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  • AIDS patients in Benin get UNDP assistance
    22 october 2003 07:31:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Tuesday donated a consignment of antiretroviral drugs to the Benin government for the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients in the country. Full text...

  • WHO urges African countries to scale up health 'best practices'
    22 october 2003 00:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) The World Health Organisatio-n (WHO) has Called on countries in the African region to adopt and scale up good practices that have improved reproductive health indicators elsewhere with a view to improving maternal health and reducing child mortality. Full text...

  • 70% of African communities still prefer home deliveries
    21 october 2003 23:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The majority of communities in four selected African countries still prefer to have babies delivered at home rather than in health facilities, according to findings of a study conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Ouagadougou hosts regional meeting on Guinea worm
    21 october 2003 16:27:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Seven of the 12 African countries endemic to dracunculiasis (Guinea worm) have convened here to review programmes intended to eradicate the scourge from their territories. Full text...

  • UNICEF, UNAIDS laud global response to AIDS orphans
    21 october 2003 15:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A consensus agreement on how to significantly scale up the global response to the millions of children orphaned and made vulnerable by AIDS marks critical progress, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy and UNAIDS Chief Peter Piot said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rural women with nothing to envy city dwellers
    21 october 2003 13:33:00
    Kebemer- Senegal (PANA) -- Dial Mbaye, a 40-year old woman lives in Toube Fall village in Kebemer, 155 km north of Dakar with nine children, the youngest just three weeks old is full of praises for an American NGO, Basics, for its efforts at enlightening rural women in the area. Full text...

  • Samba decries high maternal mortality in Africa
    20 october 2003 20:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba, Monday in Dakar, described as "scandalous and unacceptable" the high maternal mortality rate in Africa, which is about 2,000 deaths for 100,000 in some countries. Full text...

  • UN survey shows high maternal mortality rates in Africa
    20 october 2003 17:21:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Three UN agencies dealing with health, children and population issues on Monday made public their latest report, which indicated that a woman living in sub-Saharan Africa has a one in 16 chance of dying during pregnancy or childbirth. Full text...

  • WHO notes high rate maternal deaths among African women
    20 october 2003 11:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- African women are 175 times more likely to die in childbirth than women in developed regions of the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) disclosed in a report released Monday. Full text...

  • Tuberculosis on the rise in Mali
    20 october 2003 10:46:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The number of new cases of tuberculosis in Mali has gone from 1,886 in 1995 to 2,757 in 2002, representing a rise of 46 percent, National Tuberculosis Control Programme (PNLT) coordinator Halimata Nako Diallo revealed at the weekend. Full text...

  • WHO to intervene in Uganda's rebel-held north
    19 october 2003 18:20:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has undertaken a study on how to intervene in Uganda's restive north- eastern Teso to reverse the degenerating health situation in the region. Full text...

  • MSF sets up a health centre for pygmies in Ngongo
    19 october 2003 18:10:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- France-based Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) has set up a health centre for pigmies in Ngongo, located 950 km north of the Congolese capital of Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Ugandan traditionalists hamper measles campaign
    19 october 2003 14:58:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan authorities have decided to clamp down on traditionalists and opposition supporters suspected of sabotaging a drive to immunise 12 million children against measles. Full text...

  • Japan supports reproductive health in Cape Verde
    18 october 2003 18:32:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The Japanese International Co-operation Agency has provided the Cape Verdean Health Ministry with hospital equipment worth 200,000 US dollars to boost reproductive health in the archipelago, officials said in Praia. Full text...

  • Gabon steps up campaign against Vitamin A deficiency
    18 october 2003 15:56:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese Health ministry in conjunction with WHO and UNICEF, plans a campaign 27-28 October, to check Vitamin A deficiency in children under age five. Full text...

  • New initiative to improve health care in South Africa
    18 october 2003 11:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Family practitioners or family doctors (GPs) will take their place alongside paediatricians, obstetricians and others, as specialists in their particular medical field, for the first time in South Africa. Full text...

  • Dakar to host WHO meeting on reproductive health
    17 october 2003 23:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The second meeting of the regional task group on reproductive health of the World Health Organisation (WHO) will hold 20-24 October in Dakar, WHO indicated Friday in a statement. Full text...

