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‘Social drivers’ must be confronted in fight against TB, says UN chief

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  • ‘Social drivers’ must be confronted in fight against TB, says UN chief
    New York, US (PANA) - Winning the fight against Tuberculosis requires that “social drivers” of the disease – especially poverty and inequality – are tackled head on, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Monday, urging greater efforts to provide universal health coverage and combat the growing threat of anti-microbial resistance. Full text...

  • WHO launches Global Action Plan on Physical Activity
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is on Monday joining Prime Minister António Costa of Portugal to launch the new "WHO Global action plan on physical activity and health 2018-2030: More active people for a healthier world." Full text...

  • Medical charity lauds South Africa's landmark step for access to medicines
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has lauded the move by the South African government to release a new intellectual property (IP) policy that will stop the country’s process of blindly handing out patents, thus providing hope to people across the country who cannot afford the medicines they need to stay alive and healthy. Full text...

  • Commission calls for urgent action against chronic diseases
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) Independent High-level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) calls for urgent action to address chronic diseases and mental health disorders. Full text...

  • Africa CDC deploys volunteers to tackle Ebola Virus Disease in DR Congo
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - After recruiting and training 18 Congolese volunteers, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has deployed them to Equator province to support the response to Ebola Virus Disease in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches new pictorial tobacco health warning labels
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Health Ministry on Friday launched a new set of pictorial health warning labels on tobacco packages to sensitise the population on the harmful effects of cigarette smoking. The new labels will replace the existing once set which date back to 2009. Full text...

  • Jammeh sued over HIV/AIDS “Cure”
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Three survivors of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s fraudulent and destructive HIV and AIDS “treatment programme”, on Thursday filed a legal action in the tiny West African country’s High Court. Full text...

  • Tobacco, leading cause of preventable deaths in Kenya - Minister
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Tobacco use has been identified as the leading cause of preventable deaths in Kenya. It is one of the leading contributors towards the rising burden of Non-Communicable Diseases in the country, Health Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki, said Thursday. Full text...

  • Ebola vaccine provides protection, hope for high-risk communities in DRC (Feature by WHO Africa Region)
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - It’s been ten days since Jean René (not his real name) lost his brother to Ebola virus disease (EVD). Full text...

  • Medical charity begins Ebola vaccination in DRC
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - Medical NGO, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says it has started vaccinating Ebola frontline workers in Bikoro, Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where teams have been working with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) over the past few weeks. The trial vaccination will also be offered to contacts of patients. Full text...

  • World No Tobacco Day targets habit that ‘breaks hearts’ – WHO
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - United Nations health experts on Thursday reiterated the message that tobacco causes deadly illnesses such as heart disease and stroke, and called for the prevention of “needless” loss of life. Full text...

  • Getting medicine to flood victims in Somalia, no matter what
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Recent flash and river flooding in Somalia has affected an estimated 772,000 people and displaced nearly 230,000 people from their homes, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • WHO deploys personnel to control cholera outbreak in Nigeria’s Adamawa state
    Yola, Nigeria (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO has deployed 39 staff with plans underway to engage additional 15 ad-hoc personnel, to rapidly contain a confirmed outbreak of cholera in Mubi North and South local government areas (LGAs) of Adamawa state in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Children must be at heart of response to Ebola outbreak in DRC – UNICEF
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) – Children continue to be at risk and are affected by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), making it essential that their health and wellbeing are prioritized in the response. Full text...

  • Death of Ebola patients who fled DRC hospital highlights dangers - WHO
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The escape of three patients infected with the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the hospital where they were being treated is “not unexpected”, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, underlining the need to step up efforts to explain the dangers of the deadly disease to affected communities. Full text...

  • Delegates to World Health Assembly call for stepped up action against NCDs
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Delegates to the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva have called for stepped up action in the global fight to beat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS still impacting work and costing billions in lost earnings – ILO report
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Outlining the economic and social toll HIV and AIDS continues to take on workers around the world, the International Labour Organization (ILO) called on Thursday for an “urgent effort” to improve treatment, step up testing and ensure healthier and more productive workplaces. Full text...

