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  • AIDS campaign takes new turn in Cape Verde
    08 january 2003 21:26:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A meeting of the Cape Verde Coordination Committee in the fight against AIDS (CCS-SIDA) is due mid-January, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Eastern Cape contains cholera after claiming 8 lives
    08 january 2003 14:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The latest cholera epidemic in the Eastern Cape, which began over the Christmas holiday, has been put under control after claiming eight lives. Full text...

  • High-tech medical device makes debut in Arab world
    07 january 2003 21:38:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The world's smallest ultrasound digital imaging device will make its Middle East debut at Arab Health 2003, the region's biggest international medical equipment and services exhibition and conference to be held in Dubai later this month. Full text...

  • Cameroon intensifies fight against Malaria
    07 january 2003 21:04:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's National Malaria Control Programme (PNLP) would this year freely distribute 810,000 treated mosquito nets and insecticides acquired thanks to debt relief under a donor initiative for heavily indebted poor countries (HIPC), health officials said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia to repossess hospital jointly owned with China
    06 january 2003 20:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia is to repossess a former mine hospital in the central copper mining city of Kitwe, following charges that Chinese officials had failed to deliver on pledges made when they took over its administration, deputy Health minister George Chulumanda indicated Monday. Full text...

  • Son kills Kenyan father over AIDS warning
    06 january 2003 17:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A young Kenyan man has killed his father after he warned him against having an affair with a widow suspected of carrying HIV/AIDS, the local press reported in Nairobi Monday. Full text...

  • River Blindness threatens millions in Uganda
    05 january 2003 18:11:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Some 1. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone registers more births, less deaths
    05 january 2003 17:11:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone registered 22,487 new births in 2002 as against 13,985 in 2001, an official of the Health and Sanitation Ministry, Jonathan Abass Kamara, has disclosed. Full text...

  • Seychelles mobilise against AIDS
    03 january 2003 21:52:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- In a show of solidarity to fight HIV/AIDS in Seychelles, public and private organisations have begun donating to a national AIDS alleviation fund, set up last October. Full text...

  • 2.5 million Benin children to be vaccinated against measles
    03 january 2003 13:11:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin plans a massive campaign for 10-19 January, to immunise 2. Full text...

  • Govt plans to spend 1,003bn FCFA on health in Cameroon
    30 december 2002 19:19:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The government in Cameroon plans to spend 1,003 billion francs CFA toward fourteen programmes in the health sector during 2003-2007, according to an official document published here outlining strategies for poverty reduction in the country. Full text...

  • Matsuura condemns reproductive human cloning
    30 december 2002 19:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura, has condemned any research or practice directed towards reproductive human cloning, and urged the international community to halt the practice without delay. Full text...

  • EU to finance Senegal's campaign against yellow fever
    29 december 2002 13:09:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union is to give Senegal 750,000 Euros to finance its immunisation campaign against yellow fever, official sources said in Brussels. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso plans joint orders of vaccines
    28 december 2002 14:43:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe government plans, together with other countries of the West African sub- region, to place joint orders so as to reduce the cost of vaccines against A, C, Y, W135 meningitis viruses, Health minister Alain Bedouma Yoda said Friday in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Study cites abortion among causes of maternal deaths in Cameroon
    27 december 2002 20:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Voluntary termination of pregnancy accounts for 20-40 percent of maternal mortality in Cameroonian health centres, according to a survey conducted by the Yaounde University teaching hospital (CHU). Full text...

  • 7 die from alcohol abuse during festive season in Madagascar
    27 december 2002 19:31:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- At least seven people died from alcohol abuse in Madagascar between 24 and 26 December, Malagasy medical sources said Friday. Full text...

  • Nigerian president inaugurates specialist hospital
    27 december 2002 14:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has inaugurated a 750 million Naira (5,952,380 USD) specialist hospital, conceived by the late statesman Obafemi Awolowo in his hometown of Ikenne, about 30 minutes drive from Lagos. Full text...

