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  • Wheelchairs give new hope to South Africa's disabled
    28 july 2003 08:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The arrival of 500 specially designed wheelchairs from The Wheelchair Foundation of the US on Sunday holds the promise of a new lease of life for 500 physically challenged South Africans. Full text...

  • African leaders urge increased efforts to stem violence
    26 july 2003 15:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In news about Africa, war and conflict often take centre stage, but they conceal equally vicious forms of violence such as homicide, rape, the abuse and neglect of children, violence against women and violence against the elderly, WHO Africa Regional Office (WHO-AFRO), said in a release Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenyan man jailed 16 months for circumcising daughter
    26 july 2003 14:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan court has jailed a father for 16 months, for circumcising his 15-year-old daughter, the "People Daily" reported in Nairobi Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Siamese twins share vital organs
    26 july 2003 12:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The conjoined twins delivered in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos 16 July share some common organs, including liver and umbilical cord, according to Lagos State Health Commissioner Leke Pitan. Full text...

  • EU donates ambulances, medical equipment to Burundi
    25 july 2003 18:23:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The European Commission's delegation Friday donated to Burundi's Health ministry officials, three ambulances and five other vehicles, as well as medical and computer equipment. Full text...

  • Official sees end of cholera epidemic in Mozambique
    24 july 2003 22:11:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's Deputy National Health Director, Avertino Barreto, has expressed the hope that the cholera outbreak in the country would clear within a week, national news agency, AIM reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Nguesso urges change of attitude towards AIDS
    24 july 2003 21:33:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville President Denis Sassou Nguesso Thursday urged his compatriots to change their attitudes to make the national anti-HIV/AIDS fight a success. Full text...

  • 5,000 to attend African AIDS/STIs conference in Kenya
    24 july 2003 17:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Over 5,000 African scientists, health care providers, community members, political leaders and private sector representatives converge here in September for a crucial five-day conference on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) on the continent. Full text...

  • Pretoria upbeat over progress on HIV/AIDS vaccine
    24 july 2003 11:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Authorities in South Africa are upbeat about the progress made in the government-established and funded South African Vaccine Initiative to develop a vaccine against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • WHO to declare Sudan free from polio
    24 july 2003 07:45:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation is expected to declare Sudan polio free after three years of monitoring and surveillance since the last polio case was reported in the war-torn country in 2001, WHO advisor to Sudan, Salah Al-Haitham, said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyan education sector reeling from HIV/AIDS
    23 july 2003 21:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan ministry of education official on Wednesday disclosed that teachers dying from AIDS-related ailments in the country had risen by 300 percent in the past seven years, adversely affecting learning in the country's primary and secondary schools. Full text...

  • EU supports disease research in Africa
    23 july 2003 20:12:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has pledged about 670 million US dollars to support research programmes on HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases in Africa, an EU official said in Maputo Wednesday. Full text...

  • Third Phase AIDS Vaccine Trials Begin in Kenya
    23 july 2003 18:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) has embarked on the third phase of trials of a vaccine to combat the scourge in Kenya. Full text...

  • Below 50 percent vaccination coverage troubles Congolese minister
    23 july 2003 17:58:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese Health and Population Minister Alain Moka has said the current vaccination coverage of less than 50 percent represented a failure for the health sector of the country, Radio Congo reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • 37 million FCFA required to eradicate polio in Cote d'Ivoire
    23 july 2003 16:51:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 37 million CFA francs would be devoted over the next year to the eradication of polio in Cote d'Ivoire, a member of the Rotary Club International, Marie Irene Richmond announced in Abidjan late Tuesday. Full text...

  • Blood shortage hits Conakry as donors fear HIV status
    23 july 2003 15:24:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Fear among donors about knowing their HIV status is a key attribute to the acute shortage of blood at the National Centre for Blood Transfusion (CNTS) here, the centre's director Dr. Full text...

  • Anti-smoking lobbyists seek ban on tobacco growing in Kenya
    23 july 2003 13:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An anti-tobacco lobby group in Kenya Wednesday asked the government to ban tobacco growing, and instead diversify tax collection from other crops to offset the loss of revenue earned from the tobacco trade. Full text...

