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  • Libya: Polio vaccination campaign begins in Libya
    16 march 2014 08:30:39
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya has kick-started a week-long polio vaccination campaign all over the country, in line with instructions given by the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Around 10,000 people suffer from renal diseases in Mauritius
    13 march 2014 13:32:02
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Renal diseases affect more and more Mauritians because of diabetes and hypertension, with around 1,000 patients undergoing dialysis and about 10,000 affected by the disease. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Woman gives birth to quadruplets
    11 march 2014 18:08:55
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A 26-year old Mauritanian, Ezza Mint Malik Ould Hady, has been delivered of quadruplets, out of which one died, hospital sources said. Full text...

  • Zambia: Over 45% of under 5 children in Zambia are stunted
    10 march 2014 20:53:40
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - About 45 per cent of children in Zambia who are below the age of five are stunted due to malnutrition. Full text...

  • Libya: National poliomyelitis vaccination campaign to be launched 15 March
    08 march 2014 15:03:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya will launch a one-week nationwide poliomyelitis vaccination campaign from 15 March, the director of the national disease centre, Dr. Bedreddine Béchir al-Najjar, said here Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO issues guidelines on access to contraceptives
    06 march 2014 21:45:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the International Women’s Day on 8 March, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday released a set of recommendations for countries to ensure that women, girls and couples have access to the tools needed to avoid unwanted pregnancies, thereby improving health and allowing for better family planning. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Kenya hosts IPPF Africa region confab on population, development
    05 march 2014 14:35:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A three-day Africa Pre-Conference on Population and Development (Pre-CPD) and Post 2015 consultation meeting, organised by the International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region (IPPFAR) in collaboration with Reproductive Advocacy Network Africa (RHANA), is underway in Nairobi, Kenya Full text...

  • UN: Report urges greater prevention, treatment of drug abuse
    04 march 2014 20:10:52
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN report says investment in prevention and treatment of drug abuse can lead to significant savings in health-care and crime-related costs and alleviate the suffering of drug-dependent users and their families. Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty to launch global campaign on sexual, reproductive health
    04 march 2014 12:23:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International will launch a global campaign Thursday encouraging young people to claim their sexual and reproductive rights and combat a worldwide backlash against the progress made in this field in recent years, the global human rights watchdog said. Full text...

  • UN: UNAIDS appeals for tolerance, dignity for all
    27 february 2014 21:59:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of "Zero Discrimination Day" to be marked on 1 March worldwide, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Thursday called for the promotion and celebration of everyone’s right to a full life with dignity no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love. Full text...

  • Congo: Brazzaville to host bio larva-killing plant to eradicate malaria
    26 february 2014 12:41:42
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A bio-larva killing plant aimed at tackling the scourge of malaria is to be cited in the Congolese capital city of Brazzaville, according to the representative of Cuban firm Labiofam, Felix Quintanar Pulido. Full text...

  • UN: Ban announces new global action to support women, children's health
    25 february 2014 22:35:30
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says a global action to improve the health of women and children will be enhanced through a new programme to share ideas and successes among developing countries, Full text...

  • Switzerland:140,000 to be vaccinated against cholera in South Sudan
    23 february 2014 11:24:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Some 140,000 people living in temporary camps in South Sudan, which has been wracked by internecine fighting since last December, are to be vaccinated against cholera by the World Health Organisation (WHO), working with the South Sudan Government and partners, the global health agency said in a statement issued here this weekend. Full text...

  • Togo: World Bank gives Togo US$14m for health and nutrition programmes
    22 february 2014 14:36:28
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved support to Togo that will help the West African country offer lifesaving health and nutrition services to over 1.3 million people, nearly 60 percent of whom are women and girl children under the age of five. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Japan grants US$100,000 to Mauritania to reduce maternal and child mortality
    22 february 2014 12:00:32
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Japanese government has given Mauritania a grant of US$100,000 (about 27.5 million Ouguiya) to help the country renovate and equip the Amitié Hospital in the district of Arafat, in the capital, Nouakchott, the Japanese diplomatic embassy in Mauritania said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Mali: King Mohamed and President Kéita launch work for hospital
    21 february 2014 20:02:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – King Mohamed VI of Morocco and Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita on Friday launched work for the construction of a private hospital in Sébènicoro, at western Bamako, to be financed by the Moroccan Foundation for Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • Mauritius: HIV Operation Plan 2014 strengthened
    21 february 2014 18:27:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius will strengthen its HIV Operation Plan for 2014 in a bid to reduce the number of HIV cases registered on the island, according to an official communiqué issued here Friday. Full text...

