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  • Ghanaian traditional ruler runs marathon on World AIDS Day
    01 december 2002 19:54:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A prominent Ghanaian traditional ruler on Sunday led a large number of people in a 12-kilometre race to mark World AIDS Day. Full text...

  • 2.2 million infected with AIDS in Zimbabwe
    01 december 2002 18:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said Sunday more than 2. Full text...

  • Mauritians get condoms from vending machines
    01 december 2002 16:46:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Family Planning Association (MFPA) has placed 20 condom vending machines in popular spots and factories in its effort to help young people fight HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • UNAIDS urges the world to stop stigmatising AIDS carriers
    01 december 2002 15:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Despite moderate but noteworthy progress in rolling back the spread of HIV in several African counties, stigma and discrimination remain major barriers to reversing the AIDS epidemic, UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot warned in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Nigeria to involve private sector in HIV/AIDS fight
    01 december 2002 13:45:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As the world marks the 2002 World AIDS Day Sunday, the Nigerian government says it will work with the private sector to raise the necessary funds for a massive awareness campaign to curb the spread of the pandemic in the country. Full text...

  • Report says HIV/AIDS ravages Malawi's civil service
    01 december 2002 11:10:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi government is losing at least 10 million Malawi Kwacha (about 125,000 US dollars) yearly in unbudgeted expenses for the civil service due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, vice president Justin Malewezi lamented here Sunday. Full text...

  • UNICEF boosts DR Congo's immunisation programme
    30 november 2002 19:49:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UNICEF has donated 16 tons of medical supplies, including anti-measles vaccines to DR Congo provinces of North-Kivu and East Kasai, the UN agency said in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Cholera claims more lives in Zimbabwe
    30 november 2002 19:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe said Saturday that seven people had died of cholera in one district in the south of the country, bringing the death toll in the area to 35 since the disease broke out two months ago. Full text...

  • Association launches breast cancer clinic in Mauritius
    30 november 2002 18:05:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian Family Planning Association (MFPA) has launched a breast cancer clinic designed to curb the disease among the country's women, association officials said Saturday. Full text...

  • Benin children demand greater involvement in AIDS fight
    30 november 2002 16:52:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ahead of the World AIDS Day Sunday, hundreds of Benin children took to the streets on Friday in Cotonou to protest against what they called their marginalisation in the sensitisation programmes against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Malaria afflicts hundreds in southern Kenya
    30 november 2002 14:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Over 500 people in the south- western Kenya district of Gucha have died of malaria since the beginning of this year, health authorities said Saturday. Full text...

  • Malian journalists discuss AIDS
    29 november 2002 20:13:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Some 20 Malian journalists have undergone a day of information exchange on HIV/AIDS ahead of International AIDS Day to be celebrated 1 December. Full text...

  • Samba commends Multilateral Initiative on Malaria
    29 november 2002 20:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- WHO Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba, Friday in Congo Brazzaville, commended the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (NIM), a global alliance of organisations and individuals concerned with malaria in Africa, for contributing significantly to building capacity for malaria control on the continent since its inception in 1996. Full text...

  • Expert warns malnutrition may kill 700 Nigerian children daily
    29 november 2002 19:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria could lose 700 children and 18 mothers a day from anaemia and lack of protein-energy in the next eight years unless drastic measures are taken to stem malnutrition in the country, nutrition expert, Isaac Akinyele, has warned. Full text...

  • Cholera forces school to close in Zimbabwe
    29 november 2002 17:28:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- An outbreak of cholera in southern Zimbabwe has forced a school to be closed, and prompted a massive medical alert, health authorities said Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria to manufacture HIV/AIDS drugs
    29 november 2002 15:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has entered into negotiations with a Brazilian firm to produce generic drugs for the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients, chairman of the National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA), Babatunde Osotimehin, said in Lagos Friday. Full text...