  • Angola vaccinates 7 million children against measles
    23 july 2003 13:10:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- More than seven million children aged nine to 14 years were immunised against measles in Angola during the months of April and May this year, the Angolan Health Ministry has announced. Full text...

  • Algerian group signs pharmaceutical contract with Chadian agency
    22 july 2003 20:16:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria's leading pharmaceutical group, Saidal, has signed in Algiers, a marketing contract with Chad's purchasing agency, Chari Pharmal, officials said in the Algerian capital. Full text...

  • Cholera epidemic hits Liberian capital
    22 july 2003 13:21:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Liberian Health ministry has declared the outbreak of a cholera epidemic in the capital, Monrovia, a statement issued by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) indicated here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan First Lady launches anti-AIDS organisation
    22 july 2003 09:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- First Lady Lucy Kibaki Tuesday urged Kenyans to de-stigmatise HIV/AIDS and stop discrimination against the affected and infected as she officially launched the Kenya chapter of the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • India Donates $100,000 Drugs to Kenya
    21 july 2003 11:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- India has donated medical drugs worth 100,000 dollars to Kenya, the Indian minister of state for External Affairs, Digvijay Singh, announced here Monday. Full text...

  • 50 percent HIV/AIDS prevalence among Niger's sex workers
    20 july 2003 14:01:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's 50 percent HIV/AIDS prevalence among sex workers in Dirkou (far north) and in the gold mining town of Komabangou (180 km west of Niamey) is worrying the country's health workers, said Bagnou Abdoulaye, the national head of the Inter-Sector Co-ordination of the fight against HIV/AIDS and STD. Full text...

  • Cotonou to host Eighth ASGO Congress in 2004
    18 july 2003 16:15:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Eighth congress of the African Society for Gynaecologists and Obstetricians (ASGO), expected to gather reproductive health professionals, decision-makers and development partners, is scheduled for December 2004 in Cotonou, according to official sources here. Full text...

  • Nigerian doctors to separate Siamese twins
    18 july 2003 12:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The government of Nigeria's Lagos State is to set up a 25-member committee of medical experts to work out the modalities for separating conjoined twins born in the state on Wednesday, according to state health commissioner Leke Pitan. Full text...

  • West African health ministers meet in Gambia
    17 july 2003 23:41:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- The fourth ordinary meeting of the Assembly of Health Ministers of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) opened here Thursday with a call by Gambian President Yaya Jammeh for sustained effort to improve the health status of the sub-region. Full text...

  • Kenya puts HIV/AIDS education in primary school curriculum
    17 july 2003 20:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Cognisant with the vulnerability of youths to the AIDS pandemic, the Kenyan government is currently including HIV/AIDS education in the curriculum of primary schools in the country. Full text...

  • Activists condemn Paris AIDS conference as 'total failure'
    17 july 2003 18:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Associations and activists fighting for access to therapy for HIV/AIDS patients in developing countries have described as "total failure" the ongoing Paris international conference on "AIDS pathogen and treatment". Full text...

  • Blood screening agency to close in Zimbabwe
    17 july 2003 18:09:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A national blood collection, screening and distribution agency in Zimbabwe warned on Thursday that it would shut down in September due to lack of foreign currency to import screening inputs. Full text...

  • US, Japan commit over $5m to HIV/AIDS programme
    17 july 2003 17:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The US and Japan are to spend 5. Full text...

  • Kenya intensifies its anti-tobacco crusade
    17 july 2003 16:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The fight against the growing and consumption of tobacco and its products in Kenya on Thursday received a rare boost following the formation of an anti-tobacco pressure group aimed at the promotion of other cash crops. Full text...

  • MSF says wholesale famine looms in southern Sudan
    17 july 2003 16:20:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Médecins Sans Frontières --Doctors without borders (MSF) -- has warned of critical nutritional situation in southern Sudan, especially for children in Akuem region, Barh-El- Ghazal province, where the situation has badly deteriorated since the beginning of the year. Full text...

