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  • WHO new Director General unveils plans
    21 may 2003 17:09:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Moments following his election as WHO director general, Jong-Wook Lee Wednesday outlined key priorities for the next five years, including efficiency, accountability, the strengthening of human resources, meeting the Millennium Development Goals and shifting resources to serve the agency's 192 member countries effectively. Full text...

  • UNDP gives Niger $722 million in development aid
    21 may 2003 16:44:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Authorities in Niger have signed a framework document for UNDP to give the country $722 million in development assistance spanning 2004-2007. Full text...

  • South Korea's Jong-Wook Lee confirmed WHO boss
    21 may 2003 16:29:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Jong-Wook Lee, 58, from South Korea was Wednesday confirmed Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) at the agency's 56th General Assembly meeting holding here. Full text...

  • Ethiopia issues SARS warning to air travellers
    21 may 2003 15:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Health authorities in Ethiopia have urged persons having symptoms that could be linked to the dreaded SARS disease to immediately report to the health ministry. Full text...

  • 24 debtor nations lose voting rights at WHO gathering
    21 may 2003 14:31:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Twenty-four debtor countries, including 10 from Africa, have lost their voting rights at the 192-nation World Health Organization (WHO) over arrears of contributions and based on the Administration, Budget and Finance Committee's recommendation to the UN agency's ongoing 56th General Assembly ongoing session in Geneva. Full text...

  • WHO assembly adopts historic anti-tobacco pact
    21 may 2003 13:11:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The 56th session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday unanimously adopted a landmark Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), seeking to stem the estimated five million annual tobacco-related deaths and diseases world-wide. Full text...

  • Malawi bans visitors from Far East, Canada over SARS scare
    21 may 2003 12:42:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi government has with immediate effect imposed a blanket ban on anybody coming from the SARS-hit Far Eastern countries and Canada from entering the country for fear of contaminating the SARS-free southern African state. Full text...

  • Swazi govt tightens fight against HIV/AIDS
    21 may 2003 08:27:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- With the figures of people infected with the deadly HIV in Swaziland growing daily, the government has stepped up its fight against the virus that causes AIDS. Full text...

  • Outgoing WHO DG challenges the world on health development
    20 may 2003 17:09:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Outgoing World Health Organisation (WHO) director general Gro Harlem Brundtland has called for a scaling up of equitable health systems in the world's poorest countries through improved international financing. Full text...

  • WHO General Assembly tackles tobacco risks, SARS
    20 may 2003 16:04:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The 56th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) General Assembly continued Tuesday at the UN agency's Geneva headquarters with discussions preceding the adoption of a global anti-tobacco Convention and actions against the dreaded Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Full text...

  • Study queries risks of second hand tobacco-smoking
    20 may 2003 11:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A controversial new study that questions the health risks of being exposed to second hand smoke - a factor often said to contribute to numerous deaths each year world-wide - is not going down well with health officials. Full text...

  • Sao Tome and Principe takes measures against SARS
    19 may 2003 20:35:00
    Sao Tome- Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) -- Health officials in Sao Tome and Principe have created a national emergency commission with teams stationed at the country's ports and airports to detect possible cases of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Full text...

  • Red Cross bears relief for Congo's Ebola victims
    19 may 2003 20:29:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A joint mission of the local and international Red Cross left Brazzaville Sunday for Cuvette- Ouest, Northern Congo, carrying relief aid to victims of a recent Ebola outbreak, officials said Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana issues travel advisory on SARS
    19 may 2003 19:27:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's Health Ministry Monday advised nationals against travelling to the Far East, particularly China, except such trips were "absolutely necessary," citing concerns about the pneumonia-like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Full text...

  • Malawi bars exhibitors attending Trade Fair from Taiwan
    19 may 2003 16:39:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- No exhibitors would actually travel from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to attend the 2003 Malawi International Trade Fair (MITF) opening here next Friday, after Lilongwe invoked a Public Health Act barring travellers from countries affected by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Full text...

  • Nigeria approves policy on female genital mutilation
    17 may 2003 14:47:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has finally approved a policy on female genital mutilation (FGM), 10 years after it was drafted. Full text...

