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  • Bubonic plague hits southern Malawi
    02 may 2002 21:12:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Health authorities have announced an outbreak of bubonic plague in Malawi's southern border District of Nsanje. Full text...

  • South African company withdraws from Ethiopian project
    02 may 2002 10:26:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- South African construction company WBHO has withdrawn from a 300 million US dollar drugs manufacturing plant being established in Addis Ababa by Mohamed Al-Amoudi's Pharmacure Plc. Full text...

  • Ethiopia gets 7 million dollars to tackle killer diseases
    01 may 2002 18:13:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia has been granted more than seven million US dollars from the Global Fund supported by computer billionaire Bill Gates, to tackle killer diseases, the State radio announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Health panel calls for guidelines on ethical review
    30 april 2002 18:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An expert panel on health research has called on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to develop and disseminate guidelines on the establishment and strengthening of ethical review Committees on health to countries in the African Region. Full text...

  • East Africans to jointly control diseases
    30 april 2002 12:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Health ministers from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have resolved to form joint committees to regulate and establish a standard framework for combating diseases that afflict the region. Full text...

  • Angolan teachers attend seminar on sexual diseases
    29 april 2002 22:13:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan teachers are attending a five-day seminar on sexually transmitted diseases which opened Monday in Luanda, the Angolan capital. Full text...

  • Former Minister hopeful on Nigerian healthcare
    29 april 2002 16:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Former Nigerian Health Minister Olikoye Ransome-Kuti says ongoing changes in the health sector would make primary health care accessible and affordable within the next 15 years in the country. Full text...

  • Sudanese warring parties blamed for high mortality
    29 april 2002 12:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Warring parties in western Sudan's Upper Nile region have been collectively blamed for the area's high civilian mortality rate caused by infectious diseases and violence. Full text...

  • Ethiopia needs 270 million dollars for anti-AIDS drugs
    28 april 2002 15:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia requires some 270 million US dollars to import anti-HIV/AIDS drugs and build the necessary national capacity for the introduction of the drugs, an official of the National HIV/AIDS Protection and Control Council said. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak claims 16 lives in Somalia
    28 april 2002 13:47:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- At least 16 Somalis have died in the past 24 hours following an outbreak of cholera in Kismayo, some 500 km south of Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Full text...

  • Cameroon unveils strategic plan against malaria
    28 april 2002 10:49:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Cameroonian government has heralded a malaria control strategic plan whose implementation will require 82 billion FCFA (over 111 million USD). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe applauds Global Fund's anti-AIDS donation
    27 april 2002 17:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean health officials on Saturday applauded the 22. Full text...

  • WHO launches new country cooperation with Ethiopia
    26 april 2002 20:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The WHO Friday announced the launching of a new Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) with Ethiopia, to continue until 2020. Full text...

  • Malaria treatment costs Uganda $50 million yearly
    26 april 2002 18:30:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Stung by the heightened death rate caused by malaria which has emerged the second killer disease in Uganda after HIV/AIDS, national medical authorities have developed a home-based management of fever strategy using pre- packed anti-malaria materials. Full text...

  • Burundi records 2.8 million malaria cases
    26 april 2002 13:21:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 2. Full text...

  • Botswana commemorates Africa malaria day
    26 april 2002 12:41:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA -- While the rest of Africa grapples with malaria, Botswana has managed to restrict the deadly disease to the rural areas, completely eliminating the disease from the urban areas. ) Full text...

  • Malaria, leading killer in Niger
    25 april 2002 23:53:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity in Niger, according to the State Secretary responsible for the fight against the disease, Abdoulwahid Halimatou. Full text...

  • Richard Feachem becomes chief executive of Global Fund
    25 april 2002 23:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Officials of the Global Fund to fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria Thursday appointed Professor Richard Feachem as Executive Director of the Global Fund. Full text...

  • WHO calls for more efforts to fight malaria in Africa
    25 april 2002 21:54:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Africa Regional Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Ebrahim Malick Samba Thursday called for increased efforts to combat malaria on the continent, with a particular focus on prevention and treatment. Full text...

  • Global AIDS Fund gives 14 African nations $480 million
    25 april 2002 18:56:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Twenty-one projects from 14 African countries are among the first set of 40 approved Thursday for funding over two years by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Full text...

  • Malaria affects four million persons yearly in Ethiopia
    25 april 2002 17:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Being the single most killer in Ethiopia, malaria affects more than four million persons in the country each year, UNICEF warned Thursday on Africa Malaria Control Day. Full text...

  • Zambia evaluates fight against malaria
    25 april 2002 17:23:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia on Thursday joined the rest of Africa in evaluating strategies and programmes undertaken in the past year to cure and prevent malaria in the provinces as part of a continental response. Full text...

  • Bill Gates seeks focus on malaria vaccine development
    25 april 2002 17:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- "Today is Africa Malaria Day, and, like every other day, three children will die from malaria every minute. Full text...

  • Two years after the Abuja Declaration against Malaria
    25 april 2002 08:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- At an elaborate ceremony in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, two years ago, African leaders committed themselves under the Roll-Back Malaria campaign to reduce the effects of the mosquito-borne disease that kills more than one million people annually world-wide, mainly on the continent. Full text...

  • Unhygienic Living Compounds Cholera Epidemic in Malawi
    24 april 2002 18:32:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi is facing its worst cholera outbreak with 32,000 cases having been reported by the beginning of April, health authorities have said. Full text...

  • WHO warns that Africa faces new malaria threat
    24 april 2002 18:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Resistance to available anti-malarial drugs has become a growing threat to efforts to control the disease in Africa, the World Health Organisation's Regional Office for Africa warned Wednesday. Full text...

  • WHO calls for more resources on research in Africa
    24 april 2002 17:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for the allocation of more resources to research activities in the African region in response to the critical health problems facing the region. Full text...

  • Swaziland on spraying campaign against malaria
    24 april 2002 13:47:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's Health and Social Welfare Ministry has embarked on a nation-wide spraying campaign against the spread of malaria in the kingdom. Full text...

  • Kenya, WHO sponsor traditional herbal clinic
    24 april 2002 09:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The first government-sponsored traditional herbal clinic has opened in Embu town, in Kenya's Eastern Province, as part of the Health Ministry's recognition of the vital role played by herbal medicine in community healthcare. Full text...

  • TB cases rise by 10 percent yearly in Cote d'Ivoire
    23 april 2002 21:33:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Tuberculosis cases in Cote d'Ivoire rise by 10-percent yearly, according to official figures that say the disease swelled from 15,000 cases in 1999 to 16,000 cases in 2002. Full text...

  • WHO supports malaria control in Benin
    23 april 2002 17:58:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Africa Regional Office of the World Health Organisation (AFRO), has provided Benin with 10,000-US-dollar worth of drugs for malaria control, officials of the National Malaria Control Programme said in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Kenyan youths form virginity club to fight HIV/AIDS
    23 april 2002 10:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a move aimed at containing the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in Nakuru in Kenya's Rift Valley province, the town's youths have formed a Virgins' Club open to boys and girls as members. Full text...

  • Ghana business community urged to invest in HIV/AIDS treatment
    22 april 2002 20:45:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's Vice-President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, has urged the business community to contribute towards the START programme, which provides a comprehensive HIV/AIDS service, particularly treatment for infected people. Full text...

  • UN Agencies say AIDS, TB and Malaria can be controlled
    22 april 2002 20:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A new joint report by UNAIDS, UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) released Monday says a low estimate of some 8. Full text...

  • Ex-Minister Warns Again Yellow Fever Epidemic
    21 april 2002 18:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Yellow fever, which killed thousands of people in Nigeria in the 1980s, may recur if massive immunisation of people against the disease is not embarked upon now, former Nigerian health minister, Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, has warned. Full text...

  • Canada funds AIDS control project in Niger
    21 april 2002 18:23:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Canada has granted Niger 1. Full text...

  • African Health Research Committee meets in Mauritius
    20 april 2002 17:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 21st session of the African Advisory Committee for Health Research and Development (AACHRD) opens Monday in Port Louis, capital of the Indian Ocean Island State of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Nigeria to eradicate polio this Year
    19 april 2002 18:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian health officials say polio will be eradicated in the country this year, despite the prevalence of more than 50 cases of wild polio virus in 17 of the country's 36 States in 2001. Full text...

  • Niger reports meningitis outbreak
    19 april 2002 14:27:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's Ministry of Public Health has warned about the risk of meningitis after some cases of the disease were reported in certain districts. Full text...

  • UNAIDS recognises Pretoria's renewed surge on HIV/AIDS
    19 april 2002 08:02:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- UNAIDS has hailed the South African government after it announced on Thursday to intensify its programme to fight HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Patasse requests death for those infecting others with HIV/AIDS
    18 april 2002 23:18:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Central African leader Ange Felix Patasse Thursday requested his country's judiciary and lawmakers to study a draft law that called for death sentences for those who deliberately infected others with the HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • EU aids Kinshasa hospitals
    18 april 2002 21:56:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Nine hospitals in Kinshasa will benefit from a water and sanitation project initiated by the Red Cross in DR Congo, through the transitional health sector support programme (PATS). Full text...

  • Schoolgirls carry out 3,000 abortions in Kinshasa
    18 april 2002 20:14:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- About 3,000 abortions are recorded every year in Kinshasa among young DR Congolese girls, according to an expert on Public Health, Theophile Tambwe Mbuy. Full text...

  • Islamic Bank offers Burkina Faso drugs to fight meningitis
    18 april 2002 13:14:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Islamic Development Bank has donated medicines and nursing care material worth 200,000 dollars to Burkina Faso to help bring the meningitis outbreak in the country under control. Full text...

  • South African rape victims to get AIDS drugs
    18 april 2002 13:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African public health institutions will provide anti-retroviral drugs to victims of sexual assault, the government announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Epidemiological diseases prevalent in Uganda
    18 april 2002 11:31:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Health authorities in Uganda Thursday confirmed an outbreak of measles, cholera, malaria and meningitis affirming an increase of all cases nationwide. Full text...

  • Campaign makes gains in polio fight (Feature)
    17 april 2002 21:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An ambitious global initiative aimed at completely eradicating polio from the face of the earth by 2005 was launched Tuesday with its co-coordinators telling governments that it is their political obligation, as opposed to will, to help in wiping out the disease. Full text...

  • Kenyan body decries lack of access to AIDS drugs
    17 april 2002 21:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Numerous health centres in Kenya are reporting regular and sometimes extended shortages of discontinued antiretroviral (ARV) drugs since pharmaceutical companies lowered the prices of these AIDS drugs for Africa last year. Full text...

  • Survey shows high anaemic cases among Kenyan infants
    17 april 2002 17:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The majority of an increasing number of anaemic children in rural Kenya have little hope of leading a healthy life, a national survey has warned. Full text...

  • Anti-TB network to be set up in Lome
    17 april 2002 16:02:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The West African Tuberculosis Control Organisation met Tuesday in Lome under the aegis of the WHO in order to set up a network aimed at combating the infectious disease. Full text...

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