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  • FDA raises 80m euros for health project in Indian Ocean region
    23 may 2013 16:32:26
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) – The Indian Ocean Commission and the French Development Agency (FDA) on Thursday signed an agreement, worth 80 million euros aimed at reinforcing health security in the region during the 2013-2017 period, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • UNICEF vaccinates 125,000 children in CAR against measles
    22 may 2013 18:34:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners on Wednesday Full text...

  • Polio outbreak hits Horn of Africa
    22 may 2013 13:01:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Horn of Africa is currently experiencing an outbreak of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1), the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a dispatch obtained by PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • '7.1 million people in Africa receiving HIV treatment'
    22 may 2013 12:24:44
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN report says the number of people in Africa receiving anti-retroviral treatment increased from less than 1 million to 7.1 million over seven years. Full text...

  • UN agency steps up efforts to help Niger contain cholera outbreak
    21 may 2013 22:28:17
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday said it was working to help contain a cholera epidemic in Niger that had already claimed seven lives, including those of two Malian refugees. Full text...

  • WHO chief calls for more priority for public health services
    20 may 2013 20:42:49
    New York, US (PANA) – Ms. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization Full text...

  • Niger republic hopes to meet MDGs 4 on child mortality
    16 may 2013 19:11:46
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Authorities in Niger Republic have expressed optimism that the West African country is on the path to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) four, which focuses on reducing child mortality rates to two thirds by 2015. Full text...

  • Collaborative efforts will improve access to health service delivery - Nigerien mayor
    16 may 2013 10:12:50
    Tillaberi, Niger(PANA) - Collaborative efforts among communities, religious and political leaders, as well as development partners with the government will help improve people's access, particularly women, to health service delivery in Niger, a government official has said Full text...

  • 'Niger’s census figure, wake up call to fast track family planning'
    16 may 2013 08:05:58
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The rise in Niger Republic's population from 10,790,352 to 17,129.,076, as announced last month by the National Institute of Statistics (INS), should be seen as a wake-up call for stakeholders in the health sector to fast track family planning campaign, according to the UNFPA's Assistant Representative in the country, Hassane Ali. Full text...

  • WHO statistics show narrowing health gap between countries with best, worst health status
    15 may 2013 12:41:33
    Geneva, Switzerland ) PANA) - The world has made dramatic progress in improving health in the poorest countries and narrowing the gaps between countries with the best and worst health status in the past two decades, according to the World Health Statistics 2013. Full text...

  • Tobacco 'kills 1,000 Mauritians yearly'
    15 may 2013 12:37:37
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Despite the decline in cigarette consumption per capita from 1,075 in 2009 to 750 in 2012, tobacco still kills 1,000 Mauritians every year, according to Mauritian Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo. Full text...

  • Africa urged to train more cardiologists
    14 may 2013 21:40:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The chairman of the Senegalese Cardiology Association, Serigne Abdoul Ba, on Tuesday has described cardiovascular diseases as some of the main development challenges in the 21st century and must be included in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the health sector. Full text...

  • African countries urged to allocate more resources to health sector
    14 may 2013 09:14:30
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - African countries have been urged to deploy more resources into the health sector, especially issues of sexual and reproductive health, with a view to improving the overall well being of the society. Full text...

  • Mauritius vaccinates its elderly against flu
    13 may 2013 16:09:29
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Health Ministry Monday began an anti-influenza vaccination campaign for the elderly and the disabled, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Global Fund to provide US$62m in financial aid to Burundi (Correcting the source of funding in earlier story)
    13 may 2013 13:53:15
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi is to receive financial aid to the tune of US$62 million from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Executive Director of the UNAIDS, Mr. Michel Sidibé, has announced. Full text...

  • World may miss MDG target on sanitation - Report
    13 may 2013 11:41:00
    New York, US (PANA) - A joint report released here Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned that at the current rate of progress, the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of the 1990 population without sanitation will be missed by eight per cent - or half a billion people. Full text...

  • WHO to carry out meningitis vaccination campaign in South Sudan
    10 may 2013 17:55:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) and South Sudan will carry out a vaccination campaign to address a meningitis outbreak in the Upper Nile state that has killed three people, a WHO statement said on Friday. Full text...

  • Rotarians hold ''Family Health Day'' in 3 African countries
    09 may 2013 15:53:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Over 200,000 people are expected to receive free medical care on Friday (10May) as Rotary International marks its ''Family Health Day'' in three African countries. Full text...

