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  • UN: WFP urges more humanitarian support for Ebola victims
    06 november 2014 20:06:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ms. Ertharin Cousin, on Thursday called on partners all over the world to work together to address the critical needs of those affected by the Ebola crisis. Full text...

  • Ghana: Minister urges cautious optimism on Ebola response
    06 november 2014 18:10:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana’s Minister of Health Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah has lauded the progress in regional and international responses to the fight against Ebola, with Nigeria and Senegal recently declared free of the disease, but cautioned against letting down the guards on the outbreak that has claimed more than 5,000 lives mainly in West Africa. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana President Mahama appeals for more aid to stop Ebola pandemic
    06 november 2014 14:15:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president John Mahama on Thursday opened a two-day ECOWAS extraordinary summit to discuss the Ebola outbreak with an appeal for more aid to stop its devastating spread. Full text...

  • UN: IFC gives US$450 million in finance package to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone
    05 november 2014 22:54:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), on Wednesday announced a package of some US$450 million in commercial financing that will enable trade, investment, and employment in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan to attend one-day ECOWAS summit on Ebola in Ghana
    05 november 2014 18:42:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will Thursday join other leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra, Ghana, for an emergency one-day Summit on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Regional Solidarity Fund for Ebola falls short
    05 november 2014 15:29:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The US$15 million ECOWAS Regional Solidarity Fund (RSF), created in July 2014 to meet the demands of the three West African states worst hit by Ebola, has recorded contributions totaling only US$4.5 million, according to the Director-General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO), Dr. Xavier Crespin. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU sends medical team to boost Ebola response in Guinea
    05 november 2014 14:27:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has stepped up its Ebola response with the deployment of a team of medical workers to Guinea, one of the three countries affected by Ebola. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia’s former first lady Thandiwe Banda diagnosed with cancer
    04 november 2014 16:55:09
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s former First Lady, Thandiwe Banda, has been diagnosed with cancer, her husband former president Rupiah Banda has confirmed. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan denies visa to foreigners from Ebola affected countries
    04 november 2014 14:29:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) - Sudan will not issue visas to travellers from countries affected by the Ebola virus disease on grounds that health checks in those countries were not accurate, the media here reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF doubles staff in Ebola-affected countries, WHO deplores lagging vaccine research
    04 november 2014 04:47:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced plans to boost its staff in countries on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Full text...

  • Congo: China donates medical equipment to Congo
    03 november 2014 11:53:57
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Chinese government has donated medical equipment, worth US$ 815,000 (432 million CFA francs), to Congo to support the African country's fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), according to the Chinese ambassador in Congo, Guan Jian. Full text...

  • UN: UN Ebola response chief says disease 'still very much a crisis'
    02 november 2014 18:23:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Full text...

  • US: Obama commends American military for Ebola response work
    02 november 2014 18:13:47
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has commended the American forces Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says Ebola response must be sustained
    31 october 2014 21:54:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, on Friday appealed for the global response to the deadly virus to be sustained until every last case is contained and treated. Full text...

  • Belgium: US envoy says Ebola will be eradicated
    31 october 2014 11:27:19
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – After visiting the West African countries hit by the deadly Ebola virus disease, the US ambassador to the UN and special envoy of President Barack Obama, Mrs Samantha Power, said she is optimistic about the possibility of eradicating the Ebola disease. Full text...

  • Ghana: World Bank President Kim lauds Ghana's role in Ebola fight
    30 october 2014 20:10:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The World Bank on Thursday commended Ghana for playing an important role in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease, especially by hosting the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and helping to set up a humanitarian bridge to assist the three countries worst hit by the epidemic. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: World Bank increases Ebola response funding to US$500 million
    30 october 2014 16:37:36
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  • Rwanda: EAC lag behind in achieving Abuja Declaration on health
    29 october 2014 21:15:43
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Despite pledges made in Abuja, Nigeria, by African states in 2001 to commit 15 per cent of their annual budgets to public health spending, some member countries of the East African Community (EAC), except Rwanda, are yet to meet the commitment. Full text...

