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  • 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...

  • WHO to investigate new Ebola-related deaths in Congo
    08 february 2002 19:21:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A delegation from the World Health Organisation (WHO) was due in Brazzaville Friday en route to the Congolese locality of Kelle, where six patients with symptoms of the Ebola haemorrhagic fever died last week. Full text...

  • Life of Cameroon's Prime Minister not in danger
    08 february 2002 17:06:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The life of Cameroon's Prime Minister Peter Mafany Musonge has been declared not in danger after he fainted Thursday during an official function in Yaounde. Full text...

  • World Bank approves 500 million to combat AIDS in Africa
    08 february 2002 13:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The World Bank approved Friday an additional $500 million to finance the second stage of its Multi-Country HIV/AIDS Programme for Africa (MAP), bringing the amount of the no-interest HIV/AIDS lending to $1 billion dollars this financial year. Full text...

  • CAN 2002 semi-finalists receive video cassettes on AIDS
    07 february 2002 16:07:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian health minister, Mrs Traore Fatoumata Traore on Wednesday distributed videocassettes of the Malian film "SidaLakari" on HIV/AIDS to managers of the four teams qualified for CAN 2002 semi-finals. Full text...

  • Fewer Cholera cases diagnosed in Comoros
    06 february 2002 16:23:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Fewer cases of cholera have been recorded lately in the Comoros where the disease surfaced around 23 December 2001, officials at the health ministry's epidemiological surveillance service reported in Moroni this week. Full text...

  • Govt bans primate meat eating in north-western Congo
    06 february 2002 16:05:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The government in Kinshasa has banned the consumption of primate (gorilla and chimpanzee) meat in the Western Basin region of Congo at the border with Gabon where the Ebola haemorrhagic fever is raging. Full text...

  • Sudanese Group Launches Kidney Bank
    06 february 2002 14:57:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A Sudanese group has launched a kidney bank to meet increasing demands for the essential human part in a country with high incidence of renal failure. Full text...

  • About 250,000 Ethiopian children live with HIV
    06 february 2002 14:30:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- At least 250,000 Ethiopian children below the age of five are currently living with HIV/AIDS, a senior official at the country's health ministry said in Addis Ababa Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya urges global attention to Africa's health problems
    06 february 2002 09:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Public Health Minister, Prof. Full text...

  • Ebola death toll rises to 13 in Congo Brazzaville
    05 february 2002 20:08:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Ebola haemorrhagic fever, which hit Congo Brazzaville's Western Basin region, on the country's border with Gabon, has claimed at least 13 lives, a Health Ministry official said Tuesday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • AIDS prevalence rate rises in Northern Congo
    05 february 2002 19:38:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- AIDS prevalence in parts of northern Congo Brazzaville has risen to 7. Full text...

  • Japan grants Africa 3 Billion US dollars to fight disease
    05 february 2002 11:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Japan has allocated about 3 billion US dollars towards the enhancement of measures to combat infectious and parasitic diseases in Africa over the next five years. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS decimates teachers in Malawi
    05 february 2002 07:47:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A least 7,500 teachers die of AIDS-related illnesses each year in Malawi further straining government resources in the already under-staffed sector. Full text...

  • Doctors resume partial strike in Sierra Leone
    04 february 2002 23:30:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The president of the Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA), Dr Edward Nahim, Monday confirmed that doctors in all public hospitals had resumed a partial strike following government's failure to meet their demands. Full text...

  • Ebola Fever breaks out in northwest Congo
    04 february 2002 22:09:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The haemorrhagic fever better known as Ebola Fever, which in the last three months has wreaked havoc on Congo's northwestern district of Mbomo, has spread to the neighbouring district of Kelle where six suspected deaths were reported last week. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Doctors Resume Strike
    04 february 2002 21:46:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Edward Nahim, President of the Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA), said Monday that doctors in all public hospitals in the country had resumed their "mini-strike," accusing the government of failing to meet their demands. Full text...

  • UNICEF to immunise 210,000 children in Goma
    03 february 2002 18:48:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), says it plans to immunise some 210,000 children under age 15 against measles in Goma, eastern DR Congo. Full text...

  • Angola launches vaccination campaign against measles
    01 february 2002 22:26:00
    Caxito- Angola (PANA) -- Some 5,161 war displaced children between aged between six and 15 years in Bengo province, northern Angola, were vaccinated against measles in January, the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) reported. Full text...

  • Brundtland promotes new initiative against diseases, poverty
    01 february 2002 19:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Gro Harlem Brundtland has urged decision makers in the public and private sector to support a new social movement against poverty-related diseases. Full text...

  • AMREF fights hydatid in northern Kenya
    31 january 2002 22:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Whenever drought hits and ethnic clashes flare in southern Ethiopia, it is the children who bear the brunt of the difficulties that ensue, particularly the grim food situation. Full text...

  • Cameroonian woman accused of deliberately spreading AIDS
    31 january 2002 21:44:00
    Nkongsamba- Cameroon (PANA) -- A bizarre incident that smacks of a fairy tale has sent shock waves through the town of Nkongsamba, about 240 km from Douala, Cameroon's economic capital. Full text...

  • Generic AIDS drugs offer new lease to South African patients
    31 january 2002 20:48:00
    Nairobi Kenya (PANA) -- Two international healthcare groups, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), have delivered the second shipment of generic AIDS drugs from Brazil in South Africa. Full text...

