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  • 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...

  • Pregnant women in Africa to receive free AIDS drugs
    25 september 2003 22:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS in all African countries will receive a complete dose of the life- prolonging drugs while their new-born babies will get doses of the same drugs after birth in an effort to stem the rising cases of mother to child transmission. Full text...

  • Pregnant women in Africa to receive free AIDS drugs
    25 september 2003 21:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS in all African countries will receive a complete dose of the life- prolonging drugs while their new-born babies will get doses of the same drugs after birth in an effort to stem the rising cases of mother to child transmission. Full text...

  • Accused Dutchman agrees to take HIV/AIDS test
    25 september 2003 20:31:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A 53-year-old Dutchman who has been accused of infecting several Ghanaian women with HIV on Thursday agreed to undergo an HIV/AIDS test. Full text...

  • UNAIDS study shows soldiers can help curb spread of AIDS
    25 september 2003 19:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Armed forces worldwide can play a vital role in fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS says in a new report released Thursday at the sidelines of the International Conference on Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections (ICASA). Full text...

  • World Bank reinforces education in fight against AIDS
    25 september 2003 16:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In further efforts to emphasise the role of education in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the World Bank Thursday launched a sourcebook on HIV/AIDS Prevention Programme. Full text...

  • Mauritius reports 56 new HIV cases in six months
    24 september 2003 19:42:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The health ministry in Mauritius has reported 56 new cases of HIV infection comprising 51 Mauritians (25 men and 26 women) and five foreigners, in the first half of this year. Full text...

  • Nigerian NGO promises HIV/AIDS services at African games
    24 september 2003 16:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Athletes, officials and spectators at the forthcoming 8th All-Africa Games in Abuja will have the opportunity to obtain "correct information and other requisite service referrals" on HIV and AIDS from a special HIV/AIDS hotline service to be set up at the venue of the two-week games, Lagos-based NGO, Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF) said. Full text...

  • African AIDS activists demonstrate at ICASA in Nairobi
    24 september 2003 16:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African AIDS activists at the on-going 13th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) Wednesday temporarily disrupted proceedings as they staged a demonstration saying there was too much talk about the pandemic while lives continued to be lost. Full text...

  • Somalia has best chance to curb HIV/AIDS
    24 september 2003 15:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali communities, local authorities and international partners have an opportunity to ensure that HIV/AIDS did not spiral out of control in their country, UNICEF Somalia Representative Jesper Morch said Wednesday here. Full text...

  • World Bank warns of new HIV/AIDS risks
    24 september 2003 14:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS was causing far greater long- term damage to national economies than previously realised, a new World Bank report warned on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Bissau hospital records 24 deaths in nine days
    24 september 2003 13:34:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- The Simao Mendes Hospital in Bissau has recorded 24 deaths since the military coup of 14 September, according to the hospital's Director Agostinho Semedo, who linked the toll to disruptions in Guinea Bissau's State institutions. Full text...

  • DR Congo urged to mobilise resources against TB, leprosy
    24 september 2003 12:17:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The eighth annual meeting of DR Congo's national programmes on leprosy and tuberculosis, has ended in Kinshasa, urging the government to mobilise resources to intensify the fight against the two diseases in the country. Full text...

  • Bissau hospital records 24 deaths in nine days
    24 september 2003 11:48:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- The Simao Mendes Hospital in Bissau has recorded 24 deaths since the military coup of 14 September, according to the hospital's Director Agostinho Semedo, who linked the toll to disruptions in Guinea Bissau's State institutions. Full text...

  • Kenyan varsity signs research pact with health Centre
    24 september 2003 08:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Maseno University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Nairobi-based International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), for collaboration in research activities on public health, environmental conservation, insect control and animal protection. Full text...

  • Kenyan NGO wants govt to reduce anti-AIDS drug prices
    24 september 2003 08:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Coalition for Access to Essential Medicines (KCDEM), has urged the government to reduce the price of anti-AIDS drugs, and save the lives of an estimated 250,000 Kenyans living with HIV. Full text...

  • African First Ladies renew commitment against HIV/AIDS
    24 september 2003 07:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), ended its two-day meeting in Nairobi Wednesday with the women renewing their commitment to fight the pandemic. Full text...

  • French NGO foresees success at Africa's AIDS conference
    23 september 2003 23:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Act Up-Paris, a French NGO Tuesday expressed optimism that the on-going 13th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) in Nairobi, Kenya would achieve "concrete results". Full text...

  • Emergence of polio in Nigeria worries health experts
    23 september 2003 21:02:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Gains made towards the eradication of polio in the African region risk being reversed if the spread of the disease in Nigeria remained unchecked, health experts heard at the opening of a two-day conference here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Experts target needle reuse in fight against AIDS
    23 september 2003 20:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An expert has warned that apart from sexual transmission of HIV/AIDS, needle reuse and unsafe medical practice pose enormous dangers in the spread of the scourge. Full text...

  • Chissano says HIV/AIDS is a global problem
    23 september 2003 20:21:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has warned against the tendency to see the HIV/AIDS pandemic as a problem that is restricted to any part of the globe. Full text...

  • Early childhood care linked to poverty alleviation
    23 september 2003 20:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Queen Sylvia Nagginda Luswata of Uganda's Buganda Kingdom Tuesday urged African governments to curb the perpetuation of poverty by fighting it at family levels. Full text...

  • UNAIDS donates $100,000 to innovative AIDS projects
    23 september 2003 18:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Tuesday announced a $100,000 grant and a new alliance with the World Bank's Development Marketplace and its Global HIV/AIDS Programme (GHAP) to fund innovative ways of fighting the disease around the world. Full text...

  • Luanda nurses on strike
    23 september 2003 18:51:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Nurses in Luanda started an indefinite strike Tuesday, demanding a pay raise and registration of some 3,000 of their colleagues. Full text...

  • 125,000 urgently need HIV/AIDS treatment in Kenya
    23 september 2003 18:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A 'People's Tribunal on AIDS' Tuesday pronounced a guilty verdict against some of the main obstacles to access to AIDS treatment for those most in need. Full text...

  • Nigerian bid to host HIV/AIDS conference
    23 september 2003 12:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has given the go-ahead for the country to bid for the hosting of the 14th International Conference on HIV/AIDS and STD's in Africa (ICASA) in 2005, according to officials of the National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA). Full text...

  • Malaria vaccine tests in Mali
    23 september 2003 11:43:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- First tests on a malaria vaccine are underway in Bandiagara in central Mali under the aegis of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAD), according to a NIAD statement. Full text...

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