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  • Mandela releases startling new AIDS report
    05 december 2002 18:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former president Nelson Mandela has released South Africa's first ever nationally representative study of HIV prevalence. Full text...

  • Experts want immunisation stepped up in Africa
    05 december 2002 17:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 10th meeting of the Task Force on Immunisation (TFI) in Africa and the 9th meeting of the Africa Regional Inter-Agency Co-ordination Committee (ARICC), ended Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria, with the adoption of several recommendations aimed at scaling up routine immunisation. Full text...

  • Health officials' signs spark fear in Nigerian State
    05 december 2002 14:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Non-indigene residents of Nigeria's northern Zamfara State are living in fear associated with the signs stamped on houses in the State capital, Gusau, by immunisation officials. Full text...

  • UNFPA praises Ghana, Senegal for improved reproductive health
    04 december 2002 21:02:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ghana and Senegal have been singled out as successful countries in promoting reproductive health in Africa. Full text...

  • Union leader says Zimbabwean journalists also dying of AIDS
    04 december 2002 16:47:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) President Mathew Takaona, said Wednesday that the profession was equally vulnerable to AIDS, and called for greater openness about the pandemic. Full text...

  • Congo allocates 450,000 dollars for ARVs purchase
    03 december 2002 23:35:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The government of Congo has announced it would order life-saving anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) worth 450,000 dollars for AIDS sufferers in the country. Full text...

  • WHO says Africa on track in polio eradication
    03 december 2002 17:50:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Region of the World Health Organisation (WHO) made "excellent progress" in the global polio eradication drive between 1999 and 2002, according to a report released Tuesday by the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) in Abuja, Nigeria. Full text...

  • UNESCO to launch East African Media anti-AIDS campaign
    03 december 2002 15:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a move to enable the media realise their potential as an effective tool in the fight against AIDS, UNESCO plans to shortly launch an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign through the media in Eastern Africa. Full text...

  • First kidney transplant performed in Algeria
    02 december 2002 21:53:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The first organ transplant surgery in Algeria was successfully performed Sunday at Constantine hospital in the remote east of Algiers, the health ministry confirmed here Monday. Full text...

  • Iran donates medicines to Zimbabwe
    02 december 2002 20:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Iran Monday donated medical supplies worth millions of dollars to Zimbabwe to help the southern African country ease a critical shortage of medicines. Full text...

  • AIDS-infected immigrants in France get assistance guide
    02 december 2002 19:41:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A French association involved in the fight for equal access to care for all AIDS patients regardless of their origin has published a guide for infected persons and organisations working with them to better understand the rights and channels for access to treatment. Full text...

  • Gabonese Christians get in vanguard to fight AIDS
    02 december 2002 19:07:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- In response to an appeal of Libreville archbishop Basile Mve Engone, over 5,000 Christians in Gabon on Sunday a march on the streets Libreville in expression of their commitment to the fight against AIDS. Full text...

  • National AIDS eradication committee underway in Congo
    02 december 2002 18:46:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo plans to appoint a national AIDS eradication committee before the end of the year to deal with the pandemic, according to Dr Marie Franck Purhuence, director of the national AIDS eradication programme. Full text...

  • Obasanjo leads HIV/AIDS walk
    02 december 2002 18:43:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Monday led top government officials and thousands of Abuja residents on a five-kilometre walk in support of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Malian President warns compatriots against AIDS
    02 december 2002 17:55:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- President Amadou Toumani Toure is warning Malians to beware HIV/AIDS and actively engage in strategies aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly disease. Full text...

  • Obasanjo urges full child immunisation across Africa
    02 december 2002 17:17:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Monday called on African countries to ensure full immunisation of children throughout the region as a step towards achieving the global goal of polio eradication. Full text...

  • $4.5 million drug factory near completion in Ethiopia
    02 december 2002 17:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An Ethiopian and Chinese joint venture company is putting the finishing touches on a 4. Full text...

