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  • 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...

  • Indian Ocean states sign accord with UN to combat AIDS
    26 february 2002 18:55:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has signed a partnership agreement with the United Nations to combat AIDS among its member states. Full text...

  • Nigeria launches plan to curb Vitamin A deficiency
    26 february 2002 17:54:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Tuesday launched a plan for the fortification of some food items to stem Vitamin A deficiency, which claims the lives of thousands of children and affects the health of millions of mothers yearly. Full text...

  • UNICEF donates 100,000 mosquito nets to Burundi
    26 february 2002 17:02:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) will provide 100,000 impregnated mosquito nets to protect pregnant women in Burundi from malaria. Full text...

  • EU unveils new diagnosis of Ebola
    26 february 2002 07:55:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has announced a new method for quick diagnosis of the deadly Ebola virus. Full text...

  • Kenya's AIDS deaths expected to peak in 10 years
    25 february 2002 09:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- AIDS-related deaths are expected to peak in the next 10 years in Kenya due to high HIV infection rate, a UNICEF official has predicted. Full text...

  • Managing the constraints of infertility in Nigeria
    24 february 2002 16:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Every year, about three million babies add to Nigeria's population currently estimated at about 120 million. Full text...

  • Zambia phases out Chloroquine as malaria treatment
    24 february 2002 14:19:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zambia are to phase out the anti-malaria drug, chloroquine, because its efficacy has waned. Full text...

  • Kenyan scouts to educate youth on HIV/AIDS
    24 february 2002 14:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Scouts Association has stepped up efforts to enlighten local youngsters on the dangers posed by HIV/AIDS and drug abuse. Full text...

  • Kenyan, other scientists continue search for HIV/AIDS vaccine
    23 february 2002 17:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative (KAVI), a project jointly run by the University of Nairobi, Oxford University and the American Research Consortium, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, is at the forefront in the search for an effective vaccine against HIV. Full text...

  • 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...

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