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  • Sierra Leone gets $15 million IDA credit to fight HIV/AIDS
    25 september 2002 21:34:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Parliament Wednesday ratified a 15-million dollar loan agreement between the Government and the International Development Association (IDA), on combating HIV/AIDS in the West African country. Full text...

  • Partners seek support to eradicate polio in Horn of Africa
    25 september 2002 16:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Partners involved in the global campaign against polio say the three countries in the Horn of Africa were close to eradicating the disease, and called for support to achieve the final push. Full text...

  • Tanzania breastfeeding forum attacks baby-milk producers
    24 september 2002 13:27:00
    Arusha- Tanzania (PANA) -- Lobbyists attending the second global forum of the World Alliance on Breastfeeding Action (WABA) Monday stepped up attacks on producers of artificial baby milk, accusing the companies of violating the international code of marketing their products. Full text...

  • UNICEF grants Zimbabwe funds to combat cholera
    24 september 2002 13:09:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has donated to Zimbabwe 11 million Zimbabwe dollars (US$205,000) to help the southern African country combat a raging cholera outbreak, which has claimed 20 lives and left over 400 others infected. Full text...

  • Many Benin children under age three are malnourished
    23 september 2002 16:15:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- About 25 percent of children under age three in Benin suffer from chronic malnutrition and growth retardation, according to an official study in the country. Full text...

  • Swaziland badly hit by HIV/AIDS, says UNAIDS report
    23 september 2002 11:10:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- In sub-Saharan Africa, Swaziland has been rated third on the list of nations worst hit by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • UNIFEM deplores the feminisation of AIDS in Africa
    22 september 2002 12:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNIFEM regional office's director of the human rights, gender and HIV/AIDS programme Aminata Toure has deplored the "feminisation" of the pandemic. Full text...

  • UN envoy condemns donor fatigue towards AIDS Global Fund
    21 september 2002 14:40:00
    Arusha- Tanzania (PANA) -- A UN envoy on HIV/AIDS Saturday took a swipe at donor nations for contributing "extremely disappointing" amounts of money to the Global Fund on chronic infectious diseases. Full text...

  • South Africa's traditional leaders combat HIV/AIDS
    21 september 2002 13:21:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Traditional leaders in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province are strengthening initiatives against HIV/AIDS, joining three other provinces - Eastern Cape, Free State and the North West Province - that have already launched their provincial traditional leaders HIV/AIDS chapter. Full text...

  • Over 600,000 Zimbabweans have full-blown AIDS, says Minister
    21 september 2002 09:52:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Health Minister David Parirenyatwa said Saturday more than 600,000 people in the country have full-blown AIDS, out of about 2. Full text...

  • 645,000 children immunised in Congo Brazzaville
    20 september 2002 21:41:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Some 645,865 of the targeted 679,800 children have been immunised against childhood diseases under the 2002 campaign in Congo Brazzaville, according to officials of the Health and Population ministry. Full text...

  • South African medics angered by extended internship
    20 september 2002 16:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African labour movement, MWU Solidarity, has instituted legal action against the government on behalf of 215 medical students required to do an extra year of internship. Full text...

  • Africa faces vaccine shortage amid new meningitis strain
    20 september 2002 15:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A new strain of meningocal meningitis is threatening Africa at a time when the continent lacks vaccines against the lethal disease. Full text...

  • South African doctor wins prestigious eye research award
    20 september 2002 11:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The International Society for Eye Research (ISER) has selected South African Doctor Thom Mittag for the 2002 Balazs Prize for his "outstanding contributions to the field of eye research". Full text...

  • Experts on breastfeeding, HIV/AIDS discuss infant feeding
    20 september 2002 10:32:00
    Arusha- Tanzania (PANA) -- The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and UNICEF have gathered experts on breastfeeding and HIV in Arusha, Tanzania, to discuss the challenges in feeding babies born to HIV-positive mothers. Full text...

  • UN report laments ignorance of most youths about HIV/AIDS
    20 september 2002 08:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Most young people worldwide are still ignorant about the causes of HIV/AIDS and about protection measures against the pandemic, the UN states in a new report. Full text...

