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  • Abstinence and condoms helped Uganda to lower HIV/AIDS
    25 october 2002 19:25:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Campaigns by religious organisations to encourage sexual abstinence and doctors to promote condom use have led to a drastic decline in Uganda's former double digit HIV/AIDS prevalence rates. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Education Ministers plead for AIDS patients
    25 october 2002 18:38:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS Education Ministers have appealed to leaders in the sub-region to make HIV/AIDS treatment more accessible to children, teachers and other education workers. Full text...

  • AIDS kills 947,552 in Uganda
    25 october 2002 17:26:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Some 947,552 people died of HIV/AIDS in Uganda between 1983 and June 2002, according to the Ministry of Health Surveillance. Full text...

  • US Peace Corps volunteers pedal against HIV/AIDS
    25 october 2002 14:56:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- US Peace Corps volunteers will organise their third annual cycling tour in Niger from 27 October to 10 November to mark their involvement in the fight against sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS in the country, informed sources said in Niamey. Full text...

  • WHO urges African countries to focus on maternal health
    25 october 2002 11:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has said African countries need to pay greater attention to maternal health care, given the high incidence of pregnancy and birth-related complications in the continent. Full text...

  • Four million Angolans at risk of contracting sleeping sickness
    25 october 2002 11:12:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Some four million people in eight of Angola's eighteen provinces are at risk of contracting sleeping sickness, health officials warned in a report issued Thursday in Luanda. Full text...

  • Medical tourism booms in Cape Town, South Africa
    25 october 2002 09:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Communication advances have had a dramatic effect on the medical industry in Cape Town, with foreign patients flying in for hip replacement operations, plastic surgery, addiction therapy, infertility, dental work and other forms of medical attention, health sources affirm. Full text...

  • Angola has world's second-highest infant mortality rate
    25 october 2002 08:47:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- A UN study has revealed that the mortality rate of children under five in Angola is the second highest in the world, after Sierra Leone's. Full text...

  • Senegal cleared of involvement in AIDS drugs scam
    24 october 2002 21:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegal's Health ministry was not involved in the fraudulent diversion to Europe of antiretrovirals destined for people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa, a French association "Act Up-Paris" said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Mozambican pharmacies start selling HIV/AIDS drugs
    24 october 2002 14:09:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican pharmacies beginning Wednesday have began selling four types of anti-retroviral drugs, which prolong the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Mozambican authorities report cholera outbreak in Maputo
    24 october 2002 13:53:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- At least 10 patients have been admitted for cholera at Mavalane General Hospital in Maputo in the last few days, and the health authorities blame the disease's early outbreak on deteriorating sanitation conditions, the daily Noticias newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Angolan president to head anti-HIV/AIDS committee
    23 october 2002 21:48:00
    LUANDA- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos will co-ordinate the National Committee against HIV/AIDS and other endemic diseases approved by the cabinet here Wednesday, reports the country's news agency (ANGOP). Full text...

  • South Africa moves to replace lost medical workers
    23 october 2002 13:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Health Department in South Africa's Gauteng province announced Wednesday that it had employed 6,514 health professionals in the last two years to replace staff who had resigned. Full text...

  • Canadian agency gives $500,000 health grant to Niger
    22 october 2002 19:10:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has granted 500,000 US dollars to UNICEF in Niger to help improve the lives of some 500,000 people including 100,000 children under age five in the country. Full text...

  • WHO calls for co-ordinated approaches to Reproductive Health
    22 october 2002 15:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- WHO Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba, Tuesday called on African governments and other stakeholders in Reproductive Health sector to adopt comprehensive and co-ordinated approaches in addressing Reproductive Health concerns in the Region. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau launches cataract operation campaign
    22 october 2002 14:09:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- A vast surgery campaign was launched Monday in Bissau as part of a sub-regional initiative aimed at eradicating cataracts in West Africa by 2020. Full text...

  • African Reproductive Health Task Force meets in Nairobi
    22 october 2002 11:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first meeting of the Regional Reproductive Health Task Force, an advisory body established by the Brazzaville-based WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO), is under way in Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

  • Meningitis kills 20 in southern Angola
    22 october 2002 11:37:00
    Lubango- Angola (PANA) -- At least 20 people are known to have died in 15 days from a spate of meningitis which has hit Sendi village in the Chipungo District of southern Angola. Full text...

