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  • WHO DG urges member states to raise health budgets
    02 september 2003 16:25:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Jong-Wook Lee has called on all governments, especially in developing countries, to raise their health budgets, improve governance and the well-being of their people. Full text...

  • Paper urges Pretoria to target Africa with anti-AIDS drugs
    02 september 2003 14:21:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Elated by the WTO agreement granting access to generic drugs to help poor countries fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB, a local daily Tuesday urged Pretoria to produce enough generic medicines for domestic and export needs in order to reduce costs and increase accessibility in Africa. Full text...

  • Africans told to shun prestige health projects
    02 september 2003 12:52:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- African Health Ministers meeting here were on Tuesday urged to concentrate on viable investments and shun "prestigious" health projects. Full text...

  • Medics in northeastern Uganda raise alarm over dwindling supplies
    01 september 2003 21:37:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Health officials in Uganda's restive northeastern region have expressed worry about declining stocks in medicines and other supplies, with thousands of Internally Displaced People (IDP) at risk of dying from common diseases. Full text...

  • AU to take brain-drain case to UN, WHO General Assembly
    01 september 2003 18:47:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A senior African Union (AU) official told African Health ministers in Johannesburg Monday that the Union would take the issue of brain-drain to the next World Health Assembly and eventually the UN, because it was hampering Africa's capacity to combat pandemics and other diseases. Full text...

  • WHO, South Africa welcome WTO accord on access to medicines
    01 september 2003 18:21:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) and South Africa Monday welcomed the agreement by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) members breaking the deadlock over intellectual property protection and public health to allow access to medicines. Full text...

  • Samba presents "hopeful" report to African ministers
    01 september 2003 16:42:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- In his report to the WHO Africa Region 53rd Committee session in Johannesburg Monday, the Regional Director Ebrahim Samba painted a "hopeful and positive" picture despite constraints of political instability in several of the 46-member countries. Full text...

  • WHO Director General for integrated anti-AIDS strategy
    01 september 2003 15:36:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- WHO Director General Jong-Wonk Lee Monday called for an integrated global strategy linking prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, which he described as a "catastrophe" in Africa, home to more than 30 million HIV patients. Full text...

  • WHO Africa Regional Committee convenes 53rd session
    01 september 2003 15:15:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The 53rd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa opened in Johannesburg Monday with South African Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota calling for strong political leadership to realise the global Millennium Development Goals and various WHO resolutions. Full text...

  • US mayors assess impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa
    01 september 2003 12:01:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A delegation of the US Conference of Mayors has begun a four-nation African tour in South Africa focusing primarily on the impact of HIV/AIDS on economic and youth development in African cities and nations. Full text...

  • South Africa launches Trado-Medical Centre
    01 september 2003 09:35:00
    Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- Health Minister Mantombazana Tshabalala-Msimsang launched South Africa's National Reference Centre for African Traditional Medicines, extolling the potency of West-derided practice at a moving ceremony attended here Sunday by scores of traditional healers, orthodox medicine practitioners and senior WHO officials. Full text...

  • S. Africa launches Trado-Medical Centre in grand style
    31 august 2003 19:24:00
    Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- Health Minister Mantombazana Tshabalala-Msimsang Sunday launched South Africa's National Reference Centre for African Traditional Medicines here, extolling the potency of West-derided practice at a moving ceremony attended by scores of traditional healers, orthodox medicine practitioners and a host of senior WHO officials. Full text...

  • Africa marks first Traditional Medicine Day
    31 august 2003 17:54:00
    Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- Africa Sunday celebrated the first Traditional Medicine Day in Pretoria, with the WHO Regional Director for Africa Ebrahim Samba urging governments on the continent to reverse the erosion of the centuries-old traditional medical knowledge and practice. Full text...

  • SADC to devote 10 million dollars to anti-AIDS fight
    31 august 2003 12:02:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- About ten million US dollars will be used in the fight against AIDS over three years within the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), the organisation's executive secretary indicated here this weekend. Full text...

  • Uganda agrees to negotiate higher salaries for doctors
    30 august 2003 18:11:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Members of the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) Saturday withdrew their threat to strike countrywide after government agreed to negotiate their demand for pay increment and better working conditions. Full text...

