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  • Mauritius: Health Minister alarmed at teenage pregnancy rate in Mauritius
    10 july 2015 10:51:12
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health Minister Anil Gayan Friday revealed that the percentage of teenagers aged 15-19 years who are already mothers or pregnant with their first child has increased from 10.9% in 2002 to 12.1% in 2014. Full text...

  • Botswana: Health ministry revamps system to meet regulatory body's standards
    10 july 2015 09:46:06
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana is revamping its health institutions in order to meet the accreditation criteria set by Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) by 2017, according to Deputy Health Minister Alfred Madigele. Full text...

  • UN: Deaths of Ebola health workers may raise maternal mortality in West Africa
    09 july 2015 18:04:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The loss of health workers to Ebola could lead to a sharp Full text...

  • Guinea: Govt. takes stringent anti-Ebola measures
    08 july 2015 21:03:06
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – The Guinea National Ebola Coordination Centre has confirmed that 18 out of the 22 people hospitalized presently in the treatment centres have tested positive for by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Full text...

  • Libya: Libya allocates US$ 16 million to health facilities
    08 july 2015 18:55:00
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) - Despite its decreased revenue from oil production and sales, Libya's interim government has allocated 35.3 million dinars, about US$ 16 million to 38 health facilities across the country, according to government spokesman Ali Hatem al-Areibi. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian woman gives birth to tufts of hair
    08 july 2015 13:40:26
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A 26-year-old woman in Zambia's Luwingu district has given birth to tufts of hair, according to the Luwingu District Medical Officer, Dr. Ernest Mutale. Full text...

  • Senegal: Kenya hosts event on ‘brain drain’ in East Africa’s healthcare industry
    08 july 2015 13:32:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Kenya will play host to ''Medic East Africa'', the largest healthcare event in the East Africa region, which will take place from 1-3 September at the Oshwal Centre in Nairobi, organisers announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says taxing tobacco 'efficient and effective' way to reduce consumption
    07 july 2015 19:03:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Raising taxes on tobacco reduces consumption of products Full text...

  • UN: Ebola Review Panel tasks WHO on global public heath response
    07 july 2015 17:36:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed the report issued Full text...

  • UN: WHO says more vaccines needed to fight cholera
    06 july 2015 22:38:52
    New York,US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) says efforts to bring cholera deaths down to zero have been stepped up amid news that disease levels are unchanged, stating that more vaccines will help boost the fight against cholera. Full text...

  • UN: UN host International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York
    06 july 2015 21:46:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN headquarters in New York will on Friday, 10 July, host an International Ebola Recovery Conference in cooperation with the Presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to a UN statement obtained by PANA in New York on Monday. Full text...

  • Mali: USAID launches two US$ 80m health projects in Mali
    06 july 2015 16:52:51
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The quality of public health services in Mali is set to improve under two projects launched Monday in the country's capital, Bamako, with financing from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to the tune of US$ 80 million for a five-year period, official sources told PANA at the launch function. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief launches new report on HIV/AIDS reponse
    03 july 2015 22:27:37
    New York US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday in Barbados in the Caribbeans launched a major new UN report, stressing the need for an inclusive, rights-based and stigma-free response to wipe out the AIDS epidemic. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IAEA helps control avian flu in West Africa
    03 july 2015 19:37:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Following the recent outbreak of avian flu in Cote d’Ivoire, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), through its partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is helping West African countries in the early and accurate detection of the virus using nuclear-derived techniques, the agency said Friday. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Health minister says no Marburg epidemic in DR Congo
    03 july 2015 17:42:13
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Health minister Felix Kabange Numbi of Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected reports of a Marburg disease epidemic in Zongo area of the country's northwestern Equateur province, insisting that laboratory tests done in neighbouring Central African Republic on two Congolese patients from that province were negative. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF distributes emergency supplies to Ebola-affected communities in Liberia
    03 july 2015 15:13:58
    New York, US (PANA) - In a speedy response to Liberia's first confirmed cases of Ebola in more Full text...

  • Rwanda: South Sudan's cholera death toll hits 29
    03 july 2015 10:47:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least 29 people, including six children, are confirmed to have died from an outbreak of cholera in South Sudan as at June ending, with infections also continuing to rise in in the new East African country. Full text...

  • UN: Call for vigilance as Ebola virus resurfaces in Liberia
    02 july 2015 08:50:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has said the Full text...

