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  • Mozambique to introduce reproductive health in school curricula
    16 september 2003 18:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Education Ministry plans to introduce sexuality and reproductive health in the school curricula from the 2004 academic year, as part of efforts to stem sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and unwanted pregnancies in the country's secondary schools. Full text...

  • Nairobi to host international AIDS conference
    16 september 2003 16:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Over 5,000 experts are expected to converge in Nairobi beginning 21 September to attend the 13th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA). Full text...

  • UN to launch Africa Commission on HIV/AIDS, Governance
    16 september 2003 14:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN-sponsored Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa (CHGA) will be officially launched here Wednesday, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has announced. Full text...

  • Kaunda to attend launch of anti-AIDS commission
    16 september 2003 11:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Retired Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda will be among guests at the launch of the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa (CHGA) in Addis Ababa Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak hits northern Zambian district
    16 september 2003 08:22:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A team of medical workers were on Tuesday battling to contain an outbreak of cholera in Zambia's remote northern district of Kaputa where two persons have already died from the water-borne disease. Full text...

  • African universities introduce HIV/AIDS in curricula
    15 september 2003 23:24:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Some 30 participants from several African universities began a six-week workshop here Monday on the introduction of HIV/AIDS into their programmes. Full text...

  • Only 700 AIDS patients access ARV in Mali
    15 september 2003 22:52:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- About 700 persons living with HIV/AIDS out of 100,000 have access to antiretrovirals in Mali, thanks to a State subsidy covering 50 per cent of the price, according to Health ministry sources. Full text...

  • Kenya emphasises disease prevention
    15 september 2003 15:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Health Minister Gideon Konchela said Monday that the Ministry has put in place a disease prevention programme to reduce the number of citizens disabled by curable ailments. Full text...

  • Nigerian HIV vaccine group unfolds fund-raising plan
    13 september 2003 15:56:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National HIV vaccine plan group has unfolded plans to raise funds for the project, focusing on Nigerian First Lady Stella Obasanjo as the arrowhead of the fund- raising drive. Full text...

  • South African group wins anti-HIV/AIDS award
    12 september 2003 18:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The AIDS Law Project (ALP), an organisation that helps combat HIV/AIDS by protecting the rights of the millions affected by the disease in South Africa, is the recipient of the 2003 "Award for Action on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights" from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Human Rights Watch (HRW). Full text...

  • Tackling Africa's daunting health problems
    12 september 2003 13:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- If African Health ministers who attended the just-ended 53rd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa were to translate their commitment into action, many of the continent's health problems would be on the way to solution. Full text...

  • Making ethnobotany help alleviate poverty in Africa
    11 september 2003 21:34:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- About 80 participants at a two-day international symposium on ethno-botany that opened here Thursday have the task to propose strategies that can help the custodians of traditional know-how on plants fight poverty. Full text...

  • Swaziland's school programme feeds AIDS orphans
    11 september 2003 17:32:00
    Maphatsindvuku- Swaziland (PANA) -- Hunger is written all over the faces of the five orphaned children of the Nkambule family -- Makhosazana (16), Muzi (15), Wandile (13), Nonzwe (11), Vusi (8) and Siboniso (4) -- of Maphatsindvuku in the Lubombo region of Swaziland. Full text...

  • Malawi church sparks debate over HIV/AIDS testing
    11 september 2003 13:38:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- Living Waters Church, one of Malawi's fast-growing Pentecostal churches, has resolved that its members wishing to wed in the church should first undergo a mandatory HIV/AIDS screening. Full text...

  • FAO donates farm inputs to West Nile HIV/AIDS sufferers
    11 september 2003 09:16:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A scheduled delivery of agricultural inputs by UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to 9,000 families affected by HIV/AIDS in Uganda's West Nile region is getting to its tail end, officials indicated here Thursday. Full text...

  • Israel returns 2 Congolese children treated for heart ailment
    10 september 2003 23:32:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Two of seven Congolese children who underwent heart operation in Israel returned to Kinshasa Tuesday after a three-month medical sojourn, the Kinshasa City Council announced Wednesday in a statement. Full text...

