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  • More Botswana babies die from HIV/AIDS
    02 june 2003 19:10:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS has raised the level of infant mortality in Botswana, according to Health Minister Joy Pumaphi. Full text...

  • African First Ladies discuss HIV/AIDS
    02 june 2003 17:19:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian First Lady, Toure Lobbo Traore and her Gabonese counterpart, Edith Lucie Bongo, on Monday jointly chaired the opening of the first meeting of planning of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against AIDS (OPDAS). Full text...

  • Africa faces the challenge of HIV/AIDS
    02 june 2003 15:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Overcoming HIV/AIDS is a survival issue for not only tens of millions of people in Africa but also for efforts at overcoming poverty and hunger on the continent, participants at an African economic and finance experts meeting here were reminded last Friday. Full text...

  • ADB, UNFPA to promote reproductive health
    02 june 2003 11:48:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) are to work jointly in the field of reproductive health once the bank's board of governors meeting here this week approves the proposal. Full text...

  • France to treble aid for HIV/AIDS control in Africa
    02 june 2003 09:46:00
    Evian- France (PANA) -- France's contribution to the World Health Fund initially set at 50 million euro per year would be raised to 150 million euro as from 2003, French President Jacques Chirac said on Sunday in Evian in south-eastern France. Full text...

  • Nigerian group campaigns against tobacco adverts
    31 may 2003 14:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- On the occasion of this year's World No Tobacco Day, a group of Nigerian journalists advocating tobacco eradication in the country has asked Nigerians to henceforth resist the attempt by tobacco companies to "lure youths into their death" through glamorous adverts. Full text...

  • Poor pay forces Ugandan doctors to leave public service
    31 may 2003 13:56:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Quality in health care services continues to worsen in Uganda due to massive desertion of doctors from public hospitals to private practice. Full text...

  • WHO approves new regulations on SARS
    31 may 2003 13:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Prompted by the rapid spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the World Health Organisation (WHO) has approved sweeping new regulations to give the UN body authority to track and respond to future global health threats. Full text...

  • Malawians face HIV/AIDS tests before taking UK jobs
    31 may 2003 12:14:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The British High Commission in the Malawi has announced that all Malawians seeking to join that country's health sector in the UK will be required to undergo a rigorous health screening process, including an HIV/AIDS test. Full text...

  • Oil firm donates insecticide to malaria victims in Uganda
    31 may 2003 09:51:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Touched by the alarming daily death toll of children living in internally displaced camps (IDP) due to malaria in war ravaged northern Uganda, a French oil firm, Total, has donated 1,000 cans of insecticide to save lives of the surviving infants. Full text...

  • World marks No Tobacco Day pondering WHO's new treaty
    31 may 2003 09:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- This year's World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), which comes 10 days after the adoption by the 192-member World Health Organisation (WHO) of a historic pact to stem the estimated five million annual tobacco-related deaths and diseases world-wide, is most apposite. Full text...

  • Survey puts Ghana's HIV prevalence rate at 3.4 percent
    30 may 2003 23:31:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The national HIV prevalence rate in Ghana stands at 3. Full text...

  • World marks No Tobacco Day pondering WHO's new treaty
    30 may 2003 21:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- This year's World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), which comes 10 days after the adoption by the 192-member World Health Organisation (WHO) of a historic pact to stem the estimated five million annual tobacco-related deaths and diseases world-wide, is most apposite. Full text...

  • Kenyan First Lady joins AIDS awareness campaign
    30 may 2003 20:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan First Lady Lucy Kibaki visited a voluntary counselling and screening center at Kenyatta National Hospital Friday, in continuing efforts at fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the country. Full text...

  • Kibaki joins filming of Kenyan anti-AIDS commercial
    30 may 2003 13:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a bid to boost HIV/AIDS awareness in Kenya, President Mwai Kibaki Friday joined in the filming of an anti-AIDS commercial dubbed "Pamoja Campaign" (Together Campaign), shot on the lawns of the State House. Full text...

  • Cholera kills two in northern Zimbabwe
    29 may 2003 20:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Cholera has killed two people and left several others hospitalised in the northern resort town of Kariba in Zimbabwe, health officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • Japan supports polio eradication campaign in Ethiopia
    29 may 2003 14:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Japan Thursday granted Ethiopia about $3 million to shore up the East African nation's campaign for the eradication of polio. Full text...

