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  • High participation at ICASA shows growing attention to AIDS
    26 september 2003 21:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The increase of participants from an anticipated 6000 to 7200 at the International Conference on Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) an indication that HIV/AIDS was getting the serious attention it deserved, conference chair, Dundu Owili told journalists here Friday. Full text...

  • Japan in cross-border project in Zambia to fight AIDS
    26 september 2003 21:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Japanese government said it was upbeat about an HIV/AIDS prevention project by TICAD III in Zambia that targets long distance truck drivers and commercial sex workers in border areas, Katsuhiro Sasaki, Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) resident representative in Lusaka, said the project, undertaken by the Tokyo International Conference for Africa's Development (TICAD III), was operating at six border areas. Full text...

  • USAID increases aid to HIV/AIDS projects in Kenya
    26 september 2003 20:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has identified Kenya as one of the "high- priority" countries in sub-Saharan Africa which are targeted to receive more resources from the agency for national HIV/AIDS preventive programmes. Full text...

  • Kenyan first lady calls for better health care in Africa
    26 september 2003 13:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan first lady Lucy Kibaki has urged stakeholders in the health sector to step up the provision of affordable and effective health care, especially in disadvantaged communities in Africa. Full text...

  • Opposition party demands Mbeki's apology on AIDS comments
    26 september 2003 10:55:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki returned home early Friday from the UN General Assembly in New York and was immediately censured by the opposition for his comments in the USA that he does not know anyone who has died of AIDS. Full text...

  • Pregnant women in Africa to receive free AIDS drugs
    25 september 2003 22:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS in all African countries will receive a complete dose of the life- prolonging drugs while their new-born babies will get doses of the same drugs after birth in an effort to stem the rising cases of mother to child transmission. Full text...

  • Pregnant women in Africa to receive free AIDS drugs
    25 september 2003 21:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS in all African countries will receive a complete dose of the life- prolonging drugs while their new-born babies will get doses of the same drugs after birth in an effort to stem the rising cases of mother to child transmission. Full text...

  • Accused Dutchman agrees to take HIV/AIDS test
    25 september 2003 20:31:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A 53-year-old Dutchman who has been accused of infecting several Ghanaian women with HIV on Thursday agreed to undergo an HIV/AIDS test. Full text...

  • UNAIDS study shows soldiers can help curb spread of AIDS
    25 september 2003 19:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Armed forces worldwide can play a vital role in fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS says in a new report released Thursday at the sidelines of the International Conference on Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections (ICASA). Full text...

  • World Bank reinforces education in fight against AIDS
    25 september 2003 16:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In further efforts to emphasise the role of education in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the World Bank Thursday launched a sourcebook on HIV/AIDS Prevention Programme. Full text...

  • Mauritius reports 56 new HIV cases in six months
    24 september 2003 19:42:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The health ministry in Mauritius has reported 56 new cases of HIV infection comprising 51 Mauritians (25 men and 26 women) and five foreigners, in the first half of this year. Full text...

  • Nigerian NGO promises HIV/AIDS services at African games
    24 september 2003 16:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Athletes, officials and spectators at the forthcoming 8th All-Africa Games in Abuja will have the opportunity to obtain "correct information and other requisite service referrals" on HIV and AIDS from a special HIV/AIDS hotline service to be set up at the venue of the two-week games, Lagos-based NGO, Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF) said. Full text...

  • African AIDS activists demonstrate at ICASA in Nairobi
    24 september 2003 16:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African AIDS activists at the on-going 13th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) Wednesday temporarily disrupted proceedings as they staged a demonstration saying there was too much talk about the pandemic while lives continued to be lost. Full text...

  • Somalia has best chance to curb HIV/AIDS
    24 september 2003 15:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali communities, local authorities and international partners have an opportunity to ensure that HIV/AIDS did not spiral out of control in their country, UNICEF Somalia Representative Jesper Morch said Wednesday here. Full text...

  • World Bank warns of new HIV/AIDS risks
    24 september 2003 14:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS was causing far greater long- term damage to national economies than previously realised, a new World Bank report warned on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Bissau hospital records 24 deaths in nine days
    24 september 2003 13:34:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- The Simao Mendes Hospital in Bissau has recorded 24 deaths since the military coup of 14 September, according to the hospital's Director Agostinho Semedo, who linked the toll to disruptions in Guinea Bissau's State institutions. Full text...