  • UNAIDS pledges US$62 million financial aid to Burundi
    08 may 2013 21:17:42
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The executive director of the UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, on Wednesday pledged US$62 million to help Burundi speed up the implementation of the national mother-child HIV/AIDS transmission programme for the next three years. Full text...

  • EU, UNICEF give Niger CFAF 6.2b to end malnutrition
    08 may 2013 12:46:43
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The European Union (EU) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday announced a grant of CFAF 6.2 billion (US$12.3 million) to Niger as part funding for a project to end malnutrition in the country, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • UN chief urges private sector to boost maternal health
    08 may 2013 12:40:54
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the need for the private sector to contribute more to improving maternal health services across the world through the UN's 'Every Woman, Every Child' initiative. Full text...

  • Sub-regional meeting on malaria begins in Nouakchott
    07 may 2013 19:45:55
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – As part of efforts to speed up the fight against malaria, Health Ministers from six West and central African States -- Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Mali and Chad -- began a meeting Tuesday in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital. Full text...

  • UNAIDS Chief visits Burundi
    07 may 2013 18:03:52
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The Executive Director of the United Nations Agency for HIV/AIDS, Michel Sidibi, has begun a three-day working visit to Burundi, so says a communiqué from the UN Office in Burundi. Full text...

  • UNFPA commends midwives' contribution to maternal health
    06 may 2013 20:18:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) on Monday commended midwives for their crucial role in improving maternal health, family planning and assisting during humanitarian emergencies, saying that midwives make the difference between life and death for hundreds of thousands of women every year. Full text...

  • Angry doctors down tools in Nigeria after colleague's kidnap
    06 may 2013 17:25:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As kidnapping for ransom continues unabated in Nigeria, doctors in the country's South-eastern state of Ebonyi have dropped their stethoscopes following the abduction of their professional colleague. Full text...

  • Africa, China cooperate to tackle health challenges
    06 may 2013 10:03:02
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Chinese and African leaders were due to meet, starting on Monday, at the 4th International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Cooperation, to explore new partnerships to address some of the most pressing health challenges facing Africa and strengthen an innovative health partnership based on south-south cooperation. Full text...

  • Anti-malaria conference begins Sunday in Mauritania
    04 may 2013 17:13:48
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – A sub-regional meeting to tackle the malaria scourge begins Sunday in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, official sources told PANA Saturday. Full text...

  • Africa records dramatic decline in mosquito nets' distribution
    03 may 2013 11:29:25
    Paris, France (PANA) - The number of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) distributed in Africa as part of the fight against malaria has dropped significantly, from 145 million in 2010 to only 77 million in 2012, Dr. Fatoumata Nafo Traoré, Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, told PANA here Friday Full text...

  • Hand Hygiene Day: WHO tasks patients on hand hygiene
    03 may 2013 10:11:21
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ahead of the 2013 Hand Hygiene Day (5 May), the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged patients and their family members to join health workers in their efforts to practice good hand hygiene. Full text...

  • Ghana doctors question 'import' of Cuban doctors
    01 may 2013 11:56:29
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Striking Ghanaian doctors are questioning the decision of the government to bring in Cuban doctors to assist in health delivery in state-owned health facilities, describing it as a very expensive venture. Full text...

  • Ghana signs agreement with Cuba for more doctors
    30 april 2013 20:40:19
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana on Tuesday signed an agreement with Cuba to supply the West African state with more doctors. Full text...

  • Nigeria offers 25,000 naira reward for report on guinea worm
    30 april 2013 08:51:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of the expected certification of Nigeria as a guinea worm-free nation by the World Health Organization (WHO), the government has offered a 25,000-naira (US$157) for every report of authentic new guinea worm case in any part of the country. Full text...

  • Uganda introduces pneumococcal vaccine to curb infant, child deaths
    28 april 2013 09:30:10
    Bugabwe, Uganda (PANA) - Uganda has formally introduced the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) into the country’s routine immunization schedule to avert infant and child deaths due to pneumococcal disease. Full text...

  • Malaria: UN envoy calls for measures to save 4.4 million children's lives
    25 april 2013 17:02:20
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General’s newly-appointed Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and for Malaria, Mr. Ray Chambers, on Thursday called for concerted efforts to save the lives of 4.4 million children from malaria. Full text...

  • Zambia, Zimbabwe launch initiative to eliminate malaria
    25 april 2013 16:40:04
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - A regional initiative that aims to eliminate malaria in the Zambezi valley was launched Thursday by Zambia and Zimbabwe, with support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Full text...

  • Neglected tropical diseases threaten Africa’s development efforts
    25 april 2013 13:01:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - While Africa is at a transition point in battling communicable diseases, it is confronted by an increasing burden of non-communicable diseases and neglected tropical illnesses continue to pose a significant threat, a senior official of the African Union Commission (AUC) said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Six-year plan to eradicate polio presented, gets funding support
    25 april 2013 11:39:40
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (PANA) - A new six-year plan to eradicate all types of polio disease by 2018 was presented Thursday at the Global Vaccine Summit here. Full text...

  • US$5.1b needed annually over 10 years to tackle malaria - WHO
    24 april 2013 13:01:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that US$5.1 billion is needed every year between 2011 and 2020 to achieve universal access to malaria prevention, diagnostic testing, and treatment around the world. Full text...

  • World Malaria Day: WHO launches emergence response to antimalarial drug resistance
    24 april 2013 12:56:55
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Amid the reported resistance in some parts of the world to artemisinin, the core component for the artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), the drug of choice against malaria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it had launched an emergency response to Artemisinin Resistance. Full text...

  • African health ministers meet in Addis Ababa this week
    22 april 2013 12:41:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Up to 90% of the global burden of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is believed to occur in Africa, where, besides thriving in heat and humidity, these diseases persist in conditions of poverty, according to organisers of the sixth African Union (AU) health ministers conference, holding here this week. Full text...

  • First rector of University of Niamey dies in Paris
    22 april 2013 11:44:55
    Paris, France (PANA) - Boubacar Ba, the first president of the University of Niamey (1971-1979) and an Associate Professor of Mathematics, has died at age 78 in Paris, PANA learnt Monday from family members in the French capital. Full text...

  • Mauritius reinforces vigilance against bird flu
    18 april 2013 16:48:54
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian authorities have strengthened vigilance at their entry points following the outbreak of the Avian Influenza Virus A (H7N9) in China. Full text...

  • 3 of 10 African children not yet vaccinated to date, says WHO
    18 april 2013 11:35:53
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Three out of 10 African children have not received vaccination for the first time in their life, Dr. Richard Mihigo, coordinator of the routine immunization and new vaccines programme at the World Health Organization (WHO), said. Full text...

  • 'Caesarian section accounts for 44% of deliveries in Mauritius'
    16 april 2013 18:10:47
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Quoting a study by the Mauritius Institute of Health in collaboration with private health institutions in March/April 2011, the Mauritian Health Minister, Lormus Bundhoo, told Parliament Tuesday that the rate of caesarian section was around 43.9% in 2012 as against the 44.4% recorded in 2009. Full text...

  • Burundi soldiers tackle disease burden off Somali battlefield, By Kennedy Abwao
    15 april 2013 19:46:29
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The war inside Somalia, which has raged for more than 22 years, has taken its toll on the health of the population, forced to live without any semblance of a national health infrastructure for a better part of over two decades. Full text...

  • UNIECF reinforces interventions for child survival in Nigeria
    13 april 2013 10:14:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has unveiled plans to fortify its interventions for child survival in Nigeria, according to the local Daily Independent newspaper. Full text...

  • WHO, UNICEF launch new programme to save 2m children
    12 april 2013 08:28:05
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - A new Global Action Plan launched on Friday by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF could save the lives of 2 million children every year from deaths caused by pneumonia and diarrhoea, some of the leading killers of children under five globally. Full text...

  • Third African Vaccination Week holds 22-28 April
    12 april 2013 08:10:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The third African Vaccination Week (AVW), an initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and implemented by countries in the region, will hold 22-28 April, the WHO African Regional Office said here Friday. Full text...

  • African experts, farmers discuss strategy to contain aflatoxins in food
    10 april 2013 11:21:34
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Mycotoxins within the human food chain remain one of the most potent sources of morbidity and sometimes mortality in African societies, a senior official of the African Union Commission (AUC) said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'No end in sight to Ghana doctors, pharmacists strike'
    09 april 2013 15:08:09
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The strike by doctors and pharmacists in government health facilities in Ghana, to demand more money, entered its second day on Tuesday with no end in sight to ease the suffering of patients, PANA reported here. Full text...

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