  • AIDS hits Burundi's active population hardest
    17 october 2003 20:44:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's economic development is feared in the balance, as 70 percent of the country's HIV/AIDS victims are of the productive age of 15-49 years, official sources conceded here Friday. Full text...

  • Botswana to ban smoking in public and private places
    17 october 2003 16:32:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana plans to impose a total ban on smoking in public and private places to protect non-smokers from passive tobacco smoke. Full text...

  • Global Measles Forum launches declaration in Cape Town
    17 october 2003 16:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A Cape Town Measles Declaration, where international health leaders joined together to pledge their commitment to reduce measles deaths using proven strategies, was launched at a three-day Global Measles Forum in the South African city of Cape Town this week. Full text...

  • New breast cancer detection technology reaches South Africa
    17 october 2003 15:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A new pilot mobile unit to detect breast cancer quickly, painlessly and effectively reached South African women in Cape Town on Friday. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak in DR Congo's Baraka region
    17 october 2003 11:40:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A cholera outbreak in the Baraka region of South-Kivu province in DR Congo has claimed the lives of three of the 15 cases reported, a parliamentarian from the region affirmed here. Full text...

  • South Africa launches food security and nutrition programme
    16 october 2003 20:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- As part of activities marking World Food Day, South Africa's Social Services and Poverty Alleviation minister Marius Fransman launched a Provincial Integrated Food and Nutrition Programme here Thursday, aimed at providing adequate, safe and nutritious food to thousands of families facing extreme poverty. Full text...

  • US still to disburse anti-HIV/AIDS funds promised Africa
    16 october 2003 20:20:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The disbursement of the nine billion dollars, which Washington promised 14 African and Caribbean countries to fight HIV/AIDS, would depend on programmes and proposals identified with governments and NGOs, the US ambassador to South Africa, Cameron Hume has said. Full text...

  • ICRC donates ambulances to Ethiopian Red Cross Society
    16 october 2003 14:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) Thursday received six new ambulances donated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for emergency medical evacuation needs in the country. Full text...

  • WFP becomes ninth UNAIDS co-sponsor
    16 october 2003 13:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- As attention is drawn to the more than 800 million hungry people across the globe on World Food Day Thursday, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) announced that the World Food Programme (WFP) has become its ninth co-sponsor Together with the eight existing Cosponsors, WFP will strengthen the UN's response to the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic, which claimed over three million lives last year alone, says a news release jointly issued in Rome and Geneva, the WFP and UNAIDS headquarters, respectively. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau sends out SOS for biggest hospital
    16 october 2003 10:15:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau's health minister Mariama Ba Biague has urged the international community to aid the country's biggest health facility, the Simao Mendes National Hospital, which is in a state of decline. Full text...

  • SA institute issues fetal alcohol syndrome alert
    16 october 2003 08:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Cape Town-based Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Institute used Wednesday, the day marked to remember fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), to issue a health alert urging the country to arrest its FAS problem. Full text...

  • Cameroon gets US$94.7 million from Global Fund to fight AIDS
    15 october 2003 18:05:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis has granted Cameroon 94. Full text...

  • WHO reproductive health experts to meet in Dakar
    15 october 2003 17:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa's study group on reproductive health holds its second meeting in Dakar from 20-24 October. Full text...

  • Gambia reports drastic drop in leprosy cases
    15 october 2003 13:58:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- Leprosy is on the verge of being eradicated in Gambia, according to Keway Saidy-Khan, senior Leprosy and TB Control Officer in the Gambian health ministry, who said just 41 leprosy cases were recorded in the country in the past 12 months. Full text...

  • UNFPA develops parent-child communication guide for Nigeria
    14 october 2003 23:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has developed a guide in Nigeria to narrow the communication gap between parents and children, with a view to strengthening adolescent reproductive health. Full text...

  • WHO harps on mental health problem in Africa
    14 october 2003 22:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Mental health among children and adolescents has assumed a major concern in Africa, affecting nearly 50 percent of the continent's population, three percent of whom are children under age nine, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Full text...