  • UN: WHO confirms return of Ebola virus in Liberia
    01 july 2015 20:27:49
    New York, US (PANA) - World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that the Ebola virus has returned to Liberia after the country was certified Ebola-free for seven weeks. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: IFRC steps up operations in fighting against Ebola
    01 july 2015 18:44:49
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) announced on Wednesday that it would step up operations aimed at fighting the Ebola virus disease in order to help millions people recover from the deadly epidemic in the three most affected West African countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria reactivates emergency response mechanism as Ebola resurfaces in Liberia
    01 july 2015 17:37:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Faced with the possibility of re-importation of the Ebola Virus Disease into Nigeria from Liberia or other West African countries, the Nigerian Federal Government Wednesday reactivated its Ebola emergency response mechanism. Full text...

  • UN: 2.4 billion people worldwide still lack basic sanitation – UN report
    30 june 2015 22:18:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN agencies tracking access to water and sanitation targets against the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on Tuesday warned that the lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water. Full text...

  • WHO: Cuba is 1st country to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission, syphilis
    30 june 2015 15:31:09
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Cuba on Tuesday became the first country in the world to receive validation from the World Health Organization (WHO) that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. Full text...

  • Benin: West African network for anti-tuberculosis programmes to be established
    30 june 2015 11:38:16
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - A West African network for anti-tuberculosis programmes is to be established in the sub-region to strengthen national initiatives, PANA reported from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Reproductive Rights centre sues Kenya’s health ministry for blocking legal abortion
    29 june 2015 13:33:10
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Kenya’s Ministry of Health is undermining women’s constitutional rights and contributing to cases of maternal death by denying countless women, including rape survivors, access to safe, legal abortion -- even under circumstances permitted by the Kenyan constitution, the New York-based Centre for Reproductive Rights claimed in a new petition it filed Monday in the High Court of Kenya. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: Cote d'Ivoire introduces polio vaccine into national vaccination programme
    27 june 2015 12:07:51
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Cote d’Ivoire government on Friday introduced a poliomyelitis vaccine (IPV) in its national vaccination programme to vaccinate a total of 650,000 children every year under a strategic plan (2013/2018) to eradicate the debilitating disease in the country. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo launches nationwide campaign against sickle cell anaemia
    27 june 2015 11:49:19
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congo on Saturday launched a nationwide sensitization and screening campaign against sickle cell anemia. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says cholera outbreak kills 19 in South Sudan
    26 june 2015 21:17:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) says 5,000 children are at risk of a cholera outbreak in South Sudan which has already killed 19 people. Full text...

  • Zambia: Maternal, child mortality rates drop in Zambia
    26 june 2015 19:11:15
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s maternal and child mortality rates have significantly dropped over the last couple of years, Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health Permanent Secretary Elwyn Chomba has told the Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research meeting in Washington DC. Full text...

  • Senegal: 1,971 cases of pregnancies reported in Senegal schools
    25 june 2015 21:44:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A total of 1,971 cases of teenage pregnancies were recorded in the past three school years in seven regions of Senegal, a phenomenon that has affected girls aged between 13 and 19 years, according to a study of the NGO, Group for the Study and Teaching of Population (GEEP), in collaboration with UNFPA and the Government of Senegal. Full text...

  • UN: UN study calls for boosted AIDS treatment efforts to stop new infections
    25 june 2015 17:23:28
    New York, US (PANA) -The world risks a deadly AIDS rebound unless the countries most affected by the virus expand access to anti-retroviral treatments and boost their focus on stopping new infections, a new UN report has warned. Full text...

  • DR Congo: 3,700 children successfully treated of malnutrition effects in DRC
    25 june 2015 12:26:47
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Some 3,700 children, aged between 6 months and 5 years, have returned to their homes in healthy conditions from the malnutrition centres in the Kailo and Kabambare, in eastern DR Congo, after being treated during an intensive programme of the international NGO Coopi, the Office for the Coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) indicated here in a communique received by PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy on Ebola in Guinea-Bissau to assess new cases on Guinea border
    25 june 2015 08:02:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Peter Graaff has begun a visit to take stock of prevention and preparedness efforts in Guinea Bissau, which remains at high risk given its proximity to Guinea where new cases of the virus were reported in an urban area bordering the two countries. Full text...

