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  • Report says maternal death is a world-wide problem
    02 january 2002 10:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 500,000 women lose their lives every year due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth, a new report by the London-based Panos Institute says. Full text...

  • Media to join Mali's bandwagon against HIV/AIDS
    01 january 2002 19:05:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- About 20 journalists and communication experts recently took part in a workshop at the Malian town of Selingue, 160 km south of the capital, Bamako on the involvement of traditional and modern media in the campaign against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Niger launches first trachoma control days
    31 december 2001 12:59:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's minister of state for endemics, Halimatou Ousseini, has officially launched the first national trachoma control days in Koloram in the Zinder district, 920 km from Niamey the capital. Full text...

  • Treating Sickle-Cell Anaemia In Niger
    30 december 2001 18:34:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Sickle-cell anaemia has become a real health problem in Niger, the independent weekly, Le Republicain, has reported quoting medical sources. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak kills 8 persons in Malawi
    30 december 2001 11:28:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Cholera outbreak in the southern Malawi lakeshore resort district of Mangochi has killed at least eight persons, health authorities confirmed Sunday. Full text...

  • Half of DR Congo population affected by disease
    29 december 2001 19:08:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Onchocerciasis, Bilharziasis and Trypanosomiasis are rampant in the eastern Kinshasa suburb of N'Dili Kilambo, where 10,000 residents are affected in a population of 12,846 people, health sources said Friday. Full text...

  • Fansidar replaces chloroquine in DR Congo's malaria treatment
    28 december 2001 20:53:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Fansidar will now replace chloroquine in malaria treatment in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Dr Nsilu Ndosimao, director of the country's National Malaria Control Programme (PNLP), has announced. Full text...

  • Ebola virus kills six in the North-western Congo
    28 december 2001 17:34:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Ebola haemorrhagic fever has killed six people while 12 others have been infected by the often lethal virus in Congo's Western Basin region near the border with Gabon, a source close to the ministry of health said in Brazzaville Friday. Full text...

  • Rotary Club donates 350 millions FCFA to fight polio in Niger
    28 december 2001 14:23:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Rotary International Foundation on Thursday gave a grant of 350 million FCFA to help Niger in its efforts to eradicate poliomyelitis, an official source said in Niamey. Full text...

  • Ebola virus continues to cause havoc in Congo
    27 december 2001 12:48:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Five people infected by the Ebola virus died in the Western Basin region of Congo-Brazzaville on the border with Gabon, an official source confirmed. Full text...

  • Mauritius to offer free treatment to HIV positive people
    26 december 2001 23:01:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- HIV positive Mauritians will be offered anti-retrovirals starting from the first quarter of 2002, thanks to a health ministry initiative, sources close to the ministry said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Anger in Algeria after vaccination kills seven babies
    25 december 2001 16:26:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Residents of Oued El-Abtal in the Mascara prefecture of Mascara, 360-km west of Algiers, angrily reacted Monday to the death of seven babies after being vaccinated against measles. Full text...

  • Cholera Cases Reported In Zimbabwe
    25 december 2001 11:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in the Zimbabwe capital Harare Tuesday reported three cases of cholera, but said the outbreak had since been contained. Full text...

  • Algerian Commission Blames Human Error for Death of Babies
    25 december 2001 10:50:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Human error was to blame for the death of seven babies after they were inoculated against measles at a health centre in Algeria on Saturday, an inquiry commission has said. Full text...

  • Malian president honours people living with HIV
    24 december 2001 19:26:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Alpha Omar Konare has awarded a medal of the National Order to two associations of people living with HIV for making a significant impact in the fight against the AIDS pandemic in the country. Full text...

  • Top scholar's call to the media on HIV/AIDS management
    24 december 2001 19:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan university don has called for modification of HIV/AIDS messages by the country's electronic and print media with a view to linking awareness campaigns and behavioural change by the populace. Full text...

  • Outdated vaccine kills seven infants in Algeria
    24 december 2001 13:03:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Seven infants died and about thirty others were hospitalised after receiving an anti-measles vaccination in Mascara, west of Algiers, hospital sources revealed Sunday. Full text...

  • Rwanda introduces new malaria drugs
    23 december 2001 15:47:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda has introduced new malaria drugs, Health authorities affirmed Sunday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Kenya makes gains in AIDS fight
    23 december 2001 11:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As the year 2001 comes to a close, many world societies are taking stock of their gains and losses, especially in regard to the ravaging HIV/AIDS pandemic, one of the greatest challenges to the present world's public health problems. Full text...

  • Court postpones ruling on Bulgarians' HIV infection case
    22 december 2001 20:47:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan People's Court on Saturday postponed its ruling in a case involving six Bulgarians and a Palestinian doctor accused of contaminating 400 Libyan children with HIV, which leads to the incurable AIDS. Full text...

  • Ebola takes toll in north Congo
    21 december 2001 21:41:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Ebola fever has killed four persons and attacked 11 others in the region of Cuvette-Ouest, north Congo-Brazzaville, official sources confirmed Friday in Brazzaville after WHO reported toll on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigerian AIDS drugs administration starts next week
    21 december 2001 17:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's much-delayed haalth care project, aimed at giving HIV/AIDS patients access to anti- retroviral drugs, has been re-scheduled to start next week, according to an official of the Federal Ministry of Health. Full text...

  • Row breaks out in Kenya over blood samples to UK
    20 december 2001 15:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A bitter row has erupted between the owners of a Nairobi HIV/AIDS orphanage, Nyumbani Children's Home, and a researcher at Kenya's Institute of Primate Research, over blood samples which have allegedly been collected from the minors and siphoned off to Oxford University in the UK. Full text...

  • Burkina makes new attacks on STDs/AIDS
    19 december 2001 19:54:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso has launched a multi-sectoral project in Ouagadougou, all in to the struggle against AIDS and the sexually transmitted diseases. Full text...

  • Mali to organise day to sensitise populace on AIDS
    19 december 2001 15:51:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's Sharing Foundation chaired by Adam Ba Konare, President Omar Konare's wife, will Saturday organise a function called "Synchro-SIDA" to highlight the fight against AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Sanitary control at the border between Congo and Gabon
    18 december 2001 23:47:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese authorities have tightened health control measures at the border with Gabon to prevent the possibility of cross-border infections by the deadly haemorrhagic Ebola fever, an official source said Tuesday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso launches anti-measles vaccination campaign
    18 december 2001 23:40:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso on Tuesday officially launched the national vaccination campaign against measles in Ouargaye, 225 km east of Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Ghana's private urged sector to join HIV/AIDS fight
    18 december 2001 22:37:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana has contracted a 25 million US dollars to augment the 15 percent national health budget to be allocated to the fight against HIV/AIDS, the country's Vice President Aliu Mahama announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • 76,800 condoms given out at anti-AIDS conference
    18 december 2001 21:52:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Some 76,800 condoms were distributed during the four-day 12th International Conference on AIDS and STDs in Africa (ICASA) held last week in Ouagadougou, a condom marketing agent revealed. Full text...

  • 28.9 percent of Malian prostitutes are HIV-positive
    18 december 2001 19:42:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Nearly 30 percent of Malian prostitutes are HIV-positive, according to an epidemiological survey conducted January-May this year throughout the country by the health ministry. Full text...

  • US House Approves $1.3 Billion for Global AIDS Programmes
    18 december 2001 19:00:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The US House of Representatives has set the tone for enhanced US financing of the global AIDS campaign by approving nearly 1. Full text...

  • Cholera infection drastically reduced in Zambia
    18 december 2001 17:57:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian health officials Tuesday said they are making headway in a countrywide control of cholera outbreak in the rainy season with the involvement of local communities. Full text...

  • Circumcise all men to stop AIDS, says MP
    18 december 2001 15:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan member of parliament who has advocated for the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) to continue has this week hit the headlines again - by demanding that all Kenyan men must be circumcised, too, as part of the war against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Kenyan Church translates AIDS book into local languages
    18 december 2001 10:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Methodist Church in Kenya has translated the English version of a book it produced on HIV/AIDS, into local languages, in a bid to reach a larger readership with the message highlighting the dangers of the scourge. Full text...

