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  • African ministers for early release of health funds
    10 october 2002 20:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- African Health ministers meeting in Harare Thursday urged a quick disbursement of the Global Fund for the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria, which was set up last year. Full text...

  • African ministers to fight poverty through investment in health
    10 october 2002 17:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- African Health Ministers have endorsed a plan to explore the contribution of health to poverty reduction, economic growth and human development. Full text...

  • African Health ministers adopt environment, health strategy
    10 october 2002 13:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- African Health Ministers Thursday in Harare adopted an environment and health strategy which would create an environment conducive to health and sustainable development in the region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Health ministers discuss Global Fund on AIDS, TB, Malaria
    10 october 2002 12:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health Ministers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met in Harare Thursday on the sidelines of the ongoing 52nd session of WHO Regional Committee for Africa to discuss health problems plaguing the sub-region. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Health minister reports decline in malaria
    10 october 2002 12:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Health Minister David Parirenyatwa said malaria cases in the country had declined this year because of drought, which deprived mosquitoes their ideal breeding ground. Full text...

  • Somalis hail reopening of Kismayo General Hospital
    10 october 2002 08:40:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Hundreds of Somalis in the southern port town of Kismayo are celebrating Wednesday's reopening of the local general hospital after three years of closure. Full text...

  • Over 120,000 blind people in Mali
    09 october 2002 22:59:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Over 120,000 people in Mali are blind and 10,000 more would lose their eyesight in the coming few years, an expert with the African Institute of Ophthalmology has said. Full text...

  • Worldwide audience to view Cape Town concert on AIDS
    09 october 2002 21:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Two HIV/AIDS awareness concerts to be performed in Cape Town and Seattle, Washington on 7 November will be broadcast live around the world. Full text...

  • Burkinabe businesswoman donates ARV to AIDS patients
    09 october 2002 19:18:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A prominent Burkinabe businesswoman has donated anti-retrovirals (ARV) worth USD 453,300 to assist 500 poor AIDS sufferers in the country. Full text...

  • African ministers approve $193-million biennial budget
    09 october 2002 17:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- African Health Ministers meeting in Harare Wednesday approved a 2004-5 programmes budget of 193 million US dollars for the WHO Regional Office (WHO-AFRO), representing an increase of 20 percent over the outgoing period. Full text...

  • WHO chief urges investment in human health to alleviate poverty
    09 october 2002 09:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- WHO Director General Gro Harlem Brundtland has called on developing countries to set up effective health-based macroeconomic national schemes to jump-start human development. Full text...

  • Health Minister Says Botswana Battling Poverty, HIV/AIDS
    08 october 2002 18:29:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Botswana has launched an aggressive programme to tackle its high HIV/AIDS prevalence rate and also deal with poverty, exacerbated by the drought-induced food crisis in the country, Health Minister Joy Phumaphi said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • WHO executive criticises tobacco companies
    08 october 2002 15:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- WHO Director General Gro Harlem Brundtland Tuesday in Harare, lashed out at tobacco companies worldwide for pursuing economic gains at the expense of public health, and promised that a WHO Treaty would deal with the problem. Full text...

  • AU urges pragmatic measures against Africa's health problems
    08 october 2002 13:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Africa should be proactive and result- oriented in dealing with its health problems so that its disease- burden does not "wipe out all the gains achieved since political independence in the early 1960s," a senior African Union (AU) official urged Tuesday in Harare, at the opening of the annual meeting of African Health Ministers. Full text...

  • WHO records progress in the control of communicable diseases
    08 october 2002 12:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- It will not be all tales of woe for African Health ministers gathered here this week for the 52nd session of the World Health Organisation's Regional Committee for Africa. Full text...

  • UNICEF mulls over dumping McDonald's deal
    08 october 2002 12:01:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is reviewing its involvement in a controversial global fundraising campaign with the US-based fast food giant McDonald's, a senior official of the UN agency told PANA in an interview. Full text...

  • Mugabe defends land reforms at regional WHO meeting
    08 october 2002 11:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe opened the 52nd session of the World Health Organisation Regional Committee in Harare Tuesday, touching on Africa's health problems as he argued for his government's controversial land reforms. Full text...

