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  • Belgium funds Ivorian AIDS programme
    25 august 2003 20:22:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Belgian has donated US$760,000 dollars to finance a three-year programme aimed at promoting reproduction health, prevent sexually-transmitted infections (STI) and combat HIV/AIDS among the youth in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Official says Mozambican anti-AIDS messages ineffective
    25 august 2003 18:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Joana Mangueira, Executive Secretary of the Mozambican National Council for Fight Against AIDS (CNCS), said messages being used in the Fight against the disease in the country were ineffective. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 7 in Mali
    25 august 2003 16:08:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Seven people have died from the 47 cases of cholera reported this month in Mali's Segou region, some 240-km east of Bamako, health officials said Monday. Full text...

  • Kenyans to benefit from health insurance scheme
    25 august 2003 13:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The government here is in the process of establishing a comprehensive health insurance scheme for all Kenyans, a senior official indicated Monday. Full text...

  • Congo Brazzaville gets village committees on Ebola
    25 august 2003 11:36:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Village committees have been set up to tackle Ebola virus in Congo Brazzaville's northern province of Sangha, a month after a government appeal for the sensitisation of the population against the disease that killed more than 100 people near the area. Full text...

  • HIV cited as main cause of death among South African females
    25 august 2003 10:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A survey by the South African Institute of Race Relations has cited HIV/AIDS as the leading cause of death among females in the country, between 1997 and 2001. Full text...

  • Chissano receives American Senators on AIDS assessment mission
    23 august 2003 21:19:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano Saturday received six American Senators on a three-day visit, part of their African tour to assess the effects HIV/AIDS on the continent. Full text...

  • Traditional healer claims cure for HIV/AIDS
    23 august 2003 15:43:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A Ghanaian herbalist practising in Gambia, Al-Hassan Ibn Aboubacarr, has triggered an intense debate following his claim about discovering a cure for HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Gates Foundation props CCA to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa
    22 august 2003 18:31:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) has announced an 875,000 dollar grant awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to strengthen U. Full text...

  • US Mayors Plan HIV/AIDS Mission to Africa
    22 august 2003 16:23:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- U. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe records drop in HIV/AIDS infection
    22 august 2003 15:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health Minister David Parirenyatwa said Friday a survey conducted by the Zimbabwean government revealed HIV/AIDS infection had dropped from 33 percent in 2001 to 24. Full text...

  • Minister's refusal to meet senators angers opposition
    22 august 2003 15:48:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance has criticised Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang for failing to meet US senators assessing Washington D. Full text...

  • Cameroonian pharmacists enlisted to curb street sale of drugs
    22 august 2003 14:50:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The proliferation of street peddlers of medicinal drugs has prompted the Cameroonian Health ministry to enlist the country's National Order of Pharmacists to curb the illicit practice. Full text...

  • Swaziland gets new AIDS vaccine
    21 august 2003 20:38:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The World Council of Churches for Southern and Eastern Africa (WCSEA), based in Mozambique has introduced the Thai-proposed HIV/Aids immune system vaccines V-1, V-2, V-3 and V-4 in Mbabane, Swaziland. Full text...

  • WFP grants Kenya $2 million for HIV/AIDS project
    21 august 2003 14:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Thursday announced the start of a project to help thousands of Kenyans affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Zambia plans joint purchase of ARVs with Malawi, Zimbabwe
    20 august 2003 15:47:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia is exploring the possibility of buying anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) jointly with Zimbabwe and Malawi so the three countries could reap the benefits of bulk purchase, Zambian Health Minister Brian Chituwo said in Lusaka Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian drug control agency certifies polio vaccines safe
    20 august 2003 12:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has described as "wicked rumours" the controversy surrounding the efficacy and safety of the polio vaccines being administered on children under five years in the country. Full text...

  • Outdated Swazi customs undermine fight against HIV-Aids
    19 august 2003 21:02:00
    Malakatsa- Swaziland (PANA) -- Though Swazis have been widely admired for preserving their customs and traditions even while managing a blend with Western values in modern times, indications are that the kingdom must now discard certain cultural practices, if only to contain the spread of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • 30,000 children orphaned by AIDS in Mozamnican province
    19 august 2003 19:18:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A recent survey has shown that some 30,480 children had been orphaned in Mozambique's central Sofala district, the Welfare provincial Director Antonia Charre said. Full text...

