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  • Switzerland: UNESCO, Merck launch Africa Research Summit
    20 october 2015 10:11:41
    Geneva, Switzerland, (PANA) - Merck, a leading science and technology company, on Tuesday launched in partnership with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) the first edition of the UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says Ebola virus persists in body fluids of survivors for months
    15 october 2015 19:03:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The Ebola virus can persist in the eye, semen, the placenta, breast milk Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says inadequate hygiene endangers key development goal
    15 october 2015 13:29:40
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 40% of health facilities have no water resources within 500 metres in sub-Saharan Africa where the practice of handwashing with soap is dangerously low even though it is “one of the cheapest, simplest, most effective health interventions, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ebola scare hits Nigeria again
    09 october 2015 08:53:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Fifteen people have been quarantined at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital in southern Nigeria after a patient manifested the symptoms of the Ebola Virus Disease before dying at the hospital, the local media reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO reports first week without new case of Ebola
    08 october 2015 14:35:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The prospect of an end to Ebola could be drawing nearer, after UN Full text...

  • Zambia: Eye health films launched on World Sight Day to combat blindness in Zambia
    08 october 2015 09:51:36
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Marking World Sight Day, non-profit organisation Orbis Africa on Thursday launched Zambia’s first documentary films on eye health as its latest innovative tool to reduce preventable and treatable blindness and visual impairment on the continent. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF calls for a joint vaccination of children in Sudan's troubled areas
    07 october 2015 16:18:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Calling for a joint vaccination operational plan in Sudan, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday outlined the dire situation for thousands of children living in the Nuba Mountains, which remain inaccessible after four years, while conflict in the country continues. Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights council adopts resolution on AIDS response
    06 october 2015 14:42:56
    New York, US (PANA) - At its 30th session, held in Geneva, Switzerland, the UN Human Rights Council took a significant step towards reaffirming that human rights are central to the AIDS response, a UN statement said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO, UNAIDS launch new standards to improve adolescent care
    06 october 2015 14:01:19
    New York, US (PANA) - New global standards for quality health-care services for adolescents, Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: About 7m children to be vaccinated against polio
    05 october 2015 11:24:17
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso will vaccinate about seven million children against poliomyelitis in the second round of the vaccination campaign against the disease, launched on Saturday, Health Ministry officials said Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Health Minister alarmed at high-risk behaviours of students
    01 october 2015 13:36:54
    Pamplemousses, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health Minister Anil Gayan said only 19% of students are active for 60 minutes per day in a week while 15% of them are smokers and 74% have tried or will try their first cigarette before the age of 14. Full text...

  • UN: Sierra Leonean, Liberian leaders outline post-Ebola recovery plan
    30 september 2015 13:36:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The leaders of Sierra Leone and Liberia, two of the countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak, on Wednesday in New York discussed their subsequent recovery efforts, and also spoke about the need for the reform of UN bodies. Full text...

  • WHO: No more restriction on anti-retroviral treatment for HIV-infected persons
    30 september 2015 10:28:48
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that anyone infected with HIV should begin antiretroviral treatment as soon after diagnosis as possible, a 'treat-all' recommendation that widens the scope of ART treatment. Full text...

  • UN: 'Rabies 100 per cent preventable', WHO says
    28 september 2015 18:30:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said that vaccinating Full text...

  • UN: Report by UN, Gates Foundation present vision for eradicating malaria by 2040
    28 september 2015 18:15:33
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report released by the UN and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation presents a vision to eradicate malaria by 2040 that involves new strategies, tools and financing, while urging world leaders to expand their commitment to fight a disease that still kills about one child every minute. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches new joint partnership to close gaps in global primary health care
    28 september 2015 15:17:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Underscoring the urgent need to transform how essential health care is delivered in low- and middle-income countries, the Bill Full text...

