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  • Developed nations urged to support TB control in Africa
    22 october 2001 18:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba, has appealed to developed nations to make more resources available to Africa for its fight against tuberculosis (TB). Full text...

  • National HIV/AIDS initiative marks third year
    22 october 2001 13:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Partnership Against AIDS has marked its third year with a call by Deputy President Jacob Zuma for concerted action at stemming new HIV infections and providing care and support to the infected. Full text...

  • Tanzania hosts 34th regional conference of Health ministers
    22 october 2001 08:55:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A five-day regional conference of Health ministers from East, Central and Southern Africa opens Monday in Tanzania, focusing on challenges and priorities in efforts at strengthening the networking of health services. Full text...

  • Abject poverty blamed for inability to prevent AIDS
    21 october 2001 18:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The President of the South African Nkosi AIDS Association, Gail Johnson said extreme poverty was a major bottleneck in efforts to contain HIV/AIDS in South Africa where 1700-1900 new HIV positive cases were recorded daily. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 11 in Niger
    21 october 2001 16:13:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- At least 11 persons are reported to have died from an outbreak of cholera since last August in two health districts of Niger, where some 161 cases have been observed. Full text...

  • DR Congo launches measles immunisation campaign
    20 october 2001 12:03:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A national immunisation campaign against measles is underway in DR Congo, according to UNICEF communiqué. Full text...

  • Kadhafi roundly condemns Anthrax 'attack' on US
    19 october 2001 22:58:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan revolutionary leader Col. Full text...

  • Konare, Obasanjo launch ECOWAS anti-polio campaign
    19 october 2001 22:44:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- ECOWAS chairman Alpha Oumar Konare of Mali and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Friday in Sierra Leone, flagged off the Synchronised National Polio Immunisation in the 15-member Community. Full text...

  • 20 herbalists suspended for claiming AIDS cure
    19 october 2001 16:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan herbalists association has suspended 20 of its members for misconduct through unethical practices. Full text...

  • Specialist says locals knowledgeable of anthrax
    19 october 2001 15:55:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi' infectious disease specialist, Dr Athanase Ndayiragiye has recognised the age-old ability of local herdsmen to handle the anthrax bacteria that is causing awe in the United States. Full text...

  • Mysterious disease kills 10 in Northern Kenya
    19 october 2001 10:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Panic has engulfed residents of Kenya's Tana River district after a mysterious disease that broke out there in the past three days killed 10 persons. Full text...

  • USAID earmarks $8.8 million to fight HIV/AIDS in Tanzania
    19 october 2001 10:27:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The US Agency for International Development has earmarked 8. Full text...

  • Cleric wants HIV/AIDS declared state of emergency
    19 october 2001 08:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane is consulting governments in southern Africa, the ecumenical movement, organised labour and NGOs about declaring the HIV/AIDS situation a state of emergency. Full text...

  • Amref reaches out to slum dwellers
    18 october 2001 23:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kibera, located on the southern suburb of capital Nairobi, is one of the largest slum dwellings in east and central Africa, with a population of about 1. Full text...

  • Banknotes carry germs, study warns
    18 october 2001 22:50:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Bank notes carry pathogenic and non- pathogenic germs that can be transmitted from one person to another, notes a study on the potential impact of microbial flora on the Congolese Franc. Full text...

  • Pretoria urged to channel resources against HIV/AIDS
    18 october 2001 22:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- NMG-LEVY, one the leading business service companies focused on private sector HIV/AIDS management initiatives, Thursday called on government to urgently channel resources to meet the HIV/AIDS challenge to the South African economy rather than become "side-tracked by statistical sniping". Full text...

  • Mauritius health services on anthrax alert
    18 october 2001 22:26:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius health authorities Wednesday detailed health services around the country to mobilise for all contingencies following anthrax alerts in several parts of the world this week. Full text...

