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  • UNAIDS director expected in Cameroon Tuesday
    16 june 2003 20:54:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot is expected in Yaounde Tuesday for a three-day visit during which he would meet with President Paul Biya and Prime Minister Peter Mafany Musongé. Full text...

  • Kibaki urges Kenyans to undergo voluntary AIDS tests
    16 june 2003 17:33:00
    Sagana- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki Monday urged all Kenyans to undergo voluntary HIV/AIDS testing in order to know their status, and warned that persons deliberately spreading the killer disease risk being prosecuted. Full text...

  • 40 die in Liberian hospital due to lack of doctors
    16 june 2003 16:58:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- At least 40 persons, including 30 patients and 10 bullet-wounded nurses, died at the Redemption Hospital in Monrovia's New Krutown suburb during fighting there last week. Full text...

  • Institute reports drug resistance to ART in Nigeria
    16 june 2003 15:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A research institute in Nigeria has reported drug resistance in a patient accessing anti-retroviral therapy (ART), indicating possible resistance to the treatment among people living with HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Swaziland gets R500 million to fight AIDS, related diseases
    15 june 2003 14:30:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland has received over R500 million from the Global Fund to combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis after King Mswati III hurriedly signed a law establishing a special committee to handle all HIV/AIDS matters in the country. Full text...

  • Journal says antiviral drugs may be a cure to SARS
    15 june 2003 12:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An antiviral drug derived from licorice roots may turn out to be an effective treatment for severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS, a leading medical journal says. Full text...

  • UNICEF organises regional workshop on HIV/AIDS
    14 june 2003 09:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- More than 40 youth and HIV experts from eastern and southern Africa will gather here Monday for a weeklong workshop to identify new ways to engage young people in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Malian journalists drill on AIDS reporting
    13 june 2003 18:47:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Some 30 Malian journalists have ended a refresher course here on AIDS reporting, organised by the Association of Health Communicators (ACS) in collaboration with UNAIDS, UNDP and the National AIDS Control Programme. Full text...

  • Authorities warn of bacteria on banknotes of Congolese franc
    12 june 2003 20:41:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Reliable sources in Kinshasa warned Thursday that 5, 10 and 20 Congolese franc (FC) banknotes in circulation carry bacteria, namely streptococcus and entero- bacteria. Full text...

  • African first ladies summit in Maputo
    11 june 2003 19:11:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Organisation of African First Ladies (OPDAS) will hold its ordinary general assembly in Maputo, Mozambique, on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) summit in July, the president of the association, Edith Lucie Bongo, has said. Full text...

  • Sexual inactivity induces prostrate cancer, say scientists
    11 june 2003 17:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Research scientists working on cancer in Kenya and South Africa confirmed here Wednesday that men with low sexual desire are more prone to prostate cancer infection than their sexually active counterparts. Full text...

  • Quarter of million children in Zimbabwe live with AIDS
    11 june 2003 17:29:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Health Minister David Parirenyatwa said Wednesday about 240 000 children were living with AIDS, which claims an average 5,000 lives weekly in the country. Full text...

  • Four African countries to report on AIDS vaccine trials
    11 june 2003 15:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Four African countries currently undertaking HIV/AIDS Vaccine Trials are expected to showcase their progress when the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Africa (ICSA) convene here next September. Full text...

  • Zambia health survey shows rise in HIV, syphilis
    11 june 2003 14:44:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia Wednesday released findings of a 2001-2002 Demographic Health Survey, which revealed that 16 percent of Zambians aged 15 to 49 are HIV positive, while seven percent have contracted syphilis. Full text...

  • TB cases on the upsurge in Kenya
    09 june 2003 19:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Authorities in Kenya are worried by an apparent upsurge of Tuberculosis (TB) infections in the country in the last ten years. Full text...

  • Kaunda takes HIV/AIDS campaign to Zambian homes
    09 june 2003 19:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda has carried his campaign against HIV/AIDS closer to his compatriots with a 'Live the 4-As' slogan that translates as "Act for your life, Act for your future, Act against HIV/AIDS and Act for Zambia". Full text...