  • UN: World leaders call for accelerated action to end AIDS epidemic by 2030
    28 september 2015 08:30:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The Governments of Kenya and Malawi, together with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), have called for new investment and improvements in health service delivery to put the world on course to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches US$25 billion strategy to end preventable deaths of mothers, children
    26 september 2015 18:33:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Saturday launched an ambitious public-private strategy to end preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents, with initial commitments of more than US$25 billion for the next five years to provide life-saving treatments, from immunizations to perinatal care. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Buhari welcomes Nigeria's removal from list of polio-endemic countries
    26 september 2015 14:16:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed Friday's announcement by the World Health Organisation (WHO) removing Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: WHO removes Nigeria from polio-endemic list
    25 september 2015 23:15:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday announced that polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria, marking the first time that Nigeria has interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus and bringing the country and the African region closer than ever to being certified polio-free. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Germany contributes US$34 million to prop up EAC health programmes
    24 september 2015 17:52:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Regional health programmes in member countries of the East African Community (EAC) will benefit from an intergovernmental agreement worth US$34 million (30 million euros) signed between the bloc and the Federal Republic of Germany. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo, Global Fund strengthen partnership in fighting AIDS, TB
    22 september 2015 18:23:38
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togo and the Global Fund have Tuesday reaffirmed their partnership by signing two new grant agreements totalling nearly 37 million euros for the fight against AIDS and tuberculosis. Full text...

  • WHO: WHO welcomes ex-Nigerian minister's appointment as GAVI Board chair-elect
    22 september 2015 12:50:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) Tuesday welcomed the appointment of Nigeria's former Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Chair-elect of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians urged to donate blood regularly
    22 september 2015 12:49:30
    Pamplemousses, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritians have been urged to demonstrate their love for mankind by regularly donating blood to the needy, as "there is no substitute for blood". Full text...

  • Tanzania: Global Fund partnership reports 17 million lives saved from killer diseases
    21 september 2015 20:47:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The partnership of the Global Fund has made considerable advances against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria by supporting programmes that have saved over 17 million lives, according to a report released on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • UN: Global malaria targets sharp drop in cases, but 3 billion people still at risk – WHO
    17 september 2015 15:32:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 per cent since 2000, but the Full text...

  • UN: UN, Kenya team up to end AIDS epidemic by 2030
    17 september 2015 15:24:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN programme that works to combat HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is working with the Government of Kenya in a bid to end the AIDS epidemic in the country by 2030, through the creation of a new data-collecting tool to track progress in current HIV programming. Full text...

  • Botswana: Youth tasked on use of contraceptives
    17 september 2015 12:03:56
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Permanent Secretary in Botswana's Health Ministry Shenaaz El-Halabi has urged youths in the country to use contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Campaign launched to prevent Non-Communicable Diseases among farmers
    17 september 2015 10:24:58
    Rose Belle, Mauritius (PANA) - A three-month national health campaign targeting some 10,000 small farmers was launched Thursday in Mauritius, with the aim of preventing Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) among the target group. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Global report says malnutrition exists in every country
    15 september 2015 20:45:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Nutrition can be a driver of change or a barrier to progress, and, according to the Global Nutrition Report being released on 22 September in New York City, there are actions leaders of every country should be taking to end malnutrition in all its forms. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Global Fund helps Kenya accelerate progress against HIV, TB and malaria
    15 september 2015 20:37:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Kenya and the Global Fund on Tuesday signed seven grant agreements worth a total of US$333 million to expand interventions for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, including efforts to reach one million people with treatment for HIV by 2017. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan gynecologist in court for serial rape of patients
    11 september 2015 19:54:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan gynecologist, Wairimu Mugo, appeared in court Friday for sedating and raping patients at his clinic in Nairobi and was ordered to stay in detention for 14 days to allow the police to complete investigation into the serial rape of patients seeking reproductive health services. Full text...

  • Belgium: European Commission supports better access to medicines in poorest countries
    10 september 2015 19:29:09
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Commission on Thursday agreed to support the least developed countries' call for easier access to cheaper medicines by means of an indefinite exemption from World Trade Organization (WTO) intellectual property rules for pharmaceuticals, it was officially announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: World effort to cut infant mortality nearly cuts deaths by half; strong show in Africa
    09 september 2015 21:14:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The World nearly hit the target of cutting the death of children by half from the 1990 by recording 5.9 million deaths of children under age of five by 2015, from 12.7 million, UN Children Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report released Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ecobank Foundation intensifies partnership against HIV, TB, Malaria in Africa
    09 september 2015 15:06:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Ecobank Foundation and two of its partners have launched the second year of a strategic partnership to reduce the impact of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in West Africa. Full text...

