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  • Islamic Development Bank funds health sector in Sierra Leone
    22 february 2002 19:51:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has committed 2. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso assesses malaria eradication efforts
    22 february 2002 16:21:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Malaria persists as a leading killer disease in Burkina Faso despite efforts being made to combat it under the country's roll-back-malaria programme, according to official assessment. Full text...

  • Cholera epidemic spreads in Zimbabwe
    22 february 2002 16:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe's southern District of Bikita said Friday four people had died from cholera, bringing the death toll to 12 over the last three weeks. Full text...

  • Skin disease outbreak reported in Central Kenya
    22 february 2002 15:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Veterinary authorities Friday declared a quarantine in three Districts in Kenya's Central province following an outbreak of contagious lumpy skin disease. Full text...

  • Striking Sierra Leone doctors, nurses urged to resume work
    21 february 2002 21:09:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Health Minister Ibrahim Tejan Jalloh, Thursday appealed to striking doctors and nurses in Sierra Leone's government hospitals to resume duty. Full text...

  • UN envoy says Namibia making progress in AIDS fight
    21 february 2002 19:49:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- UN Secretary General's Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis said Thursday that Namibia had recorded a significant decrease in HIV/AIDS infections within its 15-24 years age group. Full text...

  • 500 women to receive HIV anti-retroviral drugs in Namibia
    21 february 2002 19:00:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Five hundred HIV-positive pregnant Namibian women will Monday receive anti-retroviral drugs, to stem mother-to-child infection, Health and Social Services Minister, Libertine Amathila said Thursday. Full text...

  • 600 Guinea Worm cases reported in northern Mali
    21 february 2002 18:08:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- About 600 Guinea worm cases were reported in 2001 in Mali's northern Gao region, along the country's border with Niger, Malian health officials have said. Full text...

  • Cuba, Burundi sign medical assistance agreement
    21 february 2002 17:50:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Cuba is to provide Burundi with medical assistance, including doctors under an agreement signed by both countries in the Burundian capital. Full text...

  • Togo obtains lower prices for antiretrovirals
    21 february 2002 15:37:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo has negotiated with foreign pharmaceutical companies to obtain antiretroviral drugs at lower prices, the country's health minister Pr Charles Kondi Agba revealed Wednesday evening on the state-run television. Full text...

  • Angolan hospital relies on candlelight
    19 february 2002 23:12:00
    Benguela- Angola (PANA) -- The main hospital of Cubal in Angola's central Province of Benguela province is functioning under candle light at night, despite having a new electrical generator, local sources conceded on Monday. Full text...

  • UNDP helps Zambia raise capacity and mainstream HIV/AIDS
    19 february 2002 20:14:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has started a five-day capacity building and performance appraisal workshop on HIV/AIDS for government health workers in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Trust fund helps Namibian children with heart disease
    19 february 2002 20:05:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Eight years ago in Namibia's northeastern town of Katima Mulilo in the Caprivi region, a baby was born with serious health problems unfamiliar to many people. Full text...

  • Rate of leprosy drops in Mali
    19 february 2002 17:26:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The number of leprosy cases in Mali dropped down from 35,000 in 1986 to 686 cases last September, Mali's health minister, Traore Fatoumata Nafo said. Full text...

  • Malaria threatens children in Angola's Kapa-Kuito
    19 february 2002 13:08:00
    Huambo- Angola (PANA) -- Three children die of Malaria on a daily basis at Kapa-Kuito in Angola's central Huambo province, the country's news agency reported. Full text...

  • UNFPA helps Sierra Leone to combat HIV/AIDS
    19 february 2002 10:16:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) has donated 100,000 US dollars to help in the rehabilitation of 256 commercial sex workers in western Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Libyan court declares incompetence to handle AIDS case
    18 february 2002 22:53:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- In its ruling on a case involving six Bulgarians and a Palestinian doctor, accused of inoculating about 400 Libyans with the AIDS virus at the Benghazi paediatric hospital 1050 km east of Tripoli, the Libyan people's court Sunday said it was "incompetent" to handle the matter. Full text...

