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  • 200 AIDS patients to receive ARV treatment
    14 november 2003 08:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Western Cape HIV/AIDS programme has received 250,000 US dollars for antiretroviral medication for additional 200 AIDS patients in the province. Full text...

  • Congolese Ebola victim's samples to be tested
    14 november 2003 07:49:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese doctors have taken the first body samples of a person who died Thursday of an Ebola-like disease in the north-west Mbanza for laboratory tests in Gabon, the director general of health Dr Damase Bozongo told journalists here Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa begins national diabetes testing
    13 november 2003 22:39:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- To mark World Diabetes Awareness Week, South Africa's Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang Wednesday led MPs as the first public representative to be tested for diabetes. Full text...

  • Report warns of looming health crisis in Kenya
    13 november 2003 20:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Close to 5 million Kenyans living in rural areas use bushes as human waste disposal sites, a government Population and Housing Census report disclosed here Thursday, warning of the attendant health risks. Full text...

  • AIDS groups seek damages against GSK for over pricing drugs
    13 november 2003 19:35:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Anti-AIDS lobbyists in South Africa Thursday announced a joint plan to file a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK/South Africa) demanding payment of damages to patients or dependants of those who died from AIDS because of prohibitive GSK prices for drugs. Full text...

  • South Africa report significant progress in fight against AIDS
    13 november 2003 19:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Premier Mbhazima Shilowa presented the provincial Gauteng Aids annual report Thursday showing some significant progress in the fight against HIV/Aids thanks to a three-pronged focus on prevention, care and support for people infected or affected by the disease. Full text...

  • WAJA to join fight against trachoma
    13 november 2003 17:43:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The West African Journalists Association (WAJA), in partnership with the US-based International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), plans to embark on a sensitisation campaign to eradicate trachoma in Africa. Full text...

  • About half million die of AIDS in Central Africa yearly
    13 november 2003 15:07:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Health ministers from the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) have called on regional leaders to adopt a co-ordination framework to control HIV/AIDS, claiming over 400,000 lives annually in CEEAC states. Full text...

  • Malaria leads morbidity, mortality in Chad
    13 november 2003 14:38:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Malaria remains the major cause of morbidity and mortality in Chad, according to findings of a study on the socio-economic impact of the ailment released here Thursday. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean islands guard low HIV/AIDS prevalence
    13 november 2003 14:18:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A three-day scientific conference on HIV/AIDS opened here Wednesday with a call on member states of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) to maintain the low prevalence of the scourge on the islands. Full text...

  • South Africa's diabetes campaign targets kidney disease
    13 november 2003 12:18:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- As South Africa prepares to observe World Diabetes Day on Friday, health experts are campaigning for the introduction of annual tests to detect early signs of kidney disease in people with type 2 diabetes. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau sets up National AIDS Control Committee
    12 november 2003 23:36:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Health minister Mariama Ba Biague Wednesday inaugurated the National AIDS Control Committee (CNLS) set up last week by the transitional government in Guinea-Bissau. Full text...

  • South African wildlife programme takes up HIV/AIDS campaign
    12 november 2003 22:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Wildlife has embarked on an initiative to sensitise staff on the dangers of HIV/AIDS, particularly as the scourge was taking a heavy toll in remote rural regions adjacent to game reserves. Full text...

  • Congolese herbalist claims diabetes treatment
    12 november 2003 21:28:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congolese herbalist Joseph Nkongolo who in 1982 manufactured PHD 30, affirmed here Wednesday that the herbal treatment for diabetes now has an efficiency rate of 80 percent. Full text...

  • Congolese herbalist claims diabetes treatment
    12 november 2003 21:28:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congolese herbalist Joseph Nkongolo who in 1982 manufactured PHD 30, affirmed here Wednesday that the herbal treatment for diabetes now has an efficiency rate of 80 percent. Full text...

