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  • Bangui agreements constrain access to anti-retrovirals
    28 february 2002 20:25:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- If the Bangui agreements as amended in 1999 became ratified on 28 February as expected, the hopes of parents in Burkina Faso to be treated against HIV/AIDS at cheaper costs might vanish, a medical NGO observed. Full text...

  • Anti-retrovirals now available in Burundi
    28 february 2002 14:17:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The first consignment of Indian-made generic drugs for AIDS patients has arrived in Burundi and will be marketed at less than half the price, an official source said. Full text...

  • Association of HIV patients leads Togo's fight against AIDS
    28 february 2002 13:05:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- An association of people living with HIV, and their supporters, is among the leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Togo. Full text...

  • Kadhafi Foundation to back up fight against AIDS
    27 february 2002 21:25:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Kadhafi Foundation for Charity president Saif Alislam Mouammar Kadhafi announced Wednesday that his organisation would get involved in AIDS control in Africa. Full text...

  • Cholera kills over 124 in south-eastern DR Congo
    27 february 2002 19:01:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- An outbreak of cholera in the south-eastern Katanga Province of DR Congo has claimed over 124 lives during the past few weeks, the Congolese News Agency reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Dysentery, diarrhoea threaten displaced persons in Lagos
    27 february 2002 18:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An outbreak of dysentery and diarrhoea is threatening more than 800 persons displaced at two camps in Lagos due to a recent violence and explosions at the Ikeja arms depot, Lagos State governor said Wednesday. Full text...

  • WHO Regional Programme meeting opens in Brazzaville
    27 february 2002 17:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 29th Programme meeting of the African Region of the World Health Organisation (AFRO) opened Wednesday at the Regional Office in Brazzaville, Congo. Full text...

  • Meningitis kills 95 in Ethiopia
    27 february 2002 11:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Health officials said Wednesday that 95 people have died from meningitis, while 1,636 others have contracted the disease since the latest outbreak in the country last September. Full text...

  • WHO reports rising malnutrition among pre-school children
    27 february 2002 10:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) says about half of the 10. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean states sign accord with UN to combat AIDS
    26 february 2002 18:55:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has signed a partnership agreement with the United Nations to combat AIDS among its member states. Full text...

  • Nigeria launches plan to curb Vitamin A deficiency
    26 february 2002 17:54:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Tuesday launched a plan for the fortification of some food items to stem Vitamin A deficiency, which claims the lives of thousands of children and affects the health of millions of mothers yearly. Full text...

  • UNICEF donates 100,000 mosquito nets to Burundi
    26 february 2002 17:02:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) will provide 100,000 impregnated mosquito nets to protect pregnant women in Burundi from malaria. Full text...

  • EU unveils new diagnosis of Ebola
    26 february 2002 07:55:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has announced a new method for quick diagnosis of the deadly Ebola virus. Full text...

  • Kenya's AIDS deaths expected to peak in 10 years
    25 february 2002 09:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- AIDS-related deaths are expected to peak in the next 10 years in Kenya due to high HIV infection rate, a UNICEF official has predicted. Full text...

  • Managing the constraints of infertility in Nigeria
    24 february 2002 16:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Every year, about three million babies add to Nigeria's population currently estimated at about 120 million. Full text...

  • Zambia phases out Chloroquine as malaria treatment
    24 february 2002 14:19:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zambia are to phase out the anti-malaria drug, chloroquine, because its efficacy has waned. Full text...

  • Kenyan scouts to educate youth on HIV/AIDS
    24 february 2002 14:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Scouts Association has stepped up efforts to enlighten local youngsters on the dangers posed by HIV/AIDS and drug abuse. Full text...

  • Kenyan, other scientists continue search for HIV/AIDS vaccine
    23 february 2002 17:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative (KAVI), a project jointly run by the University of Nairobi, Oxford University and the American Research Consortium, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, is at the forefront in the search for an effective vaccine against HIV. Full text...

  • Islamic Development Bank funds health sector in Sierra Leone
    22 february 2002 19:51:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has committed 2. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso assesses malaria eradication efforts
    22 february 2002 16:21:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Malaria persists as a leading killer disease in Burkina Faso despite efforts being made to combat it under the country's roll-back-malaria programme, according to official assessment. Full text...

  • Cholera epidemic spreads in Zimbabwe
    22 february 2002 16:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe's southern District of Bikita said Friday four people had died from cholera, bringing the death toll to 12 over the last three weeks. Full text...

  • Skin disease outbreak reported in Central Kenya
    22 february 2002 15:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Veterinary authorities Friday declared a quarantine in three Districts in Kenya's Central province following an outbreak of contagious lumpy skin disease. Full text...

  • Striking Sierra Leone doctors, nurses urged to resume work
    21 february 2002 21:09:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Health Minister Ibrahim Tejan Jalloh, Thursday appealed to striking doctors and nurses in Sierra Leone's government hospitals to resume duty. Full text...

  • UN envoy says Namibia making progress in AIDS fight
    21 february 2002 19:49:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- UN Secretary General's Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis said Thursday that Namibia had recorded a significant decrease in HIV/AIDS infections within its 15-24 years age group. Full text...

  • 500 women to receive HIV anti-retroviral drugs in Namibia
    21 february 2002 19:00:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Five hundred HIV-positive pregnant Namibian women will Monday receive anti-retroviral drugs, to stem mother-to-child infection, Health and Social Services Minister, Libertine Amathila said Thursday. Full text...

