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  • NGO laments 1,500 Angolan children die of pain
    04 august 2003 13:41:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- At least 1,500 Angolan children died of pain over the past few years, according to the French NGO, 'Douleur sans frontières' (DSF, Pain without borders) which has just launched a campaign to help children in that country. Full text...

  • S. African opposition fights for drugs for rape victims
    04 august 2003 13:29:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance has condemned the recent decision by government to remove a clause from the new Sexual Offences Bill that obliges the government to provide medical treatment to rape survivors to prevent sexually transmitted illnesses and pregnancy. Full text...

  • Protest Mars HIV/AIDS Conference in South Africa
    04 august 2003 08:16:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Delegates to a four-day HIV/AIDS conference entered day-two to a calmer atmosphere Monday following a protest action by treatment activists that cast dark clouds over the opening session Sunday. Full text...

  • WHO workshop in Addis on essential public health coverage
    03 august 2003 16:16:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A five-day inter-country workshop to assist 12 African countries develop, implement and monitor plans for essential public health coverage and interventions to address major avoidable causes of morbidity and mortality, opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritius lifts measures on SARS-hit countries
    03 august 2003 13:01:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has lifted entry restrictions on travellers from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)-hit countries, official sources said in Port Louis on Sunday. Full text...

  • Kenya's public hospitals to stock HIV/AIDS drugs
    03 august 2003 12:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- All state-run health institutions in Kenya will from September start stocking HIV/AIDS drugs, a senior health official said in Nairobi on Sunday. Full text...

  • UNICEF, WHO call for truce in Burundi to immunise kids
    01 august 2003 22:29:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- UN system agencies preoccupied with health services in Burundi on Friday asked belligerents to observe a one-week ceasefire for a normal compensatory immunisation campaign against some childhood diseases. Full text...

  • 52% of Ivorian HIV victims are women
    01 august 2003 18:54:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian minister in charge of HIV/AIDS eradication, Christine Adjobi, has disclosed here that women constitute 52 percent of the one million HIV-positive persons in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean expert to open eye bank
    01 august 2003 18:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean eye specialist said Friday he would open an eye bank, the second such facility in Africa after South Africa, to help restore eye sight to thousands of people in the country. Full text...

  • Machel demands free education for HIV/AIDS orphans
    01 august 2003 16:11:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Concerns raised by visiting UN Goodwill Ambassador Graca Machel about the lack of educational support to children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Uganda coerced the government in Kampala to pledge commitment to provide them free education. Full text...

  • Envoy says denying poor HIV/AIDS patients drugs is criminal
    31 july 2003 19:14:00
    Masaka- Uganda (PANA) -- Stung by the suffering of HIV/AIDS patients too poor to access drugs in rural Uganda, UN special envoy on HIV/AIDS Stephen Lewis said manufacturing companies were acting "criminal" for not providing drugs to patients at affordable rates. Full text...

  • Wits University to create medicine emergency unit soon
    31 july 2003 15:59:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg Thursday said it received a R2. Full text...

  • Mogae appoints new female Health Minister
    31 july 2003 10:41:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana President Festus Mogae has appointed another woman to head the Health Ministry, replacing former Minister Joy Pumaphi who left recently to join the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Graca Machel hails Ugandan experience on dealing with AIDS
    30 july 2003 20:12:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- In recognition of cutting HIV infection rates from 30 percent in 1990 to five percent at present, Graca Machel (Mandela) has urged Ugandan authorities to share lessons learned in its fight against AIDS with other African states. Full text...

  • Brazilian president to visit Maputo in August
    30 july 2003 19:46:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil will pay an official visit to Mozambique next Wednesday with a focus on bilateral cooperation, particularly in the field of health, official sources said here. Full text...

  • S. African opposition condemns withdrawal of HIV medication
    30 july 2003 17:35:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's main opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has condemned a decision by the Medicines Control Council's (MCC) decision to withdraw Nevirapine for use in prevention of mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV. Full text...

  • UNICEF refutes allegation on polio vaccine
    30 july 2003 17:16:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) office in Nigeria on Wednesday refuted an allegation by a leading Islamic group in Nigeria that the oral polio vaccine being administered to children in the country contained anti- fertility agents. Full text...