  • Don't humiliate AIDS victims, Ghana church leaders warned
    07 october 2002 19:33:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's leader of the fight against AIDS on Monday urged faith-based organisations to stop branding people living with the disease as sinners and immoral persons. Full text...

  • Tanzania, others benefit as AIDS Fund improves accountability
    07 october 2002 18:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Tanzania, with its recent history of innovative health care is among the first countries earmarked for grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. Full text...

  • African Health Ministers to approve regional budget
    07 october 2002 15:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The 52nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa (RC52) opening Tuesday in Harare will approve the 2004-5 Programme Budget and discuss implementation of programmes in the fight against diseases of the poor, WHO Regional Director for Africa Ebrahim Samba said Monday. Full text...

  • Southern African journalists to use pen to fight HIV/AIDS
    07 october 2002 13:31:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A group of southern African journalists have declared a total onslaught on HIV/AIDS after devising a comprehensive strategy to use the power of the pen to fight the pandemic. Full text...

  • Anti-abortion lobbyists protest in South Africa
    07 october 2002 08:39:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Thousands of anti-abortion activists held protests in South Africa Sunday, carrying placards proclaiming that "abortion kills babies" and singing gospel songs. Full text...

  • Muluzi says AIDS has negative impact on productivity
    06 october 2002 18:26:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian President Bakili Muluzi has deplored the negative impact of HIV/AIDS pandemic on productivity in the famine stricken Southern Africa. Full text...

  • Renowned Sudanese musician gets kidney transplant
    06 october 2002 15:55:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- An outstanding Sudanese musician Mohammed Wardi on Sunday underwent a successful kidney transplant at a hospital in Doha, Qatar, Sudan news agency reported. Full text...

  • Meningitis kills 63 in Burundi
    06 october 2002 12:18:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Health authorities in Burundi say they have contained a meningitis outbreak after the disease claimed 63 lives in the past three months. Full text...

  • ILO: HIV/AIDS hits Kenyan workers hard
    05 october 2002 11:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on Kenyan workers is significant enough to affect the very survival of the country's enterprises, says The People Daily newspaper, quoting the chief executive officer of the Federation of Kenya Employers, Tom Owuor. Full text...

  • Health Ministers meet as Africa battles poverty, famine, diseases
    05 october 2002 10:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African Health Ministers hold their 52nd annual meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe, next week as the continent battles serious socio-economic crises, exacerbating the health problems of the majority of the continent's 700 million people. Full text...

  • African network hails deciphering of Anopheles genome
    04 october 2002 21:41:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The African Malaria Network Trust (AMANET) ended workshop on ethics and good clinical practices in medical research Thursday in Libreville, hailing the deciphering of the genome of the Anopheles mosquito that transmits malaria. Full text...

  • No polio case recorded in Liberia in 24 months - Minister says
    04 october 2002 19:53:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian Health minister, Peter Coleman, Friday said no case of polio has been recorded in the country in the past 24 months as a result of intensified eradication campaigns. Full text...

  • Pellagra breaks out in famine-hit Zambia
    04 october 2002 10:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Cases of pellagra are surfacing among malnourished people in Zambia as a result of severe famine, nutrition experts in the country said Friday. Full text...

  • Uganda AIDS patients lack access to anti-retrovirals
    03 october 2002 23:09:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Less than one percent of AIDS suffers in Uganda can access anti-retroviral drugs, an official of the country's Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) admitted Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritania to set up National AIDS Control Committee
    03 october 2002 20:55:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritanian government has adopted a bill to set up a National HIV/AIDS Control Committee, according to Communications minister Cheiyakh Ould Ely. Full text...

  • Mauritian male nurses want a 20% pay rise
    03 october 2002 19:54:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Common Front of Mauritius Trade Unions of Male Nurses threatened Thursday to call a strike if its demands, including a 20 per cent pay rise, are not met by 24 October. Full text...

