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  • HIV-positive Mozambican journalist dies
    24 november 2003 11:11:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Bento Bango, the first and so far only Mozambican journalist to publicly announce that he is HIV- positive, died here Sunday night in hospital, Radio Mozambique reported Monday. Full text...

  • Cape Verde to curb treatment of patients in Portugal
    23 november 2003 16:59:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The Government of Cape Verde spends about 1. Full text...

  • Nurses strike again in Zimbabwe
    23 november 2003 14:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Nurses in Zimbabwe went on strike Sunday to press for better pay, three weeks after calling off a similar action following a deal with the government. Full text...

  • Katanga province tops in DR Congo's leprosy cases
    22 november 2003 19:05:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Leprosy is fast spreading in DR Congo's Katanga province that presently accounts for 1,242 of the 4,834 leprosy cases identified in the entire country, a medical official warned here. Full text...

  • France targets STIs, HIV/AIDS in Guinean military
    21 november 2003 15:53:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- France has granted Guinea 75,000 euros to set up a network of laboratories to detect sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS within Guinean military garrisons, the state-owned television reported. Full text...

  • Southern Africa addresses HIV/AIDS at the workplace
    21 november 2003 14:16:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Delegations from Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa, which met in Pretoria this week have developed a common strategy to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among workers and to mitigate its adverse consequences at the workplace. Full text...

  • Cameroonian govt prepares HIV/AIDS Bill for Parliament
    21 november 2003 13:24:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Cameroonian government is preparing to submit a bill to Parliament on care for people living with HIV/AIDS, Elie-Claude Ndam Ndjitoyap, secretary-general of the country's Ministry of Health disclosed here Friday. Full text...

  • Lab assistants train in HIV/AIDS screening in Niger
    20 november 2003 22:49:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Medical authorities in Niger Thursday began a training workshop on the algorithm of HIV/AIDS infection screenings for some 40 laboratory technicians. Full text...

  • South African govt approves HIV/AIDS treatment plan
    20 november 2003 14:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government has approved "in principle" a national HIV/AIDS treatment plan that provides anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs to the total public health sector. Full text...

  • Kenyan First Lady urges firms to provide anti-AIDS drugs
    20 november 2003 12:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan First Lady Lucy Kibaki Thursday called on corporate organisations, donors and well-wishers to support the government's efforts to provide anti-retroviral drugs to people living with HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Opposition welcomes South Africa's anti-AIDS plan
    20 november 2003 12:04:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Thursday welcomed government's approval of a five-year plan to provide free anti-retroviral drugs in public hospitals and other facilities for millions of people living with HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso gets US$7 million AFD grant for AIDS control
    20 november 2003 10:55:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (AFD) of the African Development Bank (ADB) Group has approved a grant of 7. Full text...

  • Kufuor decries Africa's huge disease burden
    19 november 2003 20:54:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian President John Kufuor Wednesday urged African member countries of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to strengthen their health systems and improve the lives of their people. Full text...

  • Ghana to get Neuroscience Centre
    19 november 2003 20:39:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian Vice-President Aliu Mahama Wednesday welcomed a plan by a Canadian Foundation to build a 35-million-US-dollar Neuroscience Centre of Excellence in Accra, saying the government would support the project to make it an asset for the sub-region. Full text...

  • Insufficient preventive measures fuel AIDS in Gabon
    19 november 2003 19:57:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese minister of education, Suzie Biyoghé has urged national educators to get wholly involved in fighting against sexually transmitted diseases by sounding an alarm about the lack of knowledge and the poor sexual practices among teenage pupils. Full text...

  • Nigerian Islamic leader joins anti-polio campaign
    19 november 2003 14:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A day after health experts and Islamic leaders certified safe the polio vaccine in use in Nigeria, a prominent Islamic leader and traditional ruler in the country has pledged to lead the campaign for polio immunisation in his northern State of Borno, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya to employ 200 more medics
    19 november 2003 10:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government will during the 2003/2004 financial year recruit 200 clinical officers to cover the shortage of the health workers in all state-run and managed hospitals, a senior ministry official said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Samba reiterates commitment to polio eradication in Africa
    18 november 2003 15:19:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba has reiterated his personal commitment and that of WHO to the eradication of polio from Africa in 2005. Full text...