  • African health concerns mount ahead WHO Regional meeting
    30 august 2003 09:28:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- When African Health Ministers and other stakeholders gather in Johannesburg, South Africa from Monday for their annual WHO Regional Committee for Africa session (RC53), they would not be needing any special physician to diagnose the health and development ailments of the continent's more then 600 million people. Full text...

  • HIV prevalence rate reported stable among youths in Botswana
    29 august 2003 20:52:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS prevalence rate among the 15-19 age bracket in Botswana has remained stable for the past five years, the National AIDS Co-ordinating Agency (NACA) said in a report published here Friday. Full text...

  • EU promotes clinical trials programme in Africa
    29 august 2003 19:29:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- European Union research commissioner arrived here Friday to begin promoting a massive clinical trials programme aimed at of combating debilitating diseases including HIV/AIDS in Africa over the next 20 years. Full text...

  • No rift valley fever in Sudan says Minister
    29 august 2003 14:20:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese Health Minister Ahmed Ballal says there is no rift valley fever in the country, contrary to press reports. Full text...

  • Church suggests HIV carrier should lead fight against AIDS
    29 august 2003 11:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Anglican Church in Kenya has suggested that an infected person be appointed to head the country's HIV/Aids control body. Full text...

  • WHO director general assesses anti-polio drive in Angola
    28 august 2003 22:14:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- World Health Organisation (WHO) director general Lee Jong-Wook arrived here Thursday to assess efforts aimed at eradicating poliomyelitis and strengthening primary health care delivery in the country. Full text...

  • Zambia gets World Bank grant to fights HIV/AIDS
    28 august 2003 13:57:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The World Bank is to make Zambia a grant of 42 million dollars for a five-year national HIV/AIDS programme dubbed the Zambia National Response to AIDS (ZANARA), billed to start later this year. Full text...

  • 40 Cape Verdean young doctors return from Cuba
    28 august 2003 12:13:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- More than 40 young Cape Verdean medical doctors have returned home after completing their training in Cuba, official sources said in Praia. Full text...

  • World Bank allots Tanzania $70 million to fight HIV/AIDS
    27 august 2003 19:57:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The World Bank announced on Wednesday it had approved a $70-million grant to support a project by the Tanzanian government to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS for five years. Full text...

  • Niger First Lady launches anti-Malaria week
    27 august 2003 15:07:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger First Lady Fati Tandja has launched a week-long campaign against Malaria, involving general cleaning of homes, streets and public places so as to deny mosquitoes breeding ground. Full text...

  • UNAIDS worries over rising cost of managing HIV/AIDS in Kenya
    27 august 2003 14:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A UNAIDS report on HIV/Aids in Kenya has expressed concern at the socio-economic impact of the pandemic, noting a disturbing rise in the cost of managing the disease. Full text...

  • Minister urges families to discuss AIDS with children
    27 august 2003 13:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya Wednesday urged families in the Western Cape to join the fight against AIDS, crime and poverty, by discussing the problems with children. Full text...

  • Sudanese conjoined twins die after birth
    27 august 2003 09:59:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese Siamese twins died immediately after birth Tuesday in the country's Western Kordufan region, the press office of the Interior Ministry said in a statement Wednesday. Full text...

  • WHO Regional Committee for Africa to meet in Johannesburg
    27 august 2003 08:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 53rd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa (RC53) holds 1-5 September in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Three African states plan joint anti-AIDS structure
    26 august 2003 21:58:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Culture ministers from three African countries have agreed to explore the possibility of creating a common structure to fight the growing HIV/AIDS pandemic, DR Congo health minister Jean Sitolo said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Germany supports anti-AIDS fight in Mozambique
    26 august 2003 19:38:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The German government has pledged a 2. Full text...

  • African First Ladies to discuss AIDS in Venice
    26 august 2003 19:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African first ladies will attend a meeting in Venice, Italy on the theme "AIDS in Africa and the threat of new emerging viruses", as well as a scientific information conference in the presence of the French virologist Professor Luc Montagnier. Full text...