  • Health care lagging in southern Sudan, says UNICEF
    10 september 2003 10:59:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Health care is lagging in southern Sudan despite considerable investments over the years, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report. Full text...

  • Bilharzia attacks 2,000 children in northern Malawi
    09 september 2003 18:30:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- Bilharzia has attacked more than 2,000 children in Malawi's northern lakeshore border district of Karonga, according to health officials. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS orphans 1.5 million children in Nigeria
    09 september 2003 17:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS has orphaned more than 1. Full text...

  • HIV increases among pregnant women in South Africa
    09 september 2003 16:31:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The incidence of HIV prevalence among pregnant women in South Africa increased to 26. Full text...

  • Ugandans urge further cuts in price of generic drugs
    09 september 2003 14:03:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan authorities and the public at large have welcomed a World Trade Organisation (WTO) deal allowing poorer countries to import cheap generic drugs for HIV/AIDS sufferers, but appealed for even further cuts in the prices of such medication. Full text...

  • Sub-Saharan Africa tackles HIV/AIDS stigmatisation
    09 september 2003 12:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- As countries struggle to cope with the spiralling and ever pressing demand of loosening the world-wide grip of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, it is becoming more evident that "stigmatisation and discrimination" are two of the catch words that need to be fought with urgency. Full text...

  • Widespread female circumcision in Mali region, says survey
    09 september 2003 08:16:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Over 90 percent of female respondents in the Mopti region of northern central Mali said they were victims of female circumcision, according to a population health survey carried out in 2001. Full text...

  • MSF unhappy with agreement on generic drugs
    08 september 2003 19:20:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Compared with the prevailing situation, the agreement signed on 30 August to give developing countries access to generic drugs is rather "a setback", says the NGO Medecins sans Frontiers (MSF) in a news release obtained by PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • US to boost family health care in Benin
    08 september 2003 18:59:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The US and Benin have signed an agreement to boost family health care in the West African country, official sources said in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Global Vaccine Fund team in Mozambique
    08 september 2003 18:43:00
    Manhica- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Steering Council of the Global Vaccine Fund has praised the Mozambican government's commitment to vaccination, and promised continued support. Full text...

  • Ethiopia tackles mother-to-child HIV transmission
    08 september 2003 13:02:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Cornered by HIV/AIDS on all fronts, Ethiopia Monday launched a new offensive to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the deadly virus. Full text...

  • Many Angolan women die during delivery
    08 september 2003 09:24:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Two out of 100 pregnant women in Angola die while undergoing delivery, a figure which is among the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, according to Vita Mvemba, co-co-ordinator of the Association for the Prevention of Maternal Mortality in Luanda. Full text...

  • Niger uses traditional music to fight HIV/AIDS
    07 september 2003 19:40:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger nationals on Saturday launched a weeklong traditional music festival dubbed "Gouroumi" to sensitise the population on HIV/AIDS prevention. Full text...

  • Ethiopian govt says AIDS impact alarming
    06 september 2003 11:02:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Ethiopian government has called on its people to integrate the fight against HIV/AIDS into their development endeavours because the rate of infection and the disease's devastating impact were alarming. Full text...

  • African ministers resolve to improve health care
    05 september 2003 17:48:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- African health ministers ended their annual meeting here Friday with resolutions to improve health delivery systems and scale up interventions against killer diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. Full text...

  • Ministers raise the stake on brain drain from Africa
    05 september 2003 12:37:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- African Health Ministers have agreed to seriously raise the problem of the exodus of skilled health workers from the continent at major international fora, including the World Health Assembly and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for solutions. Full text...

  • Three candidates bid for WHO Africa top post
    05 september 2003 11:40:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Three candidates from Angola, Uganda and Zambia have formally expressed interest in the post of WHO Regional Director for Africa (WHO-AFRO), which falls vacant in 2004, according to reliable sources at the 53rd session of the Regional Committee which ends Friday in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Half of the world's pregnancy-related deaths occur in Africa
    04 september 2003 19:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Africa, burdened with alarming maternal and infant mortalities, accounts for almost half of the world's estimated 600,000 pregnancy-related deaths, even though the continent has only 12 percent of the global population and 17 percent of annual births, a WHO report said Thursday. Full text...

