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  • South African study seeks strong HIV/AIDS surveillance
    27 june 2003 09:28:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The first HIV/AIDS case study on the prevention and treatment of the pandemic in South released Friday by the Minister of Social Development, Zola Skweyiya, recommends the strengthening of HIV/AIDS surveillance in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa commends Beijing for curbing SARS
    27 june 2003 08:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Embassy in Beijing has congratulated the Chinese people, especially those in Beijing, after the World Health Organisation removed the city from its list of SARS-affected areas. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea moves to eradicate mosquito
    26 june 2003 23:30:00
    Houston- US (PANA) -- As African leaders and their US counterparts chart new ways of partnership, Marathom Oil Corporation of Houston and the government of Equatorial Guinea Thursday signed agreement with Medical Care Development International (MCDI) for the eradication of mosquitoes and control of malaria in the central African nation. Full text...

  • USAID aids Ugandan HIV/AIDS treatment center
    26 june 2003 21:45:00
    Lweza- Uganda (PANA) -- The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated an ambulance to the Mildmay Center in Uganda that provides care to people living with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Kenya acts to restore donor confidence
    26 june 2003 20:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Amid reports that donors wanted to pull out of Kenya's 70 million US dollar project on HIV/AIDS prevention, Health Minister Charity Ngilu on Thursday initiated investigations and ordered restructuring the national agency dealing with the scourge. Full text...

  • Bamako hosts meeting on ways to combat Noma
    26 june 2003 16:24:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A workshop entered its second day here Thursday to prepare an action plan for the prevention and the control of Noma and buccal-dental diseases. Full text...

  • Burundian doctors get training in using antiretrovirals
    25 june 2003 23:40:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Few doctors working in Burundi know how to correctly manage an HIV/AIDS patient taking antiretrovirals that were recently introduced in the country, sources close to the public health ministry said. Full text...

  • Insurer urges governments to provide cover for AIDS patients
    25 june 2003 22:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- At a seminar underway here on the impact of HIV/AIDS on insurance in Africa, an insurer has challenged African governments to underwrite part of the cover the insurance sector was willing to provide citizens living with the infection. Full text...

  • Zambian statisticians censure Kaunda for misleading advert
    25 june 2003 22:09:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda has fallen foul of statisticians at the Central Statistical Office who accusing him of using inaccurate figures in his HIV/AIDS advert that claims that every five minutes a Zambian contracts the dreaded disease. Full text...

  • UNAIDS urges new approach to fight against AIDS in DR Congo
    25 june 2003 20:45:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UNAIDS support department director Michelle Sidibe has at the conclusion of a visit to Kinshasa, suggested a reorganisation of the fight against HIV/AIDS in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Epidemics still rife in DR Congo
    25 june 2003 18:44:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Dr Pierre Kandolo, director of the Extended Immunisation Programme (EIP) conceded Tuesday that tuberculosis, whooping cough, lockjaw, polio, measles and yellow fever epidemics remained a big health problem in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Nigerian surgeon lists causes of heart diseases
    25 june 2003 14:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Pregnant women who consume harmful drugs which are sulphur, steroid and anti-cancer related, run the risk of giving birth to children with heart defects, a Nigerian heart surgeon warned in here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak claims more lives in Zimbabwe
    25 june 2003 11:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A cholera outbreak in the northern Zimbabwean town of Chinhoyi has claimed 11 more people, to bring the death toll to 16 since, health officials said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • TB becomes public health problem in Guinea
    24 june 2003 14:55:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Tuberculosis arising from poverty and buoyed by the rising prevalence of HIV/AIDS has turned into a real public health problem in Guinea, a medical source said. Full text...

  • ADB approves $14 million health support loan to Senegal
    24 june 2003 12:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Development Fund (ADF) has approved a loan of Units of Accounts 10 million (US$ 14. Full text...

  • Kenya deliberates access to illegal drugs
    23 june 2003 20:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a bid to put a curb on the rise on access and abuse of illicit drugs, the Kenya government will on Tuesday and Wednesday hold a high profile meeting targeting health care providers. Full text...

