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  • Nigerian president inaugurates specialist hospital
    27 december 2002 14:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has inaugurated a 750 million Naira (5,952,380 USD) specialist hospital, conceived by the late statesman Obafemi Awolowo in his hometown of Ikenne, about 30 minutes drive from Lagos. Full text...

  • Malaria kills 168 in Ethiopia's Amahara Region
    27 december 2002 09:25:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An outbreak of malaria has killed about 168 persons in Ethiopia's Amahara Region since December, the director of the national Anti-malaria Association, Abera Mehrete, said here Friday. Full text...

  • Mali tests automatic condom dispensers
    26 december 2002 23:48:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A Malian NGO, Agir (Act) has installed prototypes of automatic condom dispensers in six districts in the capital, Bamako, sources behind the initiative indicated Thursday. Full text...

  • Kinshasa elected headquarters of HIV/AIDS network
    25 december 2002 13:45:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo has been chosen headquarters of the general secretariat of the African Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS, an official source said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia needs $11m for short-term HIV/AIDS strategy
    25 december 2002 12:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Ethiopian government says it needs about 11 million dollars for containing the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in the country and implement national prevention programmes during the next three fiscal years. Full text...

  • Untested blood increases risk of AIDS contamination in DRC
    25 december 2002 10:22:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo(PANA) -- Barely 5 percent of transfused blood in DR Congo is tested, thus increasing the risk of HIV/AIDS transmission, according to sources close to the Blood Transfusion National Programme (PNTS) in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Malian AIDS telethon raises 30 million francs CFA
    24 december 2002 22:40:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A Malian telethon dubbed "Soli-AIDS" (Solidarity Aids) has raised 33 million francs CFA (52,000 US dollars), according to Malian Radio-Television, which initiated the exercise. Full text...

  • Workshop faults media reporting on AIDS in Cameroon
    24 december 2002 21:38:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The news media in Cameroon have come under attack at a workshop on HIV/AIDS, with participants charging that reports on the pandemic do not sufficiently address the community concerns. Full text...

  • Kenyan researcher proposes compulsory HIV tests in Africa
    24 december 2002 14:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A senior Kenya-based researcher has proposed the introduction of compulsory HIV/AIDS tests in Africa could help planners to tackle the epidemic that has claimed over 22 million lives world-wide since the early 1980s. Full text...

  • Nigeria Plans Another HIV/AIDS Sentinel Survey
    24 december 2002 13:58:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria plans to conduct another sentinel survey on HIV prevalence in 2003 as the current estimate of 5. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 58 people in Uganda, 200 hospitalised
    24 december 2002 13:08:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A cholera epidemic has killed 58 people in Uganda over the past fortnight while 200 new cases are being treated in various parts of the country. Full text...

  • National body urges improved care for Burkinabe AIDS patients
    23 december 2002 22:13:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The National Council for the Fight against AIDS and Sexually Transmissible Diseases (CNLS/MST) in Burkina Faso has called for improved management of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Taboo cracks on HIV/AIDS in Libya
    23 december 2002 18:51:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- When he came home after a long day's work, Mokhtar was embarrassed when confronted with two unexpected questions from his nine-year old daughter Zeina, a fourth grade pupil. Full text...

  • Cameroon mobilises 35 billion CFA francs to fight AIDS
    23 december 2002 17:56:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon has mobilised some 35. Full text...

  • Nigerian editors join stepped-up HIV/AIDS fight
    23 december 2002 13:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian editors pledged at the weekend to report more responsibly on HIV/AIDS, which afflicts an estimated 3 million people in the heavily populated country. Full text...

