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  • UNHCR wants refugees covered in anti-AIDS strategies
    11 july 2003 12:55:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- "I have never had a husband in my life," one refugee woman forced to work as a prostitute to survive told researchers. Full text...

  • Morocco to boost healthcare with USD$250 million
    10 july 2003 18:20:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan government plans to rehabilitate the country's health facilities with 250 million US dollars, local newspaper "L'Economiste" reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Malaria kills 780 in Guinea Bissau.
    10 july 2003 18:09:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Malaria killed 780 people, mainly women and children in Guinea Bissau in 2002, according to latest official figures. Full text...

  • 60 million Africans touched by AIDS, says UNAIDS chief
    10 july 2003 12:25:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Involving people living with HIV in the AIDS response, as well as the broadest possible coalition in society, would be the only way to succeed in turning back the epidemic, UNAIDS executive director Peter Piot said here Thursday. Full text...

  • 70 reported cholera cases in DR Congo
    09 july 2003 23:05:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Seventy cholera cases, including 20 deaths, were reported in Kolwezi during a meeting with members of an endemic disease control committee in the south-eastern Katanga provincial city of the DR Congo. Full text...

  • Norway aids Mozambique's health sector
    09 july 2003 20:00:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican and Norwegian governments signed in Maputo on Wednesday an agreement under which the Europeans are to provide 175 million crowns (24 million US dollars) for the Mozambican General Health Fund. Full text...

  • Hundreds of Mozambican police succumb to HIV/AIDS
    09 july 2003 19:49:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican police are losing officers at an alarming rate due to the impact of HIV/AIDS on the force. Full text...

  • African countries urged to scale up care for AIDS patients
    09 july 2003 17:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- African countries have been urged to take concrete actions to scale up access to care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) to help reduce the number of deaths from the disease, and improve overall socio-economic development in the Region. Full text...

  • World Bank to the rescue of Cameroonian HIV carriers
    09 july 2003 13:33:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- About 1,800 Cameroonians partially destitute and living with HIV/AIDS are slated for financial support from the World Bank to access anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment, health authorities said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • World Bank props Kenya's fight against HIV/Aids
    08 july 2003 19:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Bank is ready to lend Kenya a hand in the country's struggle against HIV/AIDS, country director Makhtar Diop affirmed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya to host women's AIDS run
    08 july 2003 19:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will in September host the International Women's Run, an event aimed at highlighting problems associated with HIV/AIDS and ways to preventing them, President Mwai Kibaki disclosed Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan varsity in HIV/AIDS research project
    08 july 2003 19:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan institute of higher learning has launched an ambitious HIV/AIDS research project, researchers at the institution told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Malaria kills eight in eastern Kenya
    08 july 2003 19:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Public health authorities in Kenya's Eastern Province are said to be on the ground after the malaria deaths of eight people in the past five days in the country's Kitui district following a resurgence of the disease that claimed over 150 lives in the district early this year. Full text...

  • Malaria still major killer in Mozambique
    07 july 2003 22:51:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Health minister Francisco Songane conceded Monday that malaria remains the single highest cause of death in Mozambique. Full text...

  • Madame Museveni to address Christian leaders on HIV/AIDS
    07 july 2003 22:20:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Uganda's first lady, Janet Museveni, has arrived in South Africa where she is expected to address Christian leaders meeting here to find a Christian response to the major "giants" facing South Africa such as HIV/AIDS, crime and violence. Full text...

  • Botswana loses Health minister to WHO
    07 july 2003 07:42:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana President Festus Mogae said the resignation of Health Minister Joy Pumaphi to become assistant director general at the World Health Organisation was a "great loss" to the Southern African country. Full text...

  • AIDS cases decline in Zimbabwe
    06 july 2003 17:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Health minister David Parirenyatwa said Sunday AIDS prevalence rates had declined in the country, thought to be one of the hardest hit by the scourge in the world. Full text...

  • Ethiopian doctor wins international award in research
    04 july 2003 16:16:00
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) -- An Ethiopian medical doctor becomes the first African to receive an award from International Psycho Geriatric association (IPA) for his research in prealzheimer's state, the ministry of health said here Friday in a press release. Full text...

