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  • Cape Verde to recruit 35 doctors in 2003
    27 november 2002 19:37:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde plans to recruit more than 35 doctors under the 2003 budget, according to Sidَnio Monteiro, President of the parliamentary group of the ruling African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV). Full text...

  • Typhoid breaks out in Zimbabwe capital
    27 november 2002 18:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe said Wednesday the capital Harare had been hit by an outbreak of typhoid. Full text...

  • Health ministry uncovers quacks in Guinea Bissau
    27 november 2002 17:14:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea-Bissau's health ministry has published a list of quacks including three locals, a Chinese, a Guinean (Conakry) and a Senegalese. Full text...

  • AIDS used as weapon during Rwandan genocide - Kagame
    26 november 2002 22:17:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The masterminds behind the 1994 Rwanda genocide used HIV/AIDS as a weapon to kill ethnic Tutsis, a French daily, Le Figaro, said, quoting Rwandan president Paul Kagame. Full text...

  • Study faults validity of nicotine free cigarettes
    26 november 2002 21:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A new breed of cigarettes, which manufacturers claim to reduce health risks over traditional ones, may actually cause additional hazards, according to two new studies. Full text...

  • 800,000 kids in Ivorian conflict areas need polio jab
    26 november 2002 21:18:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 800,000 children living in Ivorian conflict areas have not been immunised against polio during a national immunisation exercise held 9-12 November in Cote d'Ivoire, well-informed sources disclosed in Abidjan Tuesday. Full text...

  • Over 10 billion dollars needed to fight HIV/AIDS annually
    26 november 2002 16:57:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) announced Tuesday that more than US$ 10. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS stresses on education mount in Sub-Saharan Africa
    26 november 2002 16:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Education in Africa is slipping and the future risked as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, according to an education specialist with UNESCO. Full text...

  • AIDS wrecks Uganda's tertiary and secondary education
    26 november 2002 13:50:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Absenteeism and a rising death toll among teachers and students living with HIV/AIDS are the most visible effects of the incurable disease on Uganda's tertiary and secondary education sector. Full text...

  • Cameroon Govt and AIDS researcher join forces
    26 november 2002 13:45:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon government has teamed up with a local medical researcher to attest the efficacy of his HIV/AIDS therapy that has reportedly reversed immune deficiency in several patients. Full text...

  • Kenya, US in collaborative programme to fight HIV/AIDS
    26 november 2002 11:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's telecommunication giant, Telkom Kenya and the US embassy in Nairobi have embarked on a collaborative programme aimed at raising public awareness on the incurable HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Cameroonians diversify approach to fight HIV/AIDS
    26 november 2002 09:27:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonians Tuesday launched a national week against HIV/AIDS by unveiling diversified approaches to fight the pandemic. Full text...

  • Nigerian journalists develop handbook on HIV/AIDS
    25 november 2002 15:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian journalists and other stakeholders working against the spread of HIV/AIDS now have a special handbook containing basic information on the prevalence of the pandemic in the country. Full text...

  • Zambia orders withdrawal of untested AIDS drug
    25 november 2002 15:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Authorities in Zambia have warned an American drug dealer who put an uncertified HIV/AIDS drug on the local market that he risks prosecution. Full text...

  • Research body launches Southern African HIV/AIDS Website
    25 november 2002 11:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Medical Research Council has launched the sub-region's first comprehensive HIV/AIDS information resource, the AfroAIDSinfo Internet portal. Full text...

  • Ethiopian pharmacologist claims discovery of weight loss drug
    25 november 2002 08:49:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian pharmacologist Mekonnen Hagos said he has discovered a drug that helps to reduce body weight by 25 percent, an Amharic newspaper reported here. Full text...

  • UNFPA to enter into partnership with private sector
    24 november 2002 14:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has begun moves to enter into partnership with the private sector in Nigeria to expand its resource base for enhancing reproductive health, population and development strategies and advocacy. Full text...

  • Angola wants Luis Sambo to head WHO in Africa
    22 november 2002 22:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Angola's deputy minister Dr Jose Vieira Dias Van-Dunem revealed here Friday that Luanda was campaigning hard for its national, Dr Luis Sambo to be elected as head of the Regional Office for Africa of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • 9m dollars needed to stock up yellow fever vaccine
    22 november 2002 21:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- At least nine million dollars is needed in the next three years to raise a global stock of yellow fever vaccine for averting outbreaks of the disease. Full text...

  • Angola mobilises army to fight polio
    22 november 2002 21:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Angola has mobilised its army and medical staff who formerly worked for UNITA rebels to carry out a nationwide vaccination of children against polio. Full text...

  • South African firm's staff contributes rape kits
    22 november 2002 15:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Staff members at South African financial services group, Absa, Thursday handed 100,000 rand from their own salaries to purchase rape kits for rape survivors. Full text...

  • 15 French psychiatrists in Mauritius
    22 november 2002 10:31:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Some 15 French psychiatrists arrived in Mauritius Thursday for a workshop and exchange of ideas with their Mauritian counterparts, Health Ministry officials said in Port Louis. Full text...

  • African HIV cases increasing in France
    21 november 2002 23:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- HIV-positive cases from sub-Saharan Africa have been on the rise in France since 1998, according to a report of the National Health Watch Institute released here Thursday. Full text...

  • Fifty Sierra Leonean children to undergo heart surgery
    21 november 2002 23:18:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A group of 50 Sierra Leonean children will soon be flown for heart surgery in the US, the country's Cardiologist Consultant Dr Olu Black announced in Freetown. Full text...

  • Stakeholders want increased investment in vaccines
    21 november 2002 20:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A WHO report on the status of vaccines is calling for increased investment that would enhance research, development and production of quality vaccines worldwide. Full text...

