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  • UN: New UN special envoy on Ebola response makes first visit to Sierra Leone
    30 april 2015 10:16:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The new Special Representative for UN Ebola Response, Mr. Peter Graff, Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: African media told to give more attention to youth issues
    29 april 2015 21:48:50
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - Media organisations in Africa should give more attention to the needs and aspirations of the youth in promoting sexual and reproductive health, according to a youth leader from Kenya, Kevin Karuga. Full text...

  • UN: WHO warns on antibiotics resistance, calls for global action
    29 april 2015 15:25:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday warned that many common and treatable illnesses could become lethal unless action is taken against resistance to antibiotics. Full text...

  • South Africa: Terminally ill patient seeks permission to die
    29 april 2015 12:22:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A 65-year-old man suffering from terminal prostrate cancer on Wednesday appeared in the Gauteng High Court seeking permission to be allowed to choose the time and place of his death with the assistance of a licensed doctor. Full text...

  • UN: UN labour agency urges culture of prevention on occupational safety and health
    28 april 2015 20:51:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN member states must work harder to consolidate safety and health prevention measures in the workplace, the Director-General of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr. Guy Ryder, said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: New ILO report says bulk of world’s rural populations lack healthcare access
    27 april 2015 19:58:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The majority of the world’s rural populations continue to live and work without essential healthcare services, in stark contrast to their urban-dwelling counterparts, according to a new report released on Monday by the UN International Labour Organization (ILO). Full text...

  • Gambia: Official underlines collaborative efforts to roll back malaria in Gambia
    27 april 2015 18:16:46
    Banjul, Gambia(PANA) - Gambia can roll back malaria and help generate broad gains in health and human development, if the private sector mobilizes the much needed resources to meet present challenges, according to Balla Kandeh, manager of the National Malaria Control Programme. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: IPPF Africa Journalists Network Initiative meeting underway in Abidjan
    27 april 2015 14:47:21
    Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire (PANA) - African journalists on the International Planned Parenthood Federation African Regional Office Network (IPPFARO), are brainstorming here from 27-30 April, to review their activities and strategise on new innovative ideas of bringing sexual and reproductive health issues to the forefront of regional discourse. Full text...

  • Congo: Measles epidemic kills 30 in Congo
    27 april 2015 14:01:42
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The measles epidemic, which broke out in January in Pointe-Noire, Congo’s main economic and industry centre, has already killed 30 people out of the 800 reported cases, Congolese public radio reported Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief appoints new head for UN Mission against Ebola
    26 april 2015 18:46:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General has appointed Mr. Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands as the acting Special Representative and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes progress in fight against malaria, stresses more momentum
    25 april 2015 20:00:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday said that better access to insecticide-treated bed nets and greater availability of accurate diagnostics and effective treatment were the main reasons why the World Health Organization (WHO) reported in 2014 that the rate at which people are dying from malaria had halved since the turn of the century. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF to vaccinate 3 million children Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone
    25 april 2015 04:55:17
    New York, US (PANA) - For the first time since the start of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, thousands of health workers are fanning out across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in nationwide immunization campaigns aimed at protecting three million children against preventable but potentially deadly diseases such as measles and polio. Full text...

  • Mauritius: HIV-positive Cameroonian student lives in nightmare in Mauritius
    24 april 2015 20:18:16
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – A young Cameroonian female student who is to be deported from Mauritius because of her HIV-positive status on Friday took the matter to the Supreme Court in a bid to have the decision from the Passport and Immigration Office quashed, PANA learnt from judicial sources in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNDP, Global Fund sign agreement to bolster efforts to beat malaria in Sudan
    24 april 2015 12:10:46
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A new agreement reached in Sudan by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is set to provide a major boost in the fight against malaria in the country, UNDP said Friday, announcing US$81 million additional funding to the Global Fund’s existing malaria grant in Sudan. Full text...

  • Gambia: ‘Gambia made considerable advances in malaria control’
    24 april 2015 11:18:42
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - “The Gambia has made considerable advances in malaria control and has adapted nearly all available malaria prevention and control interventions,” the World Health Organization’s Gambia representative, Dr. Charles Sagoe Moses, has said. Full text...

