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  • Nigerians throng China market despite SARS scare
    27 may 2003 12:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Business is still booming at the "China market" in Lagos, despite the link between the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and China where the lung disease is believed to have originated. Full text...

  • Pretoria bans importation of AIDS drugs from Swaziland
    27 may 2003 11:40:00
    Manzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- The South African Customs Department has banned the importation of HIV/AIDS drugs from SwaziPharm, a Swaziland-based pharmaceutical company, citing the poor qualities of drugs from the firm. Full text...

  • 75,000 get bed nets in Gambia's war against Malaria
    27 may 2003 07:55:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Thousands of impregnated mosquito nets were distributed among Gambians on Monday in the ongoing national war against malaria. Full text...

  • ADB grants Congo 500,000 dollars to control Ebola virus
    26 may 2003 22:27:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) has approved a grant of 500,000 US dollars to finance the reinforcement of control and surveillance measures against the Ebola virus (VHF) in western Congo. Full text...

  • Niger reports 0.1 HIV/AIDS prevalence among pupils
    26 may 2003 22:04:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate among school children is estimated at 0,1 percent in Niger where sex is a taboo in discussions between parents and children, health sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Malawi's clergy against condoms in HIV/AIDS war
    26 may 2003 20:47:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A group of religious leaders who formed a task force called State-Faith Community HIV/AIDS Task Force with the government, have resolved to disallow the promotion of condoms as a preventive measure against the spread of HIV/AIDS in Malawi. Full text...

  • Liberia introduces SARS screening at ports of entry
    26 may 2003 16:43:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia Monday conducted its first screening for the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) at the country's Roberts International Airport, outside the capital Monrovia. Full text...

  • Manufacturers study next phase of African anti-AIDS drug
    26 may 2003 15:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Former US Ambassador Andrew Young will be keynote speaker next week at the annual gathering of the Senegal-based Association of Traditional Medicine (Prometra) credited for scientifically testing an African anti-AIDS herbal preparation that has proved effective on 62 patients. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe joins global tobacco advertising ban
    26 may 2003 14:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe, one of the biggest tobacco producing nations in the world, has joined a World Health Organisation-led drive to ban advertising of the commodity to reduce smoking-related deaths. Full text...

  • Rural Swazi community shuns use of condoms
    26 may 2003 09:10:00
    Njoni- Swaziland (PANA) -- Residents of a rural community in southern Swaziland have refused to use condoms during sexual intercourse, claiming that "worms" were inside the condoms supplied free them of charge. Full text...

  • Cameroon to co-ordinate malaria network
    25 may 2003 20:05:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Cameroon has been appointed to co-ordinate the Central African Network for the Treatment of Malaria (RACTAP) for a two-year term after the WHO-supported constitutive movement held 21-23 May here. Full text...

  • US group to tackle HIV/AIDS on African Highway
    25 may 2003 16:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Africa Unite Against AIDS, an American NGO "boxing" HIV/AIDS out of Africa, has launched a new strategy to eradicate the prevalence of the scourge among truck drivers along the Trans-African Highway. Full text...

  • Samba urges for pro-active response to African emergencies
    25 may 2003 15:59:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Ebrahim Samba, the World Health Organisation's Regional Director for Africa (WHO-AFRO), on Sunday called for greater preparedness and a more proactive response to frequent deadly emergencies in Africa. Full text...

  • 25 years after Alma-Ata Health Declaration
    25 may 2003 15:46:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The Primary Health Care (PHC) concept became a core issue for the World Health Organisation following its 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration in Kazakh, the former Soviet Union republic now known as Kazakhstan. Full text...

  • WHO Africa medical team for earthquake-hit Algeria
    24 may 2003 15:00:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) Africa Regional Office (WHO-AFRO) is sending an expert team with medical kits to assist Algeria, rocked by an earthquake that has killed more than 1,700 people. Full text...

  • Thailand to help Kenya remain SARS free
    24 may 2003 14:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Thailand has promised to assist Kenya develop control measures against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to ensure the East African nation remains free of the flu-like ailment. Full text...

  • Developing nations demand greater role at WHO Secretariat
    24 may 2003 13:10:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Developing countries, especially those from Africa, Saturday in Geneva advocated a new formula to rectify the "imbalance" in their representation at the UN agency's secretariat. Full text...

