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  • Herbal treatment for HIV/AIDS causes stir in Sudan
    05 november 2002 16:41:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A herbal treatment recently disclosed for HIV/AIDS was causing so much stir in Sudan that health authorities have warned the public not to overrate the herbal concoction. Full text...

  • Nigeria's fight against polio suffers setback
    05 november 2002 15:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has recorded 142 new cases of wild poliovirus transmission, dashing its hope of being polio- free at the end of this year. Full text...

  • 20 Malawian women die, 200 deformed daily in childbirth
    05 november 2002 13:20:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- At least 20 Malawian women die while 200 others are deformed daily from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications, Health and Population Minister Yusuf Mwawa said Tuesday in Blantyre. Full text...

  • South Korea donates drugs to Zimbabwe
    05 november 2002 09:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- South Korea Tuesday donated millions of dollars worth of drugs to Zimbabwe to help the country cope with a health crisis resulting from under-funding and under-staffing of its public health centres. Full text...

  • Anthrax kills two, infects 20 in Zimbabwe
    05 november 2002 09:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in the northern town of Bindura in Zimbabwe said Tuesday two people had died of anthrax and 20 others infected after eating meat from an infected cow. Full text...

  • Ethiopian artists join the fight against AIDS
    04 november 2002 20:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's Ministry of Education has, in collaboration with the National AIDS Control Programme and UNICEF, asked young artists to join the fight against AIDS through their artwork. Full text...

  • Nigerian scientist gets U.S. patent on AIDS drug
    04 november 2002 15:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The U. Full text...

  • Mauritius industrialist warns against HIV/AIDS among workers
    04 november 2002 11:45:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Export Processing Zone Development Authority (EPZDA) director Chan Sun has cautioned against the rapid spread of HIV infections in the island recently, a development likely to hurt the industrial and other economic sectors. Full text...

  • Sleeping sickness affects 100,000 in Angola
    03 november 2002 18:32:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Sleeping sickness affects 100,000 people in Angola, the director of the country's Institute for the Eradication of trypanosomiasis, Teofilo Josenando revealed here. Full text...

  • Austria to launch ophthalmic centre in Sudan
    03 november 2002 15:39:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan and Austria on Sunday signed an agreement here under which the European government will establish an ophthalmic centre in Sudan. Full text...

  • UNFPA fights pregnancy complications in Sub-Saharan Africa
    02 november 2002 17:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has announced a two-year campaign to fight obstetric fistula, a pregnancy-related condition, in 12 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • UNFPA launches campaign on obstetric fistula in Africa
    02 november 2002 15:16:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has launched a two-year campaign to fight obstetric fistula in 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's life expectancy ranks lowest in the world
    02 november 2002 14:53:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's average life expectancy, 34. Full text...

  • 16% of pregnant women HIV-positive in Congo's second city
    02 november 2002 13:29:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Sixteen percent of pregnant women in Congo's second city of Pointe Noire have HIV/AIDS, while the figure is about 10 percent in the capital of Brazzaville, Serge Magloire Ngoubou, the consulting doctor of the French Red Cross's (CRF) Mother-Child unit, has told Radio Congo. Full text...

  • WHO donates 4,000 treated mosquito nets to Gabon
    31 october 2002 23:08:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) office for Africa has donated 4,000 treated mosquito nets to Gabon for distribution to pregnant women and children below five in a move to protect them against malaria. Full text...

  • Chissano speaks out against AIDS stigma in Mozambique
    31 october 2002 22:03:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano Thursday called on society to unite against any form of discrimination or stigmatisation of people living with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS patients die of hunger in Botswana
    31 october 2002 19:25:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Some HIV/AIDS patients under Botswana's home-based care programme have died in the last three months from lack of food, officials said. Full text...

  • DR Congo records 28,000 cases of cholera this year
    30 october 2002 23:18:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A total of 28,312 cases of cholera, including 1,656 deaths were recorded between January and October 2002 in DR Congo, according to Epidemics director Benoit Kebela. Full text...

