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  • Indian Ocean states seek common front against HIV/AIDS
    21 october 2002 12:20:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Member states of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) began meeting Monday in Quatre-Bornes, 20 km south of Port Louis, to propose a regional HIV/AIDS eradication programme, official sources in the Mauritian capital said. Full text...

  • Expert says 80% of dispensed drugs in Nigeria are fake
    21 october 2002 10:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A former Nigerian official of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Adeoye Lambo, has said that 80 percent of drugs being sold in the Nigerian market are fake. Full text...

  • Gabon gets 300 million FCFA French anti-AIDS grant
    20 october 2002 17:30:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- France has granted 300 million FCFA to improve Gabon's HIV/AIDS monitoring, sensitisation and care of HIV/AIDS patients, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Many haemophiliacs in Kenya unaware of their condition
    20 october 2002 14:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Although 13-year-old Kristopher Omondi is a football enthusiast, he painfully watches from the touchline as boys of his age group kick, throw and punch the ball in the Eastlands suburb of Nairobi. Full text...

  • African women Ministers believe AIDS can be halted
    18 october 2002 18:38:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- African women Ministers and Parliamentarians believe the spread of HIV can be stemmed through preventive methods such as fidelity, abstinence and the availability and affordability of male and female condoms. Full text...

  • Ghanaian victim helps break silence on HIV/AIDS in Liberia
    18 october 2002 16:43:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Ghanaian national, Emmanuel Agbo helped in efforts to get Liberians acknowledge the existence of HIV/AIDS when he told a UN-organised round table conference that he was HIV/AIDS positive, a rare declaration in the country. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS victim breaks silence in Liberia
    18 october 2002 16:24:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A female victim has confessed publicly to being infected with HIV/AIDS, thus breaking the silence on the pandemic in Liberia, press reports said Friday. Full text...

  • Whooping cough kills two in northern Congo
    18 october 2002 11:18:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A whooping cough outbreak in the northern Plateaux region of Congo has claimed two lives while 76 other cases are being treated, medical officials here reported Friday. Full text...

  • Uganda govt expresses worry over HIV/AIDS spread
    17 october 2002 16:42:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The authorities in Kampala have expressed fears of an upsurge in HIV/AIDS should the public drop its guard against the scourge just because of the availability of anti-retroviral drugs. Full text...

  • World Bank loans Burundi $36m to fight AIDS
    17 october 2002 14:29:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The World Bank has granted Burundi a loan of 36 million dollars, repayable in 40 years, to help care for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS as well as provide treatment for patients. Full text...

  • ADF sets $2.6m aside for river blindness control in Africa
    17 october 2002 10:41:00
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Development Fund (ADF) will provide $2. Full text...

  • Niger not involved in HIV/AIDS drugs re-export scandal
    16 october 2002 22:35:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger was not involved in the scam involving the re-export of HIV/AIDS anti-retrovirals (ARV) to European countries, Bagnou Abdoulaye, national head of the inter- sectoral co-ordination for the fight against STI and HIV/AIDS, has said. Full text...

  • Sit-in against Coca Cola's mistreatment of HIV workers in Africa
    16 october 2002 21:27:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French NGO, Act Up Paris, Wednesday staged a sit-in at a Coca-Cola plant located outside Paris to protest against the multinational's treatment of employees affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa, according to sources in the French capital. Full text...

  • AU advocates general health systems improvement
    16 october 2002 20:52:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) interim chairman, Amara Essy, warned Wednesday that controlling the spiral of HIV/AIDS in the continent will be impossible without country-wide improvements to health systems. Full text...

  • Mozambican president condemns corruption in health services
    16 october 2002 19:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has called on health workers to fight against corruption in the country's hospitals, reports Wednesday's issue of the Beira paper "Diario de Mocambique. Full text...

  • Could female condoms pull Africa out of its AIDS predicament?
    16 october 2002 12:33:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- African women ministers and legislators meeting here since Tuesday believe that female condoms could help prevent the further spiral of HIV/AIDS in the continent. Full text...