  • 600 Guinea Worm cases reported in northern Mali
    21 february 2002 18:08:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- About 600 Guinea worm cases were reported in 2001 in Mali's northern Gao region, along the country's border with Niger, Malian health officials have said. Full text...

  • Cuba, Burundi sign medical assistance agreement
    21 february 2002 17:50:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Cuba is to provide Burundi with medical assistance, including doctors under an agreement signed by both countries in the Burundian capital. Full text...

  • Togo obtains lower prices for antiretrovirals
    21 february 2002 15:37:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo has negotiated with foreign pharmaceutical companies to obtain antiretroviral drugs at lower prices, the country's health minister Pr Charles Kondi Agba revealed Wednesday evening on the state-run television. Full text...

  • Angolan hospital relies on candlelight
    19 february 2002 23:12:00
    Benguela- Angola (PANA) -- The main hospital of Cubal in Angola's central Province of Benguela province is functioning under candle light at night, despite having a new electrical generator, local sources conceded on Monday. Full text...

  • UNDP helps Zambia raise capacity and mainstream HIV/AIDS
    19 february 2002 20:14:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has started a five-day capacity building and performance appraisal workshop on HIV/AIDS for government health workers in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Trust fund helps Namibian children with heart disease
    19 february 2002 20:05:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Eight years ago in Namibia's northeastern town of Katima Mulilo in the Caprivi region, a baby was born with serious health problems unfamiliar to many people. Full text...

  • Rate of leprosy drops in Mali
    19 february 2002 17:26:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The number of leprosy cases in Mali dropped down from 35,000 in 1986 to 686 cases last September, Mali's health minister, Traore Fatoumata Nafo said. Full text...

  • Malaria threatens children in Angola's Kapa-Kuito
    19 february 2002 13:08:00
    Huambo- Angola (PANA) -- Three children die of Malaria on a daily basis at Kapa-Kuito in Angola's central Huambo province, the country's news agency reported. Full text...

  • UNFPA helps Sierra Leone to combat HIV/AIDS
    19 february 2002 10:16:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) has donated 100,000 US dollars to help in the rehabilitation of 256 commercial sex workers in western Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Libyan court declares incompetence to handle AIDS case
    18 february 2002 22:53:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- In its ruling on a case involving six Bulgarians and a Palestinian doctor, accused of inoculating about 400 Libyans with the AIDS virus at the Benghazi paediatric hospital 1050 km east of Tripoli, the Libyan people's court Sunday said it was "incompetent" to handle the matter. Full text...

  • UN HIV/AIDS envoy visits Namibia
    18 february 2002 22:13:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS for Africa is currently in the country on a four-day visit to acquaint himself with efforts being taken by both government and non-governmental organisations to address the pandemic in the country. Full text...

  • South African province moots new HIV/AIDS treatment programme
    18 february 2002 20:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Premier Mbhazima Shilowa of South Africa's most populated province, Gauteng, has announced a 30-million rand (2. Full text...

  • Malaria kills 24 in Zimbabwe
    18 february 2002 18:28:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe said Monday that malaria had killed 24 people from the more than 18,000 cases reported in recent weeks. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS to orphan 2 million Ugandans by 2010
    17 february 2002 11:07:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A report in Uganda has expressed fears that some 2. Full text...

  • French scientists discover an anti-malaria product
    16 february 2002 20:14:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A team of French searchers from Montpellier University (east of France) has developed an original and efficient molecule for malaria treatment, the American magazine, "Science" reveals in its edition dated 15 February. Full text...

  • Cattle disease compounds meat shortages in Botswana
    16 february 2002 15:55:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana is experiencing meat shortages due to the closure of slaughter houses and the Botswana meat commission following an outbreak of the foot and mouth disease in the country. Full text...

  • WFP assisting 3,500 Congolese AIDS victims
    15 february 2002 17:32:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville government and the World Food Programme (WFP) Friday signed an agreement for humanitarian assistance to 3,500 AIDS patients in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak in Southern Burundi
    15 february 2002 14:08:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Health officials have reported some 69 fresh cases of cholera, including one death, in Burundi's coastal town of Rumonge, some 20 km south of Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Kenya plans new concept in AIDS campaign
    15 february 2002 13:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will in March introduce a new campaign strategy in the fight against the HIV/AIDS, health officials announced Friday. Full text...

  • Uganda grappling with epidemic of childhood diseases
    14 february 2002 20:27:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Some 106 children died from the 2,301 cases of measles, cholera, malaria and meningitis recorded this week in Uganda, a health official said Thursday. Full text...

  • New book irritates Paris-based anti-AIDS campaigners
    14 february 2002 19:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Organisations combating the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa have regretted the distribution of 2,000 copies of Thomas Monfort's book titled "AIDS, the vaccine of truth", which discourages the utilisation of condoms. Full text...

  • Malaria kills seven children in northern Kenya
    14 february 2002 19:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Seven children apparently suffering from malaria died in the hands of traditional healers in Kenya's northern Isiolo district, after their parents refused western treatment, a local medical officer said Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya studies male circumcision and spread of AIDS
    14 february 2002 19:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government Thursday commissioned a study on male circumcision in the country's western Kisumu region to establish whether that practice has direct connection with the impact and spread of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • US Hospital donates dialysis machines to Nigeria
    14 february 2002 18:23:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Montefiore, a leading hospital in New York City, US has donated 13 dialysis machines for use in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Cholera kills three in Zimbabwe
    14 february 2002 17:06:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe's southern city of Masvingo said Thursday that three people had died of cholera and more than 80 others diagnosed with the disease. Full text...

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