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  • Bill Gates grants Kenya two million dollars to fight AIDS
    11 march 2002 15:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- American computer software tycoon, Bill Gates has announced a two-million-dollar grant to Kenya to boost the fight against Sexually Transmitted Infections, including HIV/AIDS The tycoon's father, Bill Gates senior, made the announcement in Nairobi on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Full text...

  • Sexually transmitted infections on the rise in Botswana
    11 march 2002 14:11:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Sexually transmitted infections (STI) are increasingly becoming a major health concern in Botswana, according to health minister Joy Pumaphi. Full text...

  • ANC official slams Carter over AIDS comments
    11 march 2002 09:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An official of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC), has accused former US President Jimmy Carter, of trying to treat South Africans as "guinea pigs" in the fight against AIDS. Full text...

  • Activists urge France to intensify surge on AIDS
    10 march 2002 15:32:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A French association which fights against HIV/AIDS -- Act Up -- is urging French leaders to move beyond speeches during their electoral campaigns and make concrete commitments toward fighting the pandemic in Africa where they claimed it kills some 4,000 women daily. Full text...

  • Ebola-like outbreak contained in north-eastern Gabon
    10 march 2002 13:58:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A viral haemorraghic fever, which has the same symptoms like ebola, has been brought under control in the north-eastern Ogooue-Ivindo province of Gabon where its outbreak was reported two months ago. Full text...

  • Carter, Gates commend Nigerian leader at HIV/AIDS summit
    09 march 2002 15:57:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A one-day "sensitisation summit" on HIV/AIDS opened in the Nigerian capital, Abuja Saturday with former US President Jimmy Carter and Bill Gates Sr. Full text...

  • UNESCO adopts gender approach in AIDS fight
    09 march 2002 10:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya, (PANA) -- The UN Education, Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has embraced a distinctive gender approach in curbing HIV/AIDS, which it acknowledges as a grave problem which has put the future of women at stake. Full text...

  • WHO calls for the reduction of high-risk maternity
    08 march 2002 20:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) intends to contribute to the reduction of high-risk maternity, according to the regional co-ordinator of the Making Pregnancy Safer (MPS) programme, Dr. Full text...

  • African specialists push for post-abortion care
    08 march 2002 20:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Specialists in reproductive health from 15 African French-speaking countries have recommended that post- abortion care (PAC) be included in reproductive health programmes and those preventing pregnancy-related deaths. Full text...

  • Scientists outline measures to reduce HIV/AIDS
    08 march 2002 14:06:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- More than 200 African and Asiatic anti-HIV/AIDS activists from 20 countries have declared that it was possible to reduce the epidemic's prevalence in developing countries. Full text...

  • Botswana to vaccinate cattle from Zimbabwe against FMD
    07 march 2002 19:22:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Botswana government is to vaccinate 240,000 Zimbabwean cattle to prevent a spread of the Foot and Mouth disease, officials said Gaborone Thursday. Full text...

  • Experts meet on AIDS in Algeria
    07 march 2002 18:51:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- A team of experts from the UN UN AIDS eradication Programme, is meeting in Tamanrasset, south of Algiers, to prepare an action plan against the disease and other sexually transmitted diseases in Algeria. Full text...

  • Botswana reports highest number of Diabetes cases in 20 years
    07 march 2002 18:36:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Change of diet and unhealthy eating habits among Botswana nationals has been blamed for what the authorities said was the highest number of diabetes cases recorded in the last 20 years. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Govt Seeking Retired Nurses
    07 march 2002 16:28:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe Thursday appealed to retired nurses to rejoin the medical service to fill a huge gap left by their serving counterparts who have resigned and emigrated in droves. Full text...

  • Belgian NGO to run HIV/AIDS mobile health service in DR Congo
    06 march 2002 23:00:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Belgian NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), in conjunction with DR Congo's National Programme on the Fight Against AIDS (PNLS), has hinted of plans to run a mobile health service in Kinshasa for HIV/AIDS sufferers. Full text...

