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  • 100,000 travellers get HIV/AIDS awareness in Cameroon
    22 september 2003 23:40:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- About 100,000 travellers benefited from HIV/AIDS sensitisation, while 15,000 leaflets and over 10,000 condoms were distributed during an awareness campaign which ended Monday in the coach stations of Douala, Cameroon's business capital, organisers said here. Full text...

  • Gabon eyes second HIV/AIDS out-patient treatment centre
    22 september 2003 22:47:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Gabonese government Monday announced that a second Ambulatory Treatment Centre (CTA) would be built for HIV/AIDS patients in the central town of Lambarene. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak hits eastern DR Congo
    22 september 2003 21:05:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A cholera epidemic has killed an undetermined number of patients in the Fizi area of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu Province, according to health sources in Bukavu, the provincial capital. Full text...

  • MSF, WHO make hopeful report on HIV/AIDS drug strategies
    22 september 2003 20:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Monday jointly released a report documenting the experience of HIV/AIDS treatment projects in procuring antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in ten countries of sub- Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • Gates, Mandela at youth forum on AIDS in S. Africa
    22 september 2003 20:37:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- American billionaire and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, who is in South Africa with his wife Melinda, attended a youth forum on HIV/AIDS here Monday at which former President Nelson Mandela urged the youth to lead a social revolution against the pandemic. Full text...

  • Gates Foundation backs anti-Malaria campaign
    22 september 2003 19:28:00
    Manhica- Mozambique - American multimillionaire Bi-ll Gates, the founder of the software corporation Microsoft, announced in Manhica, southern Mozambique that his foundation is granting US$168 million to finance various activities in the fight against malaria world-wide. ) Full text...

  • African leaders urge global support for anti-AIDS fight
    22 september 2003 17:05:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, John Kufuor of Ghana, Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal and Joseph Kabila of DR Congo, as well as Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili of Lesotho have called for increased global collaboration against HIV/AIDS, at the UN HIV/AIDS session in New York Monday. Full text...

  • UNAIDS calls for firm commitment to AIDS prevention
    22 september 2003 16:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Lack of commitment, resources and action by UN member states are to blame for the delay in meeting basic AIDS prevention and care goals established at the 2001 Special Session, UNAIDS director of country and regional support Michel Sidibe said Monday. Full text...

  • Annan urges rapid AIDS prevention measures
    22 september 2003 16:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Despite some progress, many UN member states are still unable to meet the basic AIDS prevention and care goals established two years ago at the Special Session of the UN General Assembly on HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Bongo boosts Gabon's anti-AIDS fight
    22 september 2003 15:48:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese President Omar Bongo has donated some 100 million CFA francs for the construction of an HIV treatment centre in Lambarene, central Gabon, an official said. Full text...

  • WHO decries irregular supply of ARVs to HIV/AIDS patients
    22 september 2003 15:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) Monday urged health authorities to urgently provide anti- retroviral (ARV) treatment to millions of people living with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Annan opens UN special session on HIV/AIDS
    22 september 2003 15:15:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The plenary session of the UN General Assembly on the follow-up to the declaration of commitment against HIV/AIDS began Monday in New York, with Secretary General Kofi Annan calling for more action against the pandemic. Full text...

  • New case of wild poliovirus reported in Burkina Faso
    22 september 2003 13:21:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) regional laboratory in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire has officially reported to Burkinabe authorities a case of wild poliovirus in Yako, 110 km north of Ouagadougou, according to the Burkinabe News Agency (AIB). Full text...

  • Zambia accepts new Lapdap drug for malaria
    21 september 2003 12:18:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has accepted to use the new drug, Lapdap, that has been developed by the global pharmaceutical company -- GlaxoSmithKline -- for the treatment of malaria in the country. Full text...

  • AIDS may kill half of Malawi's professionals by 2005
    21 september 2003 11:44:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- New HIV/AIDS statistics released here spell gloom for Malawi as Kenya hosts the 13th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (ICASA) 21-26 September in Nairobi. Full text...

  • AIDS may kill half of Malawi's professionals by 2005
    21 september 2003 11:42:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- New HIV/AIDS statistics released here spell gloom for Malawi as Kenya hosts the 13th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (ICASA) 21-26 September in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Rwanda gets US$30 million World Bank grant to combat AIDS
    20 september 2003 20:42:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda has secured a grant of 30 million US dollars from the World bank to boost its anti-AIDS fight, official sources said in Kigali Saturday. Full text...

  • UNFPA helps Sierra Leone police fight HIV/AIDS
    20 september 2003 14:16:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Police inspector-general Brima Archa Kamara and UN Population Fund (UNFPA) representative Dr Mamadou Diallo have signed a memorandum of understanding according to which the UN agency would provide financial assistance to HIV/AIDS programmes of the Sierra Leonean police force. Full text...

