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  • Cameroon launches information against AIDS campaign
    28 november 2001 08:09:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A third of Cameroon's young people have been infected with HIV and were likely to succumb to the fatal stage of AIDS soon, the national AIDS control committee has reported. Full text...

  • World Bank names Ethiopian its Adviser on AIDS
    27 november 2001 23:41:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The World Bank has appointed Ethiopian medical scientist, Debrework Zewdie, its Adviser on HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Portuguese-Speaking African countries plan health training Centre
    27 november 2001 21:11:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- African Portuguese-speaking countries have agreed to set up a regional health training Centre. Full text...

  • Benin launches Phase II of anti-polio immunisation
    27 november 2001 20:41:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin Tuesday launched the second phase of its National Immunisation Days (JNV) against the crippling childhood disease, poliomyelitis. Full text...

  • Kenyan research body to hold conference ahead of AIDS Day
    27 november 2001 20:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan branch of the Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD) will this week host a major national conference on the HIV/AIDS scourge and its impact on Kenyan families. Full text...

  • Pre-marital HIV/AIDS tests become popular in Kenya
    27 november 2001 20:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Voluntary testing for HIV/AIDS is gaining acceptance among Kenyan youth intending to marry, say officials at the country's Centre for Disease Control (CDC). Full text...

  • 1300 cases of sleeping sickness in Angola's Uige province
    27 november 2001 17:27:00
    Uige- Angola (PANA) -- Some 1,300 cases of sleeping sickness were diagnosed at a treatment centre for the disease in Angola's northern Uige province in the past three months, a Portuguese NGO said. Full text...

  • Congo conducts census of AIDS orphans under 18
    27 november 2001 08:05:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (Congo) -- A census is underway in Congo to find AIDS orphans below the age of 18, official sources said in Brazzaville Monday. Full text...

  • Compaore leads anti-HIV/AIDS campaign
    26 november 2001 23:38:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- President Blaise Compaore Monday launched a National Council for the fight against HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), in Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Burkina's AIDS agency pleads for openness in resources sharing
    26 november 2001 23:34:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The first session of Burkina Faso's National Council for the Fight Against AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (CNLS-STD) has pleaded for more openness in financing AIDS/STD activities. Full text...

  • Tri-therapy AIDS treatment to cost less in Congo
    26 november 2001 23:03:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The tri-therapy treatment of AIDS is expected to cost less than 80 US dollars per patient a month in Congo as opposed to the current monthly bills of 800 dollars per sufferer. Full text...

  • Ivorian First lady intensifies anti-AIDS campaign
    26 november 2001 21:29:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian first lady, Simone Ehivet Gbagbo and a number of industry chief executives have signed an AIDS covenant to boost the fight against the disease in the country. Full text...

  • Report underscores role of ICT in curbing HIV/AIDS in Africa
    26 november 2001 20:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Distance learning through the use of information and communication technology (ICT) could reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS among the youth in Africa, experts say. Full text...

  • Cameroon's Roger Milla appointed UNAIDS Ambassador
    26 november 2001 20:02:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Former African football celebrity Roger Milla has been appointed UNAIDS Ambassador, the State Radio in Cameroon reported at the weekend. Full text...

  • Stepping up anti-Trypanosomiasis campaign in Central Africa
    25 november 2001 18:30:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Health Ministers from Central African countries have at their just-ended meeting in Bangui, agreed to intensify the fight against Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Congo Brazzaville to get anti-retroviral drugs by 2002
    25 november 2001 18:13:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville government plans to make anti-retroviral drugs available in 2002 for the treatment of HIV/AIDS in the country, Health Minister Leon Alfred Opimbat has said. Full text...

  • African experts approve tools on traditional medicine
    25 november 2001 17:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A panel of African experts on traditional medicine has approved four documents developed as tools to raise the profile of traditional medicine on the continent. Full text...

  • Sudan bans tobacco-use inside health facilities
    25 november 2001 11:34:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese health authorities in the Khartoum Region have banned the use of all types of tobacco inside all state-run health facilities, according to a decree issued Sunday. Full text...

  • World Bank loans Ghana $25 million to fight AIDS
    25 november 2001 10:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The International Development Association, the World Bank's soft loan arm, has loaned Ghana 25 million US dollars for its fight against AIDS, Ghana Television reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Kenya to make policy changes in health sector
    25 november 2001 10:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will soon make major policy changes in the health sector, according to the country's director of medical services, Richard Otieno Muga, in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Angola to produce anti-retrovirals with Brazilian help
    23 november 2001 23:15:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola will soon produce anti-retrovirus, which are known to delay the development of full-blown AIDS, the country's news agency, Angop, reported Friday, quoting a senior health official. Full text...

  • Abidjan to host sub-regional workshop on HIV/AIDS
    23 november 2001 22:01:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Senior executives from water and electricity companies are to discuss the impact of HIV/AIDS in six Francophone West African countries during a two-day workshop opening in Abidjan Monday, the organisers said Friday. Full text...

  • WHO says 450 million suffer mental disorder world-wide
    23 november 2001 20:54:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Some 450 million people suffer from mental disorders world-wide, making the condition a leading cause of ill health and disability in the world, a WHO report said. Full text...

  • Drug addiction fuels AIDS spread in Kenya
    23 november 2001 20:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Addiction to illicit drugs has fuelled HIV infections in Kenya, the National Agency for the Campaign against Drug Abuse has reported. Full text...

  • OAU stresses men's role in fighting AIDS
    23 november 2001 19:57:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Putting men in the front line to fight HIV/AIDS would be the surest way to contain the pandemic in Africa, the OAU said Friday. Full text...

  • Activists want AIDS Fund to subsidise cheap AIDS drugs
    23 november 2001 16:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Five African delegations are among activists who stormed the Global AIDS Fund's board meeting in Brussels Thursday demanding that the fund should subsidise cheap AIDS drugs, a Health GAP Coalition communiqué has said. Full text...

  • Buyoya receives new WHO Rep in Burundi
    23 november 2001 15:08:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi President Pierre Buyoya Friday in Bujumbura received the World Health Organisation (WHO) delegate to Rwanda, Ousmane Diouf, who has been given concurrent accreditation to the WHO office in Burundi. Full text...

  • Malaria claims thