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  • Central Africa braces up against AIDS, Malaria and Ebola
    10 october 2003 12:41:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Organisation for the Coordination of Endemic Control in Central Africa (OCEAC), at the close of its 33rd ministerial committee meeting here has said it was now focusing notably on malaria, HIV/AIDS and the haemorrhagic Ebola fever. Full text...

  • Psychiatrists decry discrimination against mental patients
    10 october 2003 11:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, the South African Society of Psychiatrists announced its participation Friday in the drafting a White Paper to address the stigma and possible discrimination of patients with psychiatric disorders. Full text...

  • Annan hails Bill Gates Foundation for combating HIV/AIDS
    09 october 2003 23:52:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- UN secretary general Kofi Annan on Thursday commended Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda for their understanding that a global partnership is required to defeat HIV/AIDS, a unique global crisis. Full text...

  • West African experts focus malaria treatment in mothers
    09 october 2003 22:21:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Experts in reproductive health and malaria control programmes Thursday began consultations here to establish a network for the prevention and treatment of malaria in pregnant women in Francophone West Africa. Full text...

  • Ghana selected for paediatric eye care in West Africa
    09 october 2003 21:40:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana has been chosen as a West African Centre for the provision of quality paediatric eye care and the training of specialists in the sub-region, Health Minister Kwaku Afriyie said Thursday. Full text...

  • Unfulfilled promises disappoint blind Kenyans
    09 october 2003 14:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Chairman of the Kenya Union for the Blind (KUB), Mohammed Masood, Thursday said blind people in the country were disappointed that promises made to improve their lot never come to fruition. Full text...

  • S. Africa's armed forces court controversy over HIV recruits
    09 october 2003 13:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Council of Churches (SACC) on Thursday said it was shocked and dismayed at Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota's announcement that the country's armed forces would "no longer accept HIV positive people into its ranks. Full text...

  • UN moves to check spread of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland
    09 october 2003 11:33:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- A UN team is in Swaziland to explore ways of reducing the exposure of young women to HIV/AIDS, in the wake of figures indicating that women below 30 were hardest hit here by the pandemic. Full text...

  • Cataract still leading cause of blindness in Cameroon
    09 october 2003 10:40:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The eye ailment cataract is still the leading cause of blindness in Cameroon, accounting for about 85 percent of the disability, health authorities revealed here as the country observed the 4th World Sight Day on Thursday. Full text...

  • UNICEF distributes malaria drugs in Ethiopia
    09 october 2003 08:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UNICEF, in conjunction with Ethiopia's Health ministry has begun the delivery of vital malaria drugs to three endemic regions in the country. Full text...

  • Swazi doctors breach confidentiality code to fight HIV/AIDS
    08 october 2003 16:34:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Doctors belonging to the Christian Fellowship group under the Swaziland Medical and Dental Society have threatened to reveal names of HIV/AIDS sufferers who continue to practise unsafe sex, Dr Samuel Hynd said at a press briefing Wednesday in Mbabane, Swaziland. Full text...

  • Paris City to combat HIV/AIDS in West Africa
    08 october 2003 16:19:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris City Council has released 100,000 euro to support HIV/AIDS programmes in Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger and Senegal, Aurelie Gal, the official in charge of projects at the French NGO, Equilibres and Populations, told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malawi to observe World Sight Day
    08 october 2003 14:57:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- As the world commemorates World Sight Day on Thursday, the Malawi government and Sight Savers International will embark on an ambitious project to restore sight to the blind or partially blind people in the country. Full text...

  • Second South African health census gets underway
    08 october 2003 14:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Some 150 fieldworkers weighed down with scales, questionnaires and testing devices have begun a three-month census in the course of which they will call on 10,000 homes around South Africa asking families to take part in the country's second Demographic and Health Survey. Full text...

  • Germans use athletics to promote HIV/AIDS awareness
    08 october 2003 13:31:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A team of German athletes has arrived in South Africa to compete in the inaugural "Run and Bike for Help" event which began Tuesday as part of an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign. Full text...

  • Cameroon moves to eradicate Onchocerciasis by 2015
    08 october 2003 13:12:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's National Onchocerciasis Control Programme (PNLO) has indicated plans to launch a campaign next year for the free distribution of Mectizan to eradicate the disease, otherwise called River Blindness. Full text...

