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  • African forum on mitigation of AIDS epidemic opens Tuesday
    02 september 2002 13:11:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An action-oriented conference on mitigation of HIV infections in Central and Eastern Africa opens here Tuesday under the auspices of the UN Development Programme. Full text...

  • The dark cloud of AIDS has a silver lining in Malawi
    01 september 2002 16:54:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Even as HIV/AIDS devastates Malawi, visiting early death upon thousands across the southern African country the gloom, strangely, is proving a boom for craftsmen in a particular trade: coffin-making. Full text...

  • Kenya calls for concerted efforts to fight HIV/AIDS
    01 september 2002 14:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan grass-root HIV/AIDS control body wants the country's health authorities to harmonise the activities of the government, religious organisations and the local populace in the fight against HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Johannesburg hosts African First Ladies Summit on AIDS
    31 august 2002 20:19:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The organisation of Africa's First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OPDAS) will hold its first summit in Johannesburg Tuesday, official sources disclosed here Saturday. Full text...

  • Anti-polio vaccination for a million children in Luanda
    30 august 2002 23:14:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Over one million children aged below five will be immunized against polio in Luanda during the third phase of the national vaccination programme being conducted nationwide from 30 August to 1 September. Full text...

  • UNAIDS chief regrets the sidelining of AIDS at Earth Summit
    30 august 2002 15:38:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) executive director Peter Piot has intimated that the Earth Summit in Johannesburg was undermining the issue of HIV/AIDS as an integral component to the question of sustainable development. Full text...

  • Botswana begins HIV/AIDS vaccine trials in November
    29 august 2002 23:43:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana is set to begin the first phase HIV vaccine trials in November this year, according to a senior community education advisor with the Harvard AIDS Institute (Botswana). Full text...

  • Husbands blamed for spreading AIDS virus in Africa
    29 august 2002 22:59:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Husbands infected 90 percent of women suffering from AIDS in what were regarded as stable households in sub-Sahara Africa, according to a report issued by the UN Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Full text...

  • Central African countries tackle polio
    29 august 2002 21:25:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Five countries in central and south- west Africa Thursday launched a simultaneous campaign to immunise all under-five children against polio. Full text...

  • Millions of Zimbabwean children, women suffer malnutrition
    29 august 2002 10:47:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- An official of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) affirmed Thursday that more than three million children and women in Zimbabwe face acute malnutrition. Full text...

  • African AIDS activists launch movement
    29 august 2002 09:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- AIDS activists from 21 African countries who met 22-26 August in Cape Town, South Africa ahead of the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) have inaugurated the Pan-African HIV/AIDS Treatment Access Movement (PHATAM). Full text...

  • Cameroonian adolescents train in AIDS prevention
    29 august 2002 09:33:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Some 81 Cameroonian adolescents this week completed a training session in the coastal city of Douala on the prevention of AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). Full text...

  • Mali gets first telemedicine centre
    28 august 2002 23:43:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian First Lady Lobo Traore Toure launched Tuesday in Bamako a medical distance learning programme linking several Malian and European hospitals via the Internet. Full text...

  • WHO Director General clears air on genetically modified food
    28 august 2002 13:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- WHO Director General Gro Harlem Brundtland says in Harare, Zimbabwe that available evidence suggest that genetically modified (GM) foods are "not likely to present human health risk" and "these foods may be eaten. Full text...

  • Prompt response to humanitarian crisis in Southern Africa
    28 august 2002 10:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- WHO Director General Gro Harlem Brundtland, has appealed to donor governments and external sources of assistance to respond "promptly and generously" to the humanitarian crisis facing southern Africa. Full text...

  • SADC health ministers, WHO discuss drought effects
    27 august 2002 21:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health ministers from ten Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries began a two-day consultative meeting with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Harare Tuesday on HIV/AIDS and the health humanitarian situation in the region. Full text...

