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  • UNICEF ambassador shocked over maternal mortality in Sierra Leone
    09 september 2002 22:45:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Visiting UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Daniella Poggi has expressed deep shock over the rate of maternal mortality and abject poverty in Sierra Leone, and called for help to the needy, especially women and children. Full text...

  • UNAIDS says food shortage is worsening AIDS in Zimbabwe
    09 september 2002 17:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- UNAIDS said Monday food shortages in Zimbabwe were worsening AIDS infections and deaths in the southern African country. Full text...

  • Many DR Congo children die from lack of Medicare
    07 september 2002 20:07:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- Some 80 of deaths among children under age five in DR Congo occur at home without appropriate treatment, according to a study conducted by the government and UNICEF. Full text...

  • S. African mother, son doing well after liver transplant
    06 september 2002 15:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A mother who has donated a section of her liver and the recipient, her one-year-old son, were Friday reported to be recovering well after a marathon operation in Cape Town. Full text...

  • Nigeria signs HIV/AIDS control pact with UK, US
    06 september 2002 12:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government Thursday signed an 89-million pounds sterling agreement with the UK and the US for promoting sexual and reproductive health and reducing HIV/AIDS in the African country. Full text...

  • AIDS killed 40,000 in Burundi in 2001
    06 september 2002 11:55:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS killed 40,000 persons in 2001 in Burundi, where the pandemic remains the single major killer disease, Dr Joseph Wakana, director of the National HIV/AIDS Control Programme, said. Full text...

  • AIDS to impact severely on South African businesses
    05 september 2002 21:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African companies would have to look at alternative staffing models if they are to meet the challenges posed by the projected 21-percent decline in the country's labour force because of AIDS, according to a report. Full text...

  • Four more Zimbabweans die from cholera
    05 september 2002 20:40:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe's southern district of Bikita said Thursday that four people had died this week from cholera, bringing the death toll to 10 since the disease broke out in the area two weeks ago. Full text...

  • Four million Tanzanians at risk of river blindness
    05 september 2002 19:37:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian Health Minister Anna Abdallah said Thursday that more than four million people in six of the country's regions were at risk of contracting onchocercaisis or river blindness. Full text...

  • Ghanaian newspaper urges stronger anti-AIDS measures
    05 september 2002 17:21:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's biggest selling newspaper, the Graphic, has called for the intensification of public education to increase awareness on HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Over 40 admitted in Lusaka after eating contaminated bread
    05 september 2002 10:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Health authorities have closed a bakery in Lusaka after 40 persons who consumed bread from there fell ill and were admitted at clinics and the University Teaching Hospital in the capital for severe diarrhoea. Full text...

  • Mauritius plans new abortion law
    04 september 2002 20:20:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius is considering an abortion law to enhance government's birth control programme, Health Minister Ashok Jugnauth has said. Full text...

  • Meningitis kills 40 in eastern Rwanda
    04 september 2002 17:15:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Health authorities here Wednesday launched a vaccination campaign to contain an outbreak of meningitis that has so far claimed about forty lives in eastern Rwanda since mid-August. Full text...

  • Liberian First Lady takes voluntary HIV test
    04 september 2002 16:40:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's First Lady Jewel Howard Taylor has voluntarily undergone an HIV test as a way of encouraging her compatriots to check their status. Full text...

  • Meningitis hits Kenya's Kisumu town
    04 september 2002 16:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A suspected meningitis epidemic has hit Kenya's Lake Victoria port city of Kisumu, with at least two deaths reported from more than 25 cases, medical authorities confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cholera kills five more in Cote d'Ivoire
    04 september 2002 14:27:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Five more patients have died of cholera, raising the death toll to 14 since June in Cote d'Ivoire last June, health sources disclosed in Abidjan. Full text...

  • France donates 230 million FCFA to fight AIDS in Benin
    04 september 2002 14:04:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- France has donated 230 million FCFA (more than 346,000 euros) to finance Benin's campaign against the incurable HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Reunion donates medicines to Madagascar
    02 september 2002 19:51:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A plane with two tonnes of medicines and other products, left Reunion Monday for Madagascar, official sources said in Saint Denis. Full text...

  • DR Congo offers doctors to Zimbabwe
    02 september 2002 17:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- DR Congo has offered Zimbabwe some 50 doctors to help the southern African country cope with a national health crisis blamed partly on shortage of medical staff. Full text...

  • 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...

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