  • Group cautions US senators touring AIDS-affected Southern Africa
    19 august 2003 16:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Six American senators Tuesday begin a 10-day visit to South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, and Namibia to assess the impact of HIV/AIDS in these countries, which are hardest hit by the pandemic as well as tuberculosis and malaria. Full text...

  • Guinea launches anti-yellow fever campaign
    19 august 2003 16:24:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- A 10-day vaccination campaign against yellow fever has been launched in Forest Guinea area of Guinea Conakry where some 22 cases of the disease have been reported, medical sources said. Full text...

  • South African physicians vouch for ART
    19 august 2003 16:10:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Independent Physicians Advisory Board (PAB), representing specialist physicians practising at Netcare hospitals across South Africa, has thrown its weight behind the need to distribute anti-retroviral therapy (ART) in the country. Full text...

  • Addis Ababa City Council sells AIDS drugs at low cost
    19 august 2003 10:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The City Council of Addis Ababa Public Pharmacy sold $19 million worth of the $102 million worth of Anti Retroviral Drugs (ARVD) for AIDS victims in the past 15 days, Drug Administration and Control Authority said Tuesday. Full text...

  • International workshop on tuberculosis control opens in Benin
    18 august 2003 23:27:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The 11th International workshop on tuberculosis control in sub-Saharan Africa opened Monday in Cotonou, Benin, with about health officials attending. Full text...

  • Low polio vaccination rate in Congo
    18 august 2003 21:29:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Poliomyelitis vaccination coverage is very low in parts of Congo, notably Likouala (north) and Pool (south) because of financial problems and difficult access, Health department officials conceded here Monday. Full text...

  • UNFPA boss loses adopted Nigerian child
    18 august 2003 15:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The adopted Nigerian daughter of Thoraya Obaid, the executive director of UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has died, according to UNFPA officials in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Epidemics loom in flooded areas in Sudan
    18 august 2003 09:32:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Residents of Kassala city in eastern Sudan are facing health hazards after floods from Al-Gash river killed at least 14 people, destroyed hundreds of homes and schools, swept away electricity poles and forced the closure of the city's only hospital. Full text...

  • Kenya government moves to avert health crisis
    17 august 2003 11:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Faced with a decline in the number of medics, the government in Kenya has hinted of plans to employ 500 new doctors to avert what Health minister Charity Ngilu admitted was a looming crisis in the health sector. Full text...

  • UNFPA official ends visit to Nigeria
    15 august 2003 16:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The deputy executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Imelda Henkin, ended her weeklong visit to Nigeria Friday urging the media to give reproductive health and advocacy priority attention with the aim to make population activities succeed in the country. Full text...

  • Angola plans new anti-AIDS strategy
    14 august 2003 14:19:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan government plans a four-year anti-AIDS strategy that would cost the country some 175 million US dollars, head of the National AIDS Programme, Dulcelina Serrano, said in Luanda. Full text...

  • US hospital to separate Nigerian conjoined twins free
    14 august 2003 12:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, US, has agreed to separate the Siamese twins delivered in Nigeria's economic capital of Lagos 16 July free of charge, the local press reported Thursday The report quoted Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Femi Pedro, as saying the hospital's chief executive officer, Paul Colombani, conveyed the decision to the government in a letter. Full text...

  • Cholera claims 12 new victims in DR Congo's Mbuji-Mayi
    13 august 2003 20:15:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Twelve new deaths from cholera have been reported in Mbuji-Mayi, administrative centre of eastern Kasai, where this disease is raging, sources at the health ministry here disclosed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Congo Brazzaville plans 2 AIDS screening centres
    13 august 2003 14:20:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Two HIV/AIDS screening centres are being built in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital, Health Ministry sources said. Full text...

  • Congo Brazzaville launches anti-polio vaccination campaign
    13 august 2003 07:15:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Health authorities in Congo Brazzaville have launched a vaccination campaign against polio throughout the country, targeting more than 780,000 children under age five. Full text...