  • Only half of African infants immunised in first year
    21 november 2002 19:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- About 50 percent of infants in sub- Saharan Africa are immunised against childhood killer diseases in the first year of their life, according to a report presented here at the second meeting of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation. Full text...

  • World parliamentarians in Canada to promote reproductive rights
    21 november 2002 17:28:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Access to reproductive health care is a matter of life and death, said Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director of the UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), Thursday at the opening of an International Parliamentarians' Conference in Ottawa, Canada. Full text...

  • Medics battle mumps outbreak in eastern Kenya
    21 november 2002 16:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan health ministry has placed on alert all its health personnel in Embu District of Eastern Province following an outbreak of mumps in some areas there. Full text...

  • Mauritanian Midwives deplore maternal, infant mortality
    21 november 2002 15:57:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Association of Mauritanian Midwives organised a meeting in Nouakchott Wednesday to reflect on "maternal and infant mortality" and how to curb the phenomenon. Full text...

  • Malian Health Minister deplores immunisation in Africa
    21 november 2002 09:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal(PANA) -- Malian Health Minister, Fatoumata Nafo Traore, has decried the level of immunisation coverage in Africa, where half of the new-borns do not have access to vaccines against childhood diseases. Full text...

  • Uganda loses $1 billion annually to malaria, HIV/AIDS
    21 november 2002 09:05:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda loses more than one billion US dollars annually to malaria and HIV/AIDS, President Yoweri Museveni has revealed. Full text...

  • Wade pleads for mass mobilisation against infant diseases
    20 november 2002 22:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade on Wednesday in Dakar urged African countries to involve the population in the fight against infant diseases in the continent. Full text...

  • War hampers vaccination cover in Burundi
    20 november 2002 22:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Burundi's general inspector for health, Louis Mboneko, on Wednesday lamented the regression of vaccination rate in his country due its ten-year-old civil war. Full text...

  • Senegalese president opens vaccination meeting in Dakar
    20 november 2002 21:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade on Wednesday opened a workshop of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) here, attended by several hundreds of delegates, including 30 ministers of health and finance. Full text...

  • Development partners meet in Dakar on global immunisation
    20 november 2002 17:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Representatives of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), began a meeting in Dakar, Senegal, Wednesday, to try and revitalise immunisation programmes through co-ordinated efforts by major partners. Full text...

  • Ghana plans to allot more money to health in 2003
    19 november 2002 19:06:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghana government is to increase its investment in health to ensure that Ghanaians enjoy good health and maximise their potential for development, Finance Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Vaccination partners' meeting to open in Dakar
    19 november 2002 11:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Health ministers and experts from around the world have begun arriving in the Senegalese capital of Dakar ahead of Wednesday's opening of the second partnership meeting of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI). Full text...

  • Museveni accuses African leaders of neglecting health
    18 november 2002 21:00:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Monday accused African governments of negligence to prioritise health which leads to the persistent prevalence of diseases like malaria that is a major killer on the continent. Full text...

  • Chantal Biya heads African First Ladies anti-AIDS group
    16 november 2002 18:42:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian First Lady Chantal Biya, has been elected chairperson of the "African Synergies" association formed by African First Ladies to fight AIDS. Full text...

  • 20 percent of Burundians aged 50 and above are diabetic - survey
    16 november 2002 18:25:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A national survey has shown that 20 percent of people aged 50 years and above in Burundi suffers from diabetes. Full text...

  • Africa urged to redouble efforts on meningitis control
    16 november 2002 17:37:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A workshop on epidemiological surveillance within the 10-country "Africa meningitis belt," ended Friday in Cotonou, with a recommendation to the governments to provide enough budgetary allocations to fight the heat-borne disease. Full text...

  • 2,500 diabetics receive free treatment at Libreville Hospital
    16 november 2002 17:10:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Endocrinology Department of Gabon's Libreville University Teaching Hospital (UTH) offers free treatment every year to between 2,000 and 2,500 diabetes sufferers in the country, medical sources said. Full text...

  • AIDS Research Centre to open in Cameroon in 2003
    15 november 2002 21:30:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's AIDS Research and Prevention Centre, which has been under construction for several months, will become operational early next year, according to health officials. Full text...

  • 1.5 million diabetics in Algeria
    15 november 2002 18:42:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Some 1. Full text...

  • African First Ladies begin AIDS meeting in Yaounde
    15 november 2002 18:24:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Seven African First Ladies began a meeting Friday in Yaounde on how to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS on the continent. Full text...

  • Kenyans advised to stick to traditional diet
    15 november 2002 16:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- By eating traditional African food that normally has a high fibre content Kenyans would improve their chances of avoiding diabetes, a local physician said here Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria launches reproductive health policy
    15 november 2002 15:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has launched a reproductive health policy, marking a paradigm shift from maternal and child health and family planning to a holistic approach that encompasses reproductive rights. Full text...

  • Pretoria, Pfizer Inc agree to extend AIDS programme
    15 november 2002 13:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Ministry of Health and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Incorporation have agreed to extend indefinitely their cooperation programme on the treatment of opportunistic infections associated with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • French NGO wants pact on generic drugs to remain intact
    15 november 2002 09:24:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French association, Act Up-Paris has urged the two-day mini-conference of the World Trade Organisation in Sydney, Australia to refrain from questioning the Doha agreement on generic drugs. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso's first lady to attend AIDS summit in Yaounde
    14 november 2002 21:41:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- President Blaise Compaore's spouse, Chantal, left Ouagadougou Thursday for Yaounde in Cameroon, where she will take part Friday in the launch of activities of the association, "African Synergies," in fighting against HIV/AIDS, officials said in the Burkinabe capital. Full text...

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