  • Kenya health authorities mobilise against Elephantiasis
    26 august 2003 09:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Health authorities in Kenya's coastal district of Kilifi have targeted more than 32,000 Elephantiasis and Hydrocele sufferers for treatment beginning September 2003. Full text...

  • South Africa approves human trial of AIDS vaccine
    26 august 2003 08:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Medicines Control Council (MCC) has given approval for the human trial here, of a preventive AIDS vaccine. Full text...

  • Doctors urged to return to Cote d'Ivoire's Korhogo
    25 august 2003 20:56:00
    Korhogo- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Authorities at Korhogo regional hospital in the former rebel held northern Cote d'Ivoire have pleaded for the rapid return of doctors and other health workers who fled the area after the eruption of fighting on 19 September 2002. Full text...

  • Belgium funds Ivorian AIDS programme
    25 august 2003 20:22:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Belgian has donated US$760,000 dollars to finance a three-year programme aimed at promoting reproduction health, prevent sexually-transmitted infections (STI) and combat HIV/AIDS among the youth in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Official says Mozambican anti-AIDS messages ineffective
    25 august 2003 18:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Joana Mangueira, Executive Secretary of the Mozambican National Council for Fight Against AIDS (CNCS), said messages being used in the Fight against the disease in the country were ineffective. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 7 in Mali
    25 august 2003 16:08:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Seven people have died from the 47 cases of cholera reported this month in Mali's Segou region, some 240-km east of Bamako, health officials said Monday. Full text...

  • Kenyans to benefit from health insurance scheme
    25 august 2003 13:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The government here is in the process of establishing a comprehensive health insurance scheme for all Kenyans, a senior official indicated Monday. Full text...

  • Congo Brazzaville gets village committees on Ebola
    25 august 2003 11:36:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Village committees have been set up to tackle Ebola virus in Congo Brazzaville's northern province of Sangha, a month after a government appeal for the sensitisation of the population against the disease that killed more than 100 people near the area. Full text...

  • HIV cited as main cause of death among South African females
    25 august 2003 10:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A survey by the South African Institute of Race Relations has cited HIV/AIDS as the leading cause of death among females in the country, between 1997 and 2001. Full text...

  • Chissano receives American Senators on AIDS assessment mission
    23 august 2003 21:19:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano Saturday received six American Senators on a three-day visit, part of their African tour to assess the effects HIV/AIDS on the continent. Full text...

  • Traditional healer claims cure for HIV/AIDS
    23 august 2003 15:43:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A Ghanaian herbalist practising in Gambia, Al-Hassan Ibn Aboubacarr, has triggered an intense debate following his claim about discovering a cure for HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Gates Foundation props CCA to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa
    22 august 2003 18:31:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) has announced an 875,000 dollar grant awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to strengthen U. Full text...

  • US Mayors Plan HIV/AIDS Mission to Africa
    22 august 2003 16:23:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- U. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe records drop in HIV/AIDS infection
    22 august 2003 15:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health Minister David Parirenyatwa said Friday a survey conducted by the Zimbabwean government revealed HIV/AIDS infection had dropped from 33 percent in 2001 to 24. Full text...

  • Minister's refusal to meet senators angers opposition
    22 august 2003 15:48:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance has criticised Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang for failing to meet US senators assessing Washington D. Full text...

  • Cameroonian pharmacists enlisted to curb street sale of drugs
    22 august 2003 14:50:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The proliferation of street peddlers of medicinal drugs has prompted the Cameroonian Health ministry to enlist the country's National Order of Pharmacists to curb the illicit practice. Full text...

  • Swaziland gets new AIDS vaccine
    21 august 2003 20:38:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The World Council of Churches for Southern and Eastern Africa (WCSEA), based in Mozambique has introduced the Thai-proposed HIV/Aids immune system vaccines V-1, V-2, V-3 and V-4 in Mbabane, Swaziland. Full text...

  • WFP grants Kenya $2 million for HIV/AIDS project
    21 august 2003 14:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Thursday announced the start of a project to help thousands of Kenyans affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

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