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  • Tanzania: Study finds women below 25 in developing world having high contraceptive failure rates
    24 march 2016 18:45:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - In what has been described as "the most comprehensive study to date of contraceptive failure rates in the developing world," researchers found that overall, failure rates are lowest for users of longer-acting contraceptive methods such as IUDs, implants or injectables. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN Chief says fight against TB is only half-won
    24 march 2016 14:53:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has said although tuberculosis (TB) prevention, diagnosis and treatment saved 43 million lives between 2000 and 2015, the fight against this deadly disease is only half-won. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius introduces Pneumococcal Vaccine
    24 march 2016 12:28:09
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius on Thursday introduced the Pneumococcal Vaccine to its Expanded Programme on Immunisation as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), PANA learnt from the Health and Quality of Life Ministry in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO calls on countries, partners to 'Unite to End Tuberculosis'
    23 march 2016 11:09:32
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - In advance of World TB Day, to be observed on 24 March, the UN health agency is calling on countries and partners to "Unite to End Tuberculosis". Full text...

  • US: Ban celebrates potential of people with Down syndrome
    22 march 2016 08:29:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The autonomy and independence of people with Down syndrome and other disabilities should be supported, so that they can be empowered to contribute to our common future, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said marking World Down Syndrome Day. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO supports Cape Verde in managing Zika virus
    21 march 2016 09:55:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Responding to a request from the Ministry of Health in Cape Verde, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) is sending a team to the country, with joint participation of experts from WHO AFRO and the Institut Pasteur, Dakar. Full text...

  • Guinea: Two new Ebola cases confirmed in Guinea
    18 march 2016 10:51:54
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Two new cases of Ebola have been detected and confirmed in a rural village in the West African state of Guinea and the UN health agency has dispatched a team of specialists to deal with the flare-up. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO confirms Sierra Leone’s Ebola flare-up over
    18 march 2016 06:23:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The latest flare-up of Ebola in Sierra Leone is over, the United Nations health agency on Thursday reported, but cautioned that the West African region remains at risk and should remain on alert. Full text...

  • US: UNFPA appoints Ashley Judd as Goodwill Ambassador
    16 march 2016 06:09:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the lead UN agency for delivery a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled, on Tuesday appointed actor and activist Ashley Judd as its Goodwill Ambassador. Full text...

  • Mauritiua: Mauritius to create awareness on antibiotics
    15 march 2016 13:59:21
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Industry and Commerce Minister, Ashit Gungah, said there is evidence that antibiotic resistance has become one of the world’s most pressing public health threats. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo's health ministry cautions public to avoid Lassa fever virus
    15 march 2016 13:47:41
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togo's Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Moustafa Mijiyawa, has urged the public not to panic but heed the measures outlined by his ministry to avoid the haemorrhagic Lassa fever virus, after two cases of the disease were reported last week in Oti prefecture, located in the Savanes Region of Togo. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Unhealthy environments cause 12.6 million deaths each year - WHO
    15 march 2016 10:13:10
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - An estimated 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012 – nearly 1 in 4 of total global deaths, according to new estimates from the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva. Full text...

  • UN: Water, sanitation likely to be best answer to Zika virus, say UN experts
    13 march 2016 05:26:50
    New York, US (PANA) - Improving water and sanitation services may be the best answer to addressing the outbreak of the Zika virus, according to United Nations human rights experts, who stress that such critical factors should not be in the shadow of hi-tech solutions being considered. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNDP, Sudan initial deal on procurement of life-saving drugs
    10 march 2016 18:04:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's Ministry of International Cooperation and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday signed a US$60 million agreement on a three-year procurement support to the Ministry of Health, the UN agency said in a press release. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS launches mobile platform for better healthcare delivery in Cote d'Ivoire
    09 march 2016 17:44:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Starting this month, a thousand people living with HIV in Cote d’Ivoire Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO warns of more cases of Zika with ‘further geographic spread’
    09 march 2016 07:32:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said the latest update on Zika virus is ‘alarming,’ with more cases expected in the coming months in a larger geographic area, and warned that modes of transmission now include sexual intercourse as well as mosquito bites. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Fighting childhood malnutrition in Madagascar
    08 march 2016 13:16:51
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Over 30 Malagasy and international scientists and clinicians are gathered at the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar, Antananarivo, Madagascar, Monday for the launching of the AFRIBIOTA project, an ambitious programme of multidisciplinary research meant to better understand chronic childhood malnutrition, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mbeki addresses his AIDS stance
    07 march 2016 11:38:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former president Thabo Mbeki on Monday sparked another storm of controversy by addressing his "HIV denialism", an issue that clouded his term in office and political legacy. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS to hold high-level meeting in New York on ending AIDS
    03 march 2016 17:46:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) will on 8-10 Full text...