  • Experts worry over setbacks in HIV/AIDS prevention efforts
    17 may 2003 14:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A new report from leading HIV/AIDS experts documents a large gap between HIV prevention needs and current efforts to stem the rising tide, saying the current annual prevention spending falls way short of actual requirements. Full text...

  • Daunting health, development problems trail WHO General Assembly
    17 may 2003 13:41:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The 56th annual World Health Organisation (WHO) General Assembly opens in the Swiss capital, Geneva 19 May as the world grapples with growing health and development problems compounded by a disease burden of mammoth proportions, including the latest Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), of undetermined origin. Full text...

  • Chinese, Sudanese discuss SARS during phone call
    16 may 2003 21:11:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing on Friday exchanged views over the phone with Sudanese counterpart Awadh Ahmed Al Gaz about China's SARS situation, the state-owned Sudan TV reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Mozambique's cholera epidemic under control
    16 may 2003 19:38:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A cholera epidemic that has affected several Mozambican provinces since February has finally come under control, the Noticias reported on Friday. Full text...

  • AI report denounces treatment of HIV/AIDS patients in Senegal
    15 may 2003 20:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- People living with HIV/AIDS in Senegal have been subjected to discriminatory practices in the medical sector, though their management is deemed "rather good," a report of the Senegalese chapter of Amnesty International (AI) has revealed. Full text...

  • Pasteur Centre resumes HIV control tests in Cameroon
    15 may 2003 17:09:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Pasteur Centre in Yaounde resumes viral charge control testing Monday for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLA), suspended two months ago due to equipment failure, sources at the centre told PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • Somalia, Sudan near threshold of polio eradication
    15 may 2003 13:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- No polio cases were reported so far this year in Somalia and Sudan ten years after UNICEF and the WHO launched campaigns to eradicate the disease in both war-torn countries, a UNICEF official said here Thursday. Full text...

  • New report says AIDS is leading killer in South Africa
    15 may 2003 11:30:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A new report compiled by the local Medical Research Council has identified AIDS as the leading cause of death in South Africa, though the government earlier disputed the findings. Full text...

  • Congolese authorities end quarantine on Cuvette Ouest
    14 may 2003 22:31:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Reassured by the absence of new deaths, the Congolese government has lifted a quarantine on Cuvette Ouest, where the Ebola epidemic had been rife, although the authorities are still to declare an end to the disease that claimed 128 lives. Full text...

  • Sudanese health minister identifies mystery disease as malaria
    14 may 2003 18:43:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese Health Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman has identified the "mystery disease" that has killed at least 11 people and infected 178 others in the country's southern Equatoria region as malignant malaria. Full text...

  • Kenya to reduce HIV/AIDS prevalence by 30%
    14 may 2003 14:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's local government minister Karisa Maitha on Wednesday announced a plan to reduce the rate of HIV prevalence in his country by 30% among youths by 2005. Full text...

  • Group says Africa needs urgent HIV prevention programmes
    14 may 2003 13:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An international HIV Prevention Group has emphasised the need for urgent prevention programmes for youths and adults at the greatest risk of contracting HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • Niger's anti-polio immunisation drive underway
    13 may 2003 21:01:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger has begun immunising people against poliomyelitis (polio) in two regions of Maradi and Zinder where four cases of the polio virus were detected between 2002 and 2003. Full text...

  • Rwanda has 260,000 AIDS orphans
    13 may 2003 20:48:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda has some 260,000 AIDS orphans, according to official statistics released in Kigali Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia to launch massive anti-measles vaccination
    13 may 2003 20:36:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zambia, with donor support amounting to 5. Full text...

  • Ghanaian woman sues hospital over alleged false HIV test result
    13 may 2003 18:19:00
    Tema- Ghana (PANA) -- A Ghanaian woman, who claims to have been falsely diagnosed as HIV positive at the Battor Catholic Hospital in the country's Volta Region has filed a suit at the Ho High Court seeking damages from the hospital. Full text...

  • WHO team in South Sudan over mystery disease
    13 may 2003 17:57:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) ) -- A team from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has arrived in South Sudan where a mystery disease has killed at least 10 people and infected 178 others, the local press reported in Khartoum Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria equips airports with thermometers to check SARS
    13 may 2003 12:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Authorities have installed infrared thermometers at five international airports in Nigeria as part of efforts to screen air passengers for SARS, Health Minister Alphonsus Nwosu said. Full text...

