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  • 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...

  • 22,000 with HIV in Madagascar
    26 september 2002 13:25:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Malagasy Health Minister Andry Rasamindrakotroka said there are more than 22,000 people living with HIV in the country, and 15 percent of the population will be infected in 10 years' time if the spread is not checked. Full text...

  • Kenya medical lobby pushes for clear policy on AIDS treatment
    26 september 2002 08:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A coalition of organisations advocating access to medicines in Kenya has expressed concern at what it claims was the absence of clear policies for widening the use of AIDS drugs in the country. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone gets $15 million IDA credit to fight HIV/AIDS
    25 september 2002 21:34:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Parliament Wednesday ratified a 15-million dollar loan agreement between the Government and the International Development Association (IDA), on combating HIV/AIDS in the West African country. Full text...

  • Partners seek support to eradicate polio in Horn of Africa
    25 september 2002 16:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Partners involved in the global campaign against polio say the three countries in the Horn of Africa were close to eradicating the disease, and called for support to achieve the final push. Full text...

  • Tanzania breastfeeding forum attacks baby-milk producers
    24 september 2002 13:27:00
    Arusha- Tanzania (PANA) -- Lobbyists attending the second global forum of the World Alliance on Breastfeeding Action (WABA) Monday stepped up attacks on producers of artificial baby milk, accusing the companies of violating the international code of marketing their products. Full text...

  • UNICEF grants Zimbabwe funds to combat cholera
    24 september 2002 13:09:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has donated to Zimbabwe 11 million Zimbabwe dollars (US$205,000) to help the southern African country combat a raging cholera outbreak, which has claimed 20 lives and left over 400 others infected. Full text...

  • Many Benin children under age three are malnourished
    23 september 2002 16:15:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- About 25 percent of children under age three in Benin suffer from chronic malnutrition and growth retardation, according to an official study in the country. Full text...

  • Swaziland badly hit by HIV/AIDS, says UNAIDS report
    23 september 2002 11:10:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- In sub-Saharan Africa, Swaziland has been rated third on the list of nations worst hit by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • UNIFEM deplores the feminisation of AIDS in Africa
    22 september 2002 12:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNIFEM regional office's director of the human rights, gender and HIV/AIDS programme Aminata Toure has deplored the "feminisation" of the pandemic. Full text...

  • UN envoy condemns donor fatigue towards AIDS Global Fund
    21 september 2002 14:40:00
    Arusha- Tanzania (PANA) -- A UN envoy on HIV/AIDS Saturday took a swipe at donor nations for contributing "extremely disappointing" amounts of money to the Global Fund on chronic infectious diseases. Full text...

  • South Africa's traditional leaders combat HIV/AIDS
    21 september 2002 13:21:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Traditional leaders in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province are strengthening initiatives against HIV/AIDS, joining three other provinces - Eastern Cape, Free State and the North West Province - that have already launched their provincial traditional leaders HIV/AIDS chapter. Full text...

  • Over 600,000 Zimbabweans have full-blown AIDS, says Minister
    21 september 2002 09:52:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Health Minister David Parirenyatwa said Saturday more than 600,000 people in the country have full-blown AIDS, out of about 2. Full text...

  • 645,000 children immunised in Congo Brazzaville
    20 september 2002 21:41:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Some 645,865 of the targeted 679,800 children have been immunised against childhood diseases under the 2002 campaign in Congo Brazzaville, according to officials of the Health and Population ministry. Full text...

  • South African medics angered by extended internship
    20 september 2002 16:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African labour movement, MWU Solidarity, has instituted legal action against the government on behalf of 215 medical students required to do an extra year of internship. Full text...

  • Africa faces vaccine shortage amid new meningitis strain
    20 september 2002 15:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A new strain of meningocal meningitis is threatening Africa at a time when the continent lacks vaccines against the lethal disease. Full text...

  • South African doctor wins prestigious eye research award
    20 september 2002 11:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The International Society for Eye Research (ISER) has selected South African Doctor Thom Mittag for the 2002 Balazs Prize for his "outstanding contributions to the field of eye research". Full text...

  • Experts on breastfeeding, HIV/AIDS discuss infant feeding
    20 september 2002 10:32:00
    Arusha- Tanzania (PANA) -- The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and UNICEF have gathered experts on breastfeeding and HIV in Arusha, Tanzania, to discuss the challenges in feeding babies born to HIV-positive mothers. Full text...

  • UN report laments ignorance of most youths about HIV/AIDS
    20 september 2002 08:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Most young people worldwide are still ignorant about the causes of HIV/AIDS and about protection measures against the pandemic, the UN states in a new report. Full text...

  • Cameroon to conduct campaign against neonatal tetanus
    19 september 2002 21:03:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Cameroonian government has announced an eight-month campaign against maternal and neonatal tetanus beginning 24 September and continuing through 9 May 2003, and consisting essentially in the vaccination of women of childbearing age. Full text...

  • New cases of tuberculosis reported in southern Reunion
    19 september 2002 20:29:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Health officials said two new cases of tuberculosis have been reported among primary school staff in the southern part of Reunion. Full text...

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