  • UN HIV/AIDS envoy visits Namibia
    18 february 2002 22:13:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS for Africa is currently in the country on a four-day visit to acquaint himself with efforts being taken by both government and non-governmental organisations to address the pandemic in the country. Full text...

  • South African province moots new HIV/AIDS treatment programme
    18 february 2002 20:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Premier Mbhazima Shilowa of South Africa's most populated province, Gauteng, has announced a 30-million rand (2. Full text...

  • Malaria kills 24 in Zimbabwe
    18 february 2002 18:28:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe said Monday that malaria had killed 24 people from the more than 18,000 cases reported in recent weeks. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS to orphan 2 million Ugandans by 2010
    17 february 2002 11:07:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A report in Uganda has expressed fears that some 2. Full text...

  • French scientists discover an anti-malaria product
    16 february 2002 20:14:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A team of French searchers from Montpellier University (east of France) has developed an original and efficient molecule for malaria treatment, the American magazine, "Science" reveals in its edition dated 15 February. Full text...

  • Cattle disease compounds meat shortages in Botswana
    16 february 2002 15:55:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana is experiencing meat shortages due to the closure of slaughter houses and the Botswana meat commission following an outbreak of the foot and mouth disease in the country. Full text...

  • WFP assisting 3,500 Congolese AIDS victims
    15 february 2002 17:32:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville government and the World Food Programme (WFP) Friday signed an agreement for humanitarian assistance to 3,500 AIDS patients in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak in Southern Burundi
    15 february 2002 14:08:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Health officials have reported some 69 fresh cases of cholera, including one death, in Burundi's coastal town of Rumonge, some 20 km south of Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Kenya plans new concept in AIDS campaign
    15 february 2002 13:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will in March introduce a new campaign strategy in the fight against the HIV/AIDS, health officials announced Friday. Full text...

  • Uganda grappling with epidemic of childhood diseases
    14 february 2002 20:27:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Some 106 children died from the 2,301 cases of measles, cholera, malaria and meningitis recorded this week in Uganda, a health official said Thursday. Full text...

  • New book irritates Paris-based anti-AIDS campaigners
    14 february 2002 19:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Organisations combating the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa have regretted the distribution of 2,000 copies of Thomas Monfort's book titled "AIDS, the vaccine of truth", which discourages the utilisation of condoms. Full text...

  • Malaria kills seven children in northern Kenya
    14 february 2002 19:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Seven children apparently suffering from malaria died in the hands of traditional healers in Kenya's northern Isiolo district, after their parents refused western treatment, a local medical officer said Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya studies male circumcision and spread of AIDS
    14 february 2002 19:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government Thursday commissioned a study on male circumcision in the country's western Kisumu region to establish whether that practice has direct connection with the impact and spread of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • US Hospital donates dialysis machines to Nigeria
    14 february 2002 18:23:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Montefiore, a leading hospital in New York City, US has donated 13 dialysis machines for use in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Cholera kills three in Zimbabwe
    14 february 2002 17:06:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe's southern city of Masvingo said Thursday that three people had died of cholera and more than 80 others diagnosed with the disease. Full text...

  • Scientists Decode Malaria Gemone
    14 february 2002 16:46:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Researchers have successfully decoded the genome of the parasite that causes malaria, thus paving the way for drugs and vaccines that could be developed against the disease. Full text...

  • Ghanaian president sues for affordable anti-retroviral drugs
    14 february 2002 12:30:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- President John Agyekum Kufuor of Ghana affirmed Wednesday that the country was continuing its war against HIV/AIDS, urging for anti-retroviral drugs to be made accessible and affordable to patients. Full text...

