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  • Maternal mortality high in Mauritania
    28 october 2003 21:40:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- In its maiden edition ONU Magazine Mauritania, a UN publication in Nouakchott citing a affirmed Monday that 747 Mauritanian women die in every 100,000 live births, one of the highest rates in West Africa. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean nurses join doctors' strike
    28 october 2003 13:41:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Nurses across Zimbabwe Tuesday joined a three-day strike by junior and middle level doctors to press for salary increments, plunging the country's health sector into crisis. Full text...

  • Museveni denies condoms reduced HIV in Uganda
    28 october 2003 12:10:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Contrary to claims by various scientific reports that condoms helped Uganda reduce HIV/AIDS prevalence by 13% percent over the past 17 years, the country's President Yoweri Museveni has insisted behavioural change did the trick. Full text...

  • Whooping cough ravages Nigerian village
    28 october 2003 12:02:00
    Illela- Nigeria (PANA) -- An outbreak of whooping cough has been reported in Daramba village in the Illela local government area of Nigeria's northern Sokoto State. Full text...

  • Ethiopia offers free ARVs to poor AIDS sufferers
    28 october 2003 11:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's health ministry has announced that anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs would soon be made available to HIV/AIDS patients who cannot afford to buy the medication. Full text...

  • Polio vaccine is safe, WHO assures Nigerians
    28 october 2003 11:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reconfirmed the safety and efficacy of the polio vaccines being administered on children in Nigeria, amidst a disturbing trend of rejection of polio immunisation by some largely-Muslim communities in the northern part of the country. Full text...

  • Uganda to procure generic antiretrovirals
    28 october 2003 10:31:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda plans to procure cheaper generic antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to urgently treat about one million people living with HIV/AIDS, the country's health minister Brigadier Jim Muhwezi has said. Full text...

  • Mauritian MPs discuss medical tribunal bill
    28 october 2003 09:50:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Discussions started in the Mauritian parliament here Tuesday on a bill seeking to create a medical tribunal charged with probing allegations of negligence and other negative actions by nursing staff, a parliamentary source said in Port Louis. Full text...

  • MSF pleads for free care to AIDS patients in Africa
    28 october 2003 08:04:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Only 300,000 out of six million people living with HIV/AIDS who need urgent medical treatment have access to it world-wide, says Medecins sans Frontiers (MSF). Full text...

  • Niger gets mobile AIDS care centre
    27 october 2003 22:19:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger Health minister Mamadou Sourghia last week inaugurated an HIV/AIDS mobile treatment centre (CTA) to carry out screening and treatment of opportunistic infections, distribution of anti-retrovirals and provide follow-up and counselling services. Full text...

  • Congo Brazzaville to immunise 700,000 children against polio
    27 october 2003 21:29:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Some 707,977 Congolese children under age five are to be immunised against polio this year, an official with the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) said. Full text...

  • Gambia to immunise 770,000 children against Measles
    27 october 2003 19:28:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia plans to immunise some 770,000 children during the National Measles Immunisation Campaign in December, a senior health official, Muhammed Robert Ninson, said in Banjul Monday. Full text...

  • Burundian first lady in Yaounde
    27 october 2003 14:59:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Burundian first lady Aude Ndayezeye is in Yaounde at the invitation of her Camaroonian counterpart Chantal Biya, for talks on anti-AIDS fight in Africa, officials said Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa's Western Cape children in nicotine trap
    27 october 2003 14:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Heart Foundation has called for further investigation into the recent findings by a study that Western Cape youth were the most affected by smoking. Full text...

  • Activists decry schemes to deprive S. African mentally ill
    27 october 2003 11:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Consumer healthcare activists have condemned medical aid schemes seeking to deny chronic medication benefits for mental illnesses as the "biggest disaster to hit psychiatric care in South Africa in the last 10 years". Full text...

  • WHO experts want FGM practitioners sanctioned
    26 october 2003 15:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Participants at the just-ended 2nd African Regional Reproductive Health Task Force meeting in Dakar, Senegal, have unanimously condemned female genital mutilation (FGM) and agreed that health workers implicated in the practice should be sanctioned by their professional associations. Full text...