  • UN: South Sudan children at risk from cholera outbreak, warns UNICEF
    24 june 2015 17:28:55
    New York, US (PANA) - A cholera outbreak is threatening South Sudan’s children in the latest Full text...

  • Senegal: Merck launches new campaign to help infertile women in Kenya
    24 june 2015 14:26:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Merck Group, a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, on Tuesday launched a new campaign, dubbed “More Than a Mother”, aimed at reducing the social suffering of infertile women in Kenya. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Health Ministers of Small Island Developing States meet in Mauritius
    24 june 2015 12:42:52
    Pointe-aux-Piments, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on Wednesday said that there is a major challenge looming ahead to keep under check the incidence of non-communicable diseases. Full text...

  • UN: Child under-nutrition costs Burkina Faso US$800 million a year
    23 june 2015 20:12:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Burkina Faso loses more than US$800 million annually due to child under-nutrition, according to a new report, which says increased healthcare costs, additional burdens on the educational system and lower workforce productivity are behind this loss. Full text...

  • UN: 'Childhood obesity will hit 70m by 2025'
    23 june 2015 08:22:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has blamed childhood obesity, especially in developing countries, on the marketing of sugar-rich non-alcoholic beverages and ultra-processed, energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods. Full text...

  • Guinea: Malabo gives Guinea 500,000 euros to fight Ebola
    19 june 2015 21:13:51
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Equatorial Guinea's President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Bassogo, announced on Friday in Conakry the donation of 500,000 euros to Guinea to fight against Ebola that has killed thousands of people in Guinea. Full text...

  • UN: WHO ramps up efforts against Tanzania cholera outbreak
    18 june 2015 21:35:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The cholera outbreak in Tanzania continues to spread among the populations in the country’s western Kigoma region amid an influx of refugees from neighbouring Burundi, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday, as it detailed its ongoing response aimed at stemming the epidemic. Full text...

  • Botswana: Country's oldest hospital, Marina, carries out hip, knee surgeries
    18 june 2015 07:35:10
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s oldest referral hospital Princess Marina Hospital has completed a successful hip and knee replacement (arthroplasty) campaign, officials from the institution said. Full text...

  • UN: MERS virus is not a global emergency, says WHO
    17 june 2015 15:21:51
    New York, US (PANA) - A killer virus that has claimed 19 lives in Asia could yet infect more Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to host African SIDS Health Ministers' meeting
    17 june 2015 14:03:04
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius will host, from 24 to 26 June 2015, the fifth meeting of Health ministers of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region, PANA learnt Wednesday from official sources at the Health Ministry in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New Research shows drought increases HIV spread in Africa
    17 june 2015 08:46:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Bad weather in sub-Saharan Africa is likely to increase the spread of HIV on the continent, according to a new study published in the June 2015 issue of the Economic Journal, which indicates that low rainfall can increase local infection rates by more than 10%. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says increase in voluntary blood donors can save millions of lives
    14 june 2015 20:12:04
    New York, US (PANA) - On World Blood Donor Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for increased regular blood donations from voluntary, unpaid donors in order to save millions of lives globally each year. Full text...

  • UN: New UN-World Bank report says 400 million have no access to health services
    12 june 2015 22:27:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 400 million people do not have access to health services and 6 per cent of people in low- and middle-income countries are tipped into or pushed further into extreme poverty because of the high cost of health spending, according to a report released on Friday by the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank Group. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says number of new Ebola cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone increases
    11 june 2015 20:04:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The number of new Ebola cases in West Africa has increased for the second straight week, highlighting the challenges still faced in finding and eliminating every chain of transmission, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius launches activities ahead of World Blood Donor Day 2015
    11 june 2015 14:05:38
    Candos, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Health Ministry on Thursday launched activities marking the World Blood Donor Day 2015 at the Victoria Hospital in Candos, in the centre of the island, highlighting stories from people whose lives have been saved through blood donation as a way of motivating regular blood donors to give blood and people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so. Full text...

  • Ghana: Health ministry halts Ebola vaccine trial
    10 june 2015 21:46:30
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Ministry of Health of Ghana has suspended a planned Ebola vaccine trial in the country following loud protests by the public. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt calls for public referendum on Organ Transplant act in Mauritius
    10 june 2015 13:17:00
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Health Ministry has invited members of the public to express themselves on the Human Tissue (Removal, Preservation and Transplant) Act 2006 in the margin of the implementation of the legislation that was approved by the National Assembly on 25 April 2006. Full text...

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