  • Togolese youths warned of risks in scarification
    14 february 2002 12:17:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- A local students association, in conjunction with the UN Population Fund, has launched a two-week campaign in Boufale, 430 km north of Lome, Togo, warning about the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS through shared razor blades at scarification rituals. Full text...

  • Botswana gets free supply of anti-fungal drug
    13 february 2002 23:35:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Pfizer Pharmaceutical, an international drug manufacturer, Wednesday announced it would supply Botswana government hospitals an anti-fungal drug that has proved very effective in fighting HIV/AIDS-related infections. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Post Office suffers Anthrax attack
    13 february 2002 14:16:00
    Bulawayo- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe postal authorities Wednesday said a worker at a post office in the southern city of Bulawayo had been hospitalised after handling mail laced with anthrax. Full text...

  • AIDS kills 17 percent of NGO's staff in Mozambique
    12 february 2002 22:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- About 17 percent of the staff working with a Norwegian non-governmental organisation "People AID" in Mozambique have died of HIV/AIDS, Inger Sandberg, the NGO's information officer told PANA in Paris Tuesday. Full text...

  • Girls asked to say "no" to sex on Valentine's Day
    12 february 2002 20:02:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Two days before Valentine's Day, youth leaders in Ghana are cautioning their colleagues to be wary of sex because HIV/AIDS is real. Full text...

  • AIDS reduces by 42 % time spent on agriculture in Ethiopia
    12 february 2002 19:08:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Households affected by HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia have reduced the time they spend on agriculture by 42 percent per week, says a paper presented Tuesday at a national AIDS workshop in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Sudan Signs WHO Blindness Elimination Instrument
    12 february 2002 14:50:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan has signed the WHO Global Initiative to Eliminate Avoidable Blindness by 2020, or "Vision 2020: The Right to Sight. Full text...

  • US Foundation donates medical supplies to Ethiopian hospital
    12 february 2002 07:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Dessert Foundation, an American charity organisation has donated medical equipment and supplies worth 100,000 dollars to Ethiopia's Alert Leprosy and Eye Hospital. Full text...

  • Anti-AIDS campaigners use CAN 2002 to reach viewers
    11 february 2002 22:06:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Various groups in Liberia involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS could not have found a better medium for their campaign than to place adverts through local television stations which were transmitting the African Cup of Nations finals in Mali. Full text...

  • Rawlings to serve on International AIDS Board
    11 february 2002 19:39:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's former President Jerry Rawlings has accepted an invitation to serve on the Advisory Board of the International AIDS Trust, a new US-based NGO on the fight against the dreaded disease. Full text...

  • South Africa seeks copycat of America's famous Mayo Clinic
    11 february 2002 09:21:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa would soon have its own version of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in the US, a vision of Liberty Group founder and philanthropist Donald Gordon and the Faculty of Health Sciences at Witwatersrand University. Full text...

  • Herbal medicine gains acceptance in Kenya
    11 february 2002 08:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- For many years herbal medicine has been used by indigenous populations to treat and cure an array of ailments and, although long shun by the urban community, it is now gradually gaining recognition among Kenya's modern medics. Full text...

  • UN responds to new polio outbreak at Zambia/Angola border
    11 february 2002 07:41:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN is to launch a major immunisation drive in eastern Angola and western Zambia where three cases of wild polio have been recorded. Full text...

  • Marrying Herbal And Orthodox Medicines in Africa
    09 february 2002 21:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- For many years, herbal medicine has been used by indigenous populations to cure a host of ailments threatening human health. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's Parliament suffers Anthrax attack
    09 february 2002 20:04:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Speaker of Zimbabwe's Parliament, Emmerson Mnangagwa, Saturday received a letter containing suspected anthrax, police said. Full text...

  • UN, Panos target men in the fight against HIV/AIDS
    09 february 2002 14:24:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- UNAIDS, in collaboration with Panos Institute, an international media research organisation, is to target young men in an attempt to contain the spread of HIV/AIDS especially in Africa. Full text...

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