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  • Leaders sign new commitment to eliminate malnutrition
    08 june 2013 18:56:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement on Saturday hailed world leaders for signing the Global Nutrition for Growth Compact in London as an indication of unprecedented determination to end the injustice of malnutrition. Full text...

  • Gambia outlaws importation of frozen chicken legs
    07 june 2013 16:04:43
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian authorities have banned the importation of frozen chicken legs into the country, a press statement from the office of President Yahya Jammeh indicated here. Full text...

  • Congo signs memorandum to build hospitals
    05 june 2013 20:12:08
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese government and the London-based International Hospital Group on Wednesday signed a memorandum in Brazzaville to build hospitals and train health staff to help in the development of Congo's health sector. Full text...

  • Mauritius takes healthcare to family doorsteps
    05 june 2013 14:28:30
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius has introduced a new concept to health services, taking screening and counselling services to the doorsteps of its population, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • 'Over 40% of HIV+ Nigerians don't know their status
    05 june 2013 12:44:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Over 40% of Nigerians who are carrying the virus that causes AIDS do not know their status, the Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Prof. John Idoko, has said. Full text...

  • South African epidemiologist heads panel of expert scientists on HIV research
    04 june 2013 15:48:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Michel Sidibe, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), has appointed South African scientist, Salim Abdool Karim, to chair a panel set up to provide advice on how new research and innovations can help tackle the epidemic. Full text...

  • UN urges ban on tobacco advertising to reduce global health threat
    31 may 2013 19:35:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Friday urged governments to ban all forms of tobacco Full text...

  • Ethiopia launches emergency vaccination campaign against yellow fever
    31 may 2013 17:10:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia's Ministry of Health will launch an emergency mass-vaccination campaign against yellow fever from 10 June 2013, in response to laboratory confirmation of six cases in the country on 7 May 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced in a statement obtained by PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • World Tobacco Day: WHO urges ban on tobacco advertising to protect young people
    29 may 2013 09:44:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ahead of the observance of the 2013 World No Tobacco Day on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries to ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship to help reduce the number of tobacco users. Full text...

  • World Health Assembly agrees measures to ensure better health for all
    28 may 2013 08:15:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), has rounded off its 66th session here with agreement on a range of new public health measures and recommendations to ensure greater health benefits for all. Full text...

  • Strong leadership lightens AIDS, TB, Malaria burden - AU
    26 may 2013 14:35:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - As a result of strong continental and national leadership, Africa has achieved significant gains in reducing the burden of AIDS, TB and Malaria as well as the social impact of the three diseases, the African Union (AU) Commission said in a report issued here Sunday. Full text...

  • UN chief commends Africa’s fight against communicable illnesses
    26 may 2013 14:28:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the collective efforts of African leaders in fighting communicable diseases, affirming support from the global organisation and its agencies to provide better health to the continent’s population. Full text...

  • UNFPA calls for greater attention to safe childbirths
    23 may 2013 21:39:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Full text...

  • 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...

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