  • UN: 'Signs of Ebola declining in Liberia offer glimmer of hope'
    29 october 2014 19:30:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The spread of Ebola in Liberia may be slowing, as demonstrated in the decline in burials and sickbed occupancy rates, as well as a reduction in lab-reported new cases in the West African country hardest hit by the virus, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria’s Ebola response czar says quick action averted deaths
    29 october 2014 15:42:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Nigeria’s top health research specialist who led the response to an Ebola outbreak which killed at least eight people in Nigeria said Wednesday quick response stopped the spread of the virus in the country. Full text...

  • UN: Ban commends African nations for Ebola repsonse
    28 october 2014 21:50:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday commended some African nations, namely Ethiopia, Burundi and Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), for deploying medical personnel to assist Ebola victims that have claimed nearly 5,000 lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Guinea: New centres for Ebola treatment to be opened in Guinea
    28 october 2014 20:34:16
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - About 88 Ebola transit and treatment centres will be built by mid-November in several regional capitals and prefectures in Guinea, one of the three West African countries being ravaged by the deadly disease, Dr. Sakoba Keita, the Ebola response coordinator, announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says returning Ebola health workers should not be stigmatized
    28 october 2014 17:52:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Health Organization says that it is too early to tell if Full text...

  • Senegal: Oxfam in concerted effort to counter rumours, prejudices about Ebola
    28 october 2014 14:30:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Mistrust, rumour and myths about the origin and spread of Ebola are allowing the disease to thrive particularly in the West African region, the aid agency Oxfam warned in a statement on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO welcomes Swissmedic approval of Ebola vaccine trial at Lausanne University Hospital
    28 october 2014 14:15:03
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - In the latest step towards bringing safe and effective Ebola vaccines for testing, the World Health Organization (WHO) Tuesday welcomed the approval by Swissmedic, the Swiss regulatory authority for therapeutic products, for a trial with an experimental Ebola vaccine at Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ebola spreading faster than worldwide response, UN Chief warns
    28 october 2014 13:35:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Tuesday Ebola was spreading faster than efforts in place to stop it with revised figures of 5,000 health workers urgently sought. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ban speaks out against 'selfish response' to Ebola
    28 october 2014 07:45:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has warned against “selfish response” to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as he kick-started his anti-poverty visit to East Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan warns against discriminatory actions against Nigerians over Ebola
    27 october 2014 22:05:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday expressed the hope that his compatriots would no longer suffer discriminatory checks and stigmatisation abroad, now that the World Health Organization (WHO) has certified that the country is Ebola-free. Full text...

  • UN: Mission concludes visits to Ebola affected countries, presents recovery plan
    27 october 2014 17:11:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Full text...

  • Guinea: President Obama’s envoy reaffirms Washington's support to eradicate Ebola
    27 october 2014 12:57:21
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - "The deadly Ebola virus disease will be eradicated by December if all stakeholders across the country are mobilized," Mrs Samanta Power, the special envoy of the US president Barack Obama, and permanent representative of the United States to the United Nations said on Sunday evening in Conakry, Guinea. Full text...

  • US: American billionaire donates US100 million to fight Ebola
    25 october 2014 20:33:00
    New York, US (PANA) - American billionaire, Paul Allen, who owns the Seattle Seahawks, a professional American football franchise based in Seattle, State of Washington, and the Portland Trail Blazers, a top-flight US National Basketball Association (NBA) team, has pledged to donate US$100 million to the fight the deadly Ebola virus. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Ebola spreads to 8 countries as death toll nears 5,000
    25 october 2014 14:57:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that started in Guinea has now spread to eight countries around the world, as the death toll from the disease inches closer to 5,000, according to the latest update issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Ivorian President Ouattara, AUC Chairperson hold talks on Ebola crisis
    24 october 2014 18:29:46
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara and African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Friday held talks here on the actions to take to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus disease that has spread to several West African countries. Full text...