  • DR Congo urged to mobilise resources against TB, leprosy
    24 september 2003 12:17:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The eighth annual meeting of DR Congo's national programmes on leprosy and tuberculosis, has ended in Kinshasa, urging the government to mobilise resources to intensify the fight against the two diseases in the country. Full text...

  • Bissau hospital records 24 deaths in nine days
    24 september 2003 11:48:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- The Simao Mendes Hospital in Bissau has recorded 24 deaths since the military coup of 14 September, according to the hospital's Director Agostinho Semedo, who linked the toll to disruptions in Guinea Bissau's State institutions. Full text...

  • Kenyan varsity signs research pact with health Centre
    24 september 2003 08:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Maseno University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Nairobi-based International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), for collaboration in research activities on public health, environmental conservation, insect control and animal protection. Full text...

  • Kenyan NGO wants govt to reduce anti-AIDS drug prices
    24 september 2003 08:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Coalition for Access to Essential Medicines (KCDEM), has urged the government to reduce the price of anti-AIDS drugs, and save the lives of an estimated 250,000 Kenyans living with HIV. Full text...

  • African First Ladies renew commitment against HIV/AIDS
    24 september 2003 07:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), ended its two-day meeting in Nairobi Wednesday with the women renewing their commitment to fight the pandemic. Full text...

  • French NGO foresees success at Africa's AIDS conference
    23 september 2003 23:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Act Up-Paris, a French NGO Tuesday expressed optimism that the on-going 13th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) in Nairobi, Kenya would achieve "concrete results". Full text...

  • Emergence of polio in Nigeria worries health experts
    23 september 2003 21:02:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Gains made towards the eradication of polio in the African region risk being reversed if the spread of the disease in Nigeria remained unchecked, health experts heard at the opening of a two-day conference here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Experts target needle reuse in fight against AIDS
    23 september 2003 20:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An expert has warned that apart from sexual transmission of HIV/AIDS, needle reuse and unsafe medical practice pose enormous dangers in the spread of the scourge. Full text...

  • Chissano says HIV/AIDS is a global problem
    23 september 2003 20:21:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has warned against the tendency to see the HIV/AIDS pandemic as a problem that is restricted to any part of the globe. Full text...

  • Early childhood care linked to poverty alleviation
    23 september 2003 20:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Queen Sylvia Nagginda Luswata of Uganda's Buganda Kingdom Tuesday urged African governments to curb the perpetuation of poverty by fighting it at family levels. Full text...

  • UNAIDS donates $100,000 to innovative AIDS projects
    23 september 2003 18:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Tuesday announced a $100,000 grant and a new alliance with the World Bank's Development Marketplace and its Global HIV/AIDS Programme (GHAP) to fund innovative ways of fighting the disease around the world. Full text...

  • Luanda nurses on strike
    23 september 2003 18:51:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Nurses in Luanda started an indefinite strike Tuesday, demanding a pay raise and registration of some 3,000 of their colleagues. Full text...

  • 125,000 urgently need HIV/AIDS treatment in Kenya
    23 september 2003 18:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A 'People's Tribunal on AIDS' Tuesday pronounced a guilty verdict against some of the main obstacles to access to AIDS treatment for those most in need. Full text...

  • Nigerian bid to host HIV/AIDS conference
    23 september 2003 12:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has given the go-ahead for the country to bid for the hosting of the 14th International Conference on HIV/AIDS and STD's in Africa (ICASA) in 2005, according to officials of the National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA). Full text...

  • Malaria vaccine tests in Mali
    23 september 2003 11:43:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- First tests on a malaria vaccine are underway in Bandiagara in central Mali under the aegis of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAD), according to a NIAD statement. Full text...

  • New initiatives to help prevent blindness in South Africa
    23 september 2003 08:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Fifty countries around the world have begun celebrating the progress in groundbreaking research projects that could possibly find a cure for the blind and bring hope to the thousands of South Africans and millions world-wide who are affected by retinal conditions. Full text...

  • Bouteflika commends WTO agreement on generic drugs
    22 september 2003 23:46:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said in New York Monday that the recent World Trade Organization agreement on generic drugs raised new hopes in the fight against HIV/AIDS Under the agreement concluded late August in Geneva, countries lacking pharmaceutical production capacities could import generic drugs to solve the main public health problems, particularly the three killer diseases -- malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS. Full text...