  • WHO-proposed tobacco controls rattle Malawi
    09 june 2003 18:55:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Tobacco Exporters Association of Malawi (TEAM) and the Tobacco Association of Malawi (TAMA) have warned the government against ratifying the WHO-initiated Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (FCTC), saying it will ruin the country's already fragile economy. Full text...

  • African First Ladies support actions against AIDS
    07 june 2003 16:06:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The First Ladies of Gabon, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have expressed support for actions by governments in their countries and NGOs against the stigmatisation of AIDS patients and people living with HIV. Full text...

  • Unidentified epidemic claims 55 victims in DR Congo
    06 june 2003 12:16:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- An unidentified epidemic is currently raging in the Gungu area in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) Bandundu province, where medical sources have reported 55 deaths. Full text...

  • Ethiopia launches immunisation campaign to reduce child deaths
    06 june 2003 11:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's Health ministry, UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have launched a joint measles and Vitamin A campaign targeting nearly 5. Full text...

  • Govt announces end to Ebola in northern Congo
    05 june 2003 20:24:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Thursday announced an end to the spread of Ebola in the districts of Kelle and Mbomo, in northern Cuvette Ouest, along the border with Gabon. Full text...

  • Two Africans Join Gates Foundation Board
    05 june 2003 18:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two prominent African health scientists have joined the science board of the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative -- a project of the multi-billion-dollar Bill Full text...

  • Haemorrhagic fever breaks out in Guinea-Bissau
    05 june 2003 15:23:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Cases of haemorrhagic fever have been recorded in the past few days in Mansoa, 63 km east of Bissau, medical sources have reported in the Guinea-Bissau capital. Full text...

  • African medical lab heads meet in Ouagadougou
    05 june 2003 12:34:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Heads of public medical laboratories from 18 West, Central African and Indian Ocean countries are meeting here to discuss progress towards networking at national, subregional and regional levels. Full text...

  • EU helps CAR improve health system
    05 june 2003 09:59:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) has granted Central African Republic a million euro to revive the country's health infrastructure torn down by years of unrest, EU delegation official Laurent Sillano said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyans to get health fund
    04 june 2003 16:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A new legislation is in the pipeline to convert Kenya's National Hospital Insurance Fund into a National Social Health Insurance Fund, Health ministry sources affirmed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Malaria kills 9 people in Swaziland
    04 june 2003 07:42:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Swazi Malaria Control Unit has reported nine malaria-related deaths this year. Full text...

  • Stakeholders applaud Rotary's anti-polio donation
    03 june 2003 19:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners have commended Rotary International for the 88. Full text...

  • WHO honours Brazilian Minister for anti-tobacco leadership
    03 june 2003 19:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation Tuesday honoured the Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim for "laying the foundation" for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) recently adopted by the UN agency to stem tobacco related deaths and diseases. Full text...

  • WHO urges concerted global action to stem Cancer deaths
    03 june 2003 18:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Some two million lives could be saved by 2020 through concerted efforts by all sectors to prevent and treat cancer throughout the world, according to a joint report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Union Against Cancer (UICC). Full text...

  • South Africa reports outbreak of Type A Influenza in Pretoria
    03 june 2003 15:28:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Medical authorities in South Africa have reported an outbreak of Type A Influenza at the South African Police Services college in Pretoria. Full text...

  • Humanitarian groups fight outbreak of Yellow Fever in Sudan
    03 june 2003 12:48:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A vaccination campaign is underway to halt the spread of Yellow Fever in Sudan's Eastern Equatoria towns of Imotong and Ikotos, UN humanitarian coordinator Ben Parker told reporters here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gabonese midwives drill in HIV/AIDS control
    03 june 2003 12:37:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- About 30 Gabonese midwives are undergoing a 5-day training session on AIDS prevention and the mother-to-child transmission of the pandemic, health sources indicated here. Full text...

  • MSF raises alarm over G-8 stance on HIV/AIDS
    02 june 2003 20:48:00
    Evian- France (PANA) -- Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Monday expressed concerns over the position of the world's eight most industrialised countries (G-8), currently meeting in Evian, France, regarding the fight against the deadly HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • More Botswana babies die from HIV/AIDS
    02 june 2003 19:10:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS has raised the level of infant mortality in Botswana, according to Health Minister Joy Pumaphi. Full text...