  • Over 70% AIDS-infected youths live in sub-Saharan Africa
    12 november 2003 16:22:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's Health and Population minister, Dr. Full text...

  • Kenyan minister urges African men to lead anti-AIDS war
    12 november 2003 15:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Men in the East African region have been called upon to play a pro-active role in the fight against HIV/AIDS in their countries. Full text...

  • Workers down tools at Zambia's biggest state hospital
    12 november 2003 15:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Medical care at Zambia's University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka was under threat Wednesday as most workers downed their tools demanding payment of housing allowances backdated to April 2003. Full text...

  • Kibaki hails church's role in combating AIDS in Kenya
    12 november 2003 13:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Wednesday expressed his government's recognition of the role played by churches in the fight against HIV/AIDS in his country. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone purchases HIV screening equipment
    12 november 2003 08:36:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's HIV/ AIDS response group has procured CD4 cell counters worth US$39000 for monitoring the immunity of people living with the incurable pandemic. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe orders arrest of striking doctors
    11 november 2003 20:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The government in Zimbabwe Tuesday ordered the arrest of striking doctors after they defied a court order to return to work. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire to cater for 600,000 AIDS orphans
    11 november 2003 20:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian authorities have formulated a national action plan to cater for the estimated 600,000 AIDS orphans and more than one million people living with HIV in the country. Full text...

  • US AIDS Healthcare in partnership with local clinic
    11 november 2003 16:16:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The US-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation Global Immunity (AHFGI) Tuesday formed a partnership with the South African Xakaza Medical Laboratory to establish a HAART (Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy) monitoring laboratory in Durban which will process viral load tests for South African AIDS patients. Full text...

  • Cameroonian govt to subsidise diabetes care by 95%
    11 november 2003 15:12:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Cameroonian government has announced a 95 percent subsidy to reduce the cost of hemodialysis treatment in the country. Full text...

  • South African firm evacuates staff over chemical fear
    11 november 2003 13:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- About 73 employees of Medscheme here were Tuesday evacuated by emergency services for the second time and rushed to hospital after showing symptoms of nausea and vomiting due to smelly chemicals at the office building. Full text...

  • Britain props up Ethiopia's fight against malaria
    11 november 2003 11:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Britain has offered a $2. Full text...

  • Brazil seeks partners to build ARV plant in Mozambique
    10 november 2003 22:35:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Brazilian government has pledged to seek international partners to help Mozambique build an anti- retrovirals plant in its fight against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Officials of Global Fund against AIDS in Zambia
    10 november 2003 18:26:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Officials from the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) and the NGO Massive Effort Campaign (MEC), Southern region, are in Zambia to sensitise journalists in the country on the role of the media in the fight against the three diseases. Full text...

  • Six die from cholera in southern DR Congo
    10 november 2003 16:39:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- At least six deaths have been reported from the 54 cases of cholera recorded last week in Kasenge, in DR Congo's southern Katanga province. Full text...

  • Ebola haemorrhagic fever kills nine in northern Congo
    08 november 2003 09:12:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Ebola haemorrhagic fever has killed nine people over the past week in Mbomo district more than 800-km north of Brazzaville, according to latest statistics issued Friday by the Congolese ministry of health and population. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 17 in northern Mali's Mopti
    07 november 2003 23:21:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Cholera killed 17 patients out of 153 cases detected between 19 October and 4 November this year in northern Mali's Mopti region. Full text...

  • Brazil to manufacture anti-retrovirals in Mozambique
    07 november 2003 19:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Brazil has pledged to establish a plant to produce generic anti-retrovirals in Mozambique, the country's president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva said here Thursday at the end of his two-day state visit. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire cuts mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission
    07 november 2003 17:28:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in Cote d'Ivoire has dropped in a few years from 30 to 14 percent, according to the country's AIDS Control Ministry. Full text...