  • Africa grapples with HIV/AIDS
    23 june 2003 19:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Africa bears 70 percent of the global burden of HIV/AIDS, with the highest number of infections among the youth, participants were told at a seminar here Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan outlaws using potassium bromide in making bread
    23 june 2003 13:12:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The government in Khartoum has promulgated a law imposing tough punishment on users of a banned chemical material, potassium bromide, used to enhance bread making, the official media reported here Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia braces to tackle widespread malnutrition
    23 june 2003 10:19:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia is making a bold move to improve the health of children by wiping out what have been the characteristic indicators of their retarded growth. Full text...

  • Support to Angola and Mozambique for AIDS control
    22 june 2003 20:11:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola and Mozambique are to benefit from a programme sponsored by Brazil and the US, aimed at improving AIDS treatment and control, according to a statement issued by the White House. Full text...

  • UNFPA to assist more states in Nigeria
    21 june 2003 15:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has named three additional states in Nigeria to benefit from its 2003-2007 assistance programme aimed at improving the standard of living and quality of life of the people. Full text...

  • Brazzaville to host donors meeting on AIDS
    20 june 2003 19:22:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Brazzaville will this month host a donors meeting intended to seek support for Congo's fight against HIV/AIDS, media reports said Friday, quoting an official of the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Full text...

  • Kenya in ambitious 6-year plan to control malaria
    20 june 2003 18:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The division of malaria control at the Kenyan Health ministry has developed a 5-6 year strategic plan to successfully implement the country's roll back malaria strategy. Full text...

  • Assistant honoured 35 years after historic heart transplant
    20 june 2003 14:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Almost 35 years after a white Cape Town surgeon shot to stardom by performing the world's first heart transplant, his black assistant has only now been honoured for the crucial role he played in the historic event. Full text...

  • UNFPA to set up VVF treatment centres in ECOWAS sub-region
    20 june 2003 13:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is to establish centres to treat Vagina Vesico Fistula (VVF) in all ECOWAS member countries to stem the increasing rate of the disorder, which has affected more than two million women in nine African countries. Full text...

  • Specialists decries poor handling of blindness in Comoros
    20 june 2003 11:51:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The management of preventable blindness is very poor in the Comoros islands, French specialist A D Negrel said Thursday at the second Ophthalmology Day organised by the El-Maarouf hospital in Moroni. Full text...

  • Four die of cholera in Zimbabwe
    20 june 2003 11:45:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Four people have died of cholera and more than 500 others infected in the northern town of Chinhoyi in Zimbabwe, health officials said Friday. Full text...

  • US oil companies prop malaria control in Equatorial Guinea
    19 june 2003 21:53:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Two US oil companies in Equatorial Guinea, Marathon Oil Corporation and Samedan Oil, have agreed to finance a malaria control project costing 6. Full text...

  • Mozambique signs convention on tobacco control
    19 june 2003 20:46:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique has signed the Convention on the Control of Tobacco, passed by the World Health Organization (WHO) last month. Full text...

  • Mozambican PM speaks on 'Health for All'
    19 june 2003 17:56:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Despite all the advances made in medicine over the past 50 years, "the disease burden in the developing world remains unacceptably high," Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi has declared here. Full text...

  • Cases of plague reported in Algeria
    19 june 2003 17:28:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Plague cases have been recorded in a village near Tafraoui in the prefecture of Oran (450 km West of Algiers), sources from the Algerian ministry of health said here on Thursday. Full text...

  • Council approves first HIV vaccine trial in South Africa
    19 june 2003 10:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Medicines Control Council (MCC) Thursday approved the first human clinical trial for an HIV vaccine trial in South Africa. Full text...

  • UNFPA says 2 million VVF cases exist in Africa
    18 june 2003 17:12:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and EgenderHealth Organisation, on Wednesday released a new report on protracted labour among women, which indicated that more than two million cases of Vagina Vesico Fistula (VVF) were found in nine African countries. Full text...

  • Ethiopian women launch coalition to combat HIV/AIDS
    18 june 2003 09:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Wednesday emphasised the need for behaviour change among his people to contain the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Anti-retroviral drugs for Swaziland next month
    17 june 2003 20:31:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS (NERCHA) in Swaziland Tuesday said anti- retroviral drugs, which prolong the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS, will be available in Swazi hospitals beginning next month. Full text...