  • UN: WHO experts head to Mali after first Ebola case
    24 october 2014 17:58:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday said it has sent Full text...

  • Switzerland: Ebola vaccines ready before June 2015 - WHO
    24 october 2014 17:02:43
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ebola vaccines that are currently under development will be ready before June 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) assured in a statement issued here Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS salutes Nigeria, Senegal over Ebola success
    24 october 2014 16:43:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has congratulated Nigeria and Senegal for their ''exemplary response'' to the Ebola outbreak, which has resulted in the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the two ECOWAS Member States free of the disease. Full text...

  • Congo: 704 students to be trained in medicine in Cuba
    24 october 2014 15:06:58
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese Health and Population Ministry Friday announced the departure, next Sunday, of 704 Congolese students to Cuba where they will study medicine, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UNICEF says intensified vaccinations averted 10 million polio cases
    24 october 2014 15:02:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Friday a campaign to boost immunization against Polio, which causes paralysis of the limbs, has saved 10 million children. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopia sends 200 health 'warriors' against Ebola to West Africa
    24 october 2014 14:57:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia is sending 200 volunteer health professionals to West Africa in response to a recent African Union (AU) plea for additional health workers to help contain an Ebola outbreak. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Sierra Leonean leader calls for additional health workforce against Ebola
    24 october 2014 14:50:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Sierra Leonean President, Ernest Koroma, has called for the expansion of Ebola treatment centres and the lifting of the travel bans on the Ebola-afflicted West Africa to foster faster response. Full text...

  • US: New York records first Ebola case
    24 october 2014 05:37:11
    New York, US (PANA) - A US medical doctor, Craig Spencer, who recently returned from Guinea, has tested positive for the Ebola virus in New York, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF hails global polio eradication campaign
    23 october 2014 22:38:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday said every day, about 1,000 children are being protected from disability as part of a 26-year global effort to eradicate polio through a worldwide campaign that has immunized millions of previously-unreached children across the globe. Full text...

  • UN: WHO recommends screening travellers from Ebola-affected countries
    23 october 2014 19:35:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) Thursday recommended Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt. deploys 250 health experts to tame Ebola in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone
    23 october 2014 16:21:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The first contingent of 250 Nigerian health experts is now ready to be dispatched to assist Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in their response to the ravaging Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health, Dr Khaliru Alhassan announced Thursday in Abuja. Full text...

  • Guinea: Cuban medical team arrives in Guinea to fight Ebola
    23 october 2014 14:09:10
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - A 38-member-team of Cuban health workers arrived Wednesday in Conakry to participate in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country, a PANA correspondent reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: AfDB gives US$300,000 to tackle Ebola
    23 october 2014 12:55:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have signed a Grant Protocol agreement for US$300,000 towards the coordination of Ebola Crisis Response Project in the most affected countries in the region – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • South Africa: Warning over future asbestos-related disease claims
    23 october 2014 12:43:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Up to 233 new claimants suffering from the deadly asbestos related disease, mesothelioma, could still lodge claims against two private sector trusts formed to compensate former asbestos mine workers. Full text...

  • UN: WHO Emergency Committee evaluates UN-wide Ebola response
    22 october 2014 21:59:00
    New York, US (PANA) - A World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola has begun consultations in Geneva to evaluate the organization’s ongoing response to the global Ebola crisis amid broader agency-wide efforts in confronting the deadly disease, UN deputy spokesperson, Mr. Farhan Haq, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO stresses need for better research funding for TB
    22 october 2014 19:39:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The world is fighting a difficult battle against the spread of tuberculosis (TB), the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday in a new report showing that there is a greater number of cases than previously estimated and a shortfall in research funding. Full text...

  • Mali: WHO vows to fight Ebola in Mali, Mauritania
    22 october 2014 15:52:03
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that Mali and Mauritania were part of its priority countries, among the 16 West African countries, in the fight to prevent the spread of Ebola disease in the region, a WHO communiqué, obtained here Wednesday by PANA, indicated. Full text...

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