  • Morocco has 16,000 people living with HIV
    29 november 2002 12:57:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco had about 16,000 people living with HIV while 1,060 others had developed full-blown AIDS by 30 September this year. Full text...

  • Experts discuss nutrition and development
    28 november 2002 18:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nutritionists met in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos Wednesday to discuss nutrition and development, amid problems of large-scale malnutrition, poverty and hunger. Full text...

  • Ghana to protect education sector from HIV/AIDS
    28 november 2002 17:37:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian authorities are stepping up efforts to protect the country's education sector from the effects of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • 30 Congolese MPs to attend World AIDS Day in Dolisie
    28 november 2002 15:44:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Thirty Congolese MPs and Senators will witness the official unveiling of a declaration expressing the commitment of the two-chamber house to combat HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • South African pharmaceutical firms accused of overcharging
    28 november 2002 11:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Competition Commission on Thursday called for more complainants about alleged domination by pharmaceutical firms in the sale of antiretrovirals in the country. Full text...

  • African Union begins World AIDS Day programme on Friday
    28 november 2002 10:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union is urging the leadership at all levels of society in Africa "to take the first step in the right direction" in the fight against HIV/AIDS as nations mark the 15th World AIDS Day come December 1. Full text...

  • Zambians precede World AIDS Day with national conference
    28 november 2002 09:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Experts throughout Zambia on HIV/AIDS began consultations here Thursday on how to consolidate the fight against the scourge in the wake of United Nations revelations that the epidemic was fuelling widespread famine in Southern Africa. Full text...

  • Ebola killed 95 in Gabon, Congo Brazzaville
    27 november 2002 20:56:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Ebola fever killed 95 people in Gabon and Congo Brazzaville between 2001 and 2002, according to Lamine Cissé Sarr, an official of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Kenyan seminar discusses natural methods to fight diseases
    27 november 2002 20:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Canadian Research and Development Centre for Probiotics (CRDC), in collaboration with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and the University of Nairobi, has embarked on deliberations on the prospects of using selected live micro-organisms and good bacteria in health promotion and management. Full text...

  • Cape Verde to recruit 35 doctors in 2003
    27 november 2002 19:37:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde plans to recruit more than 35 doctors under the 2003 budget, according to Sidَnio Monteiro, President of the parliamentary group of the ruling African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV). Full text...

  • Typhoid breaks out in Zimbabwe capital
    27 november 2002 18:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe said Wednesday the capital Harare had been hit by an outbreak of typhoid. Full text...

  • Health ministry uncovers quacks in Guinea Bissau
    27 november 2002 17:14:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea-Bissau's health ministry has published a list of quacks including three locals, a Chinese, a Guinean (Conakry) and a Senegalese. Full text...

  • AIDS used as weapon during Rwandan genocide - Kagame
    26 november 2002 22:17:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The masterminds behind the 1994 Rwanda genocide used HIV/AIDS as a weapon to kill ethnic Tutsis, a French daily, Le Figaro, said, quoting Rwandan president Paul Kagame. Full text...

  • Study faults validity of nicotine free cigarettes
    26 november 2002 21:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A new breed of cigarettes, which manufacturers claim to reduce health risks over traditional ones, may actually cause additional hazards, according to two new studies. Full text...

  • 800,000 kids in Ivorian conflict areas need polio jab
    26 november 2002 21:18:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 800,000 children living in Ivorian conflict areas have not been immunised against polio during a national immunisation exercise held 9-12 November in Cote d'Ivoire, well-informed sources disclosed in Abidjan Tuesday. Full text...

  • Over 10 billion dollars needed to fight HIV/AIDS annually
    26 november 2002 16:57:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) announced Tuesday that more than US$ 10. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS stresses on education mount in Sub-Saharan Africa
    26 november 2002 16:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Education in Africa is slipping and the future risked as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, according to an education specialist with UNESCO. Full text...

