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  • Nigerian doctors to separate Siamese twins
    18 july 2003 12:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The government of Nigeria's Lagos State is to set up a 25-member committee of medical experts to work out the modalities for separating conjoined twins born in the state on Wednesday, according to state health commissioner Leke Pitan. Full text...

  • West African health ministers meet in Gambia
    17 july 2003 23:41:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- The fourth ordinary meeting of the Assembly of Health Ministers of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) opened here Thursday with a call by Gambian President Yaya Jammeh for sustained effort to improve the health status of the sub-region. Full text...

  • Kenya puts HIV/AIDS education in primary school curriculum
    17 july 2003 20:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Cognisant with the vulnerability of youths to the AIDS pandemic, the Kenyan government is currently including HIV/AIDS education in the curriculum of primary schools in the country. Full text...

  • Activists condemn Paris AIDS conference as 'total failure'
    17 july 2003 18:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Associations and activists fighting for access to therapy for HIV/AIDS patients in developing countries have described as "total failure" the ongoing Paris international conference on "AIDS pathogen and treatment". Full text...

  • Blood screening agency to close in Zimbabwe
    17 july 2003 18:09:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A national blood collection, screening and distribution agency in Zimbabwe warned on Thursday that it would shut down in September due to lack of foreign currency to import screening inputs. Full text...

  • US, Japan commit over $5m to HIV/AIDS programme
    17 july 2003 17:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The US and Japan are to spend 5. Full text...

  • Kenya intensifies its anti-tobacco crusade
    17 july 2003 16:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The fight against the growing and consumption of tobacco and its products in Kenya on Thursday received a rare boost following the formation of an anti-tobacco pressure group aimed at the promotion of other cash crops. Full text...

  • MSF says wholesale famine looms in southern Sudan
    17 july 2003 16:20:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Médecins Sans Frontières --Doctors without borders (MSF) -- has warned of critical nutritional situation in southern Sudan, especially for children in Akuem region, Barh-El- Ghazal province, where the situation has badly deteriorated since the beginning of the year. Full text...

  • Zambia under attack from suspected influenza
    17 july 2003 14:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's health authorities have sent a medical team to the northern district of Nakonde near the Tanzanian border to investigate a mysterious disease that has broken out there that is suspected to be influenza, Central Board of Health spokesperson Victor Mukonka said here. Full text...

  • Ethiopia adds hepatitis B vaccine to routine immunisation
    17 july 2003 10:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia is to introduce two vaccines that had so far not been included in its routine immunisation programme, officials said. Full text...

  • Prodi wants EU to boost Global Fund against AIDS
    17 july 2003 07:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ronamo Prodi, President of the European commission Wednesday in Paris called on EU member States to raise their contributions to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Full text...

  • Paris pledges 150 million euros yearly for AIDS control
    16 july 2003 23:13:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- President Jacques Chirac announced here Wednesday that France would contribute 150 million euros annually to the Global Fund for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria control. Full text...

  • TB kills 200,000 HIV/AIDS patients annually in Africa
    16 july 2003 21:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Tuberculosis is one of the main infections killing people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report issued here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo approves syringe factory for Nigeria
    16 july 2003 12:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo has approved the construction of a syringe factory in Nigeria's southeastern city of Port Harcourt as part of efforts to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Circumcision death toll soars in South Africa
    16 july 2003 07:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The number of male teenagers who have died from recent bungled circumcisions in South Africa's Eastern Cape province increased to 20 on Tuesday, police said. Full text...

  • Zambian official unhappy with non-distribution of anti-AIDS drugs
    15 july 2003 16:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Deputy Finance Minister Mbita Chitala, has described as a "national scandal," the non-distribution of antiretroviral drugs to the first group of 10,000 HIV/AIDS patients in the country. Full text...

  • Gabonese pupils' ignorance about AIDS breeds danger
    14 july 2003 17:23:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A new report warns that HIV/AIDS is spreading rapidly among youths in Gabon after discovering 48. Full text...

  • Measles kills 13 in Guinea-Bissau
    14 july 2003 15:42:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Thirteen people have died from the latest measles epidemic in Guinea Bissau, according to Health Minister Antonio Serifo Embalo. Full text...

  • Malaria kills 40 in central Zimbabwe
    14 july 2003 14:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- At least 40 people have died of malaria in Zimbabwe's central district of Gokwe this year, the local press reported Monday, quoting health officials in the area. Full text...

  • Mysterious Ailment Puzzles Doctors in Southern Malawi
    13 july 2003 12:19:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- About 50 students at a Catholic girls secondary school in Malawi's southern Lower Shire Valley district of Chikwawa have been afflicted by a mysterious ailment that has puzzled health workers. Full text...

  • African First Ladies take AIDS forum to Kenya
    13 july 2003 10:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has been selected to host the next conference of the Organisation of the African First Ladies (OAFL) Against AIDS in September this year. Full text...

  • IOC organises AIDS control at regional level
    12 july 2003 21:18:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) recently held the first meeting of the Regional Thematic Group (GTR) on HIV/AIDS in collaboration with the UN system and the UNAIDS secretariat. Full text...

  • Kadhafi says 'AIDS is a peaceful virus'
    12 july 2003 19:18:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Saturday in Maputo described AIDS as "a peaceful virus," which should not frighten Africans. Full text...

  • No health facilities in Sudan's rebel-held Abyei County
    11 july 2003 20:54:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- An NGO survey of Sudan's rebel- controlled Abyei County has found that there are no health services available to a population of about 32,000 people, forcing them to walk for between two and three days to access medical care. Full text...

  • Africa needs USD$3 billion yearly to fight killer diseases
    11 july 2003 17:47:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Africa requires at least three billion US dollars a year to successfully fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, African leaders meeting in Maputo, Mozambique, said. Full text...

  • Bush sees Uganda as 'land of hope' in AIDS fight
    11 july 2003 17:00:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- Visiting US President George Bush Friday described Uganda as "a land of hope in the whole of Africa" in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Workshop urges improved access to HIV/AIDS treatment
    11 july 2003 15:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A workshop on scaling up access to care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in 17 East and Southern African countries ended Thursday in Harare, Zimbabwe, with the adoption of recommendations aimed at achieving universal access to anti-retroviral treatment (ART) by the needy. Full text...

  • MSF warns about cholera epidemic in Monrovia
    11 july 2003 15:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris-based humanitarian NGO, Doctors Without Borders under French acronym MSF, has warned about possible outbreak of a cholera epidemic in Monrovia, capital of warn-torn Liberia. Full text...

  • 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...

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