  • UNICEF wants adequate education for youths to fight AIDS
    02 december 2002 16:37:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Executive Director of UNICEF, Carol Bellamy, has emphasised the urgent need to empower young people, especially girls, with education to help them adequately fight the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Full text...

  • Nigerian agency destroys 3-billion-Naira fake drugs
    02 december 2002 16:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has destroyed fake and contaminated drugs worth three billion Naira from 54 seizures in the last one year, according to the agency's Director General, Dora Akunyili. Full text...

  • Cape Verde mobilises against HIV/AIDS
    02 december 2002 10:12:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdeans Sunday rallied on World AIDS Day to speak out about a pandemic that has affected a great number of families on the Atlantic Ocean archipelago. Full text...

  • Ghana observes World AIDS Day in mining town
    02 december 2002 09:26:00
    Obuasi- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana Sunday celebrated World AIDS Day in the central mining town of Obuasi, more than 300 km north of Accra, where the disease is wreaking havoc on workers and inhabitants. Full text...

  • Millions of South Africans commemorate World AIDS Day
    02 december 2002 08:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Millions of South Africans marked World AIDS Day Sunday with marches, prayers and mass meetings to highlight the seriousness of the pandemic in one of the world's hardest hit countries. Full text...

  • Rwanda strives to reduce cost of antiretrovirals
    02 december 2002 08:07:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Negotiations are underway in Rwanda to reduce the costs of antiretrovirals which have already fallen to six times lower than what they were in January 1999, Rwandan Prime Minister Bernard Makuza said Sunday. Full text...

  • 3 million are HIV positive in DRC
    01 december 2002 20:38:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Three million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are living with the AIDS virus, the principal private secretary of the Public Health minister, Mia Mienzi Mampunza, said here Sunday. Full text...

  • Ghanaian traditional ruler runs marathon on World AIDS Day
    01 december 2002 19:54:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A prominent Ghanaian traditional ruler on Sunday led a large number of people in a 12-kilometre race to mark World AIDS Day. Full text...

  • 2.2 million infected with AIDS in Zimbabwe
    01 december 2002 18:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said Sunday more than 2. Full text...

  • Mauritians get condoms from vending machines
    01 december 2002 16:46:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Family Planning Association (MFPA) has placed 20 condom vending machines in popular spots and factories in its effort to help young people fight HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • UNAIDS urges the world to stop stigmatising AIDS carriers
    01 december 2002 15:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Despite moderate but noteworthy progress in rolling back the spread of HIV in several African counties, stigma and discrimination remain major barriers to reversing the AIDS epidemic, UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot warned in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Nigeria to involve private sector in HIV/AIDS fight
    01 december 2002 13:45:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As the world marks the 2002 World AIDS Day Sunday, the Nigerian government says it will work with the private sector to raise the necessary funds for a massive awareness campaign to curb the spread of the pandemic in the country. Full text...

  • Report says HIV/AIDS ravages Malawi's civil service
    01 december 2002 11:10:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi government is losing at least 10 million Malawi Kwacha (about 125,000 US dollars) yearly in unbudgeted expenses for the civil service due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, vice president Justin Malewezi lamented here Sunday. Full text...

  • UNICEF boosts DR Congo's immunisation programme
    30 november 2002 19:49:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UNICEF has donated 16 tons of medical supplies, including anti-measles vaccines to DR Congo provinces of North-Kivu and East Kasai, the UN agency said in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Cholera claims more lives in Zimbabwe
    30 november 2002 19:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe said Saturday that seven people had died of cholera in one district in the south of the country, bringing the death toll in the area to 35 since the disease broke out two months ago. Full text...

  • Association launches breast cancer clinic in Mauritius
    30 november 2002 18:05:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian Family Planning Association (MFPA) has launched a breast cancer clinic designed to curb the disease among the country's women, association officials said Saturday. Full text...