  • UN: UN launches push to engage more women, community leaders in fight against Ebola
    23 april 2015 22:58:43
    New York, US (PANA) - With fresh statistics on the Ebola outbreak reflecting a halt in the decline in West Africa, the UN on Thursday began a campaign to engage more women, who have been disproportionately affected by the disease, as well as local traditional healers, to encourage communities to become more involved to bring down infection rates to zero. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo foundation to launch anti-malaria campaign
    23 april 2015 20:17:09
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A Congolese oraganisation, Foundation Ecair Congo, will on Saturday in Brazzaville launch an anti-malaria campaign to sensitize the population on the disease which is the top cause of infant mortality in the Central African country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: WHO urges world health community to close gaps in prevention, treatment of malaria
    23 april 2015 17:29:10
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The World Health Organization (WHO) Thursday called on the global health community to urgently address significant gaps in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia to host 2017 World Medical Association Council meeting
    23 april 2015 14:45:25
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia has been selected to host the World Medical Association Council meeting in 2017, becoming only the second African country after South Africa to do so, the Zambia Medical Association announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians vaccinated against flu as winter season starts
    23 april 2015 09:26:13
    Rose-Hill, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius on Thursday launched the 2015 anti-influenza vaccination programme for persons aged 60 and above, children with disabilities as well as inmates of private licensed homes, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Botswana: VP calls for behavioural change to fight HIV/AIDS
    23 april 2015 09:17:14
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi has expressed concern about the HIV/AIDS epidemic that continues to trouble the country despite several initiatives put in place to fight the scourge. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says global vaccination targets 'far off track'
    23 april 2015 06:51:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that progress towards Full text...

  • UN: UN officials urge continued investment in fight against Malaria
    20 april 2015 22:38:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials on Monday said although more investment and stronger coordination have helped the international community make significant inroads in the global fight against malaria, continued investment for malaria control and elimination targets remains Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Ethanol poisoning likely cause of Nigerian town's strange deaths'
    20 april 2015 11:04:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With 18 people dead in the town of Ode Irele in Nigeria's South-west Ondo State since the outbreak of a 'strange illness' on 15 April, the government has said the deaths most likely resulted from ethanol poisoning. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief lauds progress on Ebola, but still a pressing challenge
    17 april 2015 20:41:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday in Washington DC, US, said although there has been important progress over recent months on Ebola, the epidemic remains a pressing challenge. Full text...

  • Senegal: Oxfarm welcomes WB US$650m pledge for Ebola-hit countries
    17 april 2015 18:29:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Oxfam International Friday welcomed the World Bank's pledge of US$650m for Ebola-hit countries. Full text...

  • UN: WHO, UN officials say progress in fighting Ebola must ensure long-term recovery efforts
    16 april 2015 22:44:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Intense efforts to control the Ebola outbreak in the three most-affected Full text...

  • Mauritius: No dengue epidemic in Mauritius, says Minister
    16 april 2015 10:14:14
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Despite the fifty plus cases of dengue fever recorded this week in the Mauritian capital, Port-Louis, and the admission of 18 patients to various hospitals, Mauritian Health Minister Anil Gayan says there is no epidemic of the disease in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam prods WB to lead efforts to raise US$1.7bn for Ebola-hit countries
    16 april 2015 08:13:26
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The World Bank and international donors must find US$1.7 billion to improve dangerously-inadequate health systems in Ebola-affected countries and help prevent such a deadly epidemic ever happening again, international agency Oxfam said Thursday, on the eve of Ebola talks at the Bank’s annual spring meetings in Washington DC. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says Ebola still a global emergency despite drop in cases
    10 april 2015 21:16:45
    New York, US (PANA) - A meeting convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa still poses a threat to international peace and security, despite a major fall in case incidence and geographic distribution in the most-affected countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Full text...

  • WHO: 'Caesarean sections should only be performed when medically necessary'
    10 april 2015 11:17:29
    Geneva,. Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has said Caesarean Section should only be performed when medically necessary in order not to put women and their babies at risk of short- and long-term health problems. Full text...

  • Tanzania: WHO kicks off registry of vetted medical emergency teams
    08 april 2015 18:57:28
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – With global crises on the rise, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday announced a new registration system that will enable the agency to build a global roster of foreign medical response teams, ready to deploy in response to tsunamis, typhoons, floods and outbreaks, such as Ebola and cholera. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Minister seeks strong initiatives on food safety in Mauritius
    08 april 2015 08:19:31
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Health Minister Anil Kumar Gayan says consumers are now taking unprecedented interest in the way food is produced, processed and marketed, and are increasingly calling for strong initiatives for food safety and consumer protection. Full text...