  • Cotonou hosts international youths meeting on AIDS
    06 march 2002 22:48:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- More than 20 young people from France, Gabon, Senegal and Benin will converge Sunday in Cotonou for an international meeting under the theme: "Youth's Coalition Against AIDS," the organisers said Wednesday. Full text...

  • 500,000 women die of pregnancy-related complications, says WHO
    06 march 2002 21:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- More than 500,000 women die of pregnancy- related causes each year around the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicated at a conference underway in Dakar within the framework of the Regional Francophonie Initiative on post-abortion care (PAC). Full text...

  • Anti-retroviral drugs clinic inspires hope (Feature)
    06 march 2002 21:04:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The anti-retroviral drug therapy programme, that started in Botswana a month ago, is attracting an unexpectedly large number of people for treatment. Full text...

  • Kenya to educate commercial sex workers on AIDS
    06 march 2002 16:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a bid to stem the escalating spread of HIV/AIDS in Kenya's urban centres, the country's AIDS Control Council is to mobilise commercial sex workers for education on safe sex practices. Full text...

  • US donates 200,000 dollars to fight cholera in Katanga
    06 march 2002 14:12:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The US government has donated 200,000 dollars worth of emergency medicine to combat a resurgence of cholera in south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga province. Full text...

  • Minister decries Sierra Leone's high infant mortality rate
    06 march 2002 12:09:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone,(PANA) -- Sierra Leone infant mortality rate of 316 per 1000 live births is the highest in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the latest world report. Full text...

  • Tobacco company offers tips on how to quit smoking
    06 march 2002 12:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African branch of British American Tobacco defied international trends Tuesday by launching a company website which includes tips warning of the dangers of smoking and providing advice on how to quit. Full text...

  • Nigerian police screen deported prostitutes
    06 march 2002 11:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Some 200 Nigerian women, deported from Italy for alleged prostitution, are undergoing screening for HIV/AIDS by the Nigerian police, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nine cholera cases reported in Burundi
    05 march 2002 23:01:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Nine people with cholera and five others of bacillary dysentery have been admitted at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) of Bujumbura from several high-density areas in the Burundian capital, hospital director Gardien Ngendakuriyo said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean doctors on nation-wide strike
    05 march 2002 16:09:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Association's secretary general Dr. Full text...

  • Activists demand for healthcare equity for all
    05 march 2002 15:32:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Over 100 health activists from various countries concluded a meeting in Entebbe, Uganda with a call to bridge the health care gap between urban and rural areas in developing countries. Full text...

  • South Africa recalls botulism-tainted fish
    05 march 2002 11:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Gauteng health department on Tuesday recalled a batch of botulism-tainted pilchards for laboratory testing after an incident in which two Johannesburg children were poisoned last week. Full text...

  • Libyan doctors will soon be posted to African countries
    04 march 2002 23:35:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's people's committee for African unity launched Sunday an advertisement for the recruitment of Libyan doctors in the different specialities to work in some African countries. Full text...

  • DR Congo needs six million dollars for leprosy eradication
    04 march 2002 21:17:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo requires some six million US dollars to eradicate leprosy by 2005 under a a plan by the National Leprosy Board (BNL). Full text...

  • Dakar hosts conference on post-abortion care
    04 march 2002 17:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gynaecologists and other medical experts from 15 African countries Monday started a four-day meeting here to compare notes on improving post-abortion treatment. Full text...

  • Kadhafi Foundation to build Centre for infectious diseases
    03 march 2002 20:27:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Kadhafi International Charity Foundation plans to build a Centre for infectious diseases in Tripoli, to strengthen the fight against communicable diseases in Africa, the Foundation's President, Saif Alislam Moammar Kadhafi has said. Full text...

  • Kadhafi Foundation to build Centre for infectious diseases
    03 march 2002 17:43:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Kadhafi International Charity Foundation plans to build a Centre for infectious diseases in Tripoli, to strengthen the fight against communicable diseases in Africa, the Foundation's President, Saif Alislam Moammar Kadhafi has said. Full text...

  • US envoy says AIDS threatens peace in Sierra Leone
    03 march 2002 17:12:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone, (PANA) -- US Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Peter Chaveas says the relative peace in Sierra Leone "carries with it seeds of a threat which if left un-addressed, portends greater pain and suffering than the war" which the country has just left behind. Full text...