  • Mozambican govt takes 'integrated approach' to AIDS
    03 july 2003 21:56:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government hopes to spend $300 million over the next five years on an "integrated approach" to AIDS, according to Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi. Full text...

  • Kenya issues malaria alert in western region
    03 july 2003 17:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's public health officials in the western district of Trans-Nzoia have declared a health emergency alert following an outbreak of malaria in the Kenya/Uganda border district, authorities said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Fake drugs kill two Nigerian children
    03 july 2003 17:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Foreign heart Surgeons, who are currently carrying out life-saving surgeries on Nigerian children with heart defects, said two of the children had died after drugs purchased locally and administered on them turned out to be fake, the News Agency of Nigeria reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana's HIV/AIDS managers alarmed at poor behavioural change
    03 july 2003 16:51:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- With the Ghanaian authorities increasingly worried about the HIV/AIDS scourge, the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) is waging the war the pandemic on another front - appealing to people to change their behaviour to control the spread of disease. Full text...

  • Angolan President off for SADC Summit on HIV/AIDS
    03 july 2003 16:36:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos left here Thursday to participate in the extraordinary summit of heads of state of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on AIDS scheduled Friday in Maseru, Lesotho. Full text...

  • Safe Water for Guinea Worm infested regions in Ghana
    02 july 2003 18:23:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghanaian Cabinet has approved 1. Full text...

  • Birth of 4-legged baby in Zambia creates wonder
    02 july 2003 15:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The birth of a baby girl that has four seemingly healthy legs and four arms with complete hands which are all attached to a single torso and a single healthy head unto a Zambian woman has left an entire nation in utter shock. Full text...

  • Conference on drug use in US, southern Africa opens
    02 july 2003 14:30:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Scientists and researchers from South Africa and the United States are meeting in Cape Town to discuss drug abuse in the US and southern Africa. Full text...

  • Liberia to get surgeons for critically wounded persons
    01 july 2003 16:43:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Tuesday said "specialised surgeons from Geneva are expected in Liberia this week to attend to special cases relating to war victims and wounded soldiers. Full text...

  • Polio, measles immunisation campaign afoot in Pool
    01 july 2003 15:12:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese Health minister Alain Moka has launched a special campaign to vaccinate 0-14 year old children against measles and poliomyelitis. Full text...

  • Major French companies rally against HIV/AIDS in Africa
    30 june 2003 21:38:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Thirteen major French companies, including the Compagnie Française de l'Afrique Occidentale (CFAO) and Total, have agreed to coordinate their efforts within a structure named "AIDS-Enterprises" to help curb the HIV/AIDS menace in Africa, CFAO president Alain Viry said Monday. Full text...

  • Cameroonian surgeons still fear HIV contamination
    30 june 2003 19:37:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Paul Mbappè, one of the first Cameroonians to publicly confess to being HIV positive, had to travel to France, a few years ago, to undergo hernia operation. Full text...

  • India gives Mozambique $100,000 worth of medicines
    30 june 2003 18:59:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Indian government Monday donated medicines worth about $100,000 to Mozambique in response to a request by President Joaquim Chissano during a visit to New Delhi last May. Full text...

  • Global Fund prods Kenya for accountability
    30 june 2003 17:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As a prerequisite for effective disbursement, Global Fund is demanding to know how 26 million US dollars earmarked for 150 NGOs in Kenya would be spent in the fight against Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, officials admitted here Monday. Full text...

  • AIDS rapidly devour Swazi population
    30 june 2003 16:51:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- In less than ten minutes of every hour round the clock, a visitor at any of the four major hospitals in Swaziland is met with hospital attendants pushing out a trolley carrying a dead person. Full text...

  • Plague spreads to other Algerian western villages
    30 june 2003 15:55:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Plague has spread to other localities bordering the prefecture of Oran, 450 km west of Algiers where a first wave hit the village of Shailia in Tafraoui, killing one and affecting nine others, according to press accounts Monday. Full text...

