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  • WHO staff demand greater security, better service conditions
    23 may 2003 17:09:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Staff Associations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) have called for greater security "in these times of insecurity and uncertainty as well as improved staff-management relations and better service conditions. Full text...

  • WHO pushes for drastic reduction of measles deaths
    23 may 2003 17:06:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged its 192 member States to step up efforts to drastically reduce the estimated 745,000 annual preventable child deaths from measles. Full text...

  • WHO reviews SARS advisory on Hong Kong, Guangdong
    23 may 2003 16:59:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation on Friday rescinded its recommendation that people should postpone all but essential travels to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Guangdong Province in China to prevent the spread of the Severe Acute Respiratory (SARS). Full text...

  • Africans want speedy release of anti-AIDS Global Fund
    23 may 2003 15:16:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- African delegates at the 56th World Health Organization Assembly in Geneva on Friday called for a simplified process that enables the early release of money from the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. Full text...

  • Gambia bills Malaria campaign for next week
    23 may 2003 09:14:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambian government, in conjunction with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) will next week organise a nation-wide sensitisation campaign on Malaria, a release from the Health Department indicated here Thursday. Full text...

  • NGOs urge G8 to boost anti-AIDS Global Fund
    22 may 2003 22:18:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- A group of NGOs attending the 56th WHO Assembly has called on the G8 rich nations to boost the Global Fund launched in 2001 to narrow the resource gap in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. Full text...

  • 200,000 People HIV/AIDS Positive in Liberia
    22 may 2003 22:15:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- More than 200,000 people in Liberia are infected with the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Adams Lincoln, health coordinator of the US Aid for International Development (USAID), said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Officials say Ebola virus fever abated in Congo
    22 may 2003 20:39:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The haemorrhagic fever caused by the Ebola virus has been stabilised in Mbomo, 'Cuvette Ouest' department, where no deaths related to the disease have been reported in the past two months, according to the Congolese Health and Population Minister. Full text...

  • Britain invests £16 million HIV/AIDS drug for Africa
    22 may 2003 20:28:00
    Livingstone- Zambia (PANA) -- The British government has begun investing £16 million in the manufacture and testing of a new HIV/AIDS protective microbicide gel that will soon be launched on trial basis in three African countries. Full text...

  • WHO unveils new Public-Private initiative on SARS
    22 may 2003 19:13:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) Thursday announced in Geneva a new public-private initiative to fight the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and build capacity for surveillance, epidemiology and public health laboratory facilities in China and the surrounding region. Full text...

  • Samba commends Africa's participation at WHO Assembly
    22 may 2003 19:00:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Ebrahim Samba, World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa Thursday welcomed the "active participation" of African delegations to the ongoing 56th WHO General Assembly in Geneva, saying it is a marked departure from the past. Full text...

  • Fears grip Africa as world grapples with SARS
    22 may 2003 17:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The spread of the unprecedented deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), has thrown into confusion all human privacy protocol at major airports in the world as the puzzle over the source of the virus persists. Full text...

  • WHO, partners launch $30 million disease testing scheme
    22 may 2003 16:21:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The World Bank and the UN-supported Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and the Bill Full text...

  • Gambian authorities pounce on quack doctors
    21 may 2003 22:57:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Barely a month after a crackdown Against illegal foreign currency dealers in Banjul, Gambian authorities have now turned the heat against quack doctors and non-licensed pharmacists. Full text...

  • Japan offers pharmaceutical products to Niger
    21 may 2003 19:53:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Japan has granted Niger equipment and medicines worth 413 million yens, to fight malaria, respiratory and diarrhoeal diseases under the Tokyo Action Plan for Africa's Development that started in 1998, official sources said here. Full text...

  • 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...

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