  • Contraception studies begin in Cape Town
    07 november 2003 15:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A contraception study, which is part of an international attempt to develop improved contraception for both men and women has been launched here with a call for local volunteers. Full text...

  • Southern Africa gets infant cardiac surgery centre
    07 november 2003 14:59:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Erstwhile president Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, wife of the late veteran politician Walter Sisulu have opened the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Centre for Africa, which shall provide life-saving cardiac surgery to children across Southern Africa. Full text...

  • Uganda, Kenya praised for fighting HIV/AIDS, corruption
    07 november 2003 10:39:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda and Kenya have received awards for HIV/AIDS and corruption fights from the New York-based African-American Institute (AAI). Full text...

  • Ethiopian woman says Americans using HIV to wipe out Africans
    07 november 2003 09:25:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia faces a dreary future as facts about HIV/AIDS are taking long to sink in, especially among the most vulnerable portions of the country's population. Full text...

  • Opposition MP criticises Mbeki over AIDS report
    07 november 2003 07:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African opposition MP has accused President Thabo Mbeki of "global jet setting" and ignoring the country's HIV/AIDS problems. Full text...

  • Two African doctors win awards for combating AIDS
    06 november 2003 23:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Two leading African health professionals, Dr Fred Wabwire-Mangen and Dr Miriam Were received awards Tuesday at the Africa-America Institute (AAI) 50th Anniversary Awards Gala in New York City, in recognition of their work to combat AIDS. Full text...

  • Mozambique's HIV prevalence climbs to 13.6%
    06 november 2003 21:55:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- At least 13. Full text...

  • Ghana launches campaign ahead of World AIDS Day
    06 november 2003 18:50:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana has launched a campaign ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December as health authorities continued to warn about the pandemic's menace. Full text...

  • Ugandan company unveils plans to produce cheap ARVs
    06 november 2003 15:37:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- As Uganda seeks low cost Antiretroviral (ARV) treatment for an estimated one million HIV/AIDS sufferers, a local company has unveiled plans to set up a factory that will produce and supply ARVs at less than 50 US Cents a day. Full text...

  • Angola, Brazil to collaborate in anti-AIDS battle
    05 november 2003 21:07:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos and his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have pledged to cooperate in efforts to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS and support for the production of generic anti-retrovirals. Full text...

  • Woman activist accuses Mozambican employers of discrimination
    05 november 2003 19:44:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Cesta Chiteleca, co-ordinator of the Working Women's Committee (COMUTRA), an affiliate of Mozambique's main trade union federation, OTM, Wednesday accused employers in the country of discriminating against HIV-positive women workers. Full text...

  • South Africans prepare for World AIDS Day
    05 november 2003 16:58:00
    Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africans are expected to show care and support for their compatriots infected and affected by HIV/AIDS on the World AIDS Day marked 1 December, health officials said. Full text...

  • Ebola-like disease kills 7 in northern Congo
    05 november 2003 15:25:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A disease bearing symptoms similar to the Ebola hemorrhagic fever has killed seven and infected 15 others currently under medical observation near Mbomo city, northwestern Congo, official sources said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan resort faces water shortages
    05 november 2003 15:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Residents of Kenya's Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa are facing threats of contracting waterborne diseases due to an acute water shortage that has forced them to rely on untreated water from boreholes. Full text...

  • UNESCO calls for global strategy to combat HIV/AIDS
    04 november 2003 10:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has called for a comprehensive global strategy and consolidated action to combat HIV/AIDS, a statement from the UN agency said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Lobbyists push for Kenya to ban smoking in public
    04 november 2003 08:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan body campaigning against drug abuse has petitioned the Ministry of Health asking for a ban on smoking in public places. Full text...

  • Swarm of locusts provoke fatal allergies in central Sudan
    04 november 2003 08:19:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- At least 11 people have died and thousands more have been hospitalised in central Sudan following what health authorities said was an outbreak of "lung eczema," a mass allergy blamed on a locust plague in the region. Full text...

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