  • AIDS Vaccine Trials to Start in Kenya
    31 january 2002 19:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative, or KAVI, will embark on a second phase of one of the vaccine candidate trials in Nairobi next week. Full text...

  • Kenya To Use Herbal Remedies for AIDS Treatment
    31 january 2002 19:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Authorities in Kenya intend to authorise the use of locally available herbal remedies for the treatment of AIDS, Health Minister Sam Ongeri has disclosed. Full text...

  • Tanzanian Muslims wake up to the HIV/AIDS peril
    31 january 2002 11:18:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A national HIV/AIDS campaign initiated by the Tanzanian Muslim community to bolster the country's war on the pandemic, rolled off Wednesday urging the public to eschew illicit sexual intercourse. Full text...

  • 40,000 French volunteers mobilised against leprosy
    30 january 2002 21:59:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French association Raoul Follereau (AFRF) mobilised about 40,000 volunteers last Sunday to collect funds in the streets ahead of the 49th World Leprosy Day. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to distribute cheap AIDS drugs
    29 january 2002 20:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government said Tuesday it would start distributing cheap anti-retroviral drugs to people infected with AIDS from next month as part of efforts to combat the incurable disease. Full text...

  • Anthrax Attack Suspected On Newspaper In Zimbabwe
    29 january 2002 20:46:00
    Bulawayo- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A newspaper in the southern Zimbabwe city of Bulawayo was shut down Tuesday after it received two letters addressed to senior editorial staff suspected to contain anthrax. Full text...

  • Ebola fever kills 10 in western Congo
    29 january 2002 20:00:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) has killed 10 people in Congo since the fatal disease broke out several weeks ago, a medical official revealed in Brazzaville Tuesday. Full text...

  • US pastors on HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in Kenya
    29 january 2002 16:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A group of 62 pastors from the US are in Kenya to engage in preaching the gospel as awareness campaign against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Zambian NGO encourages HIV/AIDS screening
    28 january 2002 17:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia (PPAZ) has hinted of immediate plans to introduce mobile HIV/AIDS testing and counselling services in the country. Full text...

  • Togo in renewed mobilisation against HIV/AIDS
    28 january 2002 14:29:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- In a renewed mass mobilisation against HIV/AIDS in Togo, religious leaders ended a two-day workshop at the weekend in the northern town of Bagbe to ponder effective contributions toward the struggle. Full text...

  • Malaria Kills 18 In Zimbabwe
    27 january 2002 15:06:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health officials in Zimbabwe said at the weekend 18 people died of malaria in the country last week, up from seven the previous week, as the disease reaches its peak period. Full text...

  • Kenya issues Rinderpest alert
    27 january 2002 14:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's veterinary department has warned livestock farmers in Meru North district to take precautions following the detection of a Rinderpest virus in a sprawling wildlife sanctuary in the area. Full text...

  • Conference recognises AIDS as a development hitch in Africa
    27 january 2002 13:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Participants at conference in Paris have warned that HIV/AIDS could hinder all development efforts in Africa unless a long-term strategy is put in place to curb the incurable disease's further spread. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak kills 44 in Malawi
    27 january 2002 11:07:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- At least 44 people have been confirmed dead following an outbreak of cholera in two of Malawi's three regions. Full text...

  • Nigeria to conduct behavioural sentinel survey on HIV/AIDS
    26 january 2002 15:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Worried by seeming indifference in the sexual habits of many Nigerians, the federal ministry of Health plans to conduct a behavioural sentinel survey on HIV/AIDS next March, an official in the ministry confirmed. Full text...

  • Cameroon to set up regional research centre on AIDS
    26 january 2002 15:34:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Prof. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS takes toll on Africa's military
    26 january 2002 15:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A senior official of the Washington-based International Crisis Group (ICG) has drawn attention to the impact of HIV/AIDS on the military in some parts of Africa, warning of the consequent threat on the very stability of nations and the international system itself. Full text...

  • Kenya contracts for 300 million condoms
    26 january 2002 14:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- To heighten its declared war against AIDS, the government in Kenya has finally contracted six foreign firms to supply the country with 300 million condoms in the next three years, a local press reported Saturday in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Archbishop accuses Pretoria of sinning against God
    26 january 2002 12:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane has accused the government of sinning against God by denying life-saving medication to mothers and children facing the threat of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Universities join on research and training in AIDS
    25 january 2002 23:12:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- To enhance Africa's human capacity in dealing with the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the Pennsylvania State University is collaborating with some universities in a few African countries to establish a centre for research and training on AIDS issues. Full text...

  • Discoverer of AIDS visits Cameroon
    24 january 2002 23:43:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- French Professor Luc Montagnier, who identified the HIV/AIDS virus, is in Cameroon on four-day working visit. Full text...

  • Congolese NGO claims finding cancer treatment
    24 january 2002 21:29:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Padre Pio Treatment Centre, a Kinshasa-based health NGO, has reported developing a product against prostate, cervical and breast cancers. Full text...

  • Nigeria Plans March To Raise HIV/AIDS Awareness
    23 january 2002 17:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's southern Rivers state will hold a "one-million-person" march Thursday as part of efforts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in the state. Full text...

  • US grants Nigerian doctor 10,000 dollars to fight cancer
    22 january 2002 19:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The US has announced a grant of 10,000 dollars to a Nigerian medical doctor to train health workers in the south-west city of Ibadan on cervical cancer screening and treatment, according to a statement Tuesday from the public affairs section of the US Consul-General in Lagos. Full text...

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