  • Cameroon to conduct campaign against neonatal tetanus
    19 september 2002 21:03:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Cameroonian government has announced an eight-month campaign against maternal and neonatal tetanus beginning 24 September and continuing through 9 May 2003, and consisting essentially in the vaccination of women of childbearing age. Full text...

  • New cases of tuberculosis reported in southern Reunion
    19 september 2002 20:29:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Health officials said two new cases of tuberculosis have been reported among primary school staff in the southern part of Reunion. Full text...

  • New Meningitis bacteria worries French researchers
    19 september 2002 20:27:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French medical research centre Institut Pasteur has embarked on a five-year research on the causes underlying the spread in sub Saharan Africa of a new meningitis bacterial variant known as N. Full text...

  • Sexually transmitted infections rife in Central Kenya
    19 september 2002 11:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Reproductive health problems plague Kenya's central region, where about 55 percent of 10- to 24-year-olds suffer from sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, says a national survey. Full text...

  • UN official urges help against Africa's poverty, health problems
    17 september 2002 22:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN Deputy Secretary General Louise Frechette has called on the international community to help in "addressing the needs of Africa where poverty and health challenges are the most acute. Full text...

  • Zambia replaces aged refrigerators to improve child immunisation
    16 september 2002 22:14:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia, with the support of Japan, has begun replacing old and faulty refrigerators countrywide as a way of improving child immunisation services, deputy health minister George Chulumanda has said. Full text...

  • Cardiac Week gets underway in South Africa
    16 september 2002 21:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A Cardiac Week was launched Monday in South Africa to educate the public on simple actions that can go a long way to prevent cardiovascular diseases (CVD), said to be the leading killer in the country. Full text...

  • Kool and The Gang for East African AIDS concerts
    16 september 2002 16:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- American music group Kool and The Gang, in October, is to feature in three anti-AIDS campaign concerts, in three East African cities of Nairobi, Kampala and Dar as Salaam, the organisers said in the Kenyan capital Monday. Full text...

  • Cameroon includes HIV/AIDS in school subjects
    16 september 2002 13:26:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Faced with an increasing prevalence rate of HIV in the country, Cameroonian authorities are introducing the HIV/AIDS subject in school programmes. Full text...

  • Cholera toll reaches 19 in southern Zimbabwean district
    16 september 2002 10:56:00
    Zaka- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The death toll from the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe's southern district of Zaka has reached 19 since the disease was first diagnosed there last month, local health authorities said Monday. Full text...

  • Poverty, health in Africa exhibition opens at UN Monday
    15 september 2002 18:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An exhibition on "Poverty and Health: Challenges to Development in Africa," organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Department of Public Information, opens at the UN Headquarters in New York Monday. Full text...

  • Cholera Hits Southern DR Congo
    14 september 2002 16:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A cholera outbreak that was reported last month in Katanga Province of southern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is spreading fast to other parts of the country. Full text...

  • Brain drain affects health sector in Western Kenya
    14 september 2002 10:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An acute shortage of nurses at a vital public hospital in Western Kenya has forced the management to express fears that operations might collapse at the institution if the situation remains unchanged. Full text...

  • East Africa stages mass anti-HIV/AIDS campaign
    13 september 2002 21:21:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A musical concert involving a wide array of local and international artistes will be staged in East Africa in October to scale up the struggle against AIDS, organisers said Friday. Full text...

  • Ghana's AIDS prevalence rate underestimated - Official
    13 september 2002 16:40:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A senior official of the Ghana AIDS Commission said Friday that the prevalence rate of the disease in the country is underestimated and urged the public to take the pandemic more seriously. Full text...

  • New measures to combat diabetes in South Africa
    13 september 2002 14:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Network Healthcare Holdings Limited and US-based TheraSense have announced the availability of a major breakthrough in the testing, diagnosis and maintenance of glucose levels in South African diabetic patients. Full text...

