...

  • Mass vaccination in Cameroon after 2 cases of yellow fever
    08 october 2013 18:26:20
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroon has carried out a massive yellow fever vaccination after two cases of the disease were confirmed earlier this year, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Nigeria may create special fund for state-of-the-art medical facilities
    08 october 2013 15:17:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria is considering the creation of a special intervention fund to facilitate the rapid establishment of modern medical facilities in the country, according to President Goodluck Jonathan. Full text...

  • Sudan, partners to launch anti-polio vaccination in 2 regions
    03 october 2013 16:19:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government and the rebel movements in South Kordufan, in the neighbouring South Sudan and Blue Nile, bordering Ethiopia, will observe a cessation of hostilities to allow for the vaccination of hundreds of thousands of children against the crippling polio diseases. Full text...

  • Polio-free South Sudan confirms 3 new cases
    03 october 2013 11:33:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Government of South Sudan has declared a polio outbreak after three new cases of the crippling disease were confirmed in the country. Full text...

  • South Sudan to strengthen national response to HIV/AIDS – UNAIDS
    02 october 2013 18:56:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Deputy Executive Director of Programmes, Dr. Luiz Loures, on Wednesday welcomed South Sudan’s renewed commitment in fighting the rate of new infections in the world’s youngest nation. Full text...

  • 'Cancer emerging major public health problem in Mauritius'
    02 october 2013 15:59:24
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo, said on Wednesday that cancer had become the third major health threat after diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in Mauritius. Full text...

  • WHO launches new plan to end childhood TB
    01 october 2013 21:06:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the deaths of more than 74,000 children from tuberculosis (TB) could be prevented each year through measures outlined in the first action plan developed specifically on TB and children. Full text...

  • Over 10,000 people suffering from HIV/AIDS in Mauritius
    30 september 2013 12:54:24
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Health Ministry said here Monday that a total of 5,682 cases of HIV/AIDS has been recorded in the island from 1987 till the end of August 2013, of which 1,203 were females. Full text...

  • UN agencies stress dog vaccinations, public awareness to eliminate rabies
    28 september 2013 19:25:54
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) have called for the elimination of rabies, stressing that mass dog vaccinations and public awareness were the key to breaking the cycle of transmission. Full text...

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