  • UNAIDS promises cheaper AIDS drugs for Africans
    23 december 2002 12:05:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Africans living with the AIDS-causing virus will soon have access to antiretrovirals at reasonable prices, UNAIDS director Peter Piot said here this past weekend. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean Church leaders reject pro-condom campaign
    22 december 2002 18:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) – Church leaders in Zimbab-we Sunday spurned an appeal by the government for assistance to popularise the use of condoms in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Mysterious disease in Dianna puzzles Senegalese doctors
    21 december 2002 16:17:00
    Bignona- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese health experts are still puzzled by a mysterious disease that has killed several patients within 15 days at Dianna village, in the Kafountine rural community, 75 km north of Ziguinchor, the southern regional provincial capital. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso holds HIV/AIDS Control Council conference
    20 december 2002 23:10:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's national council in the struggle against AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (CNLS/IST) on Friday began its second session in Ouagadougou, expressing a determination to fight the pandemic. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso effects of AIDS on population
    20 december 2002 22:41:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- AIDS should not lead to putting population policies on the backburner, Burkinabe Premier, Ernest Paramanga Yonli told participants Friday attending a workshop of the third national general assembly on population (CONAPO). Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau records over 500 new cases of cholera
    20 december 2002 21:33:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Cholera continues to be a serious health problem in Guinea-Bissau where 534 cases were recorded at different health centres up to 19 December 2002, medical sources said here Friday. Full text...

  • AIDS infection rate slightly drops in Zimbabwe, says minister
    20 december 2002 20:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health Minister David Parirenyatwa said Friday that Zimbabwe's HIV/AIDS infection rate had dropped from 33 percent to 29 percent in recent years. Full text...

  • UN official faults Tanzania's approach to AIDS scourge
    19 december 2002 19:10:00
    Arusha- Tanzania (PANA) -- A senior UN official Thursday described Tanzania's approach to fighting HIV/AIDS as patchy saying there has been a lot of feet-dragging while the pandemic continued to take its toll. Full text...

  • UNFPA to spend $40 million in Nigeria
    19 december 2002 09:21:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has budgeted 40 million US dollars for its next programme assistance to Nigeria, from 2003 to 2007, the UN agency's Country Representative, Niangoran Essan, has said. Full text...

  • Officials signal shortfall in South Africa's blood stocks
    18 december 2002 09:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Blood usage around South Africa has increased by almost 20 percent over the past month, leading to a dip in current blood stocks. Full text...

  • UNICEF to vaccinate 3.5 million against measles in DR Congo
    17 december 2002 22:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNICEF Tuesday kicked off a major campaign to vaccinate 3. Full text...

  • Guinea launches anti-measles immunisation campaign
    17 december 2002 17:10:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean first lady, Henriette Conte, Monday launched an anti-measles immunisation campaign that would cover some 600,000 children under age 14 in the nation's capital. Full text...

  • DR Congo offers free Tuberculosis treatment
    16 december 2002 22:02:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have decided to give free treatment to Tuberculosis patients all over the country. Full text...

  • Malnutrition hits hard in war-torn Burundi
    16 december 2002 19:58:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Health authorities in Burundi are embarking on a nutrition programme that emphasises public knowledge of balanced diet for adults as well as children. Full text...

  • Congo plans research to bring endemic diseases under control
    16 december 2002 19:27:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's National Laboratory for Public Health will next year embark on a concerted research programme that combines endemic diseases and HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Malawi launches new Malaria drug
    16 december 2002 13:05:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi has launched a new drug for Malaria called Arinate and manufactured by Belgian company Dafra Pharma. Full text...

  • Niger AIDS patients lack access to antiretrovirals
    13 december 2002 19:04:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- AIDS patients in Niger remain completely shut off anti-retrovirals (ARV) inasmuch as the medication is not available in the West African country, according to local lobbyists seeking assistance to victims of the pandemic. Full text...

  • Cameroon launches anti-polio immunisation campaign Tuesday
    13 december 2002 18:51:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon, worried by polio cases in neighbouring Nigeria, launches an immunisation campaign 17 December, for the eradication of the disease, an official of Cameroon's Extended Immunisation Programme, Emmanuel Nomo said Friday. Full text...