  • African countries insist on status quo on WHO budget
    24 may 2003 11:42:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- As the debate heated up Saturday on a proposed new scale for the World Health Organisation (WHO) budget at the ongoing 56th General Assembly in Geneva, African countries are arguing strongly for an estimate that would support the UN agency's country programmes. Full text...

  • Mandela to address AIDS conference in Paris
    23 may 2003 20:04:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Retired South African President Nelson Mandela will be among keynote speakers during the second international conference of the AIDS Society in Paris from 13 to 16 July on the theme 'HIV/AIDS pathogenesis and treatment'. Full text...

  • Nigerian ARV users speak on efficacy of drug
    23 may 2003 17:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerians infected with the virus that causes AIDS have hailed the efficacy of antiretroviral drugs in boosting their immune system, while complaining about the side effects of the drugs. Full text...

  • WHO staff demand greater security, better service conditions
    23 may 2003 17:09:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Staff Associations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) have called for greater security "in these times of insecurity and uncertainty as well as improved staff-management relations and better service conditions. Full text...

  • WHO pushes for drastic reduction of measles deaths
    23 may 2003 17:06:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged its 192 member States to step up efforts to drastically reduce the estimated 745,000 annual preventable child deaths from measles. Full text...

  • WHO reviews SARS advisory on Hong Kong, Guangdong
    23 may 2003 16:59:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation on Friday rescinded its recommendation that people should postpone all but essential travels to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Guangdong Province in China to prevent the spread of the Severe Acute Respiratory (SARS). Full text...

  • Africans want speedy release of anti-AIDS Global Fund
    23 may 2003 15:16:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- African delegates at the 56th World Health Organization Assembly in Geneva on Friday called for a simplified process that enables the early release of money from the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. Full text...

  • Gambia bills Malaria campaign for next week
    23 may 2003 09:14:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambian government, in conjunction with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) will next week organise a nation-wide sensitisation campaign on Malaria, a release from the Health Department indicated here Thursday. Full text...

  • NGOs urge G8 to boost anti-AIDS Global Fund
    22 may 2003 22:18:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- A group of NGOs attending the 56th WHO Assembly has called on the G8 rich nations to boost the Global Fund launched in 2001 to narrow the resource gap in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. Full text...

  • 200,000 People HIV/AIDS Positive in Liberia
    22 may 2003 22:15:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- More than 200,000 people in Liberia are infected with the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Adams Lincoln, health coordinator of the US Aid for International Development (USAID), said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Officials say Ebola virus fever abated in Congo
    22 may 2003 20:39:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The haemorrhagic fever caused by the Ebola virus has been stabilised in Mbomo, 'Cuvette Ouest' department, where no deaths related to the disease have been reported in the past two months, according to the Congolese Health and Population Minister. Full text...

  • Britain invests £16 million HIV/AIDS drug for Africa
    22 may 2003 20:28:00
    Livingstone- Zambia (PANA) -- The British government has begun investing £16 million in the manufacture and testing of a new HIV/AIDS protective microbicide gel that will soon be launched on trial basis in three African countries. Full text...

  • WHO unveils new Public-Private initiative on SARS
    22 may 2003 19:13:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) Thursday announced in Geneva a new public-private initiative to fight the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and build capacity for surveillance, epidemiology and public health laboratory facilities in China and the surrounding region. Full text...

  • Samba commends Africa's participation at WHO Assembly
    22 may 2003 19:00:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Ebrahim Samba, World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa Thursday welcomed the "active participation" of African delegations to the ongoing 56th WHO General Assembly in Geneva, saying it is a marked departure from the past. Full text...

  • Fears grip Africa as world grapples with SARS
    22 may 2003 17:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The spread of the unprecedented deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), has thrown into confusion all human privacy protocol at major airports in the world as the puzzle over the source of the virus persists. Full text...

  • WHO, partners launch $30 million disease testing scheme
    22 may 2003 16:21:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The World Bank and the UN-supported Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and the Bill Full text...

  • Gambian authorities pounce on quack doctors
    21 may 2003 22:57:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Barely a month after a crackdown Against illegal foreign currency dealers in Banjul, Gambian authorities have now turned the heat against quack doctors and non-licensed pharmacists. Full text...

