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  • New Meningitis bacteria worries French researchers
    19 september 2002 20:27:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French medical research centre Institut Pasteur has embarked on a five-year research on the causes underlying the spread in sub Saharan Africa of a new meningitis bacterial variant known as N. Full text...

  • Sexually transmitted infections rife in Central Kenya
    19 september 2002 11:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Reproductive health problems plague Kenya's central region, where about 55 percent of 10- to 24-year-olds suffer from sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, says a national survey. Full text...

  • UN official urges help against Africa's poverty, health problems
    17 september 2002 22:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN Deputy Secretary General Louise Frechette has called on the international community to help in "addressing the needs of Africa where poverty and health challenges are the most acute. Full text...

  • Zambia replaces aged refrigerators to improve child immunisation
    16 september 2002 22:14:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia, with the support of Japan, has begun replacing old and faulty refrigerators countrywide as a way of improving child immunisation services, deputy health minister George Chulumanda has said. Full text...

  • Cardiac Week gets underway in South Africa
    16 september 2002 21:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A Cardiac Week was launched Monday in South Africa to educate the public on simple actions that can go a long way to prevent cardiovascular diseases (CVD), said to be the leading killer in the country. Full text...

  • Kool and The Gang for East African AIDS concerts
    16 september 2002 16:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- American music group Kool and The Gang, in October, is to feature in three anti-AIDS campaign concerts, in three East African cities of Nairobi, Kampala and Dar as Salaam, the organisers said in the Kenyan capital Monday. Full text...

  • Cameroon includes HIV/AIDS in school subjects
    16 september 2002 13:26:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Faced with an increasing prevalence rate of HIV in the country, Cameroonian authorities are introducing the HIV/AIDS subject in school programmes. Full text...

  • Cholera toll reaches 19 in southern Zimbabwean district
    16 september 2002 10:56:00
    Zaka- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The death toll from the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe's southern district of Zaka has reached 19 since the disease was first diagnosed there last month, local health authorities said Monday. Full text...

  • Poverty, health in Africa exhibition opens at UN Monday
    15 september 2002 18:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An exhibition on "Poverty and Health: Challenges to Development in Africa," organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Department of Public Information, opens at the UN Headquarters in New York Monday. Full text...

  • Cholera Hits Southern DR Congo
    14 september 2002 16:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A cholera outbreak that was reported last month in Katanga Province of southern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is spreading fast to other parts of the country. Full text...

  • Brain drain affects health sector in Western Kenya
    14 september 2002 10:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An acute shortage of nurses at a vital public hospital in Western Kenya has forced the management to express fears that operations might collapse at the institution if the situation remains unchanged. Full text...

  • East Africa stages mass anti-HIV/AIDS campaign
    13 september 2002 21:21:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A musical concert involving a wide array of local and international artistes will be staged in East Africa in October to scale up the struggle against AIDS, organisers said Friday. Full text...

  • Ghana's AIDS prevalence rate underestimated - Official
    13 september 2002 16:40:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A senior official of the Ghana AIDS Commission said Friday that the prevalence rate of the disease in the country is underestimated and urged the public to take the pandemic more seriously. Full text...

  • New measures to combat diabetes in South Africa
    13 september 2002 14:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Network Healthcare Holdings Limited and US-based TheraSense have announced the availability of a major breakthrough in the testing, diagnosis and maintenance of glucose levels in South African diabetic patients. Full text...

  • Cameroon to introduce AIDS in school syllabuses
    13 september 2002 12:15:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS will be introduced this year in school syllabuses in Cameroon under a partnership agreement signed Thursday in Yaounde between the government and American an NGO, Hope for Africa (HFA), an official source said. Full text...

  • AIDS sufferers in Nigeria rape virgins for imagined cure
    13 september 2002 11:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Men living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria's south-eastern state of Akwa Ibom now rape young girls, especially virgins to get an "imagined cure," the state-owned News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean hospitals hit by blood shortage
    12 september 2002 18:21:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe said Thursday that most of the country's major hospitals had run out of blood for transfusion, due to an increasing reluctance by donors. Full text...