  • Nigeria Islamic clerics okay polio vaccine
    18 november 2003 13:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An Islamic body in Nigeria has certified the polio vaccine in use in the country safe and devoid of anti- fertility drugs and HIV, as alleged by some Islamic clerics in the predominantly-Muslim northern part of Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigerian HIV/AIDS treatment plan hits snag
    18 november 2003 11:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An ambitious plan by the Nigerian government to provide highly subsidised antiretroviral drugs for the treatment of 10,000 AIDS patients has hit the rocks, with the designated treatment centres running out of the drugs, press reports indicated Monday. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 26 in Zimbabwe, says UNICEF
    18 november 2003 09:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The UN Children' Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday that 26 people had died of cholera and 173 others infected by the disease in two districts of Zimbabwe between October and November. Full text...

  • WHO says Nigeria is frustrating global efforts against polio
    18 november 2003 08:02:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), affirming that with adequate funding the polio virus could be eradicated worldwide by the end of 2004, have warned that developments in Nigeria could compromise the ongoing global campaign against the disease. Full text...

  • RSF reports malaria outbreak in Southern Sudan
    17 november 2003 21:09:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A major outbreak of malaria has been reported in Aweil-East county, Bahr-el-Ghazal province in southern Sudan, Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders (MSF) said in a news released issued here Monday. Full text...

  • WHO steps up anti-tobacco campaign
    17 november 2003 19:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has intensified its anti-tobacco campaign to save an estimated five million people who die every year from smoking-related ailments, especially in poor countries. Full text...

  • UN Security Council debate impact of HIV/AIDS on peacekeeping
    17 november 2003 17:09:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Jean-Marie Guehenno, and the Executive Director of UN Joint Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS), Peter Piot, said here Monday that in spite of global collaboration in the fight against the dreaded HIV/AIDS, the pandemic continued to kill many people. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt hospital declares polio vaccine safe
    17 november 2003 16:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian government-owned National Hospital in Abuja confirmed Monday that polio vaccines being administered in the country are safe. Full text...

  • Global Fund sets $66 million to fight AIDS in S. Africa
    17 november 2003 15:45:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has approved up to US$66. Full text...

  • Congo earmarks 900 million FCFA to combat AIDS
    17 november 2003 11:51:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese government is to allot 900 million FCFA (about US$1. Full text...

  • Surgeon finds Asian-made condoms too small for East Africans
    17 november 2003 10:58:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Though condoms have reduced the infection rate of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases worldwide, their efficiency is not without fault, a Ugandan medical scholar warned here at the weekend, urging prudence among users. Full text...

  • Mali grapples with cholera
    17 november 2003 10:30:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Some 693 cases of cholera, including 55 deaths have been reported in Mali since August in several localities, State radio indicated at the weekend, quoting Public Health director Youssouf Konate. Full text...

  • Commonwealth health ministers converge on Zambia
    16 november 2003 19:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Health ministers from 11 Commonwealth countries in Africa have arrived in the southern Zambian tourist city of Livingstone for a weeklong conference on how to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis starting on Monday. Full text...

  • WHO, FAO in joint efforts to promote fruit consumption
    16 november 2003 17:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have announced a unified approach to promote greater consumption of fruit and vegetables, a joint statement from the two UN bodies has said. Full text...

  • Gabon's first lady leads anti-AIDS caravan
    16 november 2003 16:34:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese First Lady Edith Lucie Bongo, who chairs of the African First Ladies' Organisation against AIDS (OPDAS), plans to lead a caravan to raise awareness about the pandemic in the city of Oyem, 402 km north of Libreville. Full text...

  • Cholera has killed 55 in Mali since August
    16 november 2003 13:50:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Cholera has killed 55 patients out of 693 cases reported in Mali between August and November, Radio Bamako revealed Saturday quoting the national director of public health, Dr Youssouf Konate. Full text...