  • Belgium: EC pledges € 470 million to Global Fund in next three years
    03 march 2016 17:34:35
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Commission on Thursday announced a pledge of € 470 million to the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the period of three years starting in 2017. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed report says drug treaties are for health, wellbeing of mankind
    02 march 2016 18:04:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The ultimate goal of the international drug control treaties is to ensure Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana close to reaching global targets on HIV/AIDS fight
    02 march 2016 13:36:58
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Researchers in Botswana said the country is leading in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as indicated by the country’s endevours towards the UNAIDS 2020 Goal. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS marks Zero Discrimination Day, stresses need for tolerance
    01 march 2016 16:01:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Tuesday called on the international community to celebrate individuality, as it observed Zero Discrimination Day, stressing that embracing diversity brings valuable benefits to all societies around the world. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'El Niño may increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes spreading Zika'
    26 february 2016 11:16:20
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The above-average rainfall caused by El Niño that is expected in parts of South America until May could cause floods and increases in diseases spread by mosquitoes, including malaria and the Zika virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Full text...

  • Mali: Global Fund supports investment in health in Mali
    25 february 2016 13:20:23
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali and the Global Fund have consolidated their partnership with the signing of three new grant agreements totalling 108.5 million euros for financing the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria besides developing strong and sustainable health systems in the west African country. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana on high alert for Zika virus
    24 february 2016 17:23:08
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana authorities have allayed public fears on the Zika virus and assured the nation that steps were already in place to detect the virus. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Africa marks turning point in saving children’s lives
    24 february 2016 15:31:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Using vaccines, one of the most powerful tools for saving children’s lives, has marked the start of a new era in Africa, the African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs, Dr. Sidiki Mustapha Kaloko said here Wednesday at the opening of the first-ever Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New study offers hope for Africa halting HIV infections
    24 february 2016 07:38:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In a move to push for a decline in new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths, Elizabeth Irungu, a Kenyan researcher, recommends countries in Subsaharan African should adopt a newly developed microbicide gel known as " pre-exposure prophylaxis" or "PrEP". Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU convenes first ministerial meeting on immunization in Africa
    23 february 2016 18:04:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other key immunization development partners has organized the first ever Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa to be held Wednesday at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Congo: 12 modern hospitals under construction in Congo
    23 february 2016 17:39:36
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo has embarked on a multi-million dollar project to improve public healthcare delivery, including construction of 12 modern hospitals, the country's Minister for Planning at the Presidency, Jean Jacques Bouya said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New medical trial for HIV prevention among women shows promising results in Sub-Saharan Africa
    23 february 2016 07:57:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – In one of the US-based Massachusset clinical trial, known as AVAC, medical researchers have shown that women in Sub-Saharan Africa could be protected against HIV infection using a new advanced technique known as ‘vaginal ring’ that contains the antiretroviral (ARV) drug dapivirine with a new prevention strategy, according to an official statement obtained here Tuesday by PANA. Full text...

  • Botswana: Maternal health care delivery improves in Botswana
    19 february 2016 19:05:52
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s data authority, Statistics Botswana’s (SB) recent figures indicates an improvement in the country’s maternal health care delivery. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana-Mauritius health partnership reaps results
    17 february 2016 18:33:30
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Doctors from Botswana’s largest and oldest hospital, Princes Marina Hospital, in collaboration with Mauritius Medical Team from the Cardiac Centre at Pamplemousse, Mauritius, will this month conduct another set of cardiac procedures. Full text...