  • Partners concert to rid Africa of River Blindness by 2010
    17 december 2001 19:24:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Partners in efforts to rid Africa of Onchocerciasis or river blindness have agreed to extend the programme to 19 more countries where about 100 million people are at risk of contracting the disease. Full text...

  • TB threatens 130,000 Liberian children
    17 december 2001 14:24:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Press accounts Monday quoted a local World Health Organisation (WHO) official as affirming Tuberculosis (TB) threatens almost 130,000 Liberian children. Full text...

  • Nigerian doctors decry low funding of health in 2002 budget
    17 december 2001 10:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian doctors have decried the low allocation to the health sector in the 2002 budget, which was presented to the National Assembly by President Olusegun Obasanjo 7 November, saying it would worsen the tension in the sector. Full text...

  • Zambian parenthood association refocuses on HIV/AIDS
    15 december 2001 16:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia (PPAZ) has shifted focus from Family Planning to youth sexuality and reproductive health, PPAZ secretary general Alice Lungu said. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS wreaks havoc on Zambian teachers
    15 december 2001 16:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian authorities have expressed concern at the death from HIV/AIDS of 93 teachers in the Copperbelt region alone, in the last two years. Full text...

  • Hundreds of children vaccinated in Ghana
    15 december 2001 16:10:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Hundreds of children were Saturday vaccinated against five child killer diseases in Accra as Ghana introduced the five-in-one vaccine at a ceremony that brought in several international sports personalities. Full text...

  • Nigeria's HIV/AIDS vaccine plan for 2002
    15 december 2001 12:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's efforts to produce its own HIV/AIDS vaccine would formally take off in 2002, when a vaccine plan would be launched, according to a top official of the National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA). Full text...

  • ICASA calls for switch from prevention to treatment
    14 december 2001 23:13:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The 12th International Conference on AIDS and STDs in Africa (ICASA) ended Thursday evening in Ouagadougou with a recommendation to switch from prevention to treatment in efforts to control the pandemic. Full text...

  • Alternate technique presented at AIDS conference in Burkina Faso
    14 december 2001 22:15:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- An alternate technique for the counting of CD4-lymphocytes in the human body, developed by the Muraz Centre of Bobo Dioulasso in western Burkina Faso, in collaboration with the France's National AIDS Research Agency (ANRS), was presented to the public Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya to produce herbal medicine
    14 december 2001 16:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The government would develop the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to a high capacity to enable it to produce of herbal medicine, health minister Sam Ongeri announced Friday in Nairobi. Full text...

  • South African govt loses anti-AIDS drug court case
    14 december 2001 13:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A high court in Pretoria on Friday ordered the South African government to start supplying anti-AIDS drugs to pregnant mothers living with HIV, which leads to the incurable AIDS. Full text...

  • Blood crisis hits Mozambique's Maputo Central Hospital
    13 december 2001 20:18:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The blood bank at Maputo Central Hospital in the Mozambican capita is currently experiencing a severe shortage of blood, owing to a decline in the number of blood donors. Full text...

  • Kenyan HIV/AIDS task force given more time
    13 december 2001 19:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Attorney General Amos Wako Thursday extended for a further six months, the mandate of a task force recently appointed to look into legal issues relating to HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Congolese advised to balance diet with insects
    13 december 2001 16:45:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A dietitian in the Democratic Republic of Congo is advising people to eat more insects to balance their diet. Full text...

  • Montagnier calls for greater AIDS awareness in Africa
    13 december 2001 14:23:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- African countries most affected by AIDS need to be aware of the significance of the incurable disease, the chairman of the Global Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention, Prof. Full text...

  • Traditional medicine found to cure AIDS symptoms
    13 december 2001 11:39:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A scientific research institute in Zimbabwe said Thursday it had found that a variety of local traditional herbal medicines cured AIDS symptoms, particularly mental disorders. Full text...

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