  • US: 'Sub-Saharan Africa has highest Under-5 mortality in the world'
    09 september 2015 10:10:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest under-five mortality rate in the world with 1 child in 12 dying before his or her fifth birthday – more than 12 times higher than the 1 in 147 average in high-income countries. Full text...

  • US: 'Child mortality rates drops by over half since 1990'
    09 september 2015 09:57:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Child mortality rates have plummeted to less than half of what they were in 1990, according to a new report released Wednesday, according to a new report by UNICEF and other stakeholders. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzania hosts first-ever global summit on food fortification
    09 september 2015 09:15:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Global health leaders and policy makers Wednesday convened in Arusha, northern Tanzania, to address hidden hunger, or a lack of access to micronutrients, and forge a vision and strategy for food fortification as a key pillar in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN and beyond. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum offers treatment to Yemenis wounded in war
    08 september 2015 17:23:34
    Khartoum, Sudan ( PANA) - Hundreds of Yemeni wounded in the ongoing fighting in Yemen will be flown to Sudan for medical treatment and, already dozens of them have been admitted to hospitals in Khartoum since last week, according to the Sudanese Red Crescent Society. Full text...

  • UN: WHO again declares Liberia free of Ebola transmission
    04 september 2015 13:38:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has again declared Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission after the disease had resurfaced in June, and as the country enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tutu discharged from hospital
    04 september 2015 11:03:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been discharged from a Cape Town hospital where he has been receiving intensive medical care for an ongoing infection over the past two weeks. Full text...

  • Rwanda: ​WHO congratulates Liberia on ending Ebola transmission
    03 september 2015 08:18:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Liberia is again free of Ebola virus transmission after the West African country set a good example of how to respond to an imported case or an outbreak of the deadly virus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a statement made available to PANA in Kigali, Rwanda, Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo, US discuss projects financed by World Fund for AIDS
    02 september 2015 21:43:26
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The US and Congo on Wednesday in Brazzaville reviewed the conditions for the implementation of the projects financed by the World Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, according to official sources. Full text...

  • WHO: Summit harnesses global efforts to eliminate hepatitis
    02 september 2015 10:09:41
    Glasgow, Scotland (PANA) - Participants at the first-ever World Hepatitis Summit holding here this week will urge countries to develop national programmes that can ultimately eliminate viral hepatitis as a problem of public health concern. Full text...

  • UN: New Ebola case in Sierra Leone prompts use of experimental vaccine trial - WHO
    01 september 2015 18:59:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said that the detection of a new case of Ebola in Sierra Leone over the weekend, after the West African country had marked almost three weeks of zero cases, has prompted the use of an experimental vaccine to fight the disease. Full text...

  • Botswana: Water shortage disrupts healthcare facilities operations
    01 september 2015 13:33:18
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s largest referral hospital, Princess Marina, on Tuesday announced that the hospital will only do emergency operations, as the water crisis continues in the capital Gaborone and surrounding areas. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Buhari pushes for polio-free Nigeria by 2017
    31 august 2015 18:05:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday reaffirmed his determination to ensure that the country is finally certified polio-free by 2017. Full text...

  • UN: WHO unveils sanitation, hygiene plan to eradicate tropical diseases by 2020
    27 august 2015 18:55:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday announced it is strengthening water, sanitation and hygiene services to accelerate progress in eliminating neglected tropical diseases by 2020 that affect more than 1 billion of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. Full text...

  • UN: Ebola response panel to ensure compliance with key UN legal health instrument
    27 august 2015 14:30:44
    New York, US (PANA) - A Special UN panel reviewing the role of existing international health regulations in the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is studying the use of possible sanctions and other mechanisms to ensure better compliance with what it described as "a very important legal instrument in order to improve the global health security." Full text...

  • Botswana: Court rules in favour of HIV/AIDS positive prisoners
    26 august 2015 14:55:24
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s Court of Appeal has ruled that foreign prisoners should get Anti-Retroviral drugs (ARVs) after government appealed a High Court judgment that said otherwise. Full text...

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