  • UN envoy concerned over AIDS, food crises in Zambia
    13 december 2002 15:46:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The current food crisis in Zambia is hampering the fight against HIV/AIDS in the country, UN special envoy on HIV/AIDS Stephen Lewis said in Lusaka Friday. Full text...

  • Nigerian labour group opposes pre-employment HIV tests
    13 december 2002 15:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Labour Congress's secretary general John Odah has said that his union will resist any move to use HIV/AIDS test as a pre-condition for employment, admission into schools and consummation of marriages as proposed by religious groups in the country. Full text...

  • South African opposition wants national AIDS report public
    13 december 2002 13:36:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's main opposition party -- the Democratic Alliance (DA) -- on Friday demanded the government to release the report of the Health Systems Trust on the status of HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Veep says HIV/AIDS causes constant food shortage in Malawi
    13 december 2002 11:50:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi vice president Justin Malewezi has warned there would be persistent food shortage in the country unless the HIV/AIDS pandemic is not put under control. Full text...

  • Researchers see birth control drug for men in the offing
    13 december 2002 09:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A hormone-free "birth control" drug for men may soon be in the market, courtesy of British researchers who have discovered that a drug already in use causes deformities in sperm cells, making them unable to effect egg fertilisation. Full text...

  • Cholera kills one, infects scores in Zimbabwe
    12 december 2002 22:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health officials in Zimbabwe said Thursday that one person had died of cholera and scores of patients had been hospitalised in the southern District of Beitbridge, on the country's border with South Africa. Full text...

  • Zambian men debate benefits of circumcision
    12 december 2002 14:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- As UN special envoy to Southern Africa on HIV/AIDS and famine, on Thursday discussed with the Zambian cabinet on the impact of the pandemic, men in the country were pondering government findings that circumcision can be a barrier to transmission of sexual diseases including HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Traditional healers tackle mental disorders in Cameroon
    12 december 2002 13:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A team of traditional healers in Cameroon has started gathering and offering free therapy to persons suffering from mental disorders. Full text...

  • Plight of older persons caring for AIDS orphans concerns WHO
    12 december 2002 13:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A new WHO report reveals that older persons caring for their HIV-infected adult children and/or their orphaned grandchildren face harsh realities. Full text...

  • New global coalition aims to expand access to ARVs
    12 december 2002 13:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A new international alliance, the International HIV Treatment Access Coalition (ITAC), launched Thursday in Geneva and Dakar aims to boost efforts to provide access to antiretroviral drugs to the growing number of people with HIV/AIDS in low and middle income countries. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso protects children against polio
    11 december 2002 15:35:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Detection of two cases of the wild polio virus in July and September this year has prompted health authorities in Burkina Faso to launch an immunisation campaign in two districts from 13-15 December. Full text...

  • Cape Verde to sell antiretrovirals next year
    11 december 2002 15:18:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde will commercialise antiretrovirals in 2003 for the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients, according to health officials in Praia. Full text...

  • Report laments lack of resources, commitment against HIV/Aids
    10 december 2002 21:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- It is feared that most countries still lack the will, commitment and resources for effective programmes to check the spread of HIV/Aids, according to a report by the US- based Population Reference Bureau. Full text...

  • Cholera epidemic spreads in Uganda
    10 december 2002 21:15:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The cholera epidemic that has killed at least 18 people in Uganda has spread to eight districts, health officials said in Kampala Tuesday. Full text...

  • Botswana HIV/AIDS campaign gets boost
    10 december 2002 19:28:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana's anti-AIDS campaign Tuesday received a boost with the donation of an additional 5,000 units of AZT, the drug used in preventing mother-to-child transmission of the HIV virus. Full text...

  • Chad's oil fuels AIDS infection, says human rights group
    09 december 2002 17:56:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Chad's newly found oil in the southern part of the country is fuelling the spread of HIV/AIDS, according to the Chadian Human Rights League (LTDH). Full text...

  • Experts want nutrition Institute in Nigeria
    09 december 2002 17:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nutritionists in Nigeria have called for the establishment of an institute to address nutrition problems in the country. Full text...

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