  • Cameroon to introduce AIDS in school syllabuses
    13 september 2002 12:15:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS will be introduced this year in school syllabuses in Cameroon under a partnership agreement signed Thursday in Yaounde between the government and American an NGO, Hope for Africa (HFA), an official source said. Full text...

  • AIDS sufferers in Nigeria rape virgins for imagined cure
    13 september 2002 11:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Men living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria's south-eastern state of Akwa Ibom now rape young girls, especially virgins to get an "imagined cure," the state-owned News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean hospitals hit by blood shortage
    12 september 2002 18:21:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe said Thursday that most of the country's major hospitals had run out of blood for transfusion, due to an increasing reluctance by donors. Full text...

  • Nigeria to step up HIV/AIDS battle
    12 september 2002 13:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Newly-appointed Chairman of Nigeria's National Action Committee Against AIDS (NACA), Babatunde Osotimehin, has announced a three-point strategy to strengthen the fight against HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria records success against Vitamin A deficiency
    12 september 2002 12:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has recorded a major success in the fight against Vitamin A deficiency in the country, as millers started fortifying all flour produced by them from 1 September 2002, according to UNICEF. Full text...

  • 52nd WHO African Ministers session for Harare
    11 september 2002 15:46:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The 52nd general assembly of African Health Ministers scheduled for 8-12 October will now take place in Harare, Zimbabwe, instead of Brazzaville, Congo, because of insecurity in the Congolese capital, a government official said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya promised more Japanese assistance
    11 september 2002 08:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Visiting President of the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), Takao Kawakami, has promised that Kenya would benefit from his Agency's new projects for Africa. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe town placed under cholera quarantine
    10 september 2002 11:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe Tuesday placed the small mining town of Zvishavane in the south of the country under a tight cholera surveillance after one person died of the disease Friday. Full text...

  • UNICEF ambassador shocked over maternal mortality in Sierra Leone
    09 september 2002 22:45:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Visiting UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Daniella Poggi has expressed deep shock over the rate of maternal mortality and abject poverty in Sierra Leone, and called for help to the needy, especially women and children. Full text...

  • UNAIDS says food shortage is worsening AIDS in Zimbabwe
    09 september 2002 17:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- UNAIDS said Monday food shortages in Zimbabwe were worsening AIDS infections and deaths in the southern African country. Full text...

  • Many DR Congo children die from lack of Medicare
    07 september 2002 20:07:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- Some 80 of deaths among children under age five in DR Congo occur at home without appropriate treatment, according to a study conducted by the government and UNICEF. Full text...

  • S. African mother, son doing well after liver transplant
    06 september 2002 15:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A mother who has donated a section of her liver and the recipient, her one-year-old son, were Friday reported to be recovering well after a marathon operation in Cape Town. Full text...

  • Nigeria signs HIV/AIDS control pact with UK, US
    06 september 2002 12:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government Thursday signed an 89-million pounds sterling agreement with the UK and the US for promoting sexual and reproductive health and reducing HIV/AIDS in the African country. Full text...

  • AIDS killed 40,000 in Burundi in 2001
    06 september 2002 11:55:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS killed 40,000 persons in 2001 in Burundi, where the pandemic remains the single major killer disease, Dr Joseph Wakana, director of the National HIV/AIDS Control Programme, said. Full text...

  • AIDS to impact severely on South African businesses
    05 september 2002 21:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African companies would have to look at alternative staffing models if they are to meet the challenges posed by the projected 21-percent decline in the country's labour force because of AIDS, according to a report. Full text...

  • Four more Zimbabweans die from cholera
    05 september 2002 20:40:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe's southern district of Bikita said Thursday that four people had died this week from cholera, bringing the death toll to 10 since the disease broke out in the area two weeks ago. Full text...

  • Four million Tanzanians at risk of river blindness
    05 september 2002 19:37:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian Health Minister Anna Abdallah said Thursday that more than four million people in six of the country's regions were at risk of contracting onchocercaisis or river blindness. Full text...

  • Ghanaian newspaper urges stronger anti-AIDS measures
    05 september 2002 17:21:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's biggest selling newspaper, the Graphic, has called for the intensification of public education to increase awareness on HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

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