  • Kenya women race in tribute to AIDS caregivers
    20 september 2003 12:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya flagged off a sold-out 10 km women's road race here Saturday, in tribute to AIDS caregivers. Full text...

  • Saudi eye specialists offer free services in Chad
    19 september 2003 20:27:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Saudi eye specialists, under the auspices of a special commission set up by Sultan Ibn Abdoul Aziz, began offering free consultations and treatment Thursday, to patients in Chad. Full text...

  • Sudan accounts for 80% of world's guinea worm cases, says inister
    19 september 2003 17:27:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan harbours 80 percent of the world's guinea worm cases, mainly in the south of the country, State-run "Al Anbaa" daily reported Friday quoting Health Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman. Full text...

  • Endemic disease kill 20 displaced Ugandans daily
    19 september 2003 15:16:00
    Soroti- Uganda (PANA) -- Endemic diseases kill more than 20 children daily in displaced camps in north-eastern Uganda's Teso area where attacks by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) forced thousands of villagers to flee their homesteads. Full text...

  • WHO confirms Lassa fever in Sierra Leonean refugee camps
    19 september 2003 11:10:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation has confirmed the presence of Lassa fever in refugee areas in Sierra Leone following laboratory studies on specimen from suspected Lassa fever cases. Full text...

  • Measles outbreak hits South Africa's Gauteng province
    19 september 2003 10:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Health officials in Johannesburg have confirmed an outbreak of measles in Gauteng province with 11 confirmed cases in Ekurhuleni and sub-districts of Boksburg and Benoni. Full text...

  • New anti-AIDS products to feature highly at ICASA
    18 september 2003 17:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The development of new drugs to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS is a key agenda issue at the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (ICASA) slated to convene here 21-26 September. Full text...

  • Renowned Baptist Eye Hospital reopens in Sierra Leone
    18 september 2003 15:55:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah Thursday officially re-launched the Baptist Eye Hospital in Sierra Leone, a facility that served patients from the entire West African sub-region. Full text...

  • Kaunda says poverty, HIV/AIDS decimate African population
    18 september 2003 10:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Zambia's founder president, Kenneth Kaunda, has called on African governments to use regional economic organisations in tackling poverty "as it assists HIV/AIDS" to decimate the African population. Full text...

  • ICRC surgeon operates on Ethiopia's ex-soldiers
    18 september 2003 10:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Three years after the end of the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia, 16 former soldiers who suffered horrendous face injuries during the fighting have been operated on by a surgeon of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at the Armed Forces General Hospital here. Full text...

  • Methanol kills 8 students in Botswana
    18 september 2003 09:04:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Eight students at MASA College in Ghanzi district near the Kalahari desert in Botswana died in the past few days after drinking methanol, national radio reported here. Full text...

  • AIDS Sufferers play proactive role at ICASA
    17 september 2003 19:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- This month's International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) in Nairobi will encourage increased participation of People Living With Aids (PLWA) as well as the wider public, the organisers indicated here Wednesday. Full text...

  • US$8 million ADF grant for HIV/AIDS control in Central Africa
    17 september 2003 18:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF), an affiliate of the African Development Bank (ADB) has approved a grant of six million Units of Account (about 8. Full text...

  • ADB earmarks $413 million for HIV/AIDS projects
    17 september 2003 17:48:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) has earmarked 413. Full text...

  • Kaunda urges more action against HIV/AIDS in Africa
    17 september 2003 17:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Action and commitment to human survival are vital in fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda said in Addis Ababa Wednesday at the launch of the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa (CHGA). Full text...

  • Kenyan First Lady Pleads Against AIDS Stigma
    17 september 2003 15:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- First Lady Lucy Kibaki Wednesday called for an aggressive campaign to curb the stigma associated with the HIV/AIDS in the Kenyan society. Full text...

  • Anti-HIV/AIDS drive rises as Kenya prepares conference
    17 september 2003 14:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A group of 20 medical personnel grouped under the "Society for AIDS in Africa" met in the early 1980s to discuss ways of managing and reversing the impact of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections in the continent. Full text...

  • Pushing Africa to govern the HIV/AIDS pandemic
    17 september 2003 14:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Experts in various fields are poised to begin discussing HIV/AIDS and governance and the impact conflict situations in Africa could have on the spread of the pandemic, as the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa (CHGA) gets down to business. Full text...

  • Annan's HIV/AIDS panel to be inaugurated in Addis Ababa
    16 september 2003 22:31:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- A panel of commissioners appointed by UN secretary-general Kofi Annan to study the impact of HIV/AIDS on Africa's economic development and governance is set for official launch on Wednesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at an event expected to be attended by the continent's leaders. Full text...

  • Kenya ready for HIV/AIDS meet
    16 september 2003 18:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Participants to a two-day HIV/AIDS meeting organised by the Kenya chapter of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) start arriving in the country on Thursday. Full text...

  • 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...

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