  • 100,000 travellers get HIV/AIDS awareness in Cameroon
    22 september 2003 23:40:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- About 100,000 travellers benefited from HIV/AIDS sensitisation, while 15,000 leaflets and over 10,000 condoms were distributed during an awareness campaign which ended Monday in the coach stations of Douala, Cameroon's business capital, organisers said here. Full text...

  • Gabon eyes second HIV/AIDS out-patient treatment centre
    22 september 2003 22:47:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Gabonese government Monday announced that a second Ambulatory Treatment Centre (CTA) would be built for HIV/AIDS patients in the central town of Lambarene. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak hits eastern DR Congo
    22 september 2003 21:05:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A cholera epidemic has killed an undetermined number of patients in the Fizi area of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu Province, according to health sources in Bukavu, the provincial capital. Full text...

  • MSF, WHO make hopeful report on HIV/AIDS drug strategies
    22 september 2003 20:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Monday jointly released a report documenting the experience of HIV/AIDS treatment projects in procuring antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in ten countries of sub- Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • Gates, Mandela at youth forum on AIDS in S. Africa
    22 september 2003 20:37:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- American billionaire and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, who is in South Africa with his wife Melinda, attended a youth forum on HIV/AIDS here Monday at which former President Nelson Mandela urged the youth to lead a social revolution against the pandemic. Full text...

  • Gates Foundation backs anti-Malaria campaign
    22 september 2003 19:28:00
    Manhica- Mozambique - American multimillionaire Bi-ll Gates, the founder of the software corporation Microsoft, announced in Manhica, southern Mozambique that his foundation is granting US$168 million to finance various activities in the fight against malaria world-wide. ) Full text...

  • African leaders urge global support for anti-AIDS fight
    22 september 2003 17:05:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, John Kufuor of Ghana, Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal and Joseph Kabila of DR Congo, as well as Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili of Lesotho have called for increased global collaboration against HIV/AIDS, at the UN HIV/AIDS session in New York Monday. Full text...

  • UNAIDS calls for firm commitment to AIDS prevention
    22 september 2003 16:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Lack of commitment, resources and action by UN member states are to blame for the delay in meeting basic AIDS prevention and care goals established at the 2001 Special Session, UNAIDS director of country and regional support Michel Sidibe said Monday. Full text...

  • Annan urges rapid AIDS prevention measures
    22 september 2003 16:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Despite some progress, many UN member states are still unable to meet the basic AIDS prevention and care goals established two years ago at the Special Session of the UN General Assembly on HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Bongo boosts Gabon's anti-AIDS fight
    22 september 2003 15:48:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese President Omar Bongo has donated some 100 million CFA francs for the construction of an HIV treatment centre in Lambarene, central Gabon, an official said. Full text...

  • WHO decries irregular supply of ARVs to HIV/AIDS patients
    22 september 2003 15:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) Monday urged health authorities to urgently provide anti- retroviral (ARV) treatment to millions of people living with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Annan opens UN special session on HIV/AIDS
    22 september 2003 15:15:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The plenary session of the UN General Assembly on the follow-up to the declaration of commitment against HIV/AIDS began Monday in New York, with Secretary General Kofi Annan calling for more action against the pandemic. Full text...

  • New case of wild poliovirus reported in Burkina Faso
    22 september 2003 13:21:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) regional laboratory in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire has officially reported to Burkinabe authorities a case of wild poliovirus in Yako, 110 km north of Ouagadougou, according to the Burkinabe News Agency (AIB). Full text...

  • Zambia accepts new Lapdap drug for malaria
    21 september 2003 12:18:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has accepted to use the new drug, Lapdap, that has been developed by the global pharmaceutical company -- GlaxoSmithKline -- for the treatment of malaria in the country. Full text...

  • AIDS may kill half of Malawi's professionals by 2005
    21 september 2003 11:44:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- New HIV/AIDS statistics released here spell gloom for Malawi as Kenya hosts the 13th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (ICASA) 21-26 September in Nairobi. Full text...

  • AIDS may kill half of Malawi's professionals by 2005
    21 september 2003 11:42:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- New HIV/AIDS statistics released here spell gloom for Malawi as Kenya hosts the 13th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (ICASA) 21-26 September in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Rwanda gets US$30 million World Bank grant to combat AIDS
    20 september 2003 20:42:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda has secured a grant of 30 million US dollars from the World bank to boost its anti-AIDS fight, official sources said in Kigali Saturday. Full text...

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