  • South African firm licensed to produce anti-retroviral drug
    16 october 2002 10:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The government of South Africa's Western Cape province on Wednesday welcomed the decision by Boehringer Ingelheim to grant Aspen Pharmacare a licence to produce, distribute and sell the anti-retroviral drug Nevirapine locally. Full text...

  • Cholera claims 188 in Zimbabwe province
    15 october 2002 20:57:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health officials in Zimbabwe said Tuesday cholera had claimed 188 lives in the eastern province of Manicaland since the beginning of the year, while 2,000 others have been infected. Full text...

  • UN envoy blames European 'thieves' for AIDS drugs scam
    15 october 2002 20:40:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The UN secretary general's special envoy on AIDS in Africa has accused "thieves" in Europe of being equally responsible for last year's fraudulent re-exportation of anti-retrovirals meant for poor people living with HIV/AIDS in West Africa. Full text...

  • Pregnant women embrace nevirapine project in Malawi
    15 october 2002 20:17:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A pilot project run by a French NGO, Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), to promote AIDS awareness and HIV testing in Southern Malawi has had an almost 100 percent success rate in its mother-to-child transmission prevention programme. Full text...

  • Africa's AIDS has a feminine face, says UN envoy
    15 october 2002 18:05:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Africa risks losing its female voices if no effective measures are taken to check the escalation of HIV/AIDS, the UN Secretary General's special envoy on the pandemic Stephen Lewis warned here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegalese govt not involved in AIDS drugs re-export scandal
    14 october 2002 23:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese Health and Prevention ministry Monday denied any involvement in the scandal over the re-export of anti-retroviral drugs to Europe. Full text...

  • Senegalese leader fires NGO executive in HIV/AIDS drugs scandal
    14 october 2002 23:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal has dismissed Abdoulatif Gueye from his post as executive secretary of the non-governmental organisation, "l'Afrique Aide l'Afrique" (AAA - Africa Aids Africa). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe bans smoking in public places
    13 october 2002 17:47:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Sunday outlawed smoking in most public places, particularly public transport to cut down on smoking-related illnesses and deaths in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa to host health meeting next September
    12 october 2002 13:29:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- South Africa has been designated to host the 53rd session of WHO Regional Committee for Africa from 1-5 September 2003. Full text...

  • African ministers resolve to improve health situation
    12 october 2002 13:06:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- African health ministers ended their meeting in Harare Saturday after adopting five resolutions aimed at improving the continent's health situation. Full text...

  • Minister says Nigeria reviving its health system
    11 october 2002 21:26:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Nigeria is modernising its run-down health system through improvement of teaching hospitals and taking health care delivery to the grassroots, minister of State for Health Amina Ndalolo said here Friday. Full text...

  • South African soldiers confirmed in good health
    11 october 2002 20:34:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- South African peacekeepers in Burundi are in good health, said a press statement issued by the contingent's command to allay public fears that a number of the soldiers were suffering from AIDS. Full text...

  • New figures show global AIDS fight under-resourced
    11 october 2002 18:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Prevention, care and support programmes on HIV/AIDS in low- and middle-income countries will need US$ 10. Full text...

  • African ministers call for a simpler NEPAD health structure
    11 october 2002 17:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- African Health Ministers Friday in Harare urged the simplification of the health components of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), to achieve optimum impact on the health sector. Full text...

  • EU to provide Zimbabwe drugs worth 26 million euro
    11 october 2002 13:19:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) said Friday it would provide Zimbabwe drugs worth 26 million euro to help the southern African country cope with a health crisis. Full text...

  • Africa to accelerate expanded immunisation programme
    11 october 2002 12:04:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- African Health Ministers meeting in Harare have agreed to accelerate implementation of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) over the next three years (2003- 5), so as to improve the health of children on the continent. Full text...

  • Three African candidates gun for WHO top post
    11 october 2002 08:45:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Three candidates from Africa have declared their intention to vie for the post of WHO Director General, which falls vacant in nine months, according to delegates to the ongoing 52nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa in Harare. Full text...

