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  • HRW says inequality fuels AIDS crisis in Africa
    01 december 2003 22:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Violence and discrimination against women and girls are fuelling Africa's AIDS crisis, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on World AIDS Day, Monday. Full text...

  • WHO, UNAIDS unveil new global anti-AIDS plan
    01 december 2003 22:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) introduced on Monday in Paris a plan designed to treat three million AIDS patients by 2005. Full text...

  • Port Louis Bishop urges support for people living with HIV
    01 december 2003 21:12:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Bishop of Port-Louis Maurice Piat, Monday urged Christians not to stigmatise but support people living with HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • NGO urges Ivorian News Forces to join anti-AIDS battle
    01 december 2003 21:07:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A non-governmental organisation took advantage of the 16th World AIDS Day Monday to urge News Forces (ex-rebels) leaders to wage a campaign against the incurable disease in Bouake, their stronghold. Full text...

  • Gabonese women march against AIDS
    01 december 2003 21:00:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Several thousand Gabonese women participated in a march in Libreville Monday initiated by the First Lady Edith Lucie Bongo Ondimba, to sensitise the population on the AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Algeria gets US$9 million from Global Fund to fight AIDS
    01 december 2003 20:48:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria is to receive some nine million US dollars from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, to boost its national AIDS control strategic plan (2003-2006), the Health Ministry announced Monday. Full text...

  • Malian president sympathizes with AIDS victims
    01 december 2003 20:45:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré (ATT) Monday expressed compassion for all AIDS victims on World AIDS day, whose focus is combating discrimination and stigma against people living with the incurable pandemic. Full text...

  • Almost 2 million people infected with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe
    01 december 2003 20:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Some 1. Full text...

  • Ghana to shortly introduce HIV policy
    01 december 2003 19:39:00
    Takoradi- Ghana (PANA) -- Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama Monday said the government would soon introduce a National HIV/AIDS/STI Policy to provide legal and regulatory framework for addressing the problem of discrimination and stigmatisation against People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Full text...

  • Ghanaian newspaper says no "giant strides" in global AIDS fight
    01 december 2003 18:40:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian private newspaper, "The Independent" Monday said it was regrettable that no giant strides had been made to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS globally. Full text...

  • Liberia shifts World AIDS Day activities for disarmament
    01 december 2003 18:26:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia has postponed the official commemoration of World AIDS Day from Monday to Tuesday, because of the scheduled start of disarmament by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), a statement by the national AIDS control office said. Full text...

  • Graca Machel nudges rethink of anti-AIDS messages
    01 december 2003 18:07:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Former First Lady Graca Machel, who now heads the Community Development Foundation (FDC), an NGO working against HIV/AIDS, has called for a rethink of the messages contained in Mozambique's anti-AIDS campaign. Full text...

  • Stigmatisation rife as Ghana marks World AIDS Day
    01 december 2003 17:33:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Nana Kofi, a former health worker in Ghana died about a year ago, another victim of the dreaded AIDS pandemic in the country. Full text...

  • AIDS: South African Churches urge govt to provide drugs
    01 december 2003 17:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Council of Churches (SACC) on Monday urged government to step up its programme to provide anti-retroviral drugs to people living with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Kibaki tells ministers, MPs to go for HIV/AIDS tests
    01 december 2003 16:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, leading his nation to mark World AIDS Day, on Monday urged his ministers and Members of Parliament to go for voluntary HIV/AIDS testing to set an example to the rest of their followers. Full text...

  • Chissano says AIDS eating Mozambique's socio-economic fabric
    01 december 2003 16:46:00
    Nampula- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano on Monday warned that, despite efforts at prevention, the infection rates of HIV, the virus that causes the deadly disease AIDS, are rising "in a frightening way". Full text...

  • Few Malawians test for HIV due to stigma
    01 december 2003 16:33:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi Vice President Justin Malewezi has blamed high levels of stigma among Malawians for the low percentage of the country's population going for HIV status tests. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS: WHO chief calls for abstinence, increased awareness
    01 december 2003 15:36:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Jong-wook Lee, Monday identified abstinence and increased awareness as effective measures against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Nigerian authorities step up AIDS campaign at grassroots
    01 december 2003 14:19:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The chairman of Nigeria's National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA), Babatunde Osotimehin has indicated plans to step up campaigns at the grassroots as part of strategies to stem the spread of the disease in the country. Full text...

