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  • France to fund anti-malaria project in Mauritius
    02 april 2002 15:38:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- France and the University of Mauritius have signed an agreement to fund an anti-malaria project in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Health minister assesses conditions at Soweto hospital
    02 april 2002 08:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- As part of her ongoing focus on strengthening service delivery at provincial health institutions, the local Minister for Health in Gauteng province, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa visited Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto Monday to assess conditions there. Full text...

  • Tuberculosis kills 600,000 in Africa, says WHO
    18 march 2002 23:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Tuberculosis killed at least 600,000 people in Africa in 2000, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Africa's mental patients lack modern facilities - Experts
    18 march 2002 22:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Participants in the first Panafrican Congress on Mental Health, which opened its proceedings Monday in Dakar, deplored the lack of modern facilities to manage mental patients in Africa. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire, Benin discuss AIDS control
    18 march 2002 20:11:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Secretary of State (Minister) in charge of AIDS Control, Assana Sangare and Benin's Health Minister, Yvette-Celine Kandissounon, met in Abidjan at the weekend to discuss a sub-regional project, "Abidjan-Lagos Migration Corridor. Full text...

  • Cholera Outbreak Reported in Zimbabwe
    18 march 2002 15:17:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe Monday reported an outbreak of cholera in three provinces but said the disease had not yet claimed lives. Full text...

  • American NGO involves African faith groups in AIDS campaign
    18 march 2002 15:04:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The Balm of Gilead, an American non-profit organisation mobilising black religious groups in the US to fight HIV/AIDS, has initiated a five-year project specifically targeted at Africa. Full text...

  • Algeria had 527 AIDS cases by end of 2001
    18 march 2002 13:55:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria had registered 1183 cases of people living with HIV and 527 others who had fully developed the incurable pandemic by 31 December 2001, it was revealed in Algiers Sunday. Full text...

  • Medicines sold on Benin's streets of poor quality
    17 march 2002 16:55:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- More than 80 percent of medicines sold in Benin's informal sector are of poor quality, according to a study carried out by the national quality control laboratory, and published this week in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Malnutrition, tropical diseases blamed for high infant mortality
    17 march 2002 13:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Diarrhoea, pneumonia, malaria and malnutrition, account for more than 70 percent of deaths among children under age five in developing countries, a senior Kenyan medical doctor, revealed Sunday. Full text...

  • Kenyan coastal women shun tetanus vaccination
    16 march 2002 10:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Rumours and misconception that vaccines were laced with family planning drugs are believed to have caused the low turn-out of women for immunisation against tetanus in Kenya's eastern Coastal Province. Full text...

  • AIDS prevention project underway in West Africa
    15 march 2002 19:34:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The World Bank has earmarked 25 million US dollars to fund a three-year STDs/AIDS prevention project in five West African countries, the health minister of Benin said in Lome. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso collects 1.2 million anti-AIDS signatures
    15 march 2002 16:34:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Some 1. Full text...

  • Burkinabe media to adopt plan of action on HIV/AIDS
    14 march 2002 20:36:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe media executives Thursday started a two-day workshop on the role their institutions should play in the fight against AIDS. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to Vaccinate Children against Measles
    14 march 2002 19:59:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- About two million children under five years in Zimbabwe will be vaccinated against measles in June when the country carries out its second campaign in four years to combat the disease. Full text...

  • UN special envoy on AIDS visits Ethiopia
    14 march 2002 16:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Visiting UN executive on HIV/AIDS in Africa Thursday expressed conviction that with sufficient financial resources there exist much sophistication, knowledge and capacity in the world to conquer the pandemic. Full text...

  • Mandela opens state-of-the-art rural clinic in South Africa
    14 march 2002 15:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former president Nelson Mandela Thursday opened a health clinic outside Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape. Full text...

  • Cholera epidemic hits south-west Rwanda
    14 march 2002 15:19:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The authorities in Rwanda have reported an outbreak of cholera in the Province of Cyangugu on the shores of Lake Kivu. Full text...

  • Campaign launched to eliminate tsetse fly in Africa
    14 march 2002 12:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) has launched a new campaign to control the deadly tsetse fly - parasitic carrier of sleeping sickness - which has turned Africa's productive land into a "green desert. Full text...

  • Mkapa warns against HIV/AIDS catastrophe in Tanzania
    14 march 2002 08:10:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- President Benjamin Mkapa warned Wednesday that the worsening HIV/AIDS prevalence in Tanzania could spell doom for millions of the citizens. Full text...

  • Doctor calls for health belt to prevent cholera in DRC
    13 march 2002 20:16:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The head of the department of endemic diseases at Congo's ministry of health, Dr. Full text...

  • Journalists awarded for radio, TV reports on AIDS
    13 march 2002 19:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African AIDS Research Network (RARS) Wednesday awarded two laureates of the first edition of the Contest of Stories and Programmes on Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS. Full text...

  • Reunion to set up regional hospital
    13 march 2002 11:48:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The presidents of two major hospitals in Reunion, Andree Thien-Ah Koon and Axel Kichenin, Tuesday signed an agreement to create a regional hospital on the island. Full text...

  • Botswana will not vaccinate Zimbabwe cattle
    13 march 2002 11:41:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Botswana government has donated over 500,000 doses of vaccines to Zimbabwe to help the economically-strapped southern African state to eradicate foot-and-mouth disease among its cattle herd. Full text...

  • Botswana's antiretroviral drugs clinics face high demand
    13 march 2002 11:19:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- High demand for the newly introduced free antiretroviral drugs in Botswana has necessitated the opening of another clinic in Gaborone, the Botswana capital, ahead of schedule. Full text...

  • Tanzania's parliamentary committee probes drugs scandal
    13 march 2002 11:12:00
    Dar es salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Tanzanian parliament has ordered that auditing and verification of stocks of drugs stored at the Medical Stores Department (MSD) warehouse be taken to determine the extent of the damage of the drugs. Full text...

  • Ethiopia gets one million Euro to combat meningitis
    13 march 2002 09:23:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The EU has granted Ethiopia one million Euro to help control meningitis in the country. Full text...

  • EU funds rollback meningitis programme in Ethiopia
    12 march 2002 19:04:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has released one million euros (875,000 US dollars) to fund a rollback meningitis programme in Ethiopia, according to an official statement released Tuesday in Brussels. Full text...

  • UNICEF, US embassy help rehabilitate Ethiopian district
    12 march 2002 16:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- In a move to improve the livelihood of children in Ethiopia, UNICEF, the US Embassy in Addis Ababa and Ethiopian authorities have joined forces to enhance their access to basic health care and safe drinking water in the rural Gulomekeda district. Full text...

  • Benin launches anti-retroviral treatment for AIDS
    12 march 2002 15:55:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has launched an initiative to provide access to anti-retroviral drugs that slows down the impact of HIV/AIDS on patients, the local press reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mystery disease kills five in Eastern Kenya
    12 march 2002 12:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Four pupils and a deputy headmaster have died from a mystery disease suspected to be meningitis in two schools in Kenya's eastern Province, officials said Tuesday. Full text...

  • AIDS Fund constitutes panel to review proposals
    12 march 2002 11:54:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The Board of Directors of the newly created Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is expected to announce the first grants by the end of April, about a year after it received initial funding pledges. Full text...

  • Zambia gets Breast Cancer Trust
    11 march 2002 15:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A breast cancer trust, dubbed the "Breakthrough Cancer Trust of Zambia," has been set up in the country to help victims access treatment abroad. Full text...

  • 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...

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