  • Meningitis kills 20 people in Angola's Sendi
    21 october 2002 20:12:00
    LUBANGO- Angola (PANA) -- Meningitis killed 20 people, mostly children during the last 15 days at Sendi village, Chipungo district in southern Angola's Huila province, the country's news agency (Angop) reported Monday. Full text...

  • Meningitis kills 20 in southern Angola
    21 october 2002 19:53:00
    Lubango- Angola (PANA) -- Some 20 people, mostly children have died of meningitis in the past two weeks in Sendi a village in Angola's Southern Huila Province, Health officials said Monday. Full text...

  • West African Education Ministers meet on AIDS
    21 october 2002 17:15:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian Vice-President Aliu Mahama warned Monday that HIV/AIDS could wipe out Africa's productive age group and undermine socio-economic development unless political, financial, social and intellectual resources were mobilised to urgently stop the pandemic. Full text...

  • Official wants HIV testing before marriage in Ethiopia
    21 october 2002 14:08:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An official at the Addis Ababa Communicable Diseases Control Department has suggested that the government enact regulations that would make HIV-testing mandatory for legal marriages in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • UNFPA links poverty to HIV/AIDS fight in Nigeria
    21 october 2002 13:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An official of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has said that tackling widespread poverty will help strengthen the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, where an estimated three million people are said to be infected with HIV. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean states seek common front against HIV/AIDS
    21 october 2002 12:20:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Member states of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) began meeting Monday in Quatre-Bornes, 20 km south of Port Louis, to propose a regional HIV/AIDS eradication programme, official sources in the Mauritian capital said. Full text...

  • Expert says 80% of dispensed drugs in Nigeria are fake
    21 october 2002 10:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A former Nigerian official of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Adeoye Lambo, has said that 80 percent of drugs being sold in the Nigerian market are fake. Full text...

  • Gabon gets 300 million FCFA French anti-AIDS grant
    20 october 2002 17:30:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- France has granted 300 million FCFA to improve Gabon's HIV/AIDS monitoring, sensitisation and care of HIV/AIDS patients, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Many haemophiliacs in Kenya unaware of their condition
    20 october 2002 14:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Although 13-year-old Kristopher Omondi is a football enthusiast, he painfully watches from the touchline as boys of his age group kick, throw and punch the ball in the Eastlands suburb of Nairobi. Full text...

  • African women Ministers believe AIDS can be halted
    18 october 2002 18:38:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- African women Ministers and Parliamentarians believe the spread of HIV can be stemmed through preventive methods such as fidelity, abstinence and the availability and affordability of male and female condoms. Full text...

  • Ghanaian victim helps break silence on HIV/AIDS in Liberia
    18 october 2002 16:43:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Ghanaian national, Emmanuel Agbo helped in efforts to get Liberians acknowledge the existence of HIV/AIDS when he told a UN-organised round table conference that he was HIV/AIDS positive, a rare declaration in the country. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS victim breaks silence in Liberia
    18 october 2002 16:24:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A female victim has confessed publicly to being infected with HIV/AIDS, thus breaking the silence on the pandemic in Liberia, press reports said Friday. Full text...

  • Whooping cough kills two in northern Congo
    18 october 2002 11:18:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A whooping cough outbreak in the northern Plateaux region of Congo has claimed two lives while 76 other cases are being treated, medical officials here reported Friday. Full text...

  • Uganda govt expresses worry over HIV/AIDS spread
    17 october 2002 16:42:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The authorities in Kampala have expressed fears of an upsurge in HIV/AIDS should the public drop its guard against the scourge just because of the availability of anti-retroviral drugs. Full text...

  • World Bank loans Burundi $36m to fight AIDS
    17 october 2002 14:29:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The World Bank has granted Burundi a loan of 36 million dollars, repayable in 40 years, to help care for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS as well as provide treatment for patients. Full text...