  • African countries urged to re-position family planning
    26 october 2003 14:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African countries have been urged to re-position family planning as a priority health intervention because of its potential to help in the drastic reduction of maternal infant and child deaths. Full text...

  • 24,000 maternal deaths in DR Congo in 2002, say UN agencies
    26 october 2003 11:43:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Some 24,000 maternal deaths out of the 529,000 deaths recorded in the world in 2002 were reported in the DR Congo, according to a joint study conducted recently by WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA. Full text...

  • Measles epidemic kills 20 in Guinea Bissau
    25 october 2003 09:20:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Measles has killed 20 patients out of 674 cases reported in Guinea Bissau since March this year, a senior official has revealed here. Full text...

  • Southern Sudan denied HIV/AIDS funding again
    24 october 2003 21:23:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has for the second time turned down a funding request for southern Sudan while Northern Sudan is to receive over US$20. Full text...

  • Ghana launches National Immunisation Days
    24 october 2003 19:30:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- About 4. Full text...

  • Thai company ready to manufacture AIDS drugs in Ghana
    24 october 2003 18:42:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A Thailand-based organisation, Immunitor Corporation Company Limited said here Friday that it is interested in transferring technology in Ghana for the production of an HIV/AIDS therapeutic drug. Full text...

  • WHO urges 'best practices' in reproductive health
    24 october 2003 16:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Reproductive health indicators in Africa can be greatly improved through the adoption of a comprehensive "public health" approach, high political commitment and the availability of basic infrastructure, including roads, and communication network, a WHO study on three African countries has shown. Full text...

  • WHO, PANAPRESS chiefs harp on Africa's development
    24 october 2003 15:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- WHO Regional Director for Africa Ebrahim Samba and the Director General of the Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS) Babacar Fall called Friday for greater institutional cooperation to jump-start the continent's development. Full text...

  • Samba welcomes Clinton's initiative on anti-AIDS drugs
    24 october 2003 14:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ebrahim Samba, WHO Regional Director for Africa (WHO-AFRO) Friday in Dakar welcomed former US President Bill Clinton's initiative on the reduction of the price of HIV/AIDS drugs for developing countries. Full text...

  • MSF commends Clinton on anti-AIDS drugs
    24 october 2003 13:59:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- French NGO Doctors Without Borders or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has welcomed Thursday's Clinton Foundation announcement that generic AIDS drugs will now be available in some African and Caribbean countries at dramatically reduced prices. Full text...

  • Africa begins production of mosquito control agent
    24 october 2003 13:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Africa would latest next month have its first factory for the production of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a safe biological mosquito control agent that kills the larvae at the source Hans Herren, director general of the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) disclosed Friday. Full text...

  • Clinton strikes deal for cheap AIDS drugs
    24 october 2003 12:38:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- There is a ray of hope for the estimated 30 million people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa following a deal brokered by former US President Bill Clinton with four drug firms to supply cut-price AIDS drugs to developing countries. Full text...

  • Burkinabe first lady launches 8th national immunisation campaign
    23 october 2003 11:44:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The eighth national anti-polio vaccination campaign was launched in Fada Ngourma, 220-km east of Ouagadougou Wednesday, by the Burkinabe first lady, Chantal Compaore. Full text...

  • Brazzaville to host conference on sleeping sickness
    23 october 2003 10:58:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville is to host a sub-regional conference on sleeping sickness in March 2004, Health and Population Ministry sources said Thursday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Ghanaian HIV patients to get food supplement treatment
    22 october 2003 21:22:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A Ghanaian non-governmental organisation (NGO), Miracle Rock Foundation, in association with some foreign companies, plans to introduce a Thai produced food supplement package called V1, into the country for HIV patients. Full text...

  • Kenya bans livestock movements on Somali-Ethiopia borders
    22 october 2003 19:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Authorities in Kenya's north eastern region bordering Somalia and Ethiopia have imposed livestock movement ban following an outbreak of rinderpest in the area. Full text...

  • WHO stresses importance of adolescent health in Africa
    22 october 2003 16:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Adolescence is a crucial phase in human development and adequate coverage of the health needs of people in this age group in Africa is crucial for their health, and ultimately for the health and future of African societies, the ongoing second WHO Africa Regional Reproductive Health Task Force heard Tuesday in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • AIDS patients in Benin get UNDP assistance
    22 october 2003 07:31:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Tuesday donated a consignment of antiretroviral drugs to the Benin government for the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients in the country. Full text...