  • ILO chief calls for urgent action to check AIDS in workplaces
    01 december 2003 14:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Reducing poverty and promoting equitable development are becoming all the more elusive under the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Director-General Juan Somavia observed here Monday. Full text...

  • Musical celebrities join global campaign against AIDS
    01 december 2003 14:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Local and international musical celebrities converged in Cape Town this weekend for the 'Nelson Mandela 46664' concert organised as part of the global mobilisation against AIDS, now seen not only a health problem but also a human rights issue. Full text...

  • Libyan daily chides 'superpowers' over AIDS havoc
    30 november 2003 20:41:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan daily 'Al-Chams' has roundly criticised what it decried as "the cowardly attitude of the superpowers in the face of the dangers" posed by the HIV/AIDS pandemic on humanity. Full text...

  • Mauritius to introduce HIV/AIDS lessons in classrooms
    30 november 2003 20:24:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Information on HIV/AIDS will be introduced in the health and physical training curriculum for primary schools in Mauritius starting in January, official sources in Port Louis said on Sunday. Full text...

  • US counsels Nigerians on rising HIV/AIDS cases
    30 november 2003 16:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ahead of the observance of the World AIDS Day on Monday, the United States has urged Nigerians to take necessary steps to stem the rising HIV/AIDS cases in the African country. Full text...

  • Ex-BBA housemates begin HIV/AIDS activities in Uganda
    29 november 2003 17:21:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Eleven former Big Brother Africa housemates Saturday commenced a much hyped programme of various activities in Uganda in commemoration of the World AIDS Day which falls on 1 December. Full text...

  • University of Swaziland introduces HIV-AIDS studies
    29 november 2003 16:13:00
    Matsapha- Swaziland (PANA) -- The University of Swaziland (UNISWA) plans to integrate HIV-AIDS issues into its academic courses as the pandemic takes its toll within the institution. Full text...

  • 800 experts expected at Algiers AIDS meeting Monday
    29 november 2003 13:59:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- About 800 participants, including national and foreign experts are to review anti-AIDS fight Monday at a meeting in Algiers to mark the World AIDS Day, organisers said. Full text...

  • UNAIDS worried by "feminisation" of AIDS in Africa
    29 november 2003 11:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Michel Sidibe, Director, Country and Regional Support Group of UNAIDS, has decried the "feminisation" of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, where 17 million women are said to be infected. Full text...

  • Couple with HIV-Aids impresses Swazis
    28 november 2003 22:16:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- "Love never mattered to me anymore until I met the woman who rekindled my love," Swazi HIV-Aids activist Vusie Matsebula averred moments after wedding plump though HIV-positive Lombuso Sukati at a heavily attended ceremony in the Mbabane Pentecostal Church. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS weighs down on UN assistance to poor countries
    28 november 2003 21:51:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Ahead of World AIDS Day coming up next Monday, senior officials in the UN system warned Friday that the continuing spread of the pandemic, coupled with its high cost in social and financial resources was already threatening the viability of UN programmes to help poor countries. Full text...

  • Ghana plans new AIDS policy for civil service
    28 november 2003 19:01:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Head of Ghanaian Civil Service Alex Glover-Quartey says a policy on HIV/AIDS would soon be formulated to support infected civil servants. Full text...

  • WHO DG, UN Secretary Thompson due in Zambia on World AIDS Day
    28 november 2003 16:23:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Jong-wook Lee and the US Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, are expected in Zambia Monday, officials said in Lusaka Friday. Full text...

  • 40 doctors take medical caravan to rural Gabon
    28 november 2003 14:52:00
    Lambarene- Gabon (PANA) -- About forty doctors, who are members of the Gabonese NGO named Humanitarian aid and Environment (HUMEN) began a 4-day medical caravan on Thursday intended to take them to certain rural localities of Moyen Ogooue Province in central Gabon. Full text...

  • Anti-retroviral drugs finally arrive in Swaziland
    28 november 2003 13:13:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS positive people in Swaziland have breathed a sigh of relief as the much-awaited HIV drugs, the anti-retrovirals, have finally arrived. Full text...