  • New material offers hope for world's cataract victims
    08 october 2003 08:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A new gel-like material being tested in the US on the world's common eye ailments is reportedly showing positive results, according to researchers. Full text...

  • Anglo American supports South African HIV/AIDS project
    07 october 2003 15:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Anglo American said it would provide about 30 million Rand during three years to LoveLife- South Africa's national HIV prevention programme for youth to accelerate LoveLife's national adolescent friendly clinic initiative (NAFCI) in communities associated with operations in the company in South Africa. Full text...

  • Third HIV/AIDS vaccine for trial in Uganda
    07 october 2003 12:34:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Another vaccine to combat HIV/AIDS is slated for trial in Uganda early next year, bringing to three the number of such vaccines to undergo testing in the East African country, the state-owned daily 'The New Vision' reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • World Burns Foundation assist burn victims
    07 october 2003 11:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Representatives from the World Burns Foundation are visiting institutions in Cape Town this week to discuss the operation and development of Burns Camps. Full text...

  • Gabon wants to stabilise HIV sero-prevalence
    06 october 2003 23:28:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon's National AIDS Control Programme's director Dr Gabriel Malonga Mouélet on Monday Declared his organisation's intention to stabilise the number of people living with HIV. Full text...

  • 3,500 Ivorian health staff to return to rebel-held areas
    06 october 2003 22:45:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 3,500 Ivorian health workers will return to the stations they occupied before the 19 September 2002 insurrection while others will receive new appointments, reliable sources said here Monday. Full text...

  • Doctors say cancers on the rise in Ghana
    06 october 2003 18:54:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A research conducted by the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana's central city of Kumasi during ten years shows a rising incidence of liver, lymphoma, breast and cervical cancer in the country, a Specialist Physician of the hospital disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • Yellow fever case reported in Burkina Faso
    06 october 2003 15:49:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A yellow fever wild virus has been detected in a 16-year-old Burkinabe boy from Gaoua district, some 310 km southwest of Ouagadougou, the Health Ministry said at the weekend. Full text...

  • Botswana allows routine HIV/AIDS testing in hospitals
    04 october 2003 11:54:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana citizens seeking treatment from public and private health institutions will in future undergo routine HIV/AIDS testing. Full text...

  • Gambian study says more men suffer from HIV/AIDS
    04 october 2003 09:26:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A new study on HIV/AIDS in the Gambia has found that infection rates are higher among men than women, confounding a long-held belief that the female gender bore the brunt of the disease in the tiny West African country of 1. Full text...

  • Suspected whooping cough kills 126 children in Sudan
    03 october 2003 17:40:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Some 126 children, most of them under age five, have died from a suspected outbreak of whooping cough in Sudan's Kimatong Budi county, in Equatoria State, according to an NGO, Medair. Full text...

  • Cameroon translates HIV/AIDS messages into 15 languages
    02 october 2003 20:56:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's HIV/AIDS awareness-raising messages have been translated into 15 local languages, authorised sources told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Benin launches new anti-polio immunisation 11 October
    02 october 2003 15:54:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin will 11 October begin the eighth national anti-polio vaccination campaign to immunise more than two million children under age five in the country, health officials said. Full text...

  • Malawi committee wants MPs tested for HIV
    02 october 2003 15:43:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's parliamentary health committee has proposed HIV/AIDS screening for all the 193 legislators to highlight the pandemic's grave situation in the country. Full text...

  • Congolese discovers anti-AIDS drug, 'Doubase C'
    02 october 2003 14:48:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A Kinshasa-based researcher and pharmacist, Constatin Bashengezi, has produced a drug 'Doubase C' which he claims is efficient in fighting HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • South African women urged to undergo breast cancer tests
    01 october 2003 16:37:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Netcare Breast Care Centre has called on women over the age of 40 to undergo mammograms as part of their annual health check-up. Full text...

  • MSF begins free ARV treatment DRC's Bukavu town
    01 october 2003 15:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on Wednesday said it has begun providing free treatment of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) to HIV/AIDS patients in DR Congo's war-ravaged eastern provincial town of Bukavu. Full text...