  • Kenyan Minister says malaria can hinder investment
    30 july 2003 10:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Health Minister Charity Ngilu said in Nairobi Wednesday that malaria endemic areas risked under-development from lack of investment. Full text...

  • Kenya gets USD$173 million from Global HIV/AIDS Fund
    30 july 2003 09:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has received a grant of 173 million US dollars from the Global Fund for the control of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, according to Health Minister Charity Ngilu. Full text...

  • Yellow fever vaccine for Cameroonians in January 2004
    29 july 2003 23:25:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's Extended Vaccination Programme (PEV) will see the introduction of the yellow fever vaccine as early as January 2004, health minister Urbain Olanguena Awono said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS research institute launched in Durban
    29 july 2003 18:30:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- South African and US officials Tuesday launched the Doris Duke Medical Research Institute at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, University of Natal in Durban to help enhance research mainly on HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria in South Africa and Africa. Full text...

  • AIDS halves Zimbabwe's life expectancy
    29 july 2003 17:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS has reduced Zimbabwe's life expectancy by 35 years to a mere 30 years since 2000, the UN Development Programme (UNDP, said in a new report. Full text...

  • Kenyan district hit by German measles
    29 july 2003 13:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Medical authorities in Kenya's Embu District on Tuesday issued an alert over the outbreak of German measles commonly known as rubella in the district. Full text...

  • People of northern Congo sensitised against Ebola
    29 july 2003 09:26:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A delegation of the Congolese Health and Population Ministry recently toured the town of Ouesso (900 km north of Brazzaville) to sensitise the people of Sangha district on the risks of the Ebola virus, the privately owned Radio Liberte reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Officials meet on mechanisms to improve Mozambican healthcare
    28 july 2003 16:09:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Senior health officials from all Mozambican provinces began a two-day meeting in Maputo Monday on the mechanisms to improve healthcare services in the country. Full text...

  • 18 percent HIV infection rate found among teachers in S. Africa
    28 july 2003 15:26:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Opposition Democratic Alliance spokesperson on HIV/AIDS, Mike Waters has challenged South Africa's Education Minister Kader Asmal to accept the findings of the government's 2001 report on HIV/AIDS infection rates amongst teachers. Full text...

  • Wheelchairs give new hope to South Africa's disabled
    28 july 2003 08:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The arrival of 500 specially designed wheelchairs from The Wheelchair Foundation of the US on Sunday holds the promise of a new lease of life for 500 physically challenged South Africans. Full text...

  • African leaders urge increased efforts to stem violence
    26 july 2003 15:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In news about Africa, war and conflict often take centre stage, but they conceal equally vicious forms of violence such as homicide, rape, the abuse and neglect of children, violence against women and violence against the elderly, WHO Africa Regional Office (WHO-AFRO), said in a release Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenyan man jailed 16 months for circumcising daughter
    26 july 2003 14:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan court has jailed a father for 16 months, for circumcising his 15-year-old daughter, the "People Daily" reported in Nairobi Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Siamese twins share vital organs
    26 july 2003 12:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The conjoined twins delivered in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos 16 July share some common organs, including liver and umbilical cord, according to Lagos State Health Commissioner Leke Pitan. Full text...

  • EU donates ambulances, medical equipment to Burundi
    25 july 2003 18:23:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The European Commission's delegation Friday donated to Burundi's Health ministry officials, three ambulances and five other vehicles, as well as medical and computer equipment. Full text...

  • Official sees end of cholera epidemic in Mozambique
    24 july 2003 22:11:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's Deputy National Health Director, Avertino Barreto, has expressed the hope that the cholera outbreak in the country would clear within a week, national news agency, AIM reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Nguesso urges change of attitude towards AIDS
    24 july 2003 21:33:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville President Denis Sassou Nguesso Thursday urged his compatriots to change their attitudes to make the national anti-HIV/AIDS fight a success. Full text...

  • 5,000 to attend African AIDS/STIs conference in Kenya
    24 july 2003 17:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Over 5,000 African scientists, health care providers, community members, political leaders and private sector representatives converge here in September for a crucial five-day conference on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) on the continent. Full text...