  • African First Ladies discuss HIV/AIDS
    02 june 2003 17:19:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian First Lady, Toure Lobbo Traore and her Gabonese counterpart, Edith Lucie Bongo, on Monday jointly chaired the opening of the first meeting of planning of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against AIDS (OPDAS). Full text...

  • Africa faces the challenge of HIV/AIDS
    02 june 2003 15:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Overcoming HIV/AIDS is a survival issue for not only tens of millions of people in Africa but also for efforts at overcoming poverty and hunger on the continent, participants at an African economic and finance experts meeting here were reminded last Friday. Full text...

  • ADB, UNFPA to promote reproductive health
    02 june 2003 11:48:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) are to work jointly in the field of reproductive health once the bank's board of governors meeting here this week approves the proposal. Full text...

  • France to treble aid for HIV/AIDS control in Africa
    02 june 2003 09:46:00
    Evian- France (PANA) -- France's contribution to the World Health Fund initially set at 50 million euro per year would be raised to 150 million euro as from 2003, French President Jacques Chirac said on Sunday in Evian in south-eastern France. Full text...

  • Nigerian group campaigns against tobacco adverts
    31 may 2003 14:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- On the occasion of this year's World No Tobacco Day, a group of Nigerian journalists advocating tobacco eradication in the country has asked Nigerians to henceforth resist the attempt by tobacco companies to "lure youths into their death" through glamorous adverts. Full text...

  • Poor pay forces Ugandan doctors to leave public service
    31 may 2003 13:56:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Quality in health care services continues to worsen in Uganda due to massive desertion of doctors from public hospitals to private practice. Full text...

  • WHO approves new regulations on SARS
    31 may 2003 13:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Prompted by the rapid spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the World Health Organisation (WHO) has approved sweeping new regulations to give the UN body authority to track and respond to future global health threats. Full text...

  • Malawians face HIV/AIDS tests before taking UK jobs
    31 may 2003 12:14:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The British High Commission in the Malawi has announced that all Malawians seeking to join that country's health sector in the UK will be required to undergo a rigorous health screening process, including an HIV/AIDS test. Full text...

  • Oil firm donates insecticide to malaria victims in Uganda
    31 may 2003 09:51:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Touched by the alarming daily death toll of children living in internally displaced camps (IDP) due to malaria in war ravaged northern Uganda, a French oil firm, Total, has donated 1,000 cans of insecticide to save lives of the surviving infants. Full text...

  • World marks No Tobacco Day pondering WHO's new treaty
    31 may 2003 09:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- This year's World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), which comes 10 days after the adoption by the 192-member World Health Organisation (WHO) of a historic pact to stem the estimated five million annual tobacco-related deaths and diseases world-wide, is most apposite. Full text...

  • Survey puts Ghana's HIV prevalence rate at 3.4 percent
    30 may 2003 23:31:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The national HIV prevalence rate in Ghana stands at 3. Full text...

  • World marks No Tobacco Day pondering WHO's new treaty
    30 may 2003 21:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- This year's World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), which comes 10 days after the adoption by the 192-member World Health Organisation (WHO) of a historic pact to stem the estimated five million annual tobacco-related deaths and diseases world-wide, is most apposite. Full text...

  • Kenyan First Lady joins AIDS awareness campaign
    30 may 2003 20:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan First Lady Lucy Kibaki visited a voluntary counselling and screening center at Kenyatta National Hospital Friday, in continuing efforts at fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the country. Full text...

  • Kibaki joins filming of Kenyan anti-AIDS commercial
    30 may 2003 13:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a bid to boost HIV/AIDS awareness in Kenya, President Mwai Kibaki Friday joined in the filming of an anti-AIDS commercial dubbed "Pamoja Campaign" (Together Campaign), shot on the lawns of the State House. Full text...

  • Cholera kills two in northern Zimbabwe
    29 may 2003 20:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Cholera has killed two people and left several others hospitalised in the northern resort town of Kariba in Zimbabwe, health officials said Thursday. Full text...

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