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  • Generic AIDS drugs offer new lease to South African patients
    31 january 2002 20:48:00
    Nairobi Kenya (PANA) -- Two international healthcare groups, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), have delivered the second shipment of generic AIDS drugs from Brazil in South Africa. Full text...

  • AIDS Vaccine Trials to Start in Kenya
    31 january 2002 19:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative, or KAVI, will embark on a second phase of one of the vaccine candidate trials in Nairobi next week. Full text...

  • Kenya To Use Herbal Remedies for AIDS Treatment
    31 january 2002 19:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Authorities in Kenya intend to authorise the use of locally available herbal remedies for the treatment of AIDS, Health Minister Sam Ongeri has disclosed. Full text...

  • Tanzanian Muslims wake up to the HIV/AIDS peril
    31 january 2002 11:18:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A national HIV/AIDS campaign initiated by the Tanzanian Muslim community to bolster the country's war on the pandemic, rolled off Wednesday urging the public to eschew illicit sexual intercourse. Full text...

  • 40,000 French volunteers mobilised against leprosy
    30 january 2002 21:59:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French association Raoul Follereau (AFRF) mobilised about 40,000 volunteers last Sunday to collect funds in the streets ahead of the 49th World Leprosy Day. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to distribute cheap AIDS drugs
    29 january 2002 20:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government said Tuesday it would start distributing cheap anti-retroviral drugs to people infected with AIDS from next month as part of efforts to combat the incurable disease. Full text...

  • Anthrax Attack Suspected On Newspaper In Zimbabwe
    29 january 2002 20:46:00
    Bulawayo- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A newspaper in the southern Zimbabwe city of Bulawayo was shut down Tuesday after it received two letters addressed to senior editorial staff suspected to contain anthrax. Full text...

  • Ebola fever kills 10 in western Congo
    29 january 2002 20:00:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) has killed 10 people in Congo since the fatal disease broke out several weeks ago, a medical official revealed in Brazzaville Tuesday. Full text...

  • US pastors on HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in Kenya
    29 january 2002 16:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A group of 62 pastors from the US are in Kenya to engage in preaching the gospel as awareness campaign against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Zambian NGO encourages HIV/AIDS screening
    28 january 2002 17:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia (PPAZ) has hinted of immediate plans to introduce mobile HIV/AIDS testing and counselling services in the country. Full text...

  • Togo in renewed mobilisation against HIV/AIDS
    28 january 2002 14:29:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- In a renewed mass mobilisation against HIV/AIDS in Togo, religious leaders ended a two-day workshop at the weekend in the northern town of Bagbe to ponder effective contributions toward the struggle. Full text...

  • Malaria Kills 18 In Zimbabwe
    27 january 2002 15:06:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health officials in Zimbabwe said at the weekend 18 people died of malaria in the country last week, up from seven the previous week, as the disease reaches its peak period. Full text...

  • Kenya issues Rinderpest alert
    27 january 2002 14:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's veterinary department has warned livestock farmers in Meru North district to take precautions following the detection of a Rinderpest virus in a sprawling wildlife sanctuary in the area. Full text...

  • Conference recognises AIDS as a development hitch in Africa
    27 january 2002 13:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Participants at conference in Paris have warned that HIV/AIDS could hinder all development efforts in Africa unless a long-term strategy is put in place to curb the incurable disease's further spread. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak kills 44 in Malawi
    27 january 2002 11:07:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- At least 44 people have been confirmed dead following an outbreak of cholera in two of Malawi's three regions. Full text...

  • Nigeria to conduct behavioural sentinel survey on HIV/AIDS
    26 january 2002 15:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Worried by seeming indifference in the sexual habits of many Nigerians, the federal ministry of Health plans to conduct a behavioural sentinel survey on HIV/AIDS next March, an official in the ministry confirmed. Full text...