  • New report tracks progress of WHO in African Region in transformation agenda
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Efforts to transform the UN Health Organisation (WHO) in the African Region to become the organisation that staff and stakeholders want is making an impact to the health of people across the region. Full text...

  • WHO, World Bank Group join forces to strengthen global health security
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Bank Group on Thursday launched a new mechanism to strengthen global health security through stringent independent monitoring and regular reporting of preparedness to tackle outbreaks, pandemics, and other emergencies with health consequences. Full text...

  • Ebola outbreak puts DR Congo on an ‘epidemiological knife-edge’
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains on an “epidemiological knife-edge” regarding the spread of deadly Ebola disease, despite the quick response by authorities and international partners to the threat, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • World Health Assembly delegates agree new five-year strategic plan
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - World Health Assembly delegates on Wednesday agreed an ambitious new strategic plan for the next five years. Full text...

  • WB pandemic financing facility approves US$12m grant to stop Ebola outbreak in DRC
    Washington, US (PANA) - The World Bank Group’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) on Tuesday made its first-ever financial commitment, approving a US$12 million grant towards the current Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • UN officials call for strong, people-focused health systems
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Everyone, everywhere must have equal access to quality health care, said top United Nations officials on Monday, urging greater focus on comprehensive health and well-being. Full text...

  • WHO supports Ebola vaccination of high risk populations in DR Congo
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners, is preparing to vaccinate high risk populations against Ebola virus disease (EVD) in affected health zones. Full text...

  • Mauritius to debate Human Tissue Bill in Parliament
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - As the Mauritian Parliament prepares to begin the second reading the Human Tissue (Removal, Preservation and Transplant Bill) on Tuesday, Health and Quality of Life Minister Anwar Husnoo has given the assurance that the law will not in any way contravene or impede on one’s religious or cultural beliefs of the people. Full text...

  • SAFA hosts ground-breaking Medical Symposium in Johannesburg
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - A ground-breaking Medical Symposium, jointly organized by the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the Confederal of African Football (CAF), took place at the SAFA House in Johannesburg on Saturday. Full text...

  • UNICEF mobilises community workers to fight DR Congo Ebola
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Scaling up in response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN children's fund (UNICEF), with the DRC Government and partners, is mobilizing hundreds of community workers to raise awareness among children and families of how to protect themselves against the disease. Full text...

  • WHO boss to open World Health Assembly with 'ambitious agenda for change'
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - After one year in office, WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will open the 71st World Health Assembly next week in Geneva with an ambitious agenda for change that aims to save 29 million lives by 2023. Full text...

  • WHO says DR Congo Ebola 'not public health emergency of international concern'
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is not a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Full text...

  • Ending double jeopardy for women with HIV in 8 African nations
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A new US$ 30 million partnership to help end cervical cancer, led by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the George W. Bush Institute and UNAIDS will accelerate life-saving efforts in eight African countries. Full text...

  • UNAIDS urges scaling up of HIV vaccine research to stop new infections (A UNAIDS feature)
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As the world celebrates "HIV Vaccine Awareness Day" on 18 May, UNAIDS has called for an increase in research and investment to find an effective vaccine to protect people against HIV and stop new HIV infections. Full text...