  • Benin children demand greater involvement in AIDS fight
    30 november 2002 16:52:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ahead of the World AIDS Day Sunday, hundreds of Benin children took to the streets on Friday in Cotonou to protest against what they called their marginalisation in the sensitisation programmes against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Malaria afflicts hundreds in southern Kenya
    30 november 2002 14:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Over 500 people in the south- western Kenya district of Gucha have died of malaria since the beginning of this year, health authorities said Saturday. Full text...

  • Malian journalists discuss AIDS
    29 november 2002 20:13:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Some 20 Malian journalists have undergone a day of information exchange on HIV/AIDS ahead of International AIDS Day to be celebrated 1 December. Full text...

  • Samba commends Multilateral Initiative on Malaria
    29 november 2002 20:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- WHO Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba, Friday in Congo Brazzaville, commended the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (NIM), a global alliance of organisations and individuals concerned with malaria in Africa, for contributing significantly to building capacity for malaria control on the continent since its inception in 1996. Full text...

  • Expert warns malnutrition may kill 700 Nigerian children daily
    29 november 2002 19:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria could lose 700 children and 18 mothers a day from anaemia and lack of protein-energy in the next eight years unless drastic measures are taken to stem malnutrition in the country, nutrition expert, Isaac Akinyele, has warned. Full text...

  • Cholera forces school to close in Zimbabwe
    29 november 2002 17:28:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- An outbreak of cholera in southern Zimbabwe has forced a school to be closed, and prompted a massive medical alert, health authorities said Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria to manufacture HIV/AIDS drugs
    29 november 2002 15:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has entered into negotiations with a Brazilian firm to produce generic drugs for the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients, chairman of the National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA), Babatunde Osotimehin, said in Lagos Friday. Full text...

  • Morocco has 16,000 people living with HIV
    29 november 2002 12:57:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco had about 16,000 people living with HIV while 1,060 others had developed full-blown AIDS by 30 September this year. Full text...

  • Experts discuss nutrition and development
    28 november 2002 18:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nutritionists met in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos Wednesday to discuss nutrition and development, amid problems of large-scale malnutrition, poverty and hunger. Full text...

  • Ghana to protect education sector from HIV/AIDS
    28 november 2002 17:37:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian authorities are stepping up efforts to protect the country's education sector from the effects of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • 30 Congolese MPs to attend World AIDS Day in Dolisie
    28 november 2002 15:44:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Thirty Congolese MPs and Senators will witness the official unveiling of a declaration expressing the commitment of the two-chamber house to combat HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • South African pharmaceutical firms accused of overcharging
    28 november 2002 11:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Competition Commission on Thursday called for more complainants about alleged domination by pharmaceutical firms in the sale of antiretrovirals in the country. Full text...

  • African Union begins World AIDS Day programme on Friday
    28 november 2002 10:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union is urging the leadership at all levels of society in Africa "to take the first step in the right direction" in the fight against HIV/AIDS as nations mark the 15th World AIDS Day come December 1. Full text...

  • Zambians precede World AIDS Day with national conference
    28 november 2002 09:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Experts throughout Zambia on HIV/AIDS began consultations here Thursday on how to consolidate the fight against the scourge in the wake of United Nations revelations that the epidemic was fuelling widespread famine in Southern Africa. Full text...

  • Ebola killed 95 in Gabon, Congo Brazzaville
    27 november 2002 20:56:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Ebola fever killed 95 people in Gabon and Congo Brazzaville between 2001 and 2002, according to Lamine Cissé Sarr, an official of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Kenyan seminar discusses natural methods to fight diseases
    27 november 2002 20:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Canadian Research and Development Centre for Probiotics (CRDC), in collaboration with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and the University of Nairobi, has embarked on deliberations on the prospects of using selected live micro-organisms and good bacteria in health promotion and management. Full text...

  • Cape Verde to recruit 35 doctors in 2003
    27 november 2002 19:37:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde plans to recruit more than 35 doctors under the 2003 budget, according to Sidَnio Monteiro, President of the parliamentary group of the ruling African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV). Full text...

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