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  • WHO report says financial shortfall threatens progress on malaria
    15 december 2012 17:17:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation’s World Malaria Report 2012 says the looming financial crisis is threatening to stall or even wipe out recent gains in the battle against malaria. Full text...

  • 'Nigerians travelling abroad to take polio vaccine'
    13 december 2012 22:15:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerians travelling out of the country will be compelled to take the oral polio vaccine by May 2013, the local media reported Thursday, quoting Dr Ray Nihar, an official of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Senegal urged to strengthen fight against malaria
    13 december 2012 21:11:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The coordinator of the national malaria programme in Senegal (PNLP), Dr Mady Ba, on Thursday stressed the necessity to strengthen partnership with all stakeholders and build large coalitions with civil society partners to implement sustained actions for communities affected by malaria. Full text...

  • Conference adopts recommendations on immunisation systems, polio eradication
    13 december 2012 20:56:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Strengthening Africa’s immunisation systems, curbing the increase in the number of wild polio virus cases in Nigeria and closing the funding gap for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) topped the list of recommendations made by the 4th Annual Regional Conference on Immunisation in Africa (ARCI), which ended on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Full text...

  • Melinda Gates discusses safe motherhood with Malawi's President Banda
    12 december 2012 20:03:39
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Joyce Banda on Wednesday met for an hour with Melinda Gates, wife of American philanthropist Bill Gates, in the capital, Lilongwe, where the two women discussed maternal health and safe motherhood. Full text...

  • Congo launches mass-vaccination campaign against Yellow Fever
    12 december 2012 19:33:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Congolese Ministry of Health will next week launch an emergency mass-vaccination campaign against yellow fever in Ewo District in Cuvette-Ouest (or Western Cuvette) region, the ministry said in a statement in Brazzaville which was received by PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria outlines strategies to “Kick Polio out” by 2013
    12 december 2012 18:09:10
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Nigeria, the only polio-endemic country in Africa, has outlined its strategies to interrupt wild polio virus transmission in the country by 2013. Full text...

  • Nelson Mandela treated for lung infection
    12 december 2012 08:24:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Global icon Nelson Mandela is being treated for a lung infection, the Office of South African Presidency confirmed on Tuesday evening. Full text...

  • Portuguese University honours WHO Africa director with PhD
    11 december 2012 16:00:45
    Lisbon, Portugal (PANA) - The WHO regional director for Africa, Luis Gomes Sambo, Monday received the distinction of Doctor Honoris Cause by the University of Lisbon, Portugal, PANA reported, quoting the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP). Full text...

  • African countries urged to reach all children with immunisation services
    10 december 2012 22:25:20
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Tanzania's Minister of Health and Social Welfare Hussein Mwinyi Monday opened the fourth meeting of the Annual Regional Conference on Immunisation (ARCI), calling immunization an important component of health systems and a key strategy to reducing child mortality, improve maternal health and combat diseases. Full text...

  • Yellow Fever vaccination campaign ''progressing well in Sudan's Darfur region''
    06 december 2012 10:55:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) Thursday said a yellow fever vaccination campaign is progressing as planned with the campaign reaching 99 percent in some areas, in the phase 1 of the exercise. Full text...

  • UNFPA, Nokia partner on safe delivery kits
    05 december 2012 08:09:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Wednesday said Nokia, the mobile communications company, would donate 3,000 clean delivery kits to the Fund as part of the UN agency's Safe Birth campaign. Full text...

  • 200,000 children to be vaccinated against polio in Angolan province
    04 december 2012 13:50:41
    Malanje, Angola (PANA) - Over 200,000 children, under the age of five, will be vaccinated against poliomyelitis in the Angolan province of Malanje, the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) reported Tuesday, indicating that the campaign would take place from 14 to 17 December. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, Venezuela sign anti-malaria pact
    04 december 2012 08:57:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS and Venezuela have signed the Work Plan for the implementation of a 2009 Letter of Intent between them for the elimination of Malaria in West Africa, according to an ECOWAS Commission statement obtained by PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan appeals for more yellow fever vaccines
    03 december 2012 15:32:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Ministry of Health has appealed for more doses of the yellow fever vaccine to enable it achieve its target of reaching the targeted population, according to a situation report by the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Khartoum Full text...

  • Global healthcare firm, MSD, opens office in Lagos to service West Africa
    03 december 2012 11:39:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - MSD, a global healthcare leader and a subsidiary of US-based Merck & Co., Inc., has announced the opening of its office in Lagos, Nigeria's economic capital city. Full text...