  • Nigeria to step up HIV/AIDS battle
    12 september 2002 13:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Newly-appointed Chairman of Nigeria's National Action Committee Against AIDS (NACA), Babatunde Osotimehin, has announced a three-point strategy to strengthen the fight against HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria records success against Vitamin A deficiency
    12 september 2002 12:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has recorded a major success in the fight against Vitamin A deficiency in the country, as millers started fortifying all flour produced by them from 1 September 2002, according to UNICEF. Full text...

  • 52nd WHO African Ministers session for Harare
    11 september 2002 15:46:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The 52nd general assembly of African Health Ministers scheduled for 8-12 October will now take place in Harare, Zimbabwe, instead of Brazzaville, Congo, because of insecurity in the Congolese capital, a government official said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya promised more Japanese assistance
    11 september 2002 08:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Visiting President of the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), Takao Kawakami, has promised that Kenya would benefit from his Agency's new projects for Africa. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe town placed under cholera quarantine
    10 september 2002 11:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe Tuesday placed the small mining town of Zvishavane in the south of the country under a tight cholera surveillance after one person died of the disease Friday. Full text...

  • UNICEF ambassador shocked over maternal mortality in Sierra Leone
    09 september 2002 22:45:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Visiting UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Daniella Poggi has expressed deep shock over the rate of maternal mortality and abject poverty in Sierra Leone, and called for help to the needy, especially women and children. Full text...

  • UNAIDS says food shortage is worsening AIDS in Zimbabwe
    09 september 2002 17:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- UNAIDS said Monday food shortages in Zimbabwe were worsening AIDS infections and deaths in the southern African country. Full text...

  • Many DR Congo children die from lack of Medicare
    07 september 2002 20:07:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- Some 80 of deaths among children under age five in DR Congo occur at home without appropriate treatment, according to a study conducted by the government and UNICEF. Full text...

  • S. African mother, son doing well after liver transplant
    06 september 2002 15:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A mother who has donated a section of her liver and the recipient, her one-year-old son, were Friday reported to be recovering well after a marathon operation in Cape Town. Full text...

  • Nigeria signs HIV/AIDS control pact with UK, US
    06 september 2002 12:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government Thursday signed an 89-million pounds sterling agreement with the UK and the US for promoting sexual and reproductive health and reducing HIV/AIDS in the African country. Full text...

  • AIDS killed 40,000 in Burundi in 2001
    06 september 2002 11:55:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS killed 40,000 persons in 2001 in Burundi, where the pandemic remains the single major killer disease, Dr Joseph Wakana, director of the National HIV/AIDS Control Programme, said. Full text...

  • AIDS to impact severely on South African businesses
    05 september 2002 21:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African companies would have to look at alternative staffing models if they are to meet the challenges posed by the projected 21-percent decline in the country's labour force because of AIDS, according to a report. Full text...

  • Four more Zimbabweans die from cholera
    05 september 2002 20:40:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe's southern district of Bikita said Thursday that four people had died this week from cholera, bringing the death toll to 10 since the disease broke out in the area two weeks ago. Full text...

  • Four million Tanzanians at risk of river blindness
    05 september 2002 19:37:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian Health Minister Anna Abdallah said Thursday that more than four million people in six of the country's regions were at risk of contracting onchocercaisis or river blindness. Full text...

  • Ghanaian newspaper urges stronger anti-AIDS measures
    05 september 2002 17:21:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's biggest selling newspaper, the Graphic, has called for the intensification of public education to increase awareness on HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Over 40 admitted in Lusaka after eating contaminated bread
    05 september 2002 10:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Health authorities have closed a bakery in Lusaka after 40 persons who consumed bread from there fell ill and were admitted at clinics and the University Teaching Hospital in the capital for severe diarrhoea. Full text...