  • Malawi's Catholic Church stirs fresh HIV/AIDS controversy
    30 october 2002 22:18:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's Human Rights Commission (MHRC) Wednesday described as "discriminatory and immoral" a Catholic Church policy to subject its seminarians to mandatory HIV/AIDS screening before admitting them to the priesthood. Full text...

  • Congolese teachers train in AIDS prevention
    30 october 2002 21:02:00
    Brazzaville Congo (PANA) -- About 2000 teachers from 64 schools have been trained in a programme on the prevention of AIDS for Congolese schools (PRESIEC), which emphasises responsible behaviour among pupils vis-a-vis HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Full text...

  • Congolese authorities combat Malaria in Pointe-Noire
    30 october 2002 19:42:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese Health Minister Alain Moka launched a campaign Wednesday in Point-Noire aimed at popularising the use of treated mosquito nets to curb the incidence of malaria in the area. Full text...

  • Doctor urges Ghanaians to donate bodies for research
    30 october 2002 17:43:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A senior doctor at Ghana's Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Wednesday appealed to the public to bequeath their bodies to medical schools for teaching and research. Full text...

  • Anti-AIDS cycling tour to reach 10,000 villagers in Niger
    30 october 2002 15:50:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- An American Peace Corps HIV/AIDS education campaign, conducted through a weeklong cycling tour, will reach about 10,000 people in 36 villages in Niger. Full text...

  • Health researchers to meet in Arusha, Tanzania
    30 october 2002 14:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 700 public health specialists from 100 countries will hold their annual Global Forum for Health Research in Arusha, northern Tanzania from 12-15 November. Full text...

  • Angolan TV takes up campaign against HIV/AIDS
    29 october 2002 22:27:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola's lone TV channel Naçمo Coragem has begun broadcasting a series of documentaries on HIV/AIDS, in what pundits welcomed as a bold step at exposing prejudices associated with the pandemic in the country. Full text...

  • MSF complaints about lack of access to civilians in CAR
    29 october 2002 21:46:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French medical NGO, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) said Tuesday that its efforts to provide assistance to civilians caught up in the latest crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), were being hampered by the military offensive in Bangui. Full text...

  • Mozambican Health authorities, healers discuss HIV/AIDS
    29 october 2002 20:33:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican medics and traditional healers met Tuesday in Maputo to discuss how the latter could help treat opportunistic diseases associated with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Angola seeks Senegal's support for WHO Regional post
    29 october 2002 20:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Angola has requested Senegal to support its national Luis Sambo, bidding for the post of WHO Regional Director for Africa (WHO-AFRO), Angolan Ambassador to Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire and Guinea, Dombele M'Bala Bernardo said in Dakar Tuesday. Full text...

  • Central African experts convene on malaria
    28 october 2002 23:37:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A meeting of experts opened Monday in Libreville with the main concern being to reduce the incidence of malaria in the Central African sub region. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS activists in Uganda want commercial sex legalised
    28 october 2002 20:01:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS activists in Uganda have called for the legalisation of prostitution with a view to curbing the spread of the pandemic and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD). Full text...

  • Fancophone experts meet on guinea worm in Nouakchott
    28 october 2002 19:30:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Experts from guinea worm-prone Francophone countries began a meeting in Nouakchott, Mauritania Monday, on programmes for the eradication of the disease. Full text...

  • Nigeria to fortify cassava products with Vitamin A
    28 october 2002 16:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria is to fortify cassava food products with Vitamin A in a renewed onslaught against micro-nutrient deficiencies, Minister of State for Health, Amina Ndalolo has said. Full text...

  • South Africa moves to combat breast cancer
    28 october 2002 13:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Health officials in South Africa's Gauteng province are campaigning to raise awareness on breast cancer self-examination and screening for cervical cancer. Full text...