  • 56th WHO General Assembly ends with key resolutions
    28 may 2003 21:54:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) ended its 56th General Assembly session in Geneva on Wednesday, adopting resolutions on wide ranging health issues, including the fight against the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), HIV/AIDS and tobacco epidemics as well as reduction of measles deaths and approval of the UN agency's 2004/5 biennial budget. Full text...

  • Samba welcomes US AIDS donation, urges donors to follow suit
    28 may 2003 20:37:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- World Health Organisation (WHO) regional director for Africa Ebrahim Samba has welcomed US President George W. Full text...

  • Yellow fever claims 30 lives in southern Sudan
    28 may 2003 12:37:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Thirty people have died in an outbreak of yellow fever in southern Sudan, which has affected at least 80 people, the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • ADB grants $500,000 to Congo's anti-Ebola campaign
    28 may 2003 12:17:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) has announced a 500,000 dollars grant to Congo in support of its anti-Ebola campaign in the Cuvette-Ouest region, the Congolese News Agency reported here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Benin burns two tonnes of confiscated medicines
    28 may 2003 08:53:00
    Pahou- Benin (PANA) -- As part of activities marking a weeklong sensitisation against the illegal sale of medicines, authorities in Benin have burnt two tonnes of medicines seized from street vendors and the open market. Full text...

  • DRC quarantines 8 persons in Kinshasa over SARS scare
    28 may 2003 07:45:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Eight persons, who came from Hong Kong via South Africa, were still quarantined here since their arrival last Saturday after being suspected of carrying SARS (the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), the Congolese minister of health said. Full text...

  • Hope for 11 million children threatened by illnesses
    27 may 2003 19:04:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) 56th session in Geneva has adopted new strategic directions for child and adolescent health, expected to reduce childhood deaths and long-term disability. Full text...

  • Group launches media handbook on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria
    27 may 2003 16:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A consortium of groups based in Nigeria Tuesday launched in Lagos a media handbook on the coverage of HIV/AIDS and other related issues in the country. Full text...

  • African onchocerciasis programme gets US$ 2.6 million boost
    27 may 2003 13:05:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The African Development Fund (ADF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have granted 2 million Units of Account (US$ 2. Full text...

  • Nigerians throng China market despite SARS scare
    27 may 2003 12:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Business is still booming at the "China market" in Lagos, despite the link between the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and China where the lung disease is believed to have originated. Full text...

  • Pretoria bans importation of AIDS drugs from Swaziland
    27 may 2003 11:40:00
    Manzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- The South African Customs Department has banned the importation of HIV/AIDS drugs from SwaziPharm, a Swaziland-based pharmaceutical company, citing the poor qualities of drugs from the firm. Full text...

  • 75,000 get bed nets in Gambia's war against Malaria
    27 may 2003 07:55:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Thousands of impregnated mosquito nets were distributed among Gambians on Monday in the ongoing national war against malaria. Full text...

  • ADB grants Congo 500,000 dollars to control Ebola virus
    26 may 2003 22:27:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) has approved a grant of 500,000 US dollars to finance the reinforcement of control and surveillance measures against the Ebola virus (VHF) in western Congo. Full text...

  • Niger reports 0.1 HIV/AIDS prevalence among pupils
    26 may 2003 22:04:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate among school children is estimated at 0,1 percent in Niger where sex is a taboo in discussions between parents and children, health sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Malawi's clergy against condoms in HIV/AIDS war
    26 may 2003 20:47:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A group of religious leaders who formed a task force called State-Faith Community HIV/AIDS Task Force with the government, have resolved to disallow the promotion of condoms as a preventive measure against the spread of HIV/AIDS in Malawi. Full text...

  • Liberia introduces SARS screening at ports of entry
    26 may 2003 16:43:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia Monday conducted its first screening for the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) at the country's Roberts International Airport, outside the capital Monrovia. Full text...