  • 25 percent of Cameroonian hauliers HIV positive
    14 october 2003 22:01:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- About 20-25 percent of hauliers shuttling between Cameroon's port city of Douala and landlocked Bangui (Central African Republic) and N'djamena (Chad) are HIV positive, participants were told at a seminar underway here on the pandemic. Full text...

  • Botswana Centre dismisses condom claims
    14 october 2003 20:46:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Botswana Centre for People with AIDS, COCEPWA, has dismissed as unfounded claims attributed to the Roman Catholic Church that condoms can transmit HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to re-introduce DDT to fight malaria
    14 october 2003 17:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean Health Minister David Parirenyatwa said on Tuesday the country was re-introducing dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), a banned chemical in most countries, to combat malaria. Full text...

  • Preventable blindness rises in Sudan, says WHO official
    14 october 2003 13:27:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Extremely poor levels of hygiene in Sudan, coupled with the lack of health care facilities, medicines and trained personnel, are contributors to widespread preventable blindness in the country, an international health official has said. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso kicks off 2003 anti-polio campaign 22 October
    14 october 2003 09:44:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The fourth National Immunisation Days (JNVs) against poliomyelitis in Burkina Faso take off 22-26 October for the first phase, while the second phase is scheduled for 3-7 December, health authorities said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Maternal mortality on the increase in Nigeria
    14 october 2003 07:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Maternal mortality in Nigeria has continued to increase due to the lack of basic essential obstetric care facilities, a survey of health facilities in 12 selected states has revealed. Full text...

  • Niger sets up anti-fistula network
    13 october 2003 19:57:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Representatives of the state, health sector and the civil society in Niger have set up a network for the eradication of fistula (REF), Public Health ministry sources indicated here Monday. Full text...

  • African journalists drill in HIV/AIDS coverage
    13 october 2003 16:09:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Journalists from six African countries Monday started a two-week workshop on HIV/AIDS coverage convening in the Malian capital Bamako. Full text...

  • South African churches discuss AIDS crisis
    13 october 2003 15:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- At least 450 delegates from South African churches attended an inter-denominational HIV/AIDS conference here over the weekend in a move to counter the incurable pandemic. Full text...

  • Kenya starts control scheme for water borne-diseases
    13 october 2003 09:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) has launched a programme to fight diseases caused by water-borne parasites among pupils in primary and secondary schools in the Mwea irrigation scheme in Central Kenya. Full text...

  • Poor pay, insecurity hindering war against TB
    12 october 2003 15:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Poor pay and conditions, unhealthy and unsafe working environments are some of the factors hindering the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s bid to contain the spread of tuberculosis by 2005, the global health body says. Full text...

  • Gates kicks off nutritional programme for poor countries
    11 october 2003 13:32:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Bill Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau acts against illegal pharmacists
    10 october 2003 20:31:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Health authorities in Guinea Bissau have launched a campaign against illegal mobile sellers of medicines, which has recently attained worrying proportions and turned into a health hazard. Full text...

  • WHO-Africa boss sees virtues in African pharmacopoeia
    10 october 2003 19:56:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The director general of WHO-Africa, Dr Ebrahim Malick Samba has reiterated that there existed virtues in traditional medicine in Africa where some 80 percent of the people turn to it for treatment, state radio reported here Friday. Full text...

  • US supports mitigation of HIV/AIDS impact in Ethiopia
    10 october 2003 16:02:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- US Charge d'Affaires Thomas Hull has called on Ethiopia's private sector to work with the government in ongoing efforts to strengthen public/private partnerships towards the long-term goal of an HIV/AIDS-free nation. Full text...

  • Experts call for AIDS fund at CEN-SAD forum
    10 october 2003 15:39:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Experts at a sub-regional HIV/AIDS control workshop which ended here Thursday have recommended the creation of a sub-regional fund to combat the pandemic. Full text...

  • Central Africa braces up against AIDS, Malaria and Ebola
    10 october 2003 12:41:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Organisation for the Coordination of Endemic Control in Central Africa (OCEAC), at the close of its 33rd ministerial committee meeting here has said it was now focusing notably on malaria, HIV/AIDS and the haemorrhagic Ebola fever. Full text...

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