  • UN: 'Africa bears brunt of unsafe food deaths'
    02 april 2015 15:07:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation on Thursday said unsafe food was responsible for an estimated 351,000 deaths a year globally, while children under five were the victims of contamination in more than 40 per cent of cases. Full text...

  • Niger: 'Meningitis killed 45 in March', says Niger Health minister
    02 april 2015 14:14:41
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - About 45 people died from meningitis in March in Niger from a total of 345 reported cases, the Nigerien minister of Public Health, Mano Aghali, said on Thursday at a news conference. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Ten cases of dengue fever recorded in Mauritius
    02 april 2015 10:24:49
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has reported 10 cases of dengue fever within a week in the capital city, Potr-Louis, PANA reported Thursday, quoting Health Minister Anil Gayan. Full text...

  • Sudan: Outbreak of measles elicits prompt reaction from UNICEF, Sudanese govt
    01 april 2015 15:03:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Government and UNICEF Wednesday said they received more than 2 million doses of measles vaccines in response to the recent measles outbreak in the Sudan. Full text...

  • Botswana: Int'l health institutions collaborations help patients in Botswana
    01 april 2015 08:00:29
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Princess Marina Hospital, the country’s first hospital, in collabotaion with a Mauritian medial team from Cardic Centre at Pamplehouse, will next month conduct a couple of cardiac procedures and heart surgeries, according to Donnel Kutlapye, Spokesperson of Princess Marina Hospital. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu seeks Chinese intervention over Zambians living with HIV in China
    31 march 2015 14:40:13
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu, who is currently in China for an official state visit, has disclosed that he has held discussions with the Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, over the issue of Zambians living with HIV/AIDS who are being sent back from China. Full text...

  • Zambia: HIV/AIDS prevalence rate drops in Zambia
    31 march 2015 13:55:37
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Zambia has declined to 13.3 percent of adults infected, translating into a one percent reduction from 2007, according to the latest survey released here by the Zambian Central Statistical Office (CSO). Full text...

  • Rwanda: 12 hospitalised after eating contaminated meat
    30 march 2015 20:41:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least 12 people are being treated for food poisoning after eating the meat of a dead goat in Kirehe, a district located about 200 km from Kigali in southeastern Rwanda, near the border with Tanzania, the local media reported on Monday quoting hospital sources in the region. Full text...

  • Senegal: China, Africa collaborate in health care for all
    27 march 2015 17:32:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Over 350 health leaders from Africa and China meeting in Beijing on Friday called for strengthened partnership around universal health coverage and access to essential medicines. Full text...

  • Senegal: AU gets US$50,000 booster for fighting Ebola Virus Disease
    26 march 2015 17:07:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) Thursday received a US$50,000 grant from the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank) towards the ongoing fight against the Ebola Virus Disease on the continent, according to a statement obtained by PANA here from the Commission. Full text...

  • UN: WHO reports lowest Ebola cases in 2015
    25 march 2015 20:22:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said Liberia's first case of Ebola in three weeks has prompting heightened vigilance. Full text...

  • Gambia: TB cases increase in Gambia
    25 march 2015 17:37:54
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The number of positive cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Gambia increased from 1,306 in 2008 to 1,475 in 2014, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) representative in Banjul. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador praises communities' support in combating Ebola
    24 march 2015 16:56:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador and actor Orlando Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges governments to intensify efforts to end tuberculosis by 2035
    24 march 2015 15:49:42
    New York, US (PANA) - With some 37 million lives saved between 2000 and 2013 through the Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya, US launch TB case detection study
    24 march 2015 13:56:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - To accelerate efforts to reach, treat, and cure everyone who has Tuberculosis (TB), the US and Kenyan governments Monday officially launched a study to determine the best way to enhance TB detection. Full text...

  • Nigeria: USAID trains Veterinary Doctors, others on combating Bird Flu in Nigeria
    23 march 2015 15:39:02
    Ibadan, Nigeria (PANA) - A capacity building programme, organised by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on effective disease control techniques to combat, particularly, the resurgence of the outbreak of Bird Flu (Avian Influenza) is underway here with a call on stakeholders to collaborate more in tackling the disease. Full text...

  • Ghana: Health workers return from Ebola-affected countries
    22 march 2015 06:48:01
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Forty-two Ghanaian health workers who went to assist two of the countries in West Africa hit by the deadly Ebola virus arrived back home on Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health. Full text...

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