  • Manufacturers study next phase of African anti-AIDS drug
    26 may 2003 15:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Former US Ambassador Andrew Young will be keynote speaker next week at the annual gathering of the Senegal-based Association of Traditional Medicine (Prometra) credited for scientifically testing an African anti-AIDS herbal preparation that has proved effective on 62 patients. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe joins global tobacco advertising ban
    26 may 2003 14:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe, one of the biggest tobacco producing nations in the world, has joined a World Health Organisation-led drive to ban advertising of the commodity to reduce smoking-related deaths. Full text...

  • Rural Swazi community shuns use of condoms
    26 may 2003 09:10:00
    Njoni- Swaziland (PANA) -- Residents of a rural community in southern Swaziland have refused to use condoms during sexual intercourse, claiming that "worms" were inside the condoms supplied free them of charge. Full text...

  • Cameroon to co-ordinate malaria network
    25 may 2003 20:05:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Cameroon has been appointed to co-ordinate the Central African Network for the Treatment of Malaria (RACTAP) for a two-year term after the WHO-supported constitutive movement held 21-23 May here. Full text...

  • US group to tackle HIV/AIDS on African Highway
    25 may 2003 16:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Africa Unite Against AIDS, an American NGO "boxing" HIV/AIDS out of Africa, has launched a new strategy to eradicate the prevalence of the scourge among truck drivers along the Trans-African Highway. Full text...

  • Samba urges for pro-active response to African emergencies
    25 may 2003 15:59:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Ebrahim Samba, the World Health Organisation's Regional Director for Africa (WHO-AFRO), on Sunday called for greater preparedness and a more proactive response to frequent deadly emergencies in Africa. Full text...

  • 25 years after Alma-Ata Health Declaration
    25 may 2003 15:46:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The Primary Health Care (PHC) concept became a core issue for the World Health Organisation following its 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration in Kazakh, the former Soviet Union republic now known as Kazakhstan. Full text...

  • WHO Africa medical team for earthquake-hit Algeria
    24 may 2003 15:00:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) Africa Regional Office (WHO-AFRO) is sending an expert team with medical kits to assist Algeria, rocked by an earthquake that has killed more than 1,700 people. Full text...

  • Thailand to help Kenya remain SARS free
    24 may 2003 14:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Thailand has promised to assist Kenya develop control measures against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to ensure the East African nation remains free of the flu-like ailment. Full text...

  • Developing nations demand greater role at WHO Secretariat
    24 may 2003 13:10:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Developing countries, especially those from Africa, Saturday in Geneva advocated a new formula to rectify the "imbalance" in their representation at the UN agency's secretariat. Full text...

  • African countries insist on status quo on WHO budget
    24 may 2003 11:42:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- As the debate heated up Saturday on a proposed new scale for the World Health Organisation (WHO) budget at the ongoing 56th General Assembly in Geneva, African countries are arguing strongly for an estimate that would support the UN agency's country programmes. Full text...

  • Mandela to address AIDS conference in Paris
    23 may 2003 20:04:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Retired South African President Nelson Mandela will be among keynote speakers during the second international conference of the AIDS Society in Paris from 13 to 16 July on the theme 'HIV/AIDS pathogenesis and treatment'. Full text...

  • Nigerian ARV users speak on efficacy of drug
    23 may 2003 17:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerians infected with the virus that causes AIDS have hailed the efficacy of antiretroviral drugs in boosting their immune system, while complaining about the side effects of the drugs. Full text...

  • WHO staff demand greater security, better service conditions
    23 may 2003 17:09:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Staff Associations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) have called for greater security "in these times of insecurity and uncertainty as well as improved staff-management relations and better service conditions. Full text...

  • WHO pushes for drastic reduction of measles deaths
    23 may 2003 17:06:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged its 192 member States to step up efforts to drastically reduce the estimated 745,000 annual preventable child deaths from measles. Full text...

  • WHO reviews SARS advisory on Hong Kong, Guangdong
    23 may 2003 16:59:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation on Friday rescinded its recommendation that people should postpone all but essential travels to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Guangdong Province in China to prevent the spread of the Severe Acute Respiratory (SARS). Full text...

  • Africans want speedy release of anti-AIDS Global Fund
    23 may 2003 15:16:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- African delegates at the 56th World Health Organization Assembly in Geneva on Friday called for a simplified process that enables the early release of money from the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. Full text...

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