  • Newspaper reports malaria epidemic in southern Sudan
    28 november 2003 12:37:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A team from the humanitarian agency, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the southern Sudanese town of Akuem has reported a persistent influx of malaria patients, the privately owned Khartoum Monitor said on Friday. Full text...

  • AIDS drug without food is ineffective, says WFP
    28 november 2003 11:38:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday welcomed a campaign to be launched by the World Health Organisation to provide anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) to three million people by 2005, but warned that drugs could only be effective in the fight against AIDS if combined with good nutrition. Full text...

  • Swazi man reminisces picking HIV
    28 november 2003 11:29:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- For Vusie 'Mnetfu' Matsebula, positive living with HIV is more of a journey -- a journey of moving from the fear of knowing that one is infected to learning how to live with that knowledge, day in and day out. Full text...

  • AIDS-related diseases leave Swazi widow in grief
    28 november 2003 10:11:00
    Lavumisa- Swaziland (PANA) -- Once in a while a person may overcome grief after the death of a loved one. Full text...

  • Ghana's Ashanti Goldfields steps up HIV/AIDS education
    27 november 2003 20:53:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's multinational gold mining Ashanti Goldfields Company (AGC) has launched its second HIV/AIDS awareness Day at its Obuasi headquarters in central Ghana with a call on its workers to take the pandemic seriously. Full text...

  • Ghanaian Minister urges Africa to fight blindness
    27 november 2003 20:23:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian Health Minister Kweku Afriyie warned Thursday that sub-Saharan African countries could face serious economic and social crises, if they failed to stem increasing incidence of blindness. Full text...

  • WHO, UNAIDS moot new strategy to combat HIV/AIDS
    27 november 2003 19:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) will next Monday introduce a "three by five Global Strategy" to access life-prolonging drugs to 3 million people infected with HIV/AIDS by 2005. Full text...

  • Ebola death toll rises to 23
    27 november 2003 17:11:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Ebola fever, which hit Western Basin district in north-eastern Congo Brazzaville since mid-October, has now killed 23 people from 43 recorded cases, according to latest toll by the Health Ministry. Full text...

  • Moroccan associations to step up anti-AIDS campaign
    27 november 2003 16:02:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Two Moroccan associations in the forefront of the anti-AIDS campaign plan a major awareness drive to coincide with the World AIDS Day marked 1 December, officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • MSF announces new low-cost anti-AIDS drugs
    27 november 2003 15:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The cost of the life-prolonging Anti- Retroviral (ARV) drugs will drop to US$70 yearly in Africa following the release of a new one tablet dose containing the three components needed to boost the human immune system on a daily basis, a medical charity has announced. Full text...

  • Congolese heart patient back from Israel
    26 november 2003 11:18:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Chedric Musungana, the last of a group of seven Congolese children suffering from heart malformation and sent last June for treatment to Tel-Aviv, Israel, has returned to Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Ebola killed 18 out of 36 cases in Congo
    25 november 2003 18:49:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Ebola haemorrhagic fever has killed 18 out 36 cases diagnosed since October this year in Mbanza and Mbomo localities of Cuvette west in north-western Congo. Full text...

  • Call for registration of Mozambican AIDS orphans
    25 november 2003 18:17:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Former Mozambican first lady Graca Machel who heads the Community Development Foundation (FDC), has urged the government to conduct a census of AIDS orphans to determine the number of boys and girls, where they live in order to work out appropriate assistance policies. Full text...

  • Ghanaian prostitutes prey on drivers from nearby states
    25 november 2003 17:44:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Prostitutes at Ghana's eastern seaport of Tema, 25-km east of Accra appear to be happy for one particular reason. Full text...

  • Artists arrive for Mandela's AIDS awareness campaign
    25 november 2003 15:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Members of an international band that will perform at this coming weekend's "46664 Aids Awareness Concert" have begun arriving in Cape Town to prepare for Nelson Mandela's musical campaign against the incurable pandemic. Full text...

  • UNAIDS update shows increasing infections in Africa
    25 november 2003 14:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A senior UN official has expressed concern over the rising number of HIV/AIDS cases in Africa, revealing startling statistics that dramatically illustrates how the pandemic is eroding the continent's future. Full text...

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