  • WHO urges African countries to scale up health 'best practices'
    22 october 2003 00:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) The World Health Organisatio-n (WHO) has Called on countries in the African region to adopt and scale up good practices that have improved reproductive health indicators elsewhere with a view to improving maternal health and reducing child mortality. Full text...

  • 70% of African communities still prefer home deliveries
    21 october 2003 23:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The majority of communities in four selected African countries still prefer to have babies delivered at home rather than in health facilities, according to findings of a study conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Ouagadougou hosts regional meeting on Guinea worm
    21 october 2003 16:27:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Seven of the 12 African countries endemic to dracunculiasis (Guinea worm) have convened here to review programmes intended to eradicate the scourge from their territories. Full text...

  • UNICEF, UNAIDS laud global response to AIDS orphans
    21 october 2003 15:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A consensus agreement on how to significantly scale up the global response to the millions of children orphaned and made vulnerable by AIDS marks critical progress, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy and UNAIDS Chief Peter Piot said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rural women with nothing to envy city dwellers
    21 october 2003 13:33:00
    Kebemer- Senegal (PANA) -- Dial Mbaye, a 40-year old woman lives in Toube Fall village in Kebemer, 155 km north of Dakar with nine children, the youngest just three weeks old is full of praises for an American NGO, Basics, for its efforts at enlightening rural women in the area. Full text...

  • Samba decries high maternal mortality in Africa
    20 october 2003 20:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba, Monday in Dakar, described as "scandalous and unacceptable" the high maternal mortality rate in Africa, which is about 2,000 deaths for 100,000 in some countries. Full text...

  • UN survey shows high maternal mortality rates in Africa
    20 october 2003 17:21:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Three UN agencies dealing with health, children and population issues on Monday made public their latest report, which indicated that a woman living in sub-Saharan Africa has a one in 16 chance of dying during pregnancy or childbirth. Full text...

  • WHO notes high rate maternal deaths among African women
    20 october 2003 11:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- African women are 175 times more likely to die in childbirth than women in developed regions of the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) disclosed in a report released Monday. Full text...

  • Tuberculosis on the rise in Mali
    20 october 2003 10:46:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The number of new cases of tuberculosis in Mali has gone from 1,886 in 1995 to 2,757 in 2002, representing a rise of 46 percent, National Tuberculosis Control Programme (PNLT) coordinator Halimata Nako Diallo revealed at the weekend. Full text...

  • WHO to intervene in Uganda's rebel-held north
    19 october 2003 18:20:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has undertaken a study on how to intervene in Uganda's restive north- eastern Teso to reverse the degenerating health situation in the region. Full text...

  • MSF sets up a health centre for pygmies in Ngongo
    19 october 2003 18:10:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- France-based Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) has set up a health centre for pigmies in Ngongo, located 950 km north of the Congolese capital of Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Ugandan traditionalists hamper measles campaign
    19 october 2003 14:58:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan authorities have decided to clamp down on traditionalists and opposition supporters suspected of sabotaging a drive to immunise 12 million children against measles. Full text...

  • Japan supports reproductive health in Cape Verde
    18 october 2003 18:32:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The Japanese International Co-operation Agency has provided the Cape Verdean Health Ministry with hospital equipment worth 200,000 US dollars to boost reproductive health in the archipelago, officials said in Praia. Full text...

  • Gabon steps up campaign against Vitamin A deficiency
    18 october 2003 15:56:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese Health ministry in conjunction with WHO and UNICEF, plans a campaign 27-28 October, to check Vitamin A deficiency in children under age five. Full text...

  • New initiative to improve health care in South Africa
    18 october 2003 11:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Family practitioners or family doctors (GPs) will take their place alongside paediatricians, obstetricians and others, as specialists in their particular medical field, for the first time in South Africa. Full text...

  • Dakar to host WHO meeting on reproductive health
    17 october 2003 23:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The second meeting of the regional task group on reproductive health of the World Health Organisation (WHO) will hold 20-24 October in Dakar, WHO indicated Friday in a statement. Full text...

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