  • Eight cases of meningitis diagnosed in southern Burundi
    28 october 2002 12:14:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Eight meningitis patients are being treated in southern Burundi's Rutana province, three months after the epidemic's spread in the country's north, central and eastern zones. Full text...

  • Iodine deficiency troubles rampant in Niger
    28 october 2002 09:00:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- At least 36 percent of the population in Niger is affected by iodine deficiency troubles (IDTs), the country's health minister Ibahim Koma has revealed. Full text...

  • Samba: Administrator-surgeon Africa may have to 'clone'
    27 october 2002 18:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Although he has less than two years to complete his second five-year mandate as WHO Regional Director for Africa (WHO-AFRO) based in Congo Brazzaville, Gambian surgeon Ebrahim Malick Samba makes no secret of his intention to retire in 2004. Full text...

  • WHO declares Sudan polio-free
    27 october 2002 15:42:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan is now free from polio, declared the World Health Organisation (WHO) representative in Sudan, Salah Haithami, Sunday in Khartoum. Full text...

  • Yellow fever kills five in central Senegal
    25 october 2002 22:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Medical officials in Senegal have launched a vaccination campaign to arrest an outbreak of yellow fever in the central regions of Diourbel and Thies. Full text...

  • African conference on Reproductive Health ends
    25 october 2002 19:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The first meeting of the Regional Reproductive Health Task Force, an expert group set up by the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), ended on Friday in Nairobi, with recommendations aimed at improving access to reproductive health services on the continent. Full text...

  • Ghanaian official wants law to protect HIV/AIDS patients
    25 october 2002 19:34:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's Deputy Attorney General and Justice Minister, Gloria Akuffo, Friday in Accra, called for a legislation to protect the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Abstinence and condoms helped Uganda to lower HIV/AIDS
    25 october 2002 19:25:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Campaigns by religious organisations to encourage sexual abstinence and doctors to promote condom use have led to a drastic decline in Uganda's former double digit HIV/AIDS prevalence rates. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Education Ministers plead for AIDS patients
    25 october 2002 18:38:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS Education Ministers have appealed to leaders in the sub-region to make HIV/AIDS treatment more accessible to children, teachers and other education workers. Full text...

  • AIDS kills 947,552 in Uganda
    25 october 2002 17:26:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Some 947,552 people died of HIV/AIDS in Uganda between 1983 and June 2002, according to the Ministry of Health Surveillance. Full text...

  • US Peace Corps volunteers pedal against HIV/AIDS
    25 october 2002 14:56:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- US Peace Corps volunteers will organise their third annual cycling tour in Niger from 27 October to 10 November to mark their involvement in the fight against sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS in the country, informed sources said in Niamey. Full text...

  • WHO urges African countries to focus on maternal health
    25 october 2002 11:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has said African countries need to pay greater attention to maternal health care, given the high incidence of pregnancy and birth-related complications in the continent. Full text...

  • Four million Angolans at risk of contracting sleeping sickness
    25 october 2002 11:12:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Some four million people in eight of Angola's eighteen provinces are at risk of contracting sleeping sickness, health officials warned in a report issued Thursday in Luanda. Full text...

  • Medical tourism booms in Cape Town, South Africa
    25 october 2002 09:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Communication advances have had a dramatic effect on the medical industry in Cape Town, with foreign patients flying in for hip replacement operations, plastic surgery, addiction therapy, infertility, dental work and other forms of medical attention, health sources affirm. Full text...

  • Angola has world's second-highest infant mortality rate
    25 october 2002 08:47:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- A UN study has revealed that the mortality rate of children under five in Angola is the second highest in the world, after Sierra Leone's. Full text...

  • Senegal cleared of involvement in AIDS drugs scam
    24 october 2002 21:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegal's Health ministry was not involved in the fraudulent diversion to Europe of antiretrovirals destined for people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa, a French association "Act Up-Paris" said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Mozambican pharmacies start selling HIV/AIDS drugs
    24 october 2002 14:09:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican pharmacies beginning Wednesday have began selling four types of anti-retroviral drugs, which prolong the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

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