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  • South African firm's staff contributes rape kits
    22 november 2002 15:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Staff members at South African financial services group, Absa, Thursday handed 100,000 rand from their own salaries to purchase rape kits for rape survivors. Full text...

  • 15 French psychiatrists in Mauritius
    22 november 2002 10:31:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Some 15 French psychiatrists arrived in Mauritius Thursday for a workshop and exchange of ideas with their Mauritian counterparts, Health Ministry officials said in Port Louis. Full text...

  • African HIV cases increasing in France
    21 november 2002 23:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- HIV-positive cases from sub-Saharan Africa have been on the rise in France since 1998, according to a report of the National Health Watch Institute released here Thursday. Full text...

  • Fifty Sierra Leonean children to undergo heart surgery
    21 november 2002 23:18:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A group of 50 Sierra Leonean children will soon be flown for heart surgery in the US, the country's Cardiologist Consultant Dr Olu Black announced in Freetown. Full text...

  • Stakeholders want increased investment in vaccines
    21 november 2002 20:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A WHO report on the status of vaccines is calling for increased investment that would enhance research, development and production of quality vaccines worldwide. Full text...

  • Only half of African infants immunised in first year
    21 november 2002 19:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- About 50 percent of infants in sub- Saharan Africa are immunised against childhood killer diseases in the first year of their life, according to a report presented here at the second meeting of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation. Full text...

  • World parliamentarians in Canada to promote reproductive rights
    21 november 2002 17:28:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Access to reproductive health care is a matter of life and death, said Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director of the UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), Thursday at the opening of an International Parliamentarians' Conference in Ottawa, Canada. Full text...

  • Medics battle mumps outbreak in eastern Kenya
    21 november 2002 16:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan health ministry has placed on alert all its health personnel in Embu District of Eastern Province following an outbreak of mumps in some areas there. Full text...

  • Mauritanian Midwives deplore maternal, infant mortality
    21 november 2002 15:57:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Association of Mauritanian Midwives organised a meeting in Nouakchott Wednesday to reflect on "maternal and infant mortality" and how to curb the phenomenon. Full text...

  • Malian Health Minister deplores immunisation in Africa
    21 november 2002 09:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal(PANA) -- Malian Health Minister, Fatoumata Nafo Traore, has decried the level of immunisation coverage in Africa, where half of the new-borns do not have access to vaccines against childhood diseases. Full text...

  • Uganda loses $1 billion annually to malaria, HIV/AIDS
    21 november 2002 09:05:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda loses more than one billion US dollars annually to malaria and HIV/AIDS, President Yoweri Museveni has revealed. Full text...

  • Wade pleads for mass mobilisation against infant diseases
    20 november 2002 22:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade on Wednesday in Dakar urged African countries to involve the population in the fight against infant diseases in the continent. Full text...

  • War hampers vaccination cover in Burundi
    20 november 2002 22:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Burundi's general inspector for health, Louis Mboneko, on Wednesday lamented the regression of vaccination rate in his country due its ten-year-old civil war. Full text...

  • Senegalese president opens vaccination meeting in Dakar
    20 november 2002 21:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade on Wednesday opened a workshop of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) here, attended by several hundreds of delegates, including 30 ministers of health and finance. Full text...

  • Development partners meet in Dakar on global immunisation
    20 november 2002 17:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Representatives of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), began a meeting in Dakar, Senegal, Wednesday, to try and revitalise immunisation programmes through co-ordinated efforts by major partners. Full text...

  • Ghana plans to allot more money to health in 2003
    19 november 2002 19:06:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghana government is to increase its investment in health to ensure that Ghanaians enjoy good health and maximise their potential for development, Finance Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Vaccination partners' meeting to open in Dakar
    19 november 2002 11:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Health ministers and experts from around the world have begun arriving in the Senegalese capital of Dakar ahead of Wednesday's opening of the second partnership meeting of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI). Full text...

  • Museveni accuses African leaders of neglecting health
    18 november 2002 21:00:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Monday accused African governments of negligence to prioritise health which leads to the persistent prevalence of diseases like malaria that is a major killer on the continent. Full text...

  • Chantal Biya heads African First Ladies anti-AIDS group
    16 november 2002 18:42:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian First Lady Chantal Biya, has been elected chairperson of the "African Synergies" association formed by African First Ladies to fight AIDS. Full text...

  • 20 percent of Burundians aged 50 and above are diabetic - survey
    16 november 2002 18:25:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A national survey has shown that 20 percent of people aged 50 years and above in Burundi suffers from diabetes. Full text...

  • Africa urged to redouble efforts on meningitis control
    16 november 2002 17:37:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A workshop on epidemiological surveillance within the 10-country "Africa meningitis belt," ended Friday in Cotonou, with a recommendation to the governments to provide enough budgetary allocations to fight the heat-borne disease. Full text...

  • 2,500 diabetics receive free treatment at Libreville Hospital
    16 november 2002 17:10:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Endocrinology Department of Gabon's Libreville University Teaching Hospital (UTH) offers free treatment every year to between 2,000 and 2,500 diabetes sufferers in the country, medical sources said. Full text...

  • AIDS Research Centre to open in Cameroon in 2003
    15 november 2002 21:30:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's AIDS Research and Prevention Centre, which has been under construction for several months, will become operational early next year, according to health officials. Full text...

  • 1.5 million diabetics in Algeria
    15 november 2002 18:42:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Some 1. Full text...

  • African First Ladies begin AIDS meeting in Yaounde
    15 november 2002 18:24:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Seven African First Ladies began a meeting Friday in Yaounde on how to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS on the continent. Full text...