  • Severe diarrhoea outbreak kills dozens in Monrovia
    17 june 2003 17:19:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- An average of seven persons are dying daily due to an outbreak of severe diarrhoea among thousands of internally displaced persons seeking refuge in a public school building in the Bushrod Island suburb of Monrovia, health ministry authorities lamented here Tuesday. Full text...

  • 70 percent of Nigerian children not registered at birth - UNICEF
    17 june 2003 13:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Seventy percent of children born annually in Nigeria are not registered, implying that "they have no birth certificates and, in legal terms, they do not exist," UNICEF said in a statement issued in Abuja to coincide with Monday's observance of the Day of the African Child. Full text...

  • UNAIDS director visits Cameroon Tuesday
    17 june 2003 11:08:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Peter Piot, is expected in Yaounde on Tuesday at the start of a three-day visit to Cameroon, official sources said. Full text...

  • UNAIDS in Brazzaville to focus fight against AIDS
    16 june 2003 21:17:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The director of UNAIDS department in charge of supporting countries and regions, Michel Sidibe, is in Brazzaville as part of a mission to support efforts by the Congolese government and other partners in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • UNAIDS director expected in Cameroon Tuesday
    16 june 2003 20:54:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot is expected in Yaounde Tuesday for a three-day visit during which he would meet with President Paul Biya and Prime Minister Peter Mafany Musongé. Full text...

  • Kibaki urges Kenyans to undergo voluntary AIDS tests
    16 june 2003 17:33:00
    Sagana- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki Monday urged all Kenyans to undergo voluntary HIV/AIDS testing in order to know their status, and warned that persons deliberately spreading the killer disease risk being prosecuted. Full text...

  • 40 die in Liberian hospital due to lack of doctors
    16 june 2003 16:58:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- At least 40 persons, including 30 patients and 10 bullet-wounded nurses, died at the Redemption Hospital in Monrovia's New Krutown suburb during fighting there last week. Full text...

  • Institute reports drug resistance to ART in Nigeria
    16 june 2003 15:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A research institute in Nigeria has reported drug resistance in a patient accessing anti-retroviral therapy (ART), indicating possible resistance to the treatment among people living with HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Swaziland gets R500 million to fight AIDS, related diseases
    15 june 2003 14:30:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland has received over R500 million from the Global Fund to combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis after King Mswati III hurriedly signed a law establishing a special committee to handle all HIV/AIDS matters in the country. Full text...

  • Journal says antiviral drugs may be a cure to SARS
    15 june 2003 12:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An antiviral drug derived from licorice roots may turn out to be an effective treatment for severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS, a leading medical journal says. Full text...

  • UNICEF organises regional workshop on HIV/AIDS
    14 june 2003 09:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- More than 40 youth and HIV experts from eastern and southern Africa will gather here Monday for a weeklong workshop to identify new ways to engage young people in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Malian journalists drill on AIDS reporting
    13 june 2003 18:47:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Some 30 Malian journalists have ended a refresher course here on AIDS reporting, organised by the Association of Health Communicators (ACS) in collaboration with UNAIDS, UNDP and the National AIDS Control Programme. Full text...

  • Authorities warn of bacteria on banknotes of Congolese franc
    12 june 2003 20:41:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Reliable sources in Kinshasa warned Thursday that 5, 10 and 20 Congolese franc (FC) banknotes in circulation carry bacteria, namely streptococcus and entero- bacteria. Full text...

  • African first ladies summit in Maputo
    11 june 2003 19:11:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Organisation of African First Ladies (OPDAS) will hold its ordinary general assembly in Maputo, Mozambique, on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) summit in July, the president of the association, Edith Lucie Bongo, has said. Full text...

  • Sexual inactivity induces prostrate cancer, say scientists
    11 june 2003 17:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Research scientists working on cancer in Kenya and South Africa confirmed here Wednesday that men with low sexual desire are more prone to prostate cancer infection than their sexually active counterparts. Full text...

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