  • Ghana fears increase of AIDS orphans
    10 october 2002 20:28:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana has more than 160,000 AIDS orphans and the number could hit some 236,000 by 2014 at the current infection rate, it was officially disclosed here Thursday. Full text...

  • African ministers for early release of health funds
    10 october 2002 20:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- African Health ministers meeting in Harare Thursday urged a quick disbursement of the Global Fund for the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria, which was set up last year. Full text...

  • African ministers to fight poverty through investment in health
    10 october 2002 17:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- African Health Ministers have endorsed a plan to explore the contribution of health to poverty reduction, economic growth and human development. Full text...

  • African Health ministers adopt environment, health strategy
    10 october 2002 13:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- African Health Ministers Thursday in Harare adopted an environment and health strategy which would create an environment conducive to health and sustainable development in the region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Health ministers discuss Global Fund on AIDS, TB, Malaria
    10 october 2002 12:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health Ministers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met in Harare Thursday on the sidelines of the ongoing 52nd session of WHO Regional Committee for Africa to discuss health problems plaguing the sub-region. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Health minister reports decline in malaria
    10 october 2002 12:31:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Health Minister David Parirenyatwa said malaria cases in the country had declined this year because of drought, which deprived mosquitoes their ideal breeding ground. Full text...

  • Somalis hail reopening of Kismayo General Hospital
    10 october 2002 08:40:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Hundreds of Somalis in the southern port town of Kismayo are celebrating Wednesday's reopening of the local general hospital after three years of closure. Full text...

  • Over 120,000 blind people in Mali
    09 october 2002 22:59:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Over 120,000 people in Mali are blind and 10,000 more would lose their eyesight in the coming few years, an expert with the African Institute of Ophthalmology has said. Full text...

  • Worldwide audience to view Cape Town concert on AIDS
    09 october 2002 21:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Two HIV/AIDS awareness concerts to be performed in Cape Town and Seattle, Washington on 7 November will be broadcast live around the world. Full text...

  • Burkinabe businesswoman donates ARV to AIDS patients
    09 october 2002 19:18:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A prominent Burkinabe businesswoman has donated anti-retrovirals (ARV) worth USD 453,300 to assist 500 poor AIDS sufferers in the country. Full text...

  • African ministers approve $193-million biennial budget
    09 october 2002 17:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- African Health Ministers meeting in Harare Wednesday approved a 2004-5 programmes budget of 193 million US dollars for the WHO Regional Office (WHO-AFRO), representing an increase of 20 percent over the outgoing period. Full text...

  • WHO chief urges investment in human health to alleviate poverty
    09 october 2002 09:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- WHO Director General Gro Harlem Brundtland has called on developing countries to set up effective health-based macroeconomic national schemes to jump-start human development. Full text...

  • Health Minister Says Botswana Battling Poverty, HIV/AIDS
    08 october 2002 18:29:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Botswana has launched an aggressive programme to tackle its high HIV/AIDS prevalence rate and also deal with poverty, exacerbated by the drought-induced food crisis in the country, Health Minister Joy Phumaphi said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • WHO executive criticises tobacco companies
    08 october 2002 15:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- WHO Director General Gro Harlem Brundtland Tuesday in Harare, lashed out at tobacco companies worldwide for pursuing economic gains at the expense of public health, and promised that a WHO Treaty would deal with the problem. Full text...

  • AU urges pragmatic measures against Africa's health problems
    08 october 2002 13:46:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Africa should be proactive and result- oriented in dealing with its health problems so that its disease- burden does not "wipe out all the gains achieved since political independence in the early 1960s," a senior African Union (AU) official urged Tuesday in Harare, at the opening of the annual meeting of African Health Ministers. Full text...

  • WHO records progress in the control of communicable diseases
    08 october 2002 12:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- It will not be all tales of woe for African Health ministers gathered here this week for the 52nd session of the World Health Organisation's Regional Committee for Africa. Full text...

  • UNICEF mulls over dumping McDonald's deal
    08 october 2002 12:01:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is reviewing its involvement in a controversial global fundraising campaign with the US-based fast food giant McDonald's, a senior official of the UN agency told PANA in an interview. Full text...

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