  • Niger: WHO confirms Niger is Guinea worm free
    21 february 2014 13:59:48
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Niger free of Guinea worm, official sources told PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan vows to promote indigenous herbal products
    20 february 2014 19:33:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government says it will put in place measures to promote indigenous herbal products for local needs and export. Full text...

  • Kenya: USAID, Kenya bolster health sector NGOs
    20 february 2014 16:39:15
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenya Ministry of Health and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched new standards for strengthening civil society organizations working in the health sector, especially non-governmental organizations working in advocacy and service delivery in the health industry. Full text...

  • Tanzania: US govt supports campaign against childhood malnutrition
    19 february 2014 11:34:49
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - As part of its global hunger and food security initiative, the US government Wednesday launched a three-week micro-nutrient powder campaign in three regions of Tanzania to help combat childhood malnutrition. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh declares 17 January Gambia's National Natural Medicines Day
    18 february 2014 19:15:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - On the eve of Gambia’s 49th Independence Anniversary (18 February), President Yahya Jammeh has declared 17 January as the country's National Natural Medicines Day. Full text...

  • Mali: Hypertension plagues 22% of Malians
    18 february 2014 17:49:32
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Some 22% of Malians suffer from hypertension in a country where there is only one cardiologist to every 405,000 patients or 35 altogether across the country, PANA learnt at the first congress of the Malian Society of Cardiology (SOMACAR) which ended Monday in Bamako. Full text...

  • Mauritius: SADC regional HIV/AIDS Training Opens in Mauritius
    17 february 2014 13:19:08
    Quatre Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo said Monday that one of the greatest challenges facing countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) as they move toward greater integration is the adverse effects of HIV/AIDS on social, political and economic development. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Senior SADC executives to attend workshop on HIV/AIDS
    14 february 2014 20:53:30
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Health institute and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will organise a five-day workshop in Mauritius to train trainers on HIV/AIDS next week, a Mauritian government communiqué said on Friday. Full text...

  • UK: Ghana's President Mahama calls for local production of AIDS drugs
    13 february 2014 22:10:22
    London, UK (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama on Thursday made a strong case for African nations, and the developing world, to be supported in the local manufacture of Anti Retroviral Drugs (ARV) to ensure a more affordable treatment of people living with AIDS. Full text...

  • Togo: Health authorities destroy 4 tons of turkey rumps in Lome
    13 february 2014 15:26:09
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Togolese Health and Livestock authorities have destroyed 400 boxes of turkey rumps, weighing 4 tons, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Kenya: AU Commission inaugurates Kenya Red Cross Hospital
    12 february 2014 13:55:46
    Daadab, Kenya (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Commission has formally inaugurated the Kenya Red Cross Hospital in Daadab Camp to provide services to the Daadab refugee population and the host community. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ouattarra undergoes successful surgery in France
    10 february 2014 11:41:44
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara has undergone a successful surgery for a nerve-related ailment, called sciatica, in France, the Ivorian presidency said in a statement issued here. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Expert suggests ways to end unsafe abortion in Africa
    09 february 2014 17:51:03
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Increasing sexuality education and the availability of Misoprostol pills can help to ensure safe abortion in Africa, according to a health expert, Dr. Nehemiah Kimathi. Full text...

  • Mali: 586 new cases of cancer reported in Mali 2013
    07 february 2014 17:48:55
    Bamako, Mali ( PANA) - Mali recorded 586 new cases of cancer in 2013, an increase of 12% compared to the 2008 figures, PANA learnt during a video conference Thursday at the Radisson Blu Hotel of Bamako. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 'Africa must scale up strategies to reduce maternal mortality'
    07 february 2014 17:11:45
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - African countries will need to develop new approaches that will help reduce the scourge of maternal mortality through adequate allocation of resources, advocacy, research, capacity building and access to Sexual and Reproductive Health. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Experts canvass greater sanctions against FGM practice
    06 february 2014 17:59:38
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - As the world marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Modulation (FGM), participants in a conference here on sexual health and rights have called on the United Nations to apply greater sanctions against countries and individuals practicing the scourge. Full text...