  • S. African opposition wants AIDS drug plan fast-tracked
    01 october 2003 12:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Opposition parties in South Africa Wednesday urged the Health Ministry to swiftly submit to the cabinet an AIDS drug plan it received Tuesday from a task team on anti-retroviral drugs for people living with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Kenya records rising TB cases spurred by HIV/AIDS
    01 october 2003 10:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan medical practitioner has raised an alarm over increasing tuberculosis (TB) infections linked to HIV/AIDS, describing the trend as "worrisome". Full text...

  • Dutch national accused of infecting Ghanaian with AIDS
    30 september 2003 19:35:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A Dutch national who has been accused of deliberately infecting several Ghanaian women with HIV has tested positive for AIDS, an Accra Regional Tribunal heard on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's VP slams national HIV/AIDS committee
    30 september 2003 12:51:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar has criticised the country's National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA) for directing more attention on urban areas at the expense of the rural communities in their efforts to stop the spread of the disease. Full text...

  • Measles cases rise in South Africa's Gauteng province
    30 september 2003 11:41:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The department of Health in South Africa's Gauteng province issued an urgent appeal on Tuesday for the immunisation of children against measles after the number of cases in the area suddenly rose from 9 to 30. Full text...

  • AIDS orphans crisis in Africa worries UN agencies
    30 september 2003 09:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Three international partners are complaining that current programmes to cater for millions of Africa's HIV/AIDS orphans have failed to address the enormity, complexity and long-term nature of the crisis in the continent. Full text...

  • UNICEF praises Canada on HIV/AIDS drugs export policy
    30 september 2003 07:48:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UNICEF says moves by the Canadian government to enact laws permitting makers of generic medicines to export cheaper versions of patented HIV/AIDS drugs to poor countries heavily hit by the pandemic is exemplary for other developed countries. Full text...

  • MSF seeking funds to combat meningitis in Africa
    30 september 2003 00:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Medecins Sans Frontieres on Monday urged industrialised countries to immediately release funds to help African countries secure enough supplies of efficient vaccine to fight meningitis in the continent. Full text...

  • South Africa for more research in tsetse-fly control
    29 september 2003 16:53:00
    Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's deputy President Jacob Zuma has called for intensified research and co-ordinated approach to eradicate tsetse flies from Africa. Full text...

  • Diarrhoea epidemic kills 10 in northern Cameroon
    29 september 2003 11:07:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A diarrhoea epidemic has killed 10 people in the northern province of Cameroon, while at least 10 others are hospitalised in critical condition, a health ministry source revealed here. Full text...

  • Bamako to host workshop on maternal mortality
    27 september 2003 11:57:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- An international workshop on maternal and neonatal mortality in West and Central Africa opens here Monday to follow-up the implementation of recommendations made during the 2001 Forum of First Ladies on the issue, PANA learnt from the UNICEF office in Bamako. Full text...

  • AIDS activists urge African leaders to fight HIV/AIDS
    26 september 2003 22:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African leaders have been challenged to move from mere talk to concrete action in order to stem the death of thousands of people by the AIDS scourge. Full text...

  • High participation at ICASA shows growing attention to AIDS
    26 september 2003 21:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The increase of participants from an anticipated 6000 to 7200 at the International Conference on Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) an indication that HIV/AIDS was getting the serious attention it deserved, conference chair, Dundu Owili told journalists here Friday. Full text...

  • Japan in cross-border project in Zambia to fight AIDS
    26 september 2003 21:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Japanese government said it was upbeat about an HIV/AIDS prevention project by TICAD III in Zambia that targets long distance truck drivers and commercial sex workers in border areas, Katsuhiro Sasaki, Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) resident representative in Lusaka, said the project, undertaken by the Tokyo International Conference for Africa's Development (TICAD III), was operating at six border areas. Full text...

  • USAID increases aid to HIV/AIDS projects in Kenya
    26 september 2003 20:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has identified Kenya as one of the "high- priority" countries in sub-Saharan Africa which are targeted to receive more resources from the agency for national HIV/AIDS preventive programmes. Full text...

  • Kenyan first lady calls for better health care in Africa
    26 september 2003 13:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan first lady Lucy Kibaki has urged stakeholders in the health sector to step up the provision of affordable and effective health care, especially in disadvantaged communities in Africa. Full text...

  • Opposition party demands Mbeki's apology on AIDS comments
    26 september 2003 10:55:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki returned home early Friday from the UN General Assembly in New York and was immediately censured by the opposition for his comments in the USA that he does not know anyone who has died of AIDS. Full text...

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