  • Boulahbal wins 2003 Pasteur-UNESCO medal
    15 november 2003 20:53:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian TB specialist Fadila Boulahbal has been awarded the Pasteur Institute-UNESCO medal for 2003 for her work against the disease, the UN body said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Congo Brazzaville confirms Ebola epidemic
    15 november 2003 09:34:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Authorities in Congo Brazzaville have confirmed an Ebola epidemic, which has reportedly killed 11 people in Mbanza locality north-west of the country. Full text...

  • Burundi authorities launch free ARV scheme
    14 november 2003 21:22:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's national programme against HIV/AIDS said Friday it would provide patients limited access to antiretrovirals (ARV) by the end of the year, thanks to external funding. Full text...

  • Fears rise over diabetes cases in Ghana
    14 november 2003 19:52:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana launched activities leading to World Diabetes Day Friday against the backdrop of concern about the rising number of cases in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa launches World AIDS Day activities
    14 november 2003 15:57:00
    Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang Friday launched this year's World AIDS Day activities, highlighting the plight of thousands of orphans and vulnerable children in the country. Full text...

  • Diabetes cases to double in poor nations within 30 years
    14 november 2003 13:26:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Diabetes cases are billed to rise from 115 million to 284 million in developing countries by 2030, the World Health Organisation warned in a statement issued Friday to mark World Diabetes Day. Full text...

  • Gabon steps up border zone Ebola surveillance
    14 november 2003 10:40:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese health authorities have stepped up the epidemiological surveillance of the Ebola haemorrhagic fever in the Ogoue Ivindo Province near the Congolese town of Mbomo, where a new Ebola epidemic has broken out, the national radio reported. Full text...

  • French AIDS scientist expected in Cote d'Ivoire
    14 november 2003 09:36:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- French biologist Pr Luc Montagnier is scheduled to launch a project for the development of a vaccine aimed at preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission during his visit to Cote d'Ivoire from 20-22 November. Full text...

  • Malawi cholera cases drop by 30,000
    14 november 2003 09:26:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's health authorities said they have recorded a 30,000 drop in cholera cases during the 2002/03 rainy season due effective control measures put in place such as public awareness on the importance of observing personal hygiene rules. Full text...

  • 200 AIDS patients to receive ARV treatment
    14 november 2003 08:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Western Cape HIV/AIDS programme has received 250,000 US dollars for antiretroviral medication for additional 200 AIDS patients in the province. Full text...

  • Congolese Ebola victim's samples to be tested
    14 november 2003 07:49:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese doctors have taken the first body samples of a person who died Thursday of an Ebola-like disease in the north-west Mbanza for laboratory tests in Gabon, the director general of health Dr Damase Bozongo told journalists here Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa begins national diabetes testing
    13 november 2003 22:39:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- To mark World Diabetes Awareness Week, South Africa's Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang Wednesday led MPs as the first public representative to be tested for diabetes. Full text...

  • Report warns of looming health crisis in Kenya
    13 november 2003 20:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Close to 5 million Kenyans living in rural areas use bushes as human waste disposal sites, a government Population and Housing Census report disclosed here Thursday, warning of the attendant health risks. Full text...

  • AIDS groups seek damages against GSK for over pricing drugs
    13 november 2003 19:35:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Anti-AIDS lobbyists in South Africa Thursday announced a joint plan to file a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK/South Africa) demanding payment of damages to patients or dependants of those who died from AIDS because of prohibitive GSK prices for drugs. Full text...

  • South Africa report significant progress in fight against AIDS
    13 november 2003 19:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Premier Mbhazima Shilowa presented the provincial Gauteng Aids annual report Thursday showing some significant progress in the fight against HIV/Aids thanks to a three-pronged focus on prevention, care and support for people infected or affected by the disease. Full text...

  • WAJA to join fight against trachoma
    13 november 2003 17:43:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The West African Journalists Association (WAJA), in partnership with the US-based International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), plans to embark on a sensitisation campaign to eradicate trachoma in Africa. Full text...

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