  • Action Aid to grant Burundi 6 million dollars
    18 october 2001 21:52:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The British NGO, Action Aid, is to grant 6 million dollars to the government of Burundi to finance several HIV/AIDS control projects in the next four years, official sources said Thursday in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Over 90 percent of Burundi children vaccinated against polio
    18 october 2001 21:28:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The final results of the last national vaccination campaign against poliomyelitis in Burundi in August and September show a satisfactory coverage of up to 92 per cent of the targeted, health officials said. Full text...

  • Anthrax scare in Botswana
    18 october 2001 18:46:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Following the growing incidence of anthrax exposure in the US, the Botswana Post said Thursday it was reviewing its mail handling procedures. Full text...

  • Father sues HIV carrier son for trespassing
    18 october 2001 17:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The 42-year-old son of a prominent Kenyan hotelier has gone to court accusing members of his family of disowning him because he has contracted the HIV virus. Full text...

  • Namibia Red Cross Society plans AIDS educational tools
    18 october 2001 12:55:00
    Opuwo- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia Red Cross Society has completed a study on public perceptions of reproductive health and sexually transmitted infections for developing educational tools to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Measles claims more than 70 lives in Huila province
    18 october 2001 12:22:00
    Huila- Angola (PANA) -- A measles outbreak has claimed over 70 lives, mainly children aged below five years, in southern Angola's Huila province, the Angolan news agency, Angop, has reported quoting health officials. Full text...

  • Western Cape on high alert after anthrax scares
    18 october 2001 10:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Western Cape government has announced that it is taking extensive precautionary measures following an anthrax scare in Cape Town, but said there was no need for the public to panic. Full text...

  • Rwanda gets 40 million-dollar WHO book donation
    17 october 2001 19:28:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda has received a donation of medical books and specialised publications from the World Health Organisation (WHO), State radio reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS infection on the rise in Zimbabwe
    16 october 2001 23:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean health official said Tuesday that HIV infection continued to rise unabated in the country, with four children being born with the incurable disease every hour. Full text...

  • Francophone MPs intensify fight against AIDS
    16 october 2001 22:40:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- African francophone MPs, belonging to a Parliamentary Network for the fight against HIV/AIDS, have agreed at a meeting in Niamey, Niger, to mobilise efforts in their respective countries for the intensification of the campaign against the pandemic. Full text...

  • OAU warns of Sleeping Sickness in Africa
    15 october 2001 23:54:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control, the body charged by the OAU for the control of Sleeping Sickness, has warned of an impending upsurge in the disease in a number of African countries. Full text...

  • Malawi Govt. fires 28 striking hospital workers
    15 october 2001 19:08:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi government Monday announced the sacking of at least 28 workers at the Queen Elizabeth Central hospital, the country's largest, following a strike now in its third week. Full text...

  • Kenyan NGO mounts HIV/AIDS campaign on radio
    15 october 2001 18:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan NGO, Programme for the Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), has launched a radio talk shop dubbed "Ni Nini Kati Yetu" (Kiswahili for "what is in our midst") in furtherance of the campaign against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Deaths rise as Malawi hospital strike continues
    14 october 2001 12:56:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- An increase in the number of deaths, mostly from tuberculosis, has been reported as a strike at Malawi's Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital enters its third week. Full text...

  • Niger starts reproductive health programme
    13 october 2001 18:01:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A three-year reproductive health programme estimated at 470 million CFA francs (about 630,000) has begun in Niger to help reduce the rates of mortality as well as infant and maternal morbidity in the health district of Kollo, south of Niamey. Full text...

  • Doctors Turn Down Scholarships Over HIV Test Condition
    13 october 2001 10:13:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian doctors are ignoring a generous offer for specialist medical training in the Republic of China because they do not accept mandatory screening for HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Children orphaned by AIDS gain schooling in Burkina Faso
    13 october 2001 09:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In Burkina Faso, 3,500 children orphaned by AIDS began school this week, thanks to a pilot project supported by the National HIV/AIDS Commission, UNDP and several donors. Full text...