  • Pretoria upbeat over progress on HIV/AIDS vaccine
    24 july 2003 11:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Authorities in South Africa are upbeat about the progress made in the government-established and funded South African Vaccine Initiative to develop a vaccine against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • WHO to declare Sudan free from polio
    24 july 2003 07:45:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation is expected to declare Sudan polio free after three years of monitoring and surveillance since the last polio case was reported in the war-torn country in 2001, WHO advisor to Sudan, Salah Al-Haitham, said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyan education sector reeling from HIV/AIDS
    23 july 2003 21:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan ministry of education official on Wednesday disclosed that teachers dying from AIDS-related ailments in the country had risen by 300 percent in the past seven years, adversely affecting learning in the country's primary and secondary schools. Full text...

  • EU supports disease research in Africa
    23 july 2003 20:12:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has pledged about 670 million US dollars to support research programmes on HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases in Africa, an EU official said in Maputo Wednesday. Full text...

  • Third Phase AIDS Vaccine Trials Begin in Kenya
    23 july 2003 18:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) has embarked on the third phase of trials of a vaccine to combat the scourge in Kenya. Full text...

  • Below 50 percent vaccination coverage troubles Congolese minister
    23 july 2003 17:58:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese Health and Population Minister Alain Moka has said the current vaccination coverage of less than 50 percent represented a failure for the health sector of the country, Radio Congo reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • 37 million FCFA required to eradicate polio in Cote d'Ivoire
    23 july 2003 16:51:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 37 million CFA francs would be devoted over the next year to the eradication of polio in Cote d'Ivoire, a member of the Rotary Club International, Marie Irene Richmond announced in Abidjan late Tuesday. Full text...

  • Blood shortage hits Conakry as donors fear HIV status
    23 july 2003 15:24:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Fear among donors about knowing their HIV status is a key attribute to the acute shortage of blood at the National Centre for Blood Transfusion (CNTS) here, the centre's director Dr. Full text...

  • Anti-smoking lobbyists seek ban on tobacco growing in Kenya
    23 july 2003 13:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An anti-tobacco lobby group in Kenya Wednesday asked the government to ban tobacco growing, and instead diversify tax collection from other crops to offset the loss of revenue earned from the tobacco trade. Full text...

  • Angola vaccinates 7 million children against measles
    23 july 2003 13:10:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- More than seven million children aged nine to 14 years were immunised against measles in Angola during the months of April and May this year, the Angolan Health Ministry has announced. Full text...

  • Algerian group signs pharmaceutical contract with Chadian agency
    22 july 2003 20:16:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria's leading pharmaceutical group, Saidal, has signed in Algiers, a marketing contract with Chad's purchasing agency, Chari Pharmal, officials said in the Algerian capital. Full text...

  • Cholera epidemic hits Liberian capital
    22 july 2003 13:21:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Liberian Health ministry has declared the outbreak of a cholera epidemic in the capital, Monrovia, a statement issued by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) indicated here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan First Lady launches anti-AIDS organisation
    22 july 2003 09:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- First Lady Lucy Kibaki Tuesday urged Kenyans to de-stigmatise HIV/AIDS and stop discrimination against the affected and infected as she officially launched the Kenya chapter of the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • India Donates $100,000 Drugs to Kenya
    21 july 2003 11:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- India has donated medical drugs worth 100,000 dollars to Kenya, the Indian minister of state for External Affairs, Digvijay Singh, announced here Monday. Full text...

  • 50 percent HIV/AIDS prevalence among Niger's sex workers
    20 july 2003 14:01:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's 50 percent HIV/AIDS prevalence among sex workers in Dirkou (far north) and in the gold mining town of Komabangou (180 km west of Niamey) is worrying the country's health workers, said Bagnou Abdoulaye, the national head of the Inter-Sector Co-ordination of the fight against HIV/AIDS and STD. Full text...

  • Cotonou to host Eighth ASGO Congress in 2004
    18 july 2003 16:15:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Eighth congress of the African Society for Gynaecologists and Obstetricians (ASGO), expected to gather reproductive health professionals, decision-makers and development partners, is scheduled for December 2004 in Cotonou, according to official sources here. Full text...

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