  • Anti-AIDS lobbyists call for review of Kenya's labour laws
    03 march 2002 13:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan anti-AIDS lobby groups are calling for a review of the country's labour laws, saying the action would greatly assist in the fight against the scourge which is said to be claiming over 700 Kenyans daily. Full text...

  • Cholera cases rise in Malawi amid food crisis
    03 march 2002 10:41:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's current food crisis has worsened cholera cases as hungry and desperate people are forced to eat anything available. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's ruling party official attacked with anthrax
    01 march 2002 17:57:00
    Concession- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- An unnamed official of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party in the northern district of Concession Friday was taken to hospital after being infected with anthrax contained in a letter sent to him, state radio reported. Full text...

  • Senegalese paper reports rising hopes for an HIV/AIDS vaccine
    01 march 2002 15:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Scientists at a US pharmaceutical firm have announced remarkable progress the research for an AIDS vaccine following trials on humans, according to the government- run Senegalese daily, Le Soleil. Full text...

  • Maternal death in labour still high in Benin
    01 march 2002 13:42:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The death rate among women in labour in Benin is still very high, with an annual average of 493 deaths per 100,000 deliveries, the coordinator of a support project on the country's obstetric and neonatal emergency system conceded Thursday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Nigeria to host another AIDS Summit
    01 march 2002 13:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Barely a year after hosting the African Summit on HIV/AIDS, Nigeria will again receive world leaders at a one-day "sensitisation Summit" focusing on the state of the pandemic in the country. Full text...

  • World Bank criticised for AIDS loan to Africa
    01 march 2002 09:36:00
    Philadelphia- US (PANA) -- The World Bank has been asked to change its lending programme for HIV/AIDS in Africa into a grant that would serve a more useful purpose for intended beneficiaries. Full text...

  • Niger's president cautions compatriots on AIDS
    28 february 2002 22:27:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's President Mamadou Tanja has said people who do not believe that AIDS exists have to think again and be realistic. Full text...

  • Bangui agreements constrain access to anti-retrovirals
    28 february 2002 20:25:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- If the Bangui agreements as amended in 1999 became ratified on 28 February as expected, the hopes of parents in Burkina Faso to be treated against HIV/AIDS at cheaper costs might vanish, a medical NGO observed. Full text...

  • Anti-retrovirals now available in Burundi
    28 february 2002 14:17:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The first consignment of Indian-made generic drugs for AIDS patients has arrived in Burundi and will be marketed at less than half the price, an official source said. Full text...

  • Association of HIV patients leads Togo's fight against AIDS
    28 february 2002 13:05:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- An association of people living with HIV, and their supporters, is among the leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Togo. Full text...

  • Kadhafi Foundation to back up fight against AIDS
    27 february 2002 21:25:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Kadhafi Foundation for Charity president Saif Alislam Mouammar Kadhafi announced Wednesday that his organisation would get involved in AIDS control in Africa. Full text...

  • Cholera kills over 124 in south-eastern DR Congo
    27 february 2002 19:01:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- An outbreak of cholera in the south-eastern Katanga Province of DR Congo has claimed over 124 lives during the past few weeks, the Congolese News Agency reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Dysentery, diarrhoea threaten displaced persons in Lagos
    27 february 2002 18:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An outbreak of dysentery and diarrhoea is threatening more than 800 persons displaced at two camps in Lagos due to a recent violence and explosions at the Ikeja arms depot, Lagos State governor said Wednesday. Full text...

  • WHO Regional Programme meeting opens in Brazzaville
    27 february 2002 17:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 29th Programme meeting of the African Region of the World Health Organisation (AFRO) opened Wednesday at the Regional Office in Brazzaville, Congo. Full text...

  • Meningitis kills 95 in Ethiopia
    27 february 2002 11:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Health officials said Wednesday that 95 people have died from meningitis, while 1,636 others have contracted the disease since the latest outbreak in the country last September. Full text...

  • WHO reports rising malnutrition among pre-school children
    27 february 2002 10:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) says about half of the 10. Full text...

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