  • Partnerships improve prospects for new drugs, vaccines
    12 october 2001 22:52:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- The chairman of the world's leading pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) said the creation of new public-private partnerships (PPPs) for AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in the past few years has significantly improved prospects of finding new drugs and vaccines for curing or controlling those deadly diseases. Full text...

  • African Francophone MPs vow to fight AIDS
    12 october 2001 21:05:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- African Francophone MPs, comprising the parliamentary network for HIV/AIDS control, have expressed commitment to mobilise national efforts against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Artists urged to reach out to HIV/AIDS orphans
    12 october 2001 13:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Social Development minister Zola Skweyiya has commended the growing number of artists and musicians who are promoting the fight in South Africa against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Lions Club hailed as key sight treatment partner
    12 october 2001 09:26:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Local authorities in Ethiopia have acknowledged Lions Club, an international charity association, as one of the most committed sight treatment partners in the country. Full text...

  • TRIPs versus access to affordable drugs come in focus
    11 october 2001 22:15:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Access to affordable drugs for the vast majority of people in developing countries may feature highly in discussions at the fourth WTO ministerial conference slated for Doha, Qatar in November, a WTO official said Thursday. Full text...

  • Heart disorders a looming killer in Africa
    11 october 2001 21:12:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Cardiovascular disorders are likely to be leading causes of deaths in Africa in the next 20 years, nutritional health experts attending the global forum for health research here have warned. Full text...

  • Anthrax Found in Third Person in US
    11 october 2001 18:41:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A third American has tested positive to anthrax, a rare but deadly bacterial infection with flu-like symptoms, that has surfaced in the country since the terrorist attacks on its cities 11 September. Full text...

  • Nigeria to establish AIDS control agency
    11 october 2001 12:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has sent to the National Assembly (Parliament), a bill seeking to establish a National Agency for the Prevention and Control of AIDS (NAPCA) in the country. Full text...

  • Liberia gets one-million-dollar EU drugs
    11 october 2001 11:30:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The European Union is providing Liberia with drug supplies worth 1. Full text...

  • Experts urge increase in health research grant
    11 october 2001 11:14:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Richard Feachem, Director of the Institute for Global Health, University of California, US, has called for an increase in health research assistance from the current six billion US dollars a year to 30 billion dollars by 2015. Full text...

  • Dirty environment blamed for diseases in DR Congo
    11 october 2001 08:54:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Filth in urban and rural DR Congo accounts for almost 74 percent of illnesses in the country, according to a report by the Environment Secretariat. Full text...

  • Mali has about 500,000 visually handicapped persons
    10 october 2001 23:31:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali has between 450,000 and 500,000 Visually-handicapped persons including 120,000 who are completely blind persons, the national director of health, Dr Doulaye Sacko revealed in Bamako Wednesday. Full text...

  • Grandmother jailed for infecting boy with HIV
    10 october 2001 20:29:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A 60-year-old Malawian grandmother has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment with hard labour after beings found guilty of infecting an 11-year-old boy with HIV, the virus that can lead to the incurable AIDS. Full text...

  • Mocumbi request WHO's help to fight malaria
    10 october 2001 19:29:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Mozambique has requested the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help the country find an adequate anti-malarial therapy to replace the well known drugs such as chloroquine to which malaria has become resistant. Full text...

  • MSF reports new cases of Sleeping Sickness in central Congo
    10 october 2001 13:34:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Some 325 news cases of sleeping sickness were between April and August 2001 reported in the villages of Mpouya and Bodzaba on the west bank of River Congo, according the French medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres MSF). Full text...

  • Mocumbi blames poverty for aggravating ill health
    09 october 2001 23:37:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi on Tuesday called for concerted efforts to combat poverty, which aggravates the disease situation in developing countries. Full text...

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