  • ADF sets $2.6m aside for river blindness control in Africa
    17 october 2002 10:41:00
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Development Fund (ADF) will provide $2. Full text...

  • Niger not involved in HIV/AIDS drugs re-export scandal
    16 october 2002 22:35:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger was not involved in the scam involving the re-export of HIV/AIDS anti-retrovirals (ARV) to European countries, Bagnou Abdoulaye, national head of the inter- sectoral co-ordination for the fight against STI and HIV/AIDS, has said. Full text...

  • Sit-in against Coca Cola's mistreatment of HIV workers in Africa
    16 october 2002 21:27:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French NGO, Act Up Paris, Wednesday staged a sit-in at a Coca-Cola plant located outside Paris to protest against the multinational's treatment of employees affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa, according to sources in the French capital. Full text...

  • AU advocates general health systems improvement
    16 october 2002 20:52:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) interim chairman, Amara Essy, warned Wednesday that controlling the spiral of HIV/AIDS in the continent will be impossible without country-wide improvements to health systems. Full text...

  • Mozambican president condemns corruption in health services
    16 october 2002 19:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has called on health workers to fight against corruption in the country's hospitals, reports Wednesday's issue of the Beira paper "Diario de Mocambique. Full text...

  • Could female condoms pull Africa out of its AIDS predicament?
    16 october 2002 12:33:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- African women ministers and legislators meeting here since Tuesday believe that female condoms could help prevent the further spiral of HIV/AIDS in the continent. Full text...

  • South African firm licensed to produce anti-retroviral drug
    16 october 2002 10:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The government of South Africa's Western Cape province on Wednesday welcomed the decision by Boehringer Ingelheim to grant Aspen Pharmacare a licence to produce, distribute and sell the anti-retroviral drug Nevirapine locally. Full text...

  • Cholera claims 188 in Zimbabwe province
    15 october 2002 20:57:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health officials in Zimbabwe said Tuesday cholera had claimed 188 lives in the eastern province of Manicaland since the beginning of the year, while 2,000 others have been infected. Full text...

  • UN envoy blames European 'thieves' for AIDS drugs scam
    15 october 2002 20:40:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The UN secretary general's special envoy on AIDS in Africa has accused "thieves" in Europe of being equally responsible for last year's fraudulent re-exportation of anti-retrovirals meant for poor people living with HIV/AIDS in West Africa. Full text...

  • Pregnant women embrace nevirapine project in Malawi
    15 october 2002 20:17:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A pilot project run by a French NGO, Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), to promote AIDS awareness and HIV testing in Southern Malawi has had an almost 100 percent success rate in its mother-to-child transmission prevention programme. Full text...

  • Africa's AIDS has a feminine face, says UN envoy
    15 october 2002 18:05:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Africa risks losing its female voices if no effective measures are taken to check the escalation of HIV/AIDS, the UN Secretary General's special envoy on the pandemic Stephen Lewis warned here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegalese govt not involved in AIDS drugs re-export scandal
    14 october 2002 23:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese Health and Prevention ministry Monday denied any involvement in the scandal over the re-export of anti-retroviral drugs to Europe. Full text...

  • Senegalese leader fires NGO executive in HIV/AIDS drugs scandal
    14 october 2002 23:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal has dismissed Abdoulatif Gueye from his post as executive secretary of the non-governmental organisation, "l'Afrique Aide l'Afrique" (AAA - Africa Aids Africa). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe bans smoking in public places
    13 october 2002 17:47:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Sunday outlawed smoking in most public places, particularly public transport to cut down on smoking-related illnesses and deaths in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa to host health meeting next September
    12 october 2002 13:29:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- South Africa has been designated to host the 53rd session of WHO Regional Committee for Africa from 1-5 September 2003. Full text...

  • African ministers resolve to improve health situation
    12 october 2002 13:06:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- African health ministers ended their meeting in Harare Saturday after adopting five resolutions aimed at improving the continent's health situation. Full text...

  • Minister says Nigeria reviving its health system
    11 october 2002 21:26:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Nigeria is modernising its run-down health system through improvement of teaching hospitals and taking health care delivery to the grassroots, minister of State for Health Amina Ndalolo said here Friday. Full text...

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