  • AIDS wrecks Uganda's tertiary and secondary education
    26 november 2002 13:50:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Absenteeism and a rising death toll among teachers and students living with HIV/AIDS are the most visible effects of the incurable disease on Uganda's tertiary and secondary education sector. Full text...

  • Cameroon Govt and AIDS researcher join forces
    26 november 2002 13:45:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon government has teamed up with a local medical researcher to attest the efficacy of his HIV/AIDS therapy that has reportedly reversed immune deficiency in several patients. Full text...

  • Kenya, US in collaborative programme to fight HIV/AIDS
    26 november 2002 11:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's telecommunication giant, Telkom Kenya and the US embassy in Nairobi have embarked on a collaborative programme aimed at raising public awareness on the incurable HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Cameroonians diversify approach to fight HIV/AIDS
    26 november 2002 09:27:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonians Tuesday launched a national week against HIV/AIDS by unveiling diversified approaches to fight the pandemic. Full text...

  • Nigerian journalists develop handbook on HIV/AIDS
    25 november 2002 15:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian journalists and other stakeholders working against the spread of HIV/AIDS now have a special handbook containing basic information on the prevalence of the pandemic in the country. Full text...

  • Zambia orders withdrawal of untested AIDS drug
    25 november 2002 15:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Authorities in Zambia have warned an American drug dealer who put an uncertified HIV/AIDS drug on the local market that he risks prosecution. Full text...

  • Research body launches Southern African HIV/AIDS Website
    25 november 2002 11:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Medical Research Council has launched the sub-region's first comprehensive HIV/AIDS information resource, the AfroAIDSinfo Internet portal. Full text...

  • Ethiopian pharmacologist claims discovery of weight loss drug
    25 november 2002 08:49:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian pharmacologist Mekonnen Hagos said he has discovered a drug that helps to reduce body weight by 25 percent, an Amharic newspaper reported here. Full text...

  • UNFPA to enter into partnership with private sector
    24 november 2002 14:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has begun moves to enter into partnership with the private sector in Nigeria to expand its resource base for enhancing reproductive health, population and development strategies and advocacy. Full text...

  • Angola wants Luis Sambo to head WHO in Africa
    22 november 2002 22:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Angola's deputy minister Dr Jose Vieira Dias Van-Dunem revealed here Friday that Luanda was campaigning hard for its national, Dr Luis Sambo to be elected as head of the Regional Office for Africa of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • 9m dollars needed to stock up yellow fever vaccine
    22 november 2002 21:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- At least nine million dollars is needed in the next three years to raise a global stock of yellow fever vaccine for averting outbreaks of the disease. Full text...

  • Angola mobilises army to fight polio
    22 november 2002 21:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Angola has mobilised its army and medical staff who formerly worked for UNITA rebels to carry out a nationwide vaccination of children against polio. Full text...

  • South African firm's staff contributes rape kits
    22 november 2002 15:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Staff members at South African financial services group, Absa, Thursday handed 100,000 rand from their own salaries to purchase rape kits for rape survivors. Full text...

  • 15 French psychiatrists in Mauritius
    22 november 2002 10:31:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Some 15 French psychiatrists arrived in Mauritius Thursday for a workshop and exchange of ideas with their Mauritian counterparts, Health Ministry officials said in Port Louis. Full text...

  • African HIV cases increasing in France
    21 november 2002 23:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- HIV-positive cases from sub-Saharan Africa have been on the rise in France since 1998, according to a report of the National Health Watch Institute released here Thursday. Full text...

  • Fifty Sierra Leonean children to undergo heart surgery
    21 november 2002 23:18:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A group of 50 Sierra Leonean children will soon be flown for heart surgery in the US, the country's Cardiologist Consultant Dr Olu Black announced in Freetown. Full text...

  • Stakeholders want increased investment in vaccines
    21 november 2002 20:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A WHO report on the status of vaccines is calling for increased investment that would enhance research, development and production of quality vaccines worldwide. Full text...

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