  • Lambo says Nigerian polio vaccine controversy is diversionary
    04 september 2003 19:04:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Nigerian Health Minster Eyitayo Lambo Thursday said the controversy over the quality of polio vaccines being used in parts of the country was "diversionary and unfortunate," coming at a time of heightened efforts to eliminate the childhood killer disease by 2004. Full text...

  • Nigerian health system has collapsed, says Minister
    04 september 2003 19:00:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Nigeria's health system, which collapsed under prolonged military rule was only now being rebuilt and strengthened by the civilian government of President Olusegun Obasanjo, Health Minister Eyitayo Lambo conceded here. Full text...

  • New WHO DG identifies with Africa
    04 september 2003 18:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Jong-wook Lee is less than two months at the helm of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva, but the South Korean medical doctor says he already feels several years old on the job even though he has now served the 192-member UN agency for almost 20 years in various capacities. Full text...

  • Nigerian minister scorns controversy over polio vaccine
    04 september 2003 16:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Nigerian Health Minister Eyitayo Lambo on Thursday described the controversy over the quality of polio vaccines being used in parts of the country as "diversionary and unfortunate". Full text...

  • WHO says Africa suffers 50% of global pregnancy-related deaths
    04 september 2003 11:39:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Africa, burdened with an alarming maternal and infant mortalities, accounts for almost 50% of the world's estimated 600,000 pregnancy related deaths per annum, as compared to having just 12% of the global population and 17% of annual births, a WHO report warned Thursday. Full text...

  • People Living With AIDS in Nigeria rally support
    04 september 2003 11:05:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- People Living With AIDS (PLWAs) in Nigeria have stepped up the campaign to expand their base for effective networking as well as to enable them tackle common problems, according to Pat Matemilola, coordinator of PLWAs. Full text...

  • Ruling Zanu-PF denies rumours of Mugabe's ill health
    04 september 2003 10:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF has been at pains this week to counter rumours that President Robert Mugabe is unwell, a South African daily newspaper observed in an editorial here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigerian MPs probe allegation of tainted polio vaccines
    04 september 2003 10:07:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's lower House of Representatives has engaged independent experts to investigate the allegation that the polio vaccine being used in the country contained HIV and contraceptives, the chairperson of the House Committee on Health, Aminu Safina disclosed here. Full text...

  • Ministers seek urgent action against brain drain from Africa
    04 september 2003 08:31:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Africa's loss of trained health personnel to developed countries under the so-called "brain-drain" syndrome has turned into an emotive subject at the ongoing 53rd session of WHO Regional Committee for Africa, with Health Ministers demanding urgent action to halt the flight of badly needed human capital. Full text...

  • Samba receives top Burkinabe Merit award
    03 september 2003 22:58:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa Ebrahim Malik Samba was decorated here Wednesday with Burkina Faso's National Merit Award for his contributions to health development in Africa. Full text...

  • African Ministers urge quicker disbursement of anti-AIDS funds
    03 september 2003 22:55:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- African Heath Ministers meeting in Johannesburg Wednesday called for faster disbursements from the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, three poverty-related diseases killing millions of people on the continent. Full text...

  • South Africa sends heart specialists to Algeria
    03 september 2003 19:42:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A seven-member South African cardio-thoracic surgery team led by Professor Dirk Du Plessis of Pretoria University is due to travel to Algeria to perform surgeries on selected patients under a bilateral agreement between the two countries. Full text...

  • WHO announces strategy to improve African women's health
    03 september 2003 19:23:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa (WHO-AFRO) has developed a strategy to assist African women attain the highest possible level of health throughout their life span. Full text...

  • WHO warns about food-borne illness in Africa
    03 september 2003 19:01:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Food-borne illness presents a major and continuing challenge to Africa as it adversely affects health, lowers economic productivity, and in several cases, results in death and disability, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. Full text...

  • Africa has world's highest road mortality, says WHO
    03 september 2003 18:20:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Africa has the world's highest mortality from road accidents, which cost the continent some US$7. Full text...

  • Conflicts, disasters cost Africa US$15 billion
    03 september 2003 17:33:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Armed conflicts, floods, drought, famine, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions cost Africa about US$15 billion in 2002, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

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