  • Japan donates anti-malaria drugs to Niger
    12 august 2003 22:34:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Japan has donated a consignment of medicines and equipment worth 350 million FCFA to fight malaria in the West African nation of Niger, an official source revealed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • ICRC trains more traditional midwives in Burundi
    12 august 2003 18:35:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it plans to intensify the training of traditional midwives in Burundi. Full text...

  • South African opposition urges measures to curb AIDS deaths
    12 august 2003 13:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Independent Democrats (ID) have welcomed the statement of intent issued by government to roll out anti-retroviral drugs through the public health system. Full text...

  • UNICEF takes urgent action to combat malaria epidemic in Ethiopia
    12 august 2003 12:29:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A consignment of anti-malaria drugs worth 740,000 US dollars is due for delivery here this week as part of the urgent action taken by UNICEF to combat a malaria epidemic in Ethiopia, the UN agency announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cape Verde holds malaria prevention day
    12 august 2003 09:03:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A day of reflection on malaria, focusing on enhanced vigilance and prevention of the disease in Cape Verde was held last week in Praia with the participation of various personalities from the health sector. Full text...

  • WHO to assist Ethiopia in fighting malaria epidemic
    11 august 2003 18:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- With severe acute malnutrition cases rising in Ethiopia, now the near epidemic of malaria is another bad news for the impoverished country and its partners. Full text...

  • PLWA slams Nigeria on HIV/AIDS
    11 august 2003 13:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As Nigeria joined other countries in commemorating World Youth Day at the weekend, a Nigerian youth living with HIV/AIDS, Edward Ogenyi indicted the country for not doing enough to curb the spread of pandemic. Full text...

  • NGO challenges South Africa to produce ARV for Africa
    11 august 2003 13:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French NGO Act Up-Paris called Monday for South Africa to manufacture antiretrovirals (ARV) for the whole of the African continent to fight HIV/AIDS, insisting the South African pharmaceutical industry had the means to do so. Full text...

  • DA opposes South African health minister to head HIV/AIDS plan
    10 august 2003 16:36:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's main opposition party -- the Democratic Alliance -- has expressed strong opposition to placing Health Minister Manto Tshabalala- Msimang in charge of the new government plan on HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • S. African opposition leader wins HIV/AIDS Activist Award
    10 august 2003 14:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The leader of the South Africa's Independent Democrats, Patricia de Lille, has received the HIV/AIDS Activist Award at a gala function in Toronto, Canada, for her work in serving the interest of persons infected with the disease. Full text...

  • ICRC trains Ethiopians on Prosthetics
    09 august 2003 16:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Ethiopian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA) have launched an 18-month training for 21 students aspiring to become internationally recognised Prosthetists and Orthotists. Full text...

  • Boesak calls on S. African govt to give patients anti-AIDS drugs
    09 august 2003 12:39:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former anti-apartheid activist and theologian, Allan Boesak, on Saturday added his voice to those of Anglican Archbishop Njongkulu Ndungane and other church leaders in calling on the government to immediately take steps to institute nation-wide anti-retroviral treatment programmes. Full text...

  • Pretoria wants detailed plan on anti-retroviral treatment
    08 august 2003 17:44:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Health department has been directed to "urgently" develop a detailed operational plan on an anti-retroviral treatment programme for the country. Full text...

  • Cameroonian student nurse sentenced to death for spreading AIDS
    08 august 2003 17:32:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- An Nkongsamba High Court in Cameroon's Littoral province has sentenced to death a student nurse found guilty of inoculating the children of her ex- boyfriend with AIDS and Hepatitis B virus, the local press reported Friday. Full text...

  • After drought crisis: Malaria epidemic looms over Ethiopia
    08 august 2003 15:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A major epidemic of malaria is building up in Ethiopia and could break out in the next few weeks, the World Health Organisation warned Friday. Full text...

  • Opposition tells Mbeki to declare AIDS national emergency
    08 august 2003 10:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for AIDS to be declared a national emergency while insisting the immediate dismissal of Health Minister Mantao Tshabalala-Msimang. Full text...

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