  • Emergency meeting called as Ebola spreads to Congolese city – WHO
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an emergency meeting on Friday to “consider the international risks” of the latest outbreak of the deadly disease Ebola, which has now moved to an urban area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • WHO concerned as one Ebola case is confirmed in urban area of DR Congo
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - One new case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of nearly 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Obese people more likely to smoke, says new gene research
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - New research indicates that people who are genetically prone to being overweight have a higher risk of taking up smoking - and they are likely to smoke more than average — UN scientists said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Investing in non-communicable disease control posts strong gains - WHO report
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The world’s poorest countries can gain US$ 350 billion by 2030 by scaling up investments in preventing and treating chronic diseases, like heart disease and cancer, that cost an additional US$ 1.27 per person annually, according to a new report made available Wednesday in Kigali by the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • WHO launches new diagnostic tool to ensure effective treatment
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Although correctly identifying disease is essential for successful treatment, many have no way of accessing an accurate diagnosis, the United Nation health agency said on Tuesday, launching new tool to close this critical gap. Full text...

  • WHO chief visits Ebola affected area in DR Congo
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Sunday visited the town of Bikoro in the north-west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to assess the response to the current Ebola outbreak. Full text...

  • UNAIDS Chief puts spotlight on the HIV response in Lesotho, South Africa and Zambia (A UNAIDS feature story)
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, recently completed a five-day visit to three countries in southern Africa, with the mission highlighting high-level political discussions, the launch of the Lesotho HIV Health and Situation Room and frank and an open dialogue with women activists about how to address sexual harassment and abuse. Full text...

  • UN says ready for 'all scenarios' in DR Congo Ebola outbreak
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The chances of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) spreading across borders are low, said the United Nations health agency on Friday, although nine neighbouring countries remain on alert. Full text...

  • Nigeria’s Lassa fever outbreak contained, but continued vigilance needed - WHO
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - With six weeks of declining numbers and only a handful of confirmed cases reported in recent weeks, the critical phase of Nigeria’s largest-ever Lassa fever outbreak is under control, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • UNICEF calls for narrowing of 'breastfeeding gaps' between rich and poor
    New York, UN (PANA) – As the world celebrates Mother's Day this weekend, the UN children's agency (UNICEF) is calling for the narrowing of breatfeeding gaps between rich and poor worldwide. Full text...

  • New Ebola outbreak confirmed in DR Congo
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Two new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) by Government scientists there, prompting the UN health agency to immediately scale up its response. Full text...

  • Rwanda wary of cholera spread from Uganda
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda’s health officials said Tuesday they have stepped up surveillance for acute watery diarrhoea by sensitizing Uganda-bound travellers to avoid taking contaminated beverages and maintain personal and food hygiene, after seven cases of cholera were diagnosed in the neighbouring country. Full text...

  • 8th African vaccination week launched in Côte d'Ivoire
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian minister of Health and Public hygiene, Dr Raymonde Goudou-Coffie, on Tuesday officially launched the 8th African vaccination week, on the theme: ‘Vaccinations are successful, play your role’. Full text...

  • Largest-ever global response to cholera targets 2 million people in Africa
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A spate of cholera outbreaks across Africa has prompted the largest cholera vaccination drive in history, with more than two million people across the continent set to receive oral cholera vaccine (OCV), the United Nations announced on Monday. Full text...

  • ‘Bad’ fats targeted in new global health guidelines
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - People everywhere need to cut down on their consumption of artery-clogging fatty foods, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging, in a new report released on Friday. Full text...

  • Mental health ‘neglected issue’ but key to achieving Global Goals, say UN chiefs
    London, UK (PANA) - Mental health remains one of the most neglected global health issues, even though it is critical to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders, top United Nations officials have said at an event in London. Full text...

  • Vitamin A deficiency puts 140 million children at risk of illness and death – UNICEF
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 140 million children are at greater risk of illness, hearing loss, blindness and even death globally if urgent action is not taken to provide them with life-saving vitamin A supplements, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. Full text...

  • 90% people worldwide breathe polluted air - says WHO
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world with new data released by the UN health agency on Wednesday showing that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Full text...

  • MSF stops operating clinics around South Sudan's Mundri town
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says it has stopped operating clinics in remote areas around Mundri, Western Equatoria State, South Sudan, after a violent armed robbery against its team last week, which will affect some 75,000 people. Full text...


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