  • Cameroon to set up regional research centre on AIDS
    26 january 2002 15:34:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Prof. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS takes toll on Africa's military
    26 january 2002 15:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A senior official of the Washington-based International Crisis Group (ICG) has drawn attention to the impact of HIV/AIDS on the military in some parts of Africa, warning of the consequent threat on the very stability of nations and the international system itself. Full text...

  • Kenya contracts for 300 million condoms
    26 january 2002 14:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- To heighten its declared war against AIDS, the government in Kenya has finally contracted six foreign firms to supply the country with 300 million condoms in the next three years, a local press reported Saturday in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Archbishop accuses Pretoria of sinning against God
    26 january 2002 12:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane has accused the government of sinning against God by denying life-saving medication to mothers and children facing the threat of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Universities join on research and training in AIDS
    25 january 2002 23:12:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- To enhance Africa's human capacity in dealing with the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the Pennsylvania State University is collaborating with some universities in a few African countries to establish a centre for research and training on AIDS issues. Full text...

  • Discoverer of AIDS visits Cameroon
    24 january 2002 23:43:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- French Professor Luc Montagnier, who identified the HIV/AIDS virus, is in Cameroon on four-day working visit. Full text...

  • Congolese NGO claims finding cancer treatment
    24 january 2002 21:29:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Padre Pio Treatment Centre, a Kinshasa-based health NGO, has reported developing a product against prostate, cervical and breast cancers. Full text...

  • Nigeria Plans March To Raise HIV/AIDS Awareness
    23 january 2002 17:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's southern Rivers state will hold a "one-million-person" march Thursday as part of efforts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in the state. Full text...

  • US grants Nigerian doctor 10,000 dollars to fight cancer
    22 january 2002 19:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The US has announced a grant of 10,000 dollars to a Nigerian medical doctor to train health workers in the south-west city of Ibadan on cervical cancer screening and treatment, according to a statement Tuesday from the public affairs section of the US Consul-General in Lagos. Full text...

  • Cameroon, CEBAVIRHA strengthens measures on meat imports.
    21 january 2002 23:11:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Ministerial Council of the central African Cattle, Meat and Fisheries Economic Community (CEBAVIRHA) is to step up measures against meat imports mainly from Europe, official sources in Yaounde hinted Monday. Full text...

  • AIDS leading cause of deaths in Ghana's biggest hospital
    21 january 2002 22:15:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The President of the Ghana Registered Nurses' Association, Emma Banga, affirmed Monday that HIV/AIDS was the leading cause of deaths at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the country's biggest medical facility. Full text...

  • American AIDS drug expert supports traditional medicine
    21 january 2002 09:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A visiting American anti-retroviral drug expert, Prof. Full text...

  • Meningitis kills five in central Ghana
    19 january 2002 15:40:00
    Accra- Ghana PANA -- Five people have died in an outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis in Ghana's Brong Ahafo Region, the state-owned Graphic newspaper reported on Saturday. ) Full text...

  • UN Official Lauds Kenya's Anti-HIV/AIDS Action
    19 january 2002 15:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A UN official on a fact finding mission on HIV/AIDS in Kenya Saturday praised the country's efforts to curb the spread of the pandemic. Full text...

  • Kenya Nursing 700,000 AIDS Patients
    18 january 2002 21:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya government is currently spending $687 million on HIV/AIDS patients a year, Public Health Minister Sam Ongeri disclosed here Friday. Full text...

  • Multinational firms in Africa urged to fight AIDS
    18 january 2002 19:22:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An executive of the French Red Cross is urging multinational companies operating in Africa to get deeply committed in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • South Africa seeks vaginal microbicides against HIV transmission
    18 january 2002 14:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Medical Research Council (MRC), along with other research bodies, has been awarded 16 million pounds (23 million US dollars) to develop effective vaginal microbicides for the prevention of HIV transmission. Full text...

  • Mozambican health ministry denies replacing cloroquine
    17 january 2002 11:50:00
    Maputo- Mozambique -- The Mozambican Health Ministry has denied that it has replaced the anti-malarial drug cloroquine with another drug called artemicinine to treat malaria patients. ) Full text...