  • Mauritius plans new abortion law
    04 september 2002 20:20:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius is considering an abortion law to enhance government's birth control programme, Health Minister Ashok Jugnauth has said. Full text...

  • Meningitis kills 40 in eastern Rwanda
    04 september 2002 17:15:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Health authorities here Wednesday launched a vaccination campaign to contain an outbreak of meningitis that has so far claimed about forty lives in eastern Rwanda since mid-August. Full text...

  • Liberian First Lady takes voluntary HIV test
    04 september 2002 16:40:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's First Lady Jewel Howard Taylor has voluntarily undergone an HIV test as a way of encouraging her compatriots to check their status. Full text...

  • Meningitis hits Kenya's Kisumu town
    04 september 2002 16:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A suspected meningitis epidemic has hit Kenya's Lake Victoria port city of Kisumu, with at least two deaths reported from more than 25 cases, medical authorities confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cholera kills five more in Cote d'Ivoire
    04 september 2002 14:27:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Five more patients have died of cholera, raising the death toll to 14 since June in Cote d'Ivoire last June, health sources disclosed in Abidjan. Full text...

  • France donates 230 million FCFA to fight AIDS in Benin
    04 september 2002 14:04:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- France has donated 230 million FCFA (more than 346,000 euros) to finance Benin's campaign against the incurable HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Reunion donates medicines to Madagascar
    02 september 2002 19:51:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A plane with two tonnes of medicines and other products, left Reunion Monday for Madagascar, official sources said in Saint Denis. Full text...

  • DR Congo offers doctors to Zimbabwe
    02 september 2002 17:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- DR Congo has offered Zimbabwe some 50 doctors to help the southern African country cope with a national health crisis blamed partly on shortage of medical staff. Full text...

  • African forum on mitigation of AIDS epidemic opens Tuesday
    02 september 2002 13:11:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An action-oriented conference on mitigation of HIV infections in Central and Eastern Africa opens here Tuesday under the auspices of the UN Development Programme. Full text...

  • The dark cloud of AIDS has a silver lining in Malawi
    01 september 2002 16:54:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Even as HIV/AIDS devastates Malawi, visiting early death upon thousands across the southern African country the gloom, strangely, is proving a boom for craftsmen in a particular trade: coffin-making. Full text...

  • Kenya calls for concerted efforts to fight HIV/AIDS
    01 september 2002 14:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan grass-root HIV/AIDS control body wants the country's health authorities to harmonise the activities of the government, religious organisations and the local populace in the fight against HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Johannesburg hosts African First Ladies Summit on AIDS
    31 august 2002 20:19:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The organisation of Africa's First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OPDAS) will hold its first summit in Johannesburg Tuesday, official sources disclosed here Saturday. Full text...

  • Anti-polio vaccination for a million children in Luanda
    30 august 2002 23:14:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Over one million children aged below five will be immunized against polio in Luanda during the third phase of the national vaccination programme being conducted nationwide from 30 August to 1 September. Full text...

  • UNAIDS chief regrets the sidelining of AIDS at Earth Summit
    30 august 2002 15:38:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) executive director Peter Piot has intimated that the Earth Summit in Johannesburg was undermining the issue of HIV/AIDS as an integral component to the question of sustainable development. Full text...

  • Botswana begins HIV/AIDS vaccine trials in November
    29 august 2002 23:43:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana is set to begin the first phase HIV vaccine trials in November this year, according to a senior community education advisor with the Harvard AIDS Institute (Botswana). Full text...

  • Husbands blamed for spreading AIDS virus in Africa
    29 august 2002 22:59:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Husbands infected 90 percent of women suffering from AIDS in what were regarded as stable households in sub-Sahara Africa, according to a report issued by the UN Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Full text...

  • Central African countries tackle polio
    29 august 2002 21:25:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Five countries in central and south- west Africa Thursday launched a simultaneous campaign to immunise all under-five children against polio. Full text...

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