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  • 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...

  • Nigeria takes HIV/AIDS campaign to sports arena
    09 december 2002 13:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA) plans to take the campaign against HIV/AIDS in the country to any venue of local and international sports competitions within the country, according to its chairman, Babatunde Osotimehin. Full text...

  • Cholera kills two more people in Kampala
    09 december 2002 12:34:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A cholera outbreak in Kampala city and its environs has killed two more people while scores have been infected, a Ugandan health official said here Monday. Full text...

  • South African sports stars complete HIV/AIDS walk
    09 december 2002 12:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African boxing legend Baby Jake Matlala and his "Sport Heroes Walk Against AIDS" team-mates won the hearts the local population Sunday when they completed their 1,427-km HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising walk from Johannesburg through to Cape Town. Full text...

  • Central Benin gets new child care plan
    08 december 2002 16:44:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Health authorities in Benin's central Zou and Colline regions, have adopted a special plan for the care of children and reduction of childhood diseases as well as infant mortality in the areas. Full text...

  • UN official says Africans should not die of AIDS, hunger
    08 december 2002 16:30:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- Stephen Lewis, UN Secretary General's Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa, says it is "hypocritical" and "double standards" for the developed world to allow Africans to die of HIV/AIDS and hunger. Full text...

  • Revolution against FGM unfolds in West Africa
    08 december 2002 14:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – A quiet revolution in ment-ality change is unfolding within the populations of Economic Community of West African States in favour of the global coalition against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Full text...

  • West African Onchocerciasis control programme winds up
    08 december 2002 11:02:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Onchocerciasis Control Programme in West Africa (OCP) officially closed shop this weekend in Ouagadougou, ending a 28-year operation that achieved significant results in the domains of health and socio-economic development in target zones across the sub region. Full text...

  • Ethiopia gets HIV/AIDS resource centre
    08 december 2002 09:48:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's first information centre on HIV/AIDS, the Multimedia AIDS Resource Centre (ARC), will be officially inaugurated on 18 December, officials indicated this weekend in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Ghanaian newspaper focus on HIV/AIDS
    06 december 2002 14:55:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The state-owned Daily Graphic this week focussed on the HIV/AIDS pandemic by calling for love for patients and cautioning the public to guard against contracting the disease. Full text...

  • Nigerian appointed to Global AIDS Fund
    06 december 2002 13:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has appointed Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, a Nigerian lawyer and UN official as Head of Global Partnerships at The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Cholera breaks out in Kampala
    06 december 2002 08:38:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Kampala City Council (KCC) said Friday that a cholera outbreak has killed at least seven people, while more than a dozen others have been admitted in hospitals with the disease in Uganda. Full text...

  • Mandela releases startling new AIDS report
    05 december 2002 18:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former president Nelson Mandela has released South Africa's first ever nationally representative study of HIV prevalence. Full text...

  • Experts want immunisation stepped up in Africa
    05 december 2002 17:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 10th meeting of the Task Force on Immunisation (TFI) in Africa and the 9th meeting of the Africa Regional Inter-Agency Co-ordination Committee (ARICC), ended Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria, with the adoption of several recommendations aimed at scaling up routine immunisation. Full text...

  • Health officials' signs spark fear in Nigerian State
    05 december 2002 14:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Non-indigene residents of Nigeria's northern Zamfara State are living in fear associated with the signs stamped on houses in the State capital, Gusau, by immunisation officials. Full text...

  • UNFPA praises Ghana, Senegal for improved reproductive health
    04 december 2002 21:02:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ghana and Senegal have been singled out as successful countries in promoting reproductive health in Africa. Full text...

  • Union leader says Zimbabwean journalists also dying of AIDS
    04 december 2002 16:47:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) President Mathew Takaona, said Wednesday that the profession was equally vulnerable to AIDS, and called for greater openness about the pandemic. Full text...