  • Varsities research circumcision versus HIV/AIDS spread in Kenya
    27 august 2002 21:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The University of Nairobi in collaboration with two foreign universities is offering free male circumcision services at the Lake Victoria port city of Kisumu in a unique research project aimed at checking the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Cholera kills six in Zimbabwe
    27 august 2002 18:46:00
    Zaka- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Six people have died of cholera in Zimbabwe's southern Zaka district and more than 200 others have been infected with the bacterial disease, health authorities said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria to launch Vitamin A-enriched food products
    26 august 2002 16:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian food industry will roll out the first batch of Vitamin A-fortified products such as flour, sugar and vegetable oil in September, health officials said in Abuja Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana to test teachers for AIDS
    26 august 2002 14:12:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC), says it will in September, begin a nation-wide research to determine the rate of HIV/AIDS infection among teachers in the country. Full text...

  • Mandela loses relatives to AIDS
    26 august 2002 12:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela has conceded to AIDS personally affecting his family, saying he has lost close relatives to the scourge. Full text...

  • Opposition, NGOs want Mugabe to undergo for AIDS test
    25 august 2002 21:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition party and non-governmental organizations Sunday called on President Robert Mugabe to undergo an AIDS test to boost national efforts to curb the spread of the incurable disease ravaging the southern African country. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa orders removal of counterfeit medical drugs
    25 august 2002 18:14:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian president, Levy Mwanawasa, has called for strict controls over the importation of medical drugs saying some foreign companies have taken advantage of the laxity to dump sub-standard medicines in Zambia. Full text...

  • Guinea begins yellow fever immunisation Monday
    24 august 2002 21:35:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Some 1. Full text...

  • Congo to launch anti-onchocerciasis campaign in September
    24 august 2002 21:15:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Health authorities in DR Congo say an onchocerciasis control programme will be launched in September in the country's northern Inga (Bas-Congo) area, with funding from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Malawi government enlists companies in fight against HIV/AIDS
    24 august 2002 17:57:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi is enlisting the industrial sector in its campaign against HIV/AIDS, as the scourge takes its toll on the labour force threatening production and the very survival of whole industries and businesses. Full text...

  • Mauritius moves to reform health sector
    23 august 2002 23:32:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Health minister Ashok Jugnauth has announced a reform plan of the health sector aimed at improving hospital facilities, equipment and services. Full text...

  • Burundi health authorities appeal for blood donation
    23 august 2002 21:59:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The National Blood Transfusion Centre in Burundi (CNTS) warned Thursday of a total shortage of blood reserves within three weeks, if other blood donors do not move to fill in the void left by vacationing students who usually provide 50 percent of its needs. Full text...

  • African first ladies summit on AIDS in jeopardy
    23 august 2002 17:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Africa's First Ladies Summit on AIDS slated for November in Yaounde appears to be in jeopardy following the birth of a rival organisation, indicates a document from the meeting's scientific preparatory committee. Full text...

  • Meningitis kills 14 in five Angolan villages
    23 august 2002 12:34:00
    Kuito- Angola (PANA) -- Meningitis has killed 14 people since 28 July in five villages of Kunhinga district in Angola`s central Bie province, the Angolan news agency (Angop) reported. Full text...

  • Kenyan NGO feted for HIV/AIDS homecare activities
    22 august 2002 23:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan non-governmental organisation based in Nairobi's sprawling slums of Kibera has received an international award from the US based African-American Institute and the John Lloyd Foundation for being the best organisation in Home Based Care for people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa. Full text...

  • Three die of cholera in Cote d'Ivoire
    22 august 2002 22:58:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A cholera epidemic that has hit Cote d'Ivoire since June has killed three more people, increasing the number of the dead to nine, reliable sources said in Abidjan Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritania seeks framework for HIV/AIDS control
    22 august 2002 20:39:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A seminar is underway in Mauritania on a strategic framework for control of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Nigeria labour group supports anti-polio campaign
    22 august 2002 17:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has pledged to make future National Immunisation Days (NIDs) in the country strike-free, in support of the government's efforts to eradicate polio ahead of the 2005 global target. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 1,000 in Malawi
    22 august 2002 17:07:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Cholera killed some 1,000 Malawians in the first seven months of this year, according to health officials. Full text...