  • Congolese medics come to the rescue of Zimbabwean hospitals
    28 june 2003 17:57:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- More than 70 medics from DR Congo arrived in Zimbabwe Saturday for a three-year assignment to help ease the shortage of health personnel in the country. Full text...

  • WHO urges African countries to invest in health
    27 june 2003 20:29:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The sub-committee of the World Health Organisation (WHO) programme in Africa has appealed to African countries to increase their investments in the health sector and to create local services, with a view to intensify programmes in favour of the poor, sources said here. Full text...

  • Awards for South African health workers
    27 june 2003 13:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Eleven South African health workers are to receive awards Monday for their commitment and excellent service in the fields of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), the health ministry announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Wrong injection allegedly kills three babies in Malawi
    27 june 2003 12:50:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Three health workers in Malawi's southern tea-growing district of Mulanje have been arrested in connection with the death of three babies after being given a wrong vaccine injection, police and health authorities confirmed. Full text...

  • South African study seeks strong HIV/AIDS surveillance
    27 june 2003 09:28:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The first HIV/AIDS case study on the prevention and treatment of the pandemic in South released Friday by the Minister of Social Development, Zola Skweyiya, recommends the strengthening of HIV/AIDS surveillance in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa commends Beijing for curbing SARS
    27 june 2003 08:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Embassy in Beijing has congratulated the Chinese people, especially those in Beijing, after the World Health Organisation removed the city from its list of SARS-affected areas. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea moves to eradicate mosquito
    26 june 2003 23:30:00
    Houston- US (PANA) -- As African leaders and their US counterparts chart new ways of partnership, Marathom Oil Corporation of Houston and the government of Equatorial Guinea Thursday signed agreement with Medical Care Development International (MCDI) for the eradication of mosquitoes and control of malaria in the central African nation. Full text...

  • USAID aids Ugandan HIV/AIDS treatment center
    26 june 2003 21:45:00
    Lweza- Uganda (PANA) -- The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated an ambulance to the Mildmay Center in Uganda that provides care to people living with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Kenya acts to restore donor confidence
    26 june 2003 20:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Amid reports that donors wanted to pull out of Kenya's 70 million US dollar project on HIV/AIDS prevention, Health Minister Charity Ngilu on Thursday initiated investigations and ordered restructuring the national agency dealing with the scourge. Full text...

  • Bamako hosts meeting on ways to combat Noma
    26 june 2003 16:24:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A workshop entered its second day here Thursday to prepare an action plan for the prevention and the control of Noma and buccal-dental diseases. Full text...

  • Burundian doctors get training in using antiretrovirals
    25 june 2003 23:40:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Few doctors working in Burundi know how to correctly manage an HIV/AIDS patient taking antiretrovirals that were recently introduced in the country, sources close to the public health ministry said. Full text...

  • Insurer urges governments to provide cover for AIDS patients
    25 june 2003 22:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- At a seminar underway here on the impact of HIV/AIDS on insurance in Africa, an insurer has challenged African governments to underwrite part of the cover the insurance sector was willing to provide citizens living with the infection. Full text...

  • Zambian statisticians censure Kaunda for misleading advert
    25 june 2003 22:09:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda has fallen foul of statisticians at the Central Statistical Office who accusing him of using inaccurate figures in his HIV/AIDS advert that claims that every five minutes a Zambian contracts the dreaded disease. Full text...

  • UNAIDS urges new approach to fight against AIDS in DR Congo
    25 june 2003 20:45:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UNAIDS support department director Michelle Sidibe has at the conclusion of a visit to Kinshasa, suggested a reorganisation of the fight against HIV/AIDS in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Epidemics still rife in DR Congo
    25 june 2003 18:44:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Dr Pierre Kandolo, director of the Extended Immunisation Programme (EIP) conceded Tuesday that tuberculosis, whooping cough, lockjaw, polio, measles and yellow fever epidemics remained a big health problem in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Nigerian surgeon lists causes of heart diseases
    25 june 2003 14:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Pregnant women who consume harmful drugs which are sulphur, steroid and anti-cancer related, run the risk of giving birth to children with heart defects, a Nigerian heart surgeon warned in here Wednesday. Full text...

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