  • Congo allocates 450,000 dollars for ARVs purchase
    03 december 2002 23:35:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The government of Congo has announced it would order life-saving anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) worth 450,000 dollars for AIDS sufferers in the country. Full text...

  • WHO says Africa on track in polio eradication
    03 december 2002 17:50:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Region of the World Health Organisation (WHO) made "excellent progress" in the global polio eradication drive between 1999 and 2002, according to a report released Tuesday by the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) in Abuja, Nigeria. Full text...

  • UNESCO to launch East African Media anti-AIDS campaign
    03 december 2002 15:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a move to enable the media realise their potential as an effective tool in the fight against AIDS, UNESCO plans to shortly launch an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign through the media in Eastern Africa. Full text...

  • First kidney transplant performed in Algeria
    02 december 2002 21:53:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The first organ transplant surgery in Algeria was successfully performed Sunday at Constantine hospital in the remote east of Algiers, the health ministry confirmed here Monday. Full text...

  • Iran donates medicines to Zimbabwe
    02 december 2002 20:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Iran Monday donated medical supplies worth millions of dollars to Zimbabwe to help the southern African country ease a critical shortage of medicines. Full text...

  • AIDS-infected immigrants in France get assistance guide
    02 december 2002 19:41:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A French association involved in the fight for equal access to care for all AIDS patients regardless of their origin has published a guide for infected persons and organisations working with them to better understand the rights and channels for access to treatment. Full text...

  • Gabonese Christians get in vanguard to fight AIDS
    02 december 2002 19:07:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- In response to an appeal of Libreville archbishop Basile Mve Engone, over 5,000 Christians in Gabon on Sunday a march on the streets Libreville in expression of their commitment to the fight against AIDS. Full text...

  • National AIDS eradication committee underway in Congo
    02 december 2002 18:46:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo plans to appoint a national AIDS eradication committee before the end of the year to deal with the pandemic, according to Dr Marie Franck Purhuence, director of the national AIDS eradication programme. Full text...

  • Obasanjo leads HIV/AIDS walk
    02 december 2002 18:43:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Monday led top government officials and thousands of Abuja residents on a five-kilometre walk in support of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Malian President warns compatriots against AIDS
    02 december 2002 17:55:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- President Amadou Toumani Toure is warning Malians to beware HIV/AIDS and actively engage in strategies aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly disease. Full text...

  • Obasanjo urges full child immunisation across Africa
    02 december 2002 17:17:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Monday called on African countries to ensure full immunisation of children throughout the region as a step towards achieving the global goal of polio eradication. Full text...

  • $4.5 million drug factory near completion in Ethiopia
    02 december 2002 17:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An Ethiopian and Chinese joint venture company is putting the finishing touches on a 4. Full text...

  • UNICEF wants adequate education for youths to fight AIDS
    02 december 2002 16:37:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Executive Director of UNICEF, Carol Bellamy, has emphasised the urgent need to empower young people, especially girls, with education to help them adequately fight the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Full text...

  • Nigerian agency destroys 3-billion-Naira fake drugs
    02 december 2002 16:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has destroyed fake and contaminated drugs worth three billion Naira from 54 seizures in the last one year, according to the agency's Director General, Dora Akunyili. Full text...

  • Cape Verde mobilises against HIV/AIDS
    02 december 2002 10:12:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdeans Sunday rallied on World AIDS Day to speak out about a pandemic that has affected a great number of families on the Atlantic Ocean archipelago. Full text...

  • Ghana observes World AIDS Day in mining town
    02 december 2002 09:26:00
    Obuasi- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana Sunday celebrated World AIDS Day in the central mining town of Obuasi, more than 300 km north of Accra, where the disease is wreaking havoc on workers and inhabitants. Full text...

  • Millions of South Africans commemorate World AIDS Day
    02 december 2002 08:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Millions of South Africans marked World AIDS Day Sunday with marches, prayers and mass meetings to highlight the seriousness of the pandemic in one of the world's hardest hit countries. Full text...

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