  • UN: WHO launches global Zika response strategy
    17 february 2016 07:30:33
    New York, US (PANA) - As World Health Organization (WHO) officials briefed United Nations Member States in New York on Tuesday on the Zika virus outbreak, the agency launched a global strategy to guide the international response to the spread of the virus and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it. Full text...

  • Benin: UN agencies boost efforts to prevent further spread of Lassa fever in Benin
    12 february 2016 06:12:20
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Following the outbreak of Lassa fever in Benin, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) officials in the country are scaling up an emergency response to help prevent further spread of the disease. Full text...

  • Togo: Health authorities move to fight meningitis in Togo
    10 february 2016 09:15:53
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – Health authorities in Togo have announced a mass vaccination campaign, due to take off in the coming days in the northern region, where an outbreak of meningococcal meningitis has been confirmed. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO to provide expertise to help curb spread of Zika virus
    10 february 2016 06:09:20
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Under the lead of the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations system, including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is mobilizing a coordinated response to Zika aimed at minimizing the threat in affected countries and reducing the risk of further international spread. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African football, political leaders partner Gavi on immunization
    07 february 2016 21:00:16
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Africa United partners on Sunday launched a new initiative on universal access to immunization called "Every Shot Counts" at the final of the Orange African Nations Championship in Rwanda. Full text...

  • UN: Upholding women’s human rights essential to Zika response – UN rights chief
    07 february 2016 07:02:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Upholding women’s human rights is essential if the response to the Zika health emergency is to be effective, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said at the weekend, following the advice to women by some governments to delay getting pregnant due to the possible link between the virus and neurological disorders affecting newborns. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies mobilize to support Benin on cases of Lassa fever
    05 february 2016 20:22:56
    New York, US (PANA) - After the identification of four cases of Lassa fever in Benin, the government, backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has immediately launched a response against the epidemic, a UN statement said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN, UNICEF chiefs task govts on eliminating FGM by 2030
    05 february 2016 16:01:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and some senior UN Full text...

  • UN: UN chief stresses need to eliminate cervical cancer
    04 february 2016 14:51:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking World Cancer Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana government repeats typhoid warning
    04 february 2016 14:45:11
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana government has once again urged the public to take precautionary measures to avoid typhoid fever infection. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius tackles mental health issues
    04 february 2016 13:21:23
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health Minister Anil Gayan on Thursday said that his ministry, as the custodian of public health, has to ensure that persons with mental disorders are treated with respect, dignity and compassion. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopia launches plan to improve treatment for heart ailments
    04 february 2016 11:07:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia’s Health Minister Kesetebirhan Admasu has launched a plan to improve the treatment of heart ailments and other non-communicable diseases, such as stroke, hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases in collaboration with a drug-manufacturing firm. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius issues travel warning against Zika virus
    03 february 2016 12:42:20
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Health Ministry on Wednesday warned travellers to countries with active Zika transmission, advising them to take the necessary precautions as there is no vaccine against the disease. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO declares Zika a Public Health Emergency
    01 february 2016 22:08:41
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan on Monday declared a Zika linked virus as Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO says films showing smoking scenes should be rated
    01 february 2016 06:24:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on governments to rate movies that portray tobacco use in a bid to prevent children and adolescents from starting to smoke cigarettes and use other forms of tobacco. Full text...

  • Tanzania: 'Ebola funds impossible to track' - Oxfam
    31 january 2016 08:01:28
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Global leaders are failing to honour their promises to communities devastated by Ebola in West Africa as US$5.8 billion of pledged recovery funds proved almost impossible to track, Oxfam warned Sunday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Health services increase surveillance of the Zika virus in Mauritius
    30 january 2016 09:02:14
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Ministry has established a protocol aimed at controlling the spread of the Zika disease in Mauritius, PANA learnt Saturday from official sources. Full text...

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