  • UNAMID lends 'critical logistics support' in fight against yellow fever in Darfur
    02 december 2012 15:32:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The peacekeeping mission in Darfur region has come up with a huge logistics support to roll back the spread of yellow fever in the trouble-ridden region. Full text...

  • World AIDS Day: UN officials task nations on recent successes
    01 december 2012 14:40:32
    New York, US (PANA) – UN officials on Saturday mark the World AIDS Day with a call for building on recent successes and pressing ahead to get to zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths by 2015. Full text...

  • German drugs firm donates 100 millionth tablet to treat Schistosomiasis
    30 november 2012 14:43:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global pharmaceutical and chemical company, Merck, has symbolically donated the 100 millionth praziquantel tablet to the World Health Organisation (WHO) within the scope of its donation programme, the company said in a statement obtained by PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Global AIDS deaths fall by 600,000 in six years
    29 november 2012 09:48:09
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Some 1.7 million people died of AIDS in 2011, 600,000 less than the figure for 2005, according to a statement by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to mark the World AIDS Day 2012, to be observed 1 Dec. Full text...

  • 'Only 4 African countries have met commitment to fight AIDS'
    28 november 2012 15:36:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Only four African countries - Togo, Zambia, Botswana and Rwanda - have met their Abuja commitment to the fight against AIDS, anti-AIDS advocacy organisation, ONE, said in a press statement in Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday. Full text...

  • Advocacy group urges more action in fight against AIDS
    28 november 2012 15:16:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - After three decades of the fight against AIDS, much progress has been made in controlling the disease and transitioning the global response from one of emergency to one of sustainability, AIDS advocacy body, ONE, said in a report released in Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday. Full text...

  • Amnesty International welcomes UN resolution on female genital mutilation
    27 november 2012 07:36:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Amnesty International says Monday's adoption of a resolution against female genital mutilation (FGM) at the UN General Assembly’s human rights committee is a major boost to civil society organisations fighting for an end to the abusive practice. Full text...

  • Nigeria holds family planning conference to tackle low contraceptive use
    25 november 2012 20:23:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Health Ministry, in collaboration with development partners, donor agencies and key stakeholders, is organising a three-day national conference on family planning from 27-30 November in the capital city of Abuja, according to a statement from the organisers made available to PANA in Lagos on Sunday. Full text...

  • WHO makes 'significant progress' in improving health of Africans - Sambo
    25 november 2012 12:42:54
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Despite challenges posed by funding reduction, the African Region of the World Health Organisation (WHO) made "significant progress" in improving the health of Africans during the 2010-2011 biennium, according to WHO's Regional Director for Africa Luis Sambo. Full text...

  • Yellow fever vaccination campaign 'going smoothly' in Darfur despite deaths
    25 november 2012 12:13:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The World Health Organization on Sunday said a 12-day vaccination against the deadly yellow fever outbreak in Darfur has been going on smoothly though the death toll among victims has risen to 127 cases. Full text...

  • Sudan begins vaccination against yellow fever
    23 november 2012 08:53:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's health ministry has begun a 10-day mass vaccination campaign against yellow fever in Darfur, in response to the outbreak of the disease there, according to an update by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Ex-health minister, 19 others in Mali court over AIDS fund embezzlement
    22 november 2012 15:46:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Twenty persons, including former Minister of Health, Oumar Ibrahim Touré, Thursday appeared before the Court of Assizes in Bamako, Mali, facing charges of misappropriating funds earmarked for the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, PANA reported. Full text...

  • How to tackle challenges facing health information systems in WHO African Region
    22 november 2012 09:13:39
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The WHO Regional Committee for Africa, Dr. Luis Sambo, has listed the major challenges facing national health information systems in the WHO African Region and how they can be resolved. Full text...

  • IPPF to unveil new youth research at 60th anniversary
    21 november 2012 19:13:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Wednesday announced it will release, during its 60th Anniversary celebrations which started in South Africa Wednesday, the results of a major survey into young people’s attitudes to sex across four African countries. Full text...

  • Updated HIV/AIDS Strategy for WHO African Region unveiled
    21 november 2012 13:33:08
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa has unveiled an updated Regional HIV/AIDS Strategy that provides directions for implementing the WHO Global Health Sector Strategy (GHSS), adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2011, taking into account key regional specificities. Full text...

  • WHO proposes Strategy for Disaster Risk Management in the African Region
    21 november 2012 13:17:33
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) is proposing a strategy to address the negative health and economic impact of natural and man-made disasters frequently experienced in the African Region. Full text...

  • Full-scale HIV/AIDS programme to resume in Mali - UNDP
    21 november 2012 13:14:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The Global Fund to Fights AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Wednesday signed an agreement with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to resume a full-scale HIV programme, including delivery of life-saving HIV treatment to tens of thousands of people Full text...