  • Cameroon: UNFPA releases 2b FCFA to fight maternal, child mortality
    06 february 2014 17:28:56
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The deputy executive director of the UN Fund for Population (UNFPA), Kate Glimore, announced here Thursday that the UN organization will grant 2 billion francs CFA to the Cameroonian government to enable it reduce child and maternal mortality in 2014-2015. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Female Genital Mutilation to become offence in Cameroon
    06 february 2014 16:41:40
    Yaoundé, Cameroun (PANA) – Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) will be considered an offence in Cameroon, under the country's penal code currently under review, the Cameroonian Minister for Women and Family Promotion, Marie-Thérèse Abena Ondoa, revealed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Mali: Former Malian Health Minister guns for Africa's top job at WHO
    06 february 2014 16:13:58
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Former Malian Health Minister and Currently the Executive Director of the World Programme Against Malaria, Dr. Traoré Fatoumata Nafo, is Mali's official candidate for the post of Regional Director of the World Health Organisation (Africa), PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Mali: Mortality rate of U-5 children reduced by half in Mali
    06 february 2014 14:22:23
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The mortality rate of children under five in Mali was reduced by half between 1990 and 2012, the UNICEF Representative in Mali, Gianfranco Rotigliano, indicated here Wednesday in a report, entitled "the state of the world’s children in figures 2014". Full text...

  • Kenya: Philips, AMREF in strategic partnership to improve healthcare in Africa
    06 february 2014 13:48:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Royal Philips and the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) are to work together in an innovative shared-value partnership designed to bring about a structural improvement in the healthcare infrastructure and provision on the African continent. Full text...

  • Togo: Cases of anthrax epizootic recorded in Togo
    05 february 2014 14:55:44
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Anthrax epizootic, a disease that attacks animals and can be transmitted from animals to humans, has hit Nataré district, in the Savanes Region of Togo, according to an official communique from the Prime Minister's Office and the Livestock ministry. Full text...

  • Gambia: US diplomat applauds Gambia’s investment in health
    05 february 2014 11:39:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A US diplomat has hailed the Government of Gambia for its investment in healthcare, education and immunisation, PANA reported from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Science Academy warns of shortage of measles vaccines
    04 february 2014 22:03:38
    Nigeria, Lagos (PANA) – The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) has warned that the country risks the scarcity of measles vaccines, which could result in hundreds of under five deaths, if urgent action is not taken, as the current stock will run out by mid-April. Full text...

  • Mauritius: World Cancer Day marked
    04 february 2014 11:26:27
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Cancer is emerging as a major public health challenge that can be attributed to an ageing population, rapid lifestyle modifications and environmental changes in Mauritius, where it has become the third major health threat after diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, PANA reported Tuesday from the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Health expert advocates more investment in African youth
    03 february 2014 23:21:49
    Yaounde , Cameroon (PANA) – Ahead of the official opening ceremony of the 6th edition of Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights on 5 February, a capacity building workshop opened on Monday in Yaounde with a call on African countries to double their investments in the youth. Full text...

  • US: WHO calls for more action to prevent cancer
    03 february 2014 22:36:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday called for multi-pronged preventive action including treaties and laws extending tobacco-style restrictions to alcohol and sweetened beverages. Full text...

  • Guinea: Campaign against measles to be launched
    02 february 2014 17:59:03
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Guinean health authorities will launch a vaccination campaign for children, aged 0 to five years, against measles that is ravaging the country, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Cameroon hosts Africa confab on sexual health rights
    02 february 2014 17:52:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital, will host the sixth edition of Africa's Conference on Sexual Health and Rights from 3-7 February, PANA reported Sunday, quoting organisers. Full text...

  • Sudan: Insecurity forces MSF doctors to treat patients in the bush
    31 january 2014 14:53:28
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Doctors without Borders (MSF) on Friday said ongoing insecurity in Unity State has forced thousands of people to flee into the bush, including patients taken out of hospital for them to continue medical treatment. Full text...

  • Congo: EU allocates 4.6m euros to train medical staff in Congo
    31 january 2014 12:25:49
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has allocated 4.6 million euros to train 1,450 paramedical staff in Congo, the country's Ministry of Health and Population said here Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Cancer, third main killer disease in Mauritius'
    30 january 2014 15:16:36
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Cancer is the third main killer disease in Mauritius after diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, accounting for about 12.1 per cent of the total number of deaths in the small island-nation, a PANA correspondent reported from here, quoting official figures. Full text...

  • Kenya: USAID, GE partner with Kenyan bank to finance health programme
    28 january 2014 16:27:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and General Electric (GE), in conjunction with Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Tuesday announced a new partnership that will make up to US$ 10 million in local financing available to small- and medium-enterprises in the country. Full text...

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