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  • 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...

  • Traditional healers demand laws to protect them
    13 december 2001 11:31:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Traditional healers are demanding that all countries promulgate laws to protect the practice of traditional medicine and the participation of healers in bio-medical research. Full text...

  • Burkinabe pharmacists forgo profits on AIDS drug sale
    13 december 2001 10:29:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Pharmacists in Burkina Faso have agreed to forgo profits emerging from the sale of antiretrovirals drugs in the country. Full text...

  • Reunion to help smokers end addiction
    12 december 2001 21:33:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Reunion has launched an active campaign against smoking, aimed at providing concrete help to smokers who want to quit the bad habit. Full text...

  • Initiative to broaden access to antiretrovirals in Africa
    12 december 2001 12:03:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- "Accélérer l'Accès", a joint initiative by the World health organization (WHO), the World Bank and five pharmaceutical companies, is improving access to health care for AIDS patients in Africa. Full text...

  • Cameroon cuts prices of AIDS drugs
    12 december 2001 11:12:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The government of Cameroon has announced a price cut on drugs, anti-retrovirals, treatment of opportunistic infections and essential medical components in the country's various provision centres and public hospitals. Full text...

  • WHO recommends the validation of traditional medicine
    11 december 2001 22:59:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) Tuesday recommended in Ouagadougou the validation of "the efficiency, the harmlessness and the quality" of traditional medicine and remedies which offer an alternative for the management of HIV/AIDS and opportunistic infections. Full text...

  • Traditional medicine can cure HIV infections -- Doctor
    11 december 2001 22:28:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Eric Gbodossou, a Senegal-based medical doctor, who also practices herbal medicine, says traditional medicine can cure several opportunistic infections associated with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Cholera still raging in Mozambique's Zambezia Province
    11 december 2001 20:31:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Cholera continues to rage in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia, particularly in the provincial capital, Quelimane, reports Tuesday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias". Full text...

  • Doctor Says AIDS Management In Niger Is Ineffective
    11 december 2001 14:18:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- AIDS patients in Niger will have to wait for some time before they gain access to triple therapy, National AIDS Control Programme director Kari Moukaila has said. Full text...

  • Burkina rights body urges curative approach to HIV/AIDS
    11 december 2001 08:52:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso' Human and People's Rights Movement has urged African governments to opt for a curative approach in their fight against AIDS. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS forum honours Burkinabe President
    10 december 2001 23:38:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The African Union against Sexually Transmitted Diseases Sunday in Ouagadougou awarded an honorary distinction on the fight against HIV/AIDS to President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou forum urges youth to take up HIV/AIDS challenge
    10 december 2001 22:02:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Speakers at the African Youth forum against HIV/AIDS holding in Ouagadougou Saturday challenged the continent's youth to come up with new strategies against the pandemic by the time the conference ends on 13 December. Full text...

  • ADB approves $2 million loan for Mali's health projects
    10 december 2001 21:50:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of 13. Full text...

  • Breast cancer breakthrough for southern Africa
    10 december 2001 18:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Biofield Corporation, a US-based developer of a non-invasive system to assist in the detection of breast cancer, has announced the execution of a three-year distribution agreement with South Africa's Trilogy Critical Care, a leading healthcare distributor in southern Africa. Full text...

  • Uncertainty over Nigeria's AIDS drugs administration
    10 december 2001 17:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The start of an ambitious health care project aimed at providing access to anti-retroviral drugs for AIDS sufferers in Nigeria was mired in uncertainty Monday. Full text...

  • UNAIDS director calls for new commitment against AIDS
    10 december 2001 16:22:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The head of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, Dr Peter Piot, has said the commitments made at international conferences this year must be met if the epidemic is to be effectively pushed back in Africa and other seriously affected areas. Full text...

  • Compaore declares AIDS as a developmental crisis
    10 december 2001 14:41:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso has declared AIDS as a major development crisis in African countries, where it is decimating the most economically active sections of the population. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Libya bankroll G77 Healthcare Programme
    10 december 2001 13:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria and Libya are to contribute 5. Full text...

  • Benin schools get anti-AIDS Committee
    09 december 2001 19:41:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Benin government has set up a Committee for the prevention of HIV/AIDS in the country's schools and Universities. Full text...

  • Mali, Burkina Faso In Joint Action Against Polio
    08 december 2001 18:45:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Over 156,000 children aged up to five years have been vaccinated against polio in Burkina Faso's and Mali's adjacent districts of Orodara and Sikasso respectively. Full text...

  • Donors to fund anti-polio campaign in Angola
    08 december 2001 17:36:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola's deputy health minister, Jose van-Dunen announced Saturday that international donor institutions would fund 80 percent of the polio vaccination campaign in the country. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso among countries hit hardest by HIV/AIDS
    08 december 2001 15:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- About half a million people in Burkina Faso, close to 10 percent of adults, are infected with HIV/AIDS, according to Burkina Faso Human Development Report 2001, prepared with support of the UN Development Programme. Full text...

  • Chissano warns Mozambicans of threat posed by AIDS
    07 december 2001 17:05:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique is facing a challenge which, "if not overcome, will compromise the country's social and economic development efforts", President Joaquim Chissano warned on Friday. Full text...

  • South African freighters boost anti-AIDS campaign
    07 december 2001 15:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Road Freight Association (RFA) is injecting three million rand (about 280,000 US dollars) into the country's fight against AIDS, in conjunction with Department of Health. Full text...

  • Rise in HIV infection along Tanzania-Zambia highway, says study
    07 december 2001 13:48:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian health experts have reported a drastic increase of HIV cases in urban centres situated along the 1,000-km Tanzania-Zambia highway. Full text...

  • Cape Verde reports increase in Malaria cases
    07 december 2001 10:13:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Health authorities in Praia say they have in the past weeks observed an increase in new cases of malaria in parts of the Cape Verde capital. Full text...

  • Prices of medicines go up in Mauritius
    06 december 2001 18:28:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Prices of medicines have gone up in Mauritius by between 4 percent and 10 percent during the past week. Full text...

  • Africa requires more funding to eradicate polio by 2002
    06 december 2001 13:49:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A funding gap of 60 million US dollars and sustained political commitment are some of the major obstacles to Africa's drive to eradicate polio by 2002, a WHO official said in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Migrants in France intensify AIDS awareness inititives
    05 december 2001 19:55:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- "Migrants Against AIDS", "AIDS Info Service" (immigrants' radio), "AIDS Info Immigrants", says a broadcast on Paris-based FM 106. Full text...

  • CEMAC leaders to launch polio immunisation in Yaounde
    05 december 2001 17:36:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Leaders of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) will launch the synchronised sub-regional polio immunisation campaign in Cameroon as part of their Summit opening Friday in Yaounde. Full text...

  • UNICEF to lay more emphasis on HIV/AIDS in its programmes
    05 december 2001 16:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan office of UNICEF Wednesday said that it would lay more emphasis on HIV/AIDS in its programmes for the next two and half years, in a major policy shift that will see 60 percent of the UN body's resources devoted to the scourge. Full text...

  • Benin launches mass campaign against measles
    05 december 2001 14:18:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin Health Ministry Wednesday launched a mass immunisation campaign against measles in four of the country's Districts. Full text...

  • Six out of 10 Malawian patients are HIV positive, says report
    05 december 2001 13:24:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A World Bank report says that six out of every 10 patients admitted to Malawi's hospitals are HIV positive, a situation that is over-burdening the country's health ministry. Full text...

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