  • Zambia under attack from suspected influenza
    17 july 2003 14:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's health authorities have sent a medical team to the northern district of Nakonde near the Tanzanian border to investigate a mysterious disease that has broken out there that is suspected to be influenza, Central Board of Health spokesperson Victor Mukonka said here. Full text...

  • Ethiopia adds hepatitis B vaccine to routine immunisation
    17 july 2003 10:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia is to introduce two vaccines that had so far not been included in its routine immunisation programme, officials said. Full text...

  • Prodi wants EU to boost Global Fund against AIDS
    17 july 2003 07:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ronamo Prodi, President of the European commission Wednesday in Paris called on EU member States to raise their contributions to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Full text...

  • Paris pledges 150 million euros yearly for AIDS control
    16 july 2003 23:13:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- President Jacques Chirac announced here Wednesday that France would contribute 150 million euros annually to the Global Fund for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria control. Full text...

  • TB kills 200,000 HIV/AIDS patients annually in Africa
    16 july 2003 21:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Tuberculosis is one of the main infections killing people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report issued here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo approves syringe factory for Nigeria
    16 july 2003 12:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo has approved the construction of a syringe factory in Nigeria's southeastern city of Port Harcourt as part of efforts to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Circumcision death toll soars in South Africa
    16 july 2003 07:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The number of male teenagers who have died from recent bungled circumcisions in South Africa's Eastern Cape province increased to 20 on Tuesday, police said. Full text...

  • Zambian official unhappy with non-distribution of anti-AIDS drugs
    15 july 2003 16:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Deputy Finance Minister Mbita Chitala, has described as a "national scandal," the non-distribution of antiretroviral drugs to the first group of 10,000 HIV/AIDS patients in the country. Full text...

  • Gabonese pupils' ignorance about AIDS breeds danger
    14 july 2003 17:23:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A new report warns that HIV/AIDS is spreading rapidly among youths in Gabon after discovering 48. Full text...

  • Measles kills 13 in Guinea-Bissau
    14 july 2003 15:42:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Thirteen people have died from the latest measles epidemic in Guinea Bissau, according to Health Minister Antonio Serifo Embalo. Full text...

  • Malaria kills 40 in central Zimbabwe
    14 july 2003 14:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- At least 40 people have died of malaria in Zimbabwe's central district of Gokwe this year, the local press reported Monday, quoting health officials in the area. Full text...

  • Mysterious Ailment Puzzles Doctors in Southern Malawi
    13 july 2003 12:19:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- About 50 students at a Catholic girls secondary school in Malawi's southern Lower Shire Valley district of Chikwawa have been afflicted by a mysterious ailment that has puzzled health workers. Full text...

  • African First Ladies take AIDS forum to Kenya
    13 july 2003 10:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has been selected to host the next conference of the Organisation of the African First Ladies (OAFL) Against AIDS in September this year. Full text...

  • IOC organises AIDS control at regional level
    12 july 2003 21:18:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) recently held the first meeting of the Regional Thematic Group (GTR) on HIV/AIDS in collaboration with the UN system and the UNAIDS secretariat. Full text...

  • Kadhafi says 'AIDS is a peaceful virus'
    12 july 2003 19:18:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Saturday in Maputo described AIDS as "a peaceful virus," which should not frighten Africans. Full text...

  • No health facilities in Sudan's rebel-held Abyei County
    11 july 2003 20:54:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- An NGO survey of Sudan's rebel- controlled Abyei County has found that there are no health services available to a population of about 32,000 people, forcing them to walk for between two and three days to access medical care. Full text...

  • Africa needs USD$3 billion yearly to fight killer diseases
    11 july 2003 17:47:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Africa requires at least three billion US dollars a year to successfully fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, African leaders meeting in Maputo, Mozambique, said. Full text...

  • Bush sees Uganda as 'land of hope' in AIDS fight
    11 july 2003 17:00:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- Visiting US President George Bush Friday described Uganda as "a land of hope in the whole of Africa" in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

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