  • Only 15% of Malagasy have access to standard toilets
    21 november 2012 12:40:00
    Paris, France (PANA) - Only 15 per cent of the Malagasy population have access to toilets meeting international hygiene standards, according to a joint report by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) obtained by PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'New HIV infections fall by half in 25 countries'
    21 november 2012 07:45:50
    New York, US (PANA) - A report released by the UN Tuesday said there is a reduction of more than 50 per cent in the rate of new HIV infections across 25 low- and middle-income countries, with more than half in Africa, the region most affected by HIV. Full text...

  • Nigerian president loses brother
    20 november 2012 17:00:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, announces with sadness the death, earlier Tuesday, of his younger brother, Chief Meni Innocent Jonathan, a press statement from the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, indicated here. Full text...

  • International Planned Parenthood Federation to mark 60th anniversary from Wednesday
    20 november 2012 13:40:48
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) will Wednesday in Johannesburg, South Africa, kick-start a series of activities, including a Gala night, to mark its 60th anniversary, the Federation said in a statement made available to PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius focuses on antimicrobial resistance
    20 november 2012 12:54:05
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) - Antimicrobial resistance is a critical health issue and is increasingly posing a challenge to the medical profession, Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Minister Lormus Bundhoo told a workshop at Balaclava, northern Mauritius, Tuesday. Full text...

  • Yellow fever death cases rise in Darfur
    19 november 2012 10:57:51
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN said Monday that cases of yellow fever are on the rise in Sudan's Darfur region, with deaths reaching 116 out of the total suspected cases of 459. Full text...

  • 62nd Session of WHO Regional Committee for Africa opens in Angola Monday
    18 november 2012 13:38:10
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The 62nd session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa is scheduled to take place in Luanda, the Angolan capital, 19-23 Nov. Full text...

  • Fresh Ebola outbreak kills 3 in Uganda
    17 november 2012 17:18:16
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - About one-and-a-half months after the fourth Ebola outbreak in Uganda in 12 years was declared over, a fresh outbreak of the disease has been reported in the East African nation, with four cases, including three fatalities, recorded so far. Full text...

  • WHO welcomes new Global Fund Executive Director
    16 november 2012 08:37:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has welcomed Dr Mark Dybul as the new Executive Director for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Full text...

  • UNAMID raises awareness on women’s health issues in Central Darfur
    15 november 2012 07:58:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Over 150 women in Zalingei in Darfur's central region in Sudan took part in a three-day awareness campaign on the hazards of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the organisation said in a statement made available to PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • WHO-Africa conference opens Monday in Luanda
    14 november 2012 16:05:58
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Some 440 delegates from 46 member countries of the World Health Organization-Africa are expected in Luanda Friday to take part in the 62nd WHO-Africa Conference, scheduled for 19-23 November in the Angolan capital, PANA learnt from the Angolan Secretary of State for Health, Carlos Alberto Masseca. Full text...

  • '222 million women in developing countries have an unmet need for family planning'
    14 november 2012 15:08:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Making voluntary family planning available to everyone in developing countries would reduce costs for maternal and newborn health care by US$ 11.3 billion annually, according to The State of World Population 2012, published Wednesday by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Full text...

  • Sudanese president returns home after surgery in Saudi Arabia
    14 november 2012 14:56:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - After successfully undergoing surgery in Saudi Arabia, Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir returned home Wednesday evening to a huge and official airport reception here. Full text...

  • Death toll from Yellow fever outbreak in Darfur rises to 107
    14 november 2012 14:40:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The death toll from the Yellow fever outbreak in Sudan's western Darfur region has gone up to 107 from the 358 cases reported, khartoum local media reported, quoting the Health Under-Secretary, Dr. Isam Mohamed Abdulla. Full text...

  • WHO: 97 people die of yellow fever in Darfur
    13 november 2012 20:50:44
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The new death toll in the outbreak of yellow fever in the two central and southern provinces of Darfur is 97, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday evening in a statement. Full text...

  • Sudan, WHO intensify emergency response to yellow fever outbreak in Darfur
    13 november 2012 18:26:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) are mobilizing 2.4 million doses of Yellow Fever vaccines, provided by the International Coordinating Group on Vaccine (ICG), to enable them conduct an emergency response vaccination campaign in Darfur, a press release by the WHO indicated Tuesday. Full text...

  • Prevalence rate of diabetes in Congo estimated at 7%
    13 november 2012 17:11:26
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The prevalence rate of diabetes in Congo is estimated at 7%, according to a statement issued Tuesday in Brazzaville by the association, Diabaction-Congo. Full text...

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