  • South African govt launches Anthrax vaccination
    13 may 2003 12:01:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African agriculture authorities have launched an Anthrax vaccination campaign after two cases of the disease were confirmed this week in the North West Province. Full text...

  • Malawi joins SARS alert
    13 may 2003 10:56:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The soaring occurrence of the pneumonia-like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Asia and reports of a case turned negative in neighbouring South Africa, has jostled Malawi government officials to full attention. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak in Blantyre kills one, infects 8 others
    13 may 2003 09:57:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Health authorities in Malawi have stepped up efforts to contain a cholera outbreak that has hit Malawi's commercial capital, Blantyre, where one person has been confirmed dead from the diarrhoeal disease. Full text...

  • SARS scare grips Nigeria
    10 may 2003 15:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Even though no case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has been officially identified in Nigeria, the country has been gripped by the SARS scare, with reports of suspected cases popping up in the local media. Full text...

  • Tanzania gears to cut HIV/AIDS prevalence by 30 percent
    10 may 2003 12:11:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania unveiled Saturday a plan of action aimed at reducing the rate of HIV/AIDS infection in the country by 30 percent by 2007 in a new effort to halt the alarming spread of the incurable pandemic. Full text...

  • WHO team to investigate disease in southern Sudan
    10 may 2003 09:30:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A team from the World Health Organization office in Nairobi is expected in southern Sudan Tuesday to investigate the disease that killed at least seven people in a village near the border with Uganda recently. Full text...

  • Brussels to host conference hypertension in Africa
    09 may 2003 22:29:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- An international conference on high blood pressure in Africa convenes Saturday in Brussels, organisers disclosed in the Belgian capital Friday. Full text...

  • Zambian junior doctors continue go-slow
    09 may 2003 13:43:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Junior doctors in Zambia's government hospitals continued with their go-slow on Friday despite pleas from health minister Brian Chituwo that they should return to work and allow the Central Board of Health (CBH) to sort out their grievances. Full text...

  • Alleged Ebola outbreak rattles northern Ugandan district
    09 may 2003 13:10:00
    Gulu- Uganda, (PANA) -- Following reports that an outbreak of the haemorrhagic Ebola fever had in the last 8 days claimed 45 southern Sudan, local authorities in northern Uganda have issued a travel alert in the border district of Kitgum. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe issues SARS alert
    09 may 2003 12:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Health Minister David Parirenyatwa Friday raised a national alert for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), but stopped short of cautioning against travel to countries and regions in Asia and North America where the deadly disease is most prevalent. Full text...

  • King Mswati's suite screened for SARS upon returning from UK
    09 may 2003 12:09:00
    Matsapha- Swaziland (PANA) -- No member of the delegation that accompanied Swazi King Mswati III to the UK tested positive to the dreaded Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus when they returned home Thursday afternoon. Full text...

  • South Africa announces potent treatment for erection problems
    09 may 2003 11:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African men plagued by erection problems will soon be able to buy a new product from pharmacies countrywide, which will give them more than an 80 percent chance of boosting their libido. Full text...

  • Churches claim donors neglect them in war against HIV/AIDS
    08 may 2003 21:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An executive for the southern Africa region of the World Council of Churches, Dr. Full text...

  • NGO in Niger rejects new debate on anti-smoking treaty
    08 may 2003 17:46:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- SOS-Tabagisme (SOS-Smoking) -- an anti- smoking NGO in Niger -- has urged the country's delegation to the World Health Assembly, scheduled for 19-28 May in Geneva, to oppose any proposal for re-opening the debate on the Framework Convention Against Smoking. Full text...

  • Trachoma costs the world billions
    08 may 2003 17:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the US and the International Trachoma Initiative have calculated that the human toll and economic burden of trachoma, a chronic infection that causes blindness, is in the billions of dollars. Full text...

  • Red Cross launches campaign for people living with HIV
    08 may 2003 16:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A poster competition to promote more understanding and compassion for people living with HIV/AIDS in East Africa has been launched on the occasion to commemorate World Red Cross Red Crescent Day, the Nairobi office of the international body said on Thursday. Full text...

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