  • Donors find Uganda's proposed spending on health too ambitious
    03 october 2002 00:01:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda's Health ministry is back to the drawing board after donors expressed reserve about a 28-dollar per capita spending envisaged in the country's Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP), with the IMF and World Bank saying the targeted amount was unrealistic. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea bans tobacco adverts
    02 october 2002 21:06:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equatorial Guinean authorities have banned tobacco advertising countrywide and urged the relevant Departments to "promote activities that would help curb the consumption of tobacco" in the country. Full text...

  • Kenyan anti-AIDS Council wants review of HIV status law
    02 october 2002 18:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's National AIDS Control Council (NACC) has called for radical changes to the privacy and confidentiality law to allow doctors to disclose the HIV status of patients after a specified period. Full text...

  • Sweden, Netherlands give cash for SADC AIDS fight
    01 october 2002 18:26:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Sweden and the Netherlands Tuesday gave the International Federation of the Red Cross USD 14 million to finance its HIV/AIDS programmes in 10 member countries of the Southern Africa Development Community. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau nurses on strike.
    01 october 2002 16:02:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau nurses were on the second day of a five-day national strike Tuesday, which they launched to press demand for better working conditions. Full text...

  • Cholera death toll rises in Zimbabwe
    01 october 2002 13:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health officials in Zimbabwe said Tuesday three more people have died of cholera in the southern districts of Bikita and Zaka, bringing the death toll to 24 since the disease broke out a month ago. Full text...

  • Ghana to produce HIV/AIDS drugs locally
    30 september 2002 18:23:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana said on Monday it would start the production of three off-patent anti-retroviral drugs for the management of HIV/AIDS in March 2003. Full text...

  • French NGO sends 10 tonnes of medical supplies to Abidjan
    30 september 2002 18:01:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French humanitarian NGO, Doctors Without Borders or, in French, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), said Monday it had dispatched 10 tonnes of medical supplies and logistics equipment to Cote d'Ivoire embroiled in military uprising since 19 September. Full text...

  • Zambian labour leaders step up anti-HIV/AIDS campaign
    27 september 2002 15:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), with the support of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), Friday launched a workshop to train workers' educators towards strengthening the fight against HIV/AIDS in work places. Full text...

  • Number of HIV carriers in Gabon rises by 5,000
    26 september 2002 22:46:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The number of HIV positive persons in Gabon has risen from 33,000 in 2000 to 38,000 in 2002, out of a population of 1. Full text...

  • UNICEF sees malnutrition increasing in Zimbabwe
    26 september 2002 22:33:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Malnutrition levels are rising among Zimbabwean children and women due to drought, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Botswana government approves HIV/AIDS vaccine trial
    26 september 2002 21:36:00
    Gaborone Botswana (PANA) -- The Botswana government has approved trials of an HIV/AIDS Type C vaccine, scheduled to begin in the country in November, health officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal to tackle AIDS in Transport sector
    26 september 2002 21:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's Ministries of Transport and Health are joining forces to combat AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections in the transport sector, senior government officials have said. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS rapidly depletes human resources in Sub-Saharan Africa
    26 september 2002 21:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS is causing enormous human suffering and putting unbearable pressure on biodiversity and natural resource management to dangerous levels that rapidly increase poverty in many countries, according to a study launched Thursday in Nairobi. Full text...

  • WHO boosts Zimbabwe's anti-malaria campaign
    26 september 2002 20:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) Thursday donated equipment worth more than 50 million Zimbabwean dollars (about 909,000 US dollars) to support Zimbabwe's anti-malaria programme. Full text...

  • Companies refuse to lower meningitis vaccine prices
    26 september 2002 19:59:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- African countries and NGOs who started negotiations with pharmaceutical companies in Ouagadougou Tuesday failed to convince them to lower the price of meningitis vaccines, informed sources said in Burkina Faso's capital Wednesday. Full text...

  • Khartoum Court jails businessman for drug counterfeiting
    26 september 2002 14:03:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A Khartoum Court has sentenced a Sudanese businessman, Falih Mahdi Ghani, to three months in jail, for counterfeiting a drug product. Full text...

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