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  • 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...

  • IPPF wants renewed commitment to AIDS free world
    29 november 2013 10:49:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of the World AIDS day celebration on 1 December, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has called for a renewed global commitment to an AIDS-free world with no one left behind, according to a statement from the London-based organisation, made available to PANA here on Friday. Full text...

  • WHO issues new guidance for treating children with severe acute malnutrition
    27 november 2013 10:03:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) Wednesday released new treatment guidelines for the almost 20 million under-five children worldwide who have severe acute malnutrition. Full text...

  • WHO launches new guidelines on HIV to address needs of adolescents
    26 november 2013 21:23:18
    New York, US (PANA) – Ahead of this year’s World AIDS Day, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched new recommendations to address the specific needs of adolescents, both those living with HIV and those who are at risk of infection, many of whom do not receive the care and support they need. Full text...

  • UNAMID peacekeepers provide critical health care for IDPs in an East Darfur town
    24 november 2013 19:30:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have been receiving protection and health care from African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) since April 2013, when fighting between Sudanese government troops and an armed movement forced them to flee their homes in Labado, East Darfur. Full text...

  • 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...

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