  • Flu epidemic kills 633 in Madagascar
    21 august 2002 22:26:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The flu epidemic ravaging Madagascar for more than one month now, has killed some 633 people in the 16,490 recorded cases, according to latest report by the Health Ministry. Full text...

  • 16,000 Africans catch HIV/AIDS daily
    21 august 2002 20:50:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Despite frantic efforts by African governments to cut down on the HIV prevalence, 16,000 sub-Saharan Africans catch the virus daily, according to the Malawi National AIDS Commission's advocacy officer, Robert Chizimba. Full text...

  • Scientists mull ways to control porcine, human cysticercosis
    21 august 2002 19:48:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- An infectious disease transmitted between humans and pigs by tapeworms is on the increase in Eastern and Southern Africa, following an expansion of pork production in the region without parallel improvements in rearing standards, scientists meeting in Tanzania warn. Full text...

  • German firm to build $20 million drug plant in Khartoum
    21 august 2002 18:07:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan's drug manufacturer, ELE Pharmaceutical Group, has sealed a 20-million-dollar contract with German International Drug Industries Company to build an intravenous solutions plant in Khartoum. Full text...

  • Kenya launches oral health policy
    21 august 2002 15:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's public health ministry in collaboration with the University of Nairobi is conducting a national oral health survey to determine the burden of oral diseases in the country, a government minister disclosed Wednesday. Full text...

  • African traditional healers urge WHO to support their practice
    21 august 2002 13:36:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Traditional healers in Mauritania, Senegal and Mali are seeking support from the WHO for research in traditional medicine and the promotion of medicinal plants. Full text...

  • Tanzania welcomes drug donation for HIV/AIDS infected
    21 august 2002 12:09:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania is soon to begin distributing a free drug to help people living with HIV fight opportunistic infections associated with the virus that causes the incurable AIDS, local newspapers reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • WHO convenes meeting in Harare on humanitarian crisis
    21 august 2002 11:22:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Health ministers from Southern African countries and officials of the organisation have planned a meeting for 26-28 August in Harare to examine the serious widespread humanitarian crisis in southern Africa. Full text...

  • Foday Sankoh is still sick in Freetown jail
    21 august 2002 08:15:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone, (PANA) -- The eldest son of Cpl. Full text...

  • Zambia recruits Cuban doctors as locals leave for green pastures
    20 august 2002 17:22:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has recruited 87 Cuban medical doctors to beef up its health care service after many locally trained medics left for better opportunities in neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Proliferation of illegal drugs in Liberia worries Taylor
    20 august 2002 15:07:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- President Charles Taylor is worried by the "heavy inflow of illegal drugs" into Liberia, a government statement said in Monrovia. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou mayor's office combats illegal drugs
    20 august 2002 11:59:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Ouagadougou mayor's office is to launch a three-month campaign beginning next Monday to combat the sale of illegal medicines in Burkina Faso's capital. Full text...

  • Nouakchott hosts workshop on medicinal plants
    20 august 2002 08:05:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Traditional healers from Mali, Senegal and Mauritania were expected Tuesday to end a two-day workshop in Nouakchott, aimed at identifying plants used in traditional medicine in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Over 400 million FCFA to combat AIDS in Burkina Faso
    19 august 2002 23:13:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A project to support a sectoral programme in the fight against AIDS (PA-PMLS) with the World Bank's support was signed Monday in Ouagadougou, providing three funding agreements worth 432 million FCFA (648,108 US dollars) to three ministries. Full text...

  • Committee says Cameroon's HIV/AIDS campaign is floundering
    19 august 2002 22:21:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS education strategies initiated by public authorities in Cameroon are still to make an impact, the National Committee on the Fight against AIDS (CNLS) admitted at an assessment meeting 16-18 August in Bana, west of the country. Full text...

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