  • Malaria kills 168 in Ethiopia's Amahara Region
    27 december 2002 09:25:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An outbreak of malaria has killed about 168 persons in Ethiopia's Amahara Region since December, the director of the national Anti-malaria Association, Abera Mehrete, said here Friday. Full text...

  • Mali tests automatic condom dispensers
    26 december 2002 23:48:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A Malian NGO, Agir (Act) has installed prototypes of automatic condom dispensers in six districts in the capital, Bamako, sources behind the initiative indicated Thursday. Full text...

  • Kinshasa elected headquarters of HIV/AIDS network
    25 december 2002 13:45:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo has been chosen headquarters of the general secretariat of the African Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS, an official source said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia needs $11m for short-term HIV/AIDS strategy
    25 december 2002 12:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Ethiopian government says it needs about 11 million dollars for containing the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in the country and implement national prevention programmes during the next three fiscal years. Full text...

  • Untested blood increases risk of AIDS contamination in DRC
    25 december 2002 10:22:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo(PANA) -- Barely 5 percent of transfused blood in DR Congo is tested, thus increasing the risk of HIV/AIDS transmission, according to sources close to the Blood Transfusion National Programme (PNTS) in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Malian AIDS telethon raises 30 million francs CFA
    24 december 2002 22:40:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A Malian telethon dubbed "Soli-AIDS" (Solidarity Aids) has raised 33 million francs CFA (52,000 US dollars), according to Malian Radio-Television, which initiated the exercise. Full text...

  • Workshop faults media reporting on AIDS in Cameroon
    24 december 2002 21:38:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The news media in Cameroon have come under attack at a workshop on HIV/AIDS, with participants charging that reports on the pandemic do not sufficiently address the community concerns. Full text...

  • Kenyan researcher proposes compulsory HIV tests in Africa
    24 december 2002 14:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A senior Kenya-based researcher has proposed the introduction of compulsory HIV/AIDS tests in Africa could help planners to tackle the epidemic that has claimed over 22 million lives world-wide since the early 1980s. Full text...

  • Nigeria Plans Another HIV/AIDS Sentinel Survey
    24 december 2002 13:58:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria plans to conduct another sentinel survey on HIV prevalence in 2003 as the current estimate of 5. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 58 people in Uganda, 200 hospitalised
    24 december 2002 13:08:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A cholera epidemic has killed 58 people in Uganda over the past fortnight while 200 new cases are being treated in various parts of the country. Full text...

  • National body urges improved care for Burkinabe AIDS patients
    23 december 2002 22:13:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The National Council for the Fight against AIDS and Sexually Transmissible Diseases (CNLS/MST) in Burkina Faso has called for improved management of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Taboo cracks on HIV/AIDS in Libya
    23 december 2002 18:51:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- When he came home after a long day's work, Mokhtar was embarrassed when confronted with two unexpected questions from his nine-year old daughter Zeina, a fourth grade pupil. Full text...

  • Cameroon mobilises 35 billion CFA francs to fight AIDS
    23 december 2002 17:56:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon has mobilised some 35. Full text...

  • Nigerian editors join stepped-up HIV/AIDS fight
    23 december 2002 13:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian editors pledged at the weekend to report more responsibly on HIV/AIDS, which afflicts an estimated 3 million people in the heavily populated country. Full text...