  • Mozambique to undertake emergency spraying against mosquitoes
    17 january 2002 10:47:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Health Ministry has announced that it would undertake an emergency campaign to spray mosquito breeding grounds with insecticide, first targeting low lying parts of the capital Maputo. Full text...

  • Mozambique's cholera death toll reaches 139
    17 january 2002 08:23:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The current cholera epidemic has now reached eight of Mozambique's 11 provinces, with 11,527 confirmed cases and 139 deaths, reports the Maputo daily "Noticias". Full text...

  • Burkina Faso records 101 cases of meningitis in January
    16 january 2002 20:46:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Some 101 cases of meningitis resulting in 24 deaths were reported in Burkina Faso in the first half of this month, the health ministry secretary, Dr. Full text...

  • Zambian NGO wants presumed HIV drug tested
    16 january 2002 13:48:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Lusaka-based NGO, Global Information Network-Africa (GIN-A), has appealed to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to speed up laboratory tests on an anti-viral drug reportedly discovered early last year by a researcher based in Zambia. Full text...

  • African churches launch plan to combat HIV/AIDS
    16 january 2002 10:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Churches in Africa have launched an ambitious plan of action meant to support efforts instituted by other bodies to combat HIV/AIDS on the continent. Full text...

  • Monks open pharmacopoeia on islands near Bissau
    15 january 2002 23:40:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Italian monks have inaugurated an alternative medicine centre in Bubaque in the Bijagos archipelago, located south-western of Bissau. Full text...

  • Nigeria sensitises youth corps on HIV/AIDS
    15 january 2002 18:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Against the backdrop of a rise in HIV/AIDS cases in Nigeria, a two-day sensitisation programme on the incurable disease has been worked into the month-long orientation plan for the 40,000 members of this year's National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire starts fresh campaign against HIV/AIDS
    15 january 2002 12:53:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government has launched a new assault against the HIV/AIDS through a campaign dubbed, "Cote d'Ivoire's Tour Against AIDS". Full text...

  • Ghana's minister inaugurates anti-smoking committee
    14 january 2002 20:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's health minister Dr Kweku Afriyie on Monday inaugurated the National Steering Committee for Tobacco Control with a call on institutions and non-governmental organisations to join in the fight to curb tobacco smoking. Full text...

  • WHO says 66 billion US dollars needed in health sector
    14 january 2002 19:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- World Health Organisation's Director- General Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland on Monday called for increased funding of health programmes in developing countries. Full text...

  • Malaria kills seven in Zimbabwe
    14 january 2002 13:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe said Monday that malaria killed seven people throughout the country last week, while more than 6 700 cases of the disease have been reported since the rainy season began last October. Full text...

  • Winds of Hope Foundation briefs Niger leader on its work
    14 january 2002 11:18:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- President Tandja Mamadou has received members of the Winds of Hope Foundation who informed him about the activities of their foundation in Niger, particularly regarding the fight against the noma disease. Full text...

  • US supports Ethiopia's health project
    13 january 2002 11:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia has been assured of support by the United States in furthering a public health improvement programme in the Southern region. Full text...

  • Stray dogs worry hospital management in Zambia
    12 january 2002 20:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's biggest medical referral centre, the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, is under siege from stray dogs most of which have been abandoned by families that can no longer care for them. Full text...

  • Malawi proposes SADC declaration on HIV/AIDS
    12 january 2002 16:50:00
    Malawi- Blantyre (PANA) -- Malawi has at a ministerial conference ahead of a special summit of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) proposed a declaration highlighting the urgency of action to contain the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Full text...

  • Malaria kills nine in northern Kenya
    11 january 2002 20:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An outbreak of malaria in the northern Kenya district of Isiolo has claimed the lives of nine people within the last one week, medical authorities from the area confirmed to PANA Friday. Full text...

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