  • Kenyans advised to stick to traditional diet
    15 november 2002 16:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- By eating traditional African food that normally has a high fibre content Kenyans would improve their chances of avoiding diabetes, a local physician said here Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria launches reproductive health policy
    15 november 2002 15:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has launched a reproductive health policy, marking a paradigm shift from maternal and child health and family planning to a holistic approach that encompasses reproductive rights. Full text...

  • Pretoria, Pfizer Inc agree to extend AIDS programme
    15 november 2002 13:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Ministry of Health and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Incorporation have agreed to extend indefinitely their cooperation programme on the treatment of opportunistic infections associated with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • French NGO wants pact on generic drugs to remain intact
    15 november 2002 09:24:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French association, Act Up-Paris has urged the two-day mini-conference of the World Trade Organisation in Sydney, Australia to refrain from questioning the Doha agreement on generic drugs. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso's first lady to attend AIDS summit in Yaounde
    14 november 2002 21:41:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- President Blaise Compaore's spouse, Chantal, left Ouagadougou Thursday for Yaounde in Cameroon, where she will take part Friday in the launch of activities of the association, "African Synergies," in fighting against HIV/AIDS, officials said in the Burkinabe capital. Full text...

  • African First Ladies' AIDS Summit begins in Yaounde Friday
    14 november 2002 20:27:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A two-day Summit of African First Ladies, on AIDS, kicks off Friday in Yaounde, officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambian Minister under fire from AIDS patients
    14 november 2002 18:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian Deputy Minister for Luapula Province, Alex Chama, has come under attack from people living with HIV/AIDS, for proposing to government that HIV/AIDS patients in the country be quarantined. Full text...

  • 150 Somali children hospitalised after diarrhoea outbreak
    14 november 2002 16:37:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- About 150 children below the age of eight have been admitted at various hospitals in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital and in the central town of Galkayo, following an outbreak of diarrhoea. Full text...

  • Kenyan institute unveils HIV/AIDS educational package
    14 november 2002 16:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Experts from Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) have launched an educational programme to assist employers, staff at work places and their families in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Diabetes spreads among Senegalese population
    13 november 2002 23:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Two percent of the Senegalese population is diabetic, the national co-ordinator of diabetes control in Senegal, Dr Mariama Ka Cisse said in Dakar. Full text...

  • International medical team offers free care
    13 november 2002 23:14:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A team of Nigerian and US doctors of the Pro-Health International Association, aided by Burkinabe practitioners, Wednesday started treating patients without charge in Diebougou, Burkina's south-west region. Full text...

  • Drunkenness impairs performance of Ugandan doctors
    13 november 2002 15:28:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Alcoholism is ruining the image of Uganda's medical profession as doctors nowadays neglect their patients in public hospitals only to go on a drinking spree, a don at the state-run Makerere University medical school charged here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan research body develops sleeping sickness drug
    13 november 2002 10:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Trypanosomiasis Research Institute (KETRI) says it is developing a new drug for the treatment of sleeping sickness. Full text...

  • Mauritanian journalists sensitised on HIV/AIDS
    12 november 2002 23:51:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Some 35 Mauritanian journalists have started in Nouakchott a three-day training session meant to equip them with better knowledge of the country's different HIV/AIDS control strategies. Full text...

  • Five percent of Rwandan prisoners are HIV-positive
    11 november 2002 20:34:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- A study by Rwandan Health authorities has shown that five percent of the country's prison inmates have HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Legal procedures delay Botswana HIV vaccine trials
    11 november 2002 16:26:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- AIDS vaccine trials supposed to begin in Botswana next months have been postponed due to slow legal processes locally and in the United States, it has been reliably learnt in Gaborone. Full text...

  • Fresh rumour trails Nigeria's Polio immunisation campaign
    11 november 2002 16:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The third phase of the national immunisation exercise, which started across Nigeria at the weekend, is being hampered by the rumour in the Muslim-dominated northern part of the country that the vaccines being used in the exercise contain HIV. Full text...

  • Deadly kala azar disease reported in Southern Sudan
    11 november 2002 08:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A severe outbreak of the deadly kala azar disease is posing threats for thousands of people in southern Sudan, the international medical relief organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned. Full text...

  • Mali launches another anti-polio campaign
    10 november 2002 20:09:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali Saturday launched another phase of the Synchronised National Immunisation Days (JNV) against polio. Full text...

  • French, African traditional healers seek greater co-operation
    10 november 2002 18:07:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- French and African traditional doctors ended a four-day meeting in Ouagadougou Saturday, with an agreement for greater co-operation through the sharing of knowledge and experiences. Full text...

  • Benin vaccinates children against polio
    09 november 2002 15:27:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A nationwide programme for immunisation of children against polio in Benin got under way Saturday with some sections of the population resisting the campaign for religious and cultural beliefs. Full text...

  • Mauritania takes stock of its mental patients
    08 november 2002 20:02:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's Health ministry is, in collaboration with the French centre for mental health research and training, conducting a survey to determine the incidence of mental disorders in the country. Full text...

  • AIDS takes its toll on Addis Ababa population
    08 november 2002 19:02:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, will bury half a million of its residents succumbing to HIV/AIDS in 2024, according to a recent study on the incidence of the disease in the country. Full text...

  • Police in Nigeria launch HIV/AIDS programme
    08 november 2002 15:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria police force has inaugurated HIV/AIDS programme in all its 36 formations in the country to cater for police personnel. Full text...

  • South African doctors treat British cataract patients
    08 november 2002 13:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Britain's House of Commons this week tabled a Notice of Motion heralding the cataract initiative currently underway between South African healthcare group Network Healthcare Holdings Limited (Netcare) and the Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHN Trust as "a remarkable success. Full text...

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