  • UNAIDS promises cheaper AIDS drugs for Africans
    23 december 2002 12:05:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Africans living with the AIDS-causing virus will soon have access to antiretrovirals at reasonable prices, UNAIDS director Peter Piot said here this past weekend. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean Church leaders reject pro-condom campaign
    22 december 2002 18:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) – Church leaders in Zimbab-we Sunday spurned an appeal by the government for assistance to popularise the use of condoms in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Mysterious disease in Dianna puzzles Senegalese doctors
    21 december 2002 16:17:00
    Bignona- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese health experts are still puzzled by a mysterious disease that has killed several patients within 15 days at Dianna village, in the Kafountine rural community, 75 km north of Ziguinchor, the southern regional provincial capital. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso holds HIV/AIDS Control Council conference
    20 december 2002 23:10:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's national council in the struggle against AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (CNLS/IST) on Friday began its second session in Ouagadougou, expressing a determination to fight the pandemic. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso effects of AIDS on population
    20 december 2002 22:41:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- AIDS should not lead to putting population policies on the backburner, Burkinabe Premier, Ernest Paramanga Yonli told participants Friday attending a workshop of the third national general assembly on population (CONAPO). Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau records over 500 new cases of cholera
    20 december 2002 21:33:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Cholera continues to be a serious health problem in Guinea-Bissau where 534 cases were recorded at different health centres up to 19 December 2002, medical sources said here Friday. Full text...

  • AIDS infection rate slightly drops in Zimbabwe, says minister
    20 december 2002 20:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health Minister David Parirenyatwa said Friday that Zimbabwe's HIV/AIDS infection rate had dropped from 33 percent to 29 percent in recent years. Full text...

  • UN official faults Tanzania's approach to AIDS scourge
    19 december 2002 19:10:00
    Arusha- Tanzania (PANA) -- A senior UN official Thursday described Tanzania's approach to fighting HIV/AIDS as patchy saying there has been a lot of feet-dragging while the pandemic continued to take its toll. Full text...

  • UNFPA to spend $40 million in Nigeria
    19 december 2002 09:21:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has budgeted 40 million US dollars for its next programme assistance to Nigeria, from 2003 to 2007, the UN agency's Country Representative, Niangoran Essan, has said. Full text...

  • Officials signal shortfall in South Africa's blood stocks
    18 december 2002 09:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Blood usage around South Africa has increased by almost 20 percent over the past month, leading to a dip in current blood stocks. Full text...

  • UNICEF to vaccinate 3.5 million against measles in DR Congo
    17 december 2002 22:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNICEF Tuesday kicked off a major campaign to vaccinate 3. Full text...

  • Guinea launches anti-measles immunisation campaign
    17 december 2002 17:10:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean first lady, Henriette Conte, Monday launched an anti-measles immunisation campaign that would cover some 600,000 children under age 14 in the nation's capital. Full text...

  • DR Congo offers free Tuberculosis treatment
    16 december 2002 22:02:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have decided to give free treatment to Tuberculosis patients all over the country. Full text...

  • Malnutrition hits hard in war-torn Burundi
    16 december 2002 19:58:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Health authorities in Burundi are embarking on a nutrition programme that emphasises public knowledge of balanced diet for adults as well as children. Full text...

  • Congo plans research to bring endemic diseases under control
    16 december 2002 19:27:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's National Laboratory for Public Health will next year embark on a concerted research programme that combines endemic diseases and HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Malawi launches new Malaria drug
    16 december 2002 13:05:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi has launched a new drug for Malaria called Arinate and manufactured by Belgian company Dafra Pharma. Full text...

  • Niger AIDS patients lack access to antiretrovirals
    13 december 2002 19:04:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- AIDS patients in Niger remain completely shut off anti-retrovirals (ARV) inasmuch as the medication is not available in the West African country, according to local lobbyists seeking assistance to victims of the pandemic. Full text...

  • Cameroon launches anti-polio immunisation campaign Tuesday
    13 december 2002 18:51:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon, worried by polio cases in neighbouring Nigeria, launches an immunisation campaign 17 December, for the eradication of the disease, an official of Cameroon's Extended Immunisation Programme, Emmanuel Nomo said Friday. Full text...

  • UN envoy concerned over AIDS, food crises in Zambia
    13 december 2002 15:46:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The current food crisis in Zambia is hampering the fight against HIV/AIDS in the country, UN special envoy on HIV/AIDS Stephen Lewis said in Lusaka Friday. Full text...

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