  • Japan offers pharmaceutical products to Niger
    21 may 2003 19:53:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Japan has granted Niger equipment and medicines worth 413 million yens, to fight malaria, respiratory and diarrhoeal diseases under the Tokyo Action Plan for Africa's Development that started in 1998, official sources said here. Full text...

  • WHO new Director General unveils plans
    21 may 2003 17:09:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Moments following his election as WHO director general, Jong-Wook Lee Wednesday outlined key priorities for the next five years, including efficiency, accountability, the strengthening of human resources, meeting the Millennium Development Goals and shifting resources to serve the agency's 192 member countries effectively. Full text...

  • UNDP gives Niger $722 million in development aid
    21 may 2003 16:44:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Authorities in Niger have signed a framework document for UNDP to give the country $722 million in development assistance spanning 2004-2007. Full text...

  • South Korea's Jong-Wook Lee confirmed WHO boss
    21 may 2003 16:29:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Jong-Wook Lee, 58, from South Korea was Wednesday confirmed Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) at the agency's 56th General Assembly meeting holding here. Full text...

  • Ethiopia issues SARS warning to air travellers
    21 may 2003 15:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Health authorities in Ethiopia have urged persons having symptoms that could be linked to the dreaded SARS disease to immediately report to the health ministry. Full text...

  • 24 debtor nations lose voting rights at WHO gathering
    21 may 2003 14:31:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Twenty-four debtor countries, including 10 from Africa, have lost their voting rights at the 192-nation World Health Organization (WHO) over arrears of contributions and based on the Administration, Budget and Finance Committee's recommendation to the UN agency's ongoing 56th General Assembly ongoing session in Geneva. Full text...

  • WHO assembly adopts historic anti-tobacco pact
    21 may 2003 13:11:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The 56th session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday unanimously adopted a landmark Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), seeking to stem the estimated five million annual tobacco-related deaths and diseases world-wide. Full text...

  • Malawi bans visitors from Far East, Canada over SARS scare
    21 may 2003 12:42:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi government has with immediate effect imposed a blanket ban on anybody coming from the SARS-hit Far Eastern countries and Canada from entering the country for fear of contaminating the SARS-free southern African state. Full text...

  • Swazi govt tightens fight against HIV/AIDS
    21 may 2003 08:27:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- With the figures of people infected with the deadly HIV in Swaziland growing daily, the government has stepped up its fight against the virus that causes AIDS. Full text...

  • Outgoing WHO DG challenges the world on health development
    20 may 2003 17:09:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Outgoing World Health Organisation (WHO) director general Gro Harlem Brundtland has called for a scaling up of equitable health systems in the world's poorest countries through improved international financing. Full text...

  • WHO General Assembly tackles tobacco risks, SARS
    20 may 2003 16:04:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The 56th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) General Assembly continued Tuesday at the UN agency's Geneva headquarters with discussions preceding the adoption of a global anti-tobacco Convention and actions against the dreaded Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Full text...

  • Study queries risks of second hand tobacco-smoking
    20 may 2003 11:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A controversial new study that questions the health risks of being exposed to second hand smoke - a factor often said to contribute to numerous deaths each year world-wide - is not going down well with health officials. Full text...

  • Sao Tome and Principe takes measures against SARS
    19 may 2003 20:35:00
    Sao Tome- Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) -- Health officials in Sao Tome and Principe have created a national emergency commission with teams stationed at the country's ports and airports to detect possible cases of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Full text...

  • Red Cross bears relief for Congo's Ebola victims
    19 may 2003 20:29:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A joint mission of the local and international Red Cross left Brazzaville Sunday for Cuvette- Ouest, Northern Congo, carrying relief aid to victims of a recent Ebola outbreak, officials said Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana issues travel advisory on SARS
    19 may 2003 19:27:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's Health Ministry Monday advised nationals against travelling to the Far East, particularly China, except such trips were "absolutely necessary," citing concerns about the pneumonia-like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Full text...

  • Malawi bars exhibitors attending Trade Fair from Taiwan
    19 may 2003 16:39:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- No exhibitors would actually travel from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to attend the 2003 Malawi International Trade Fair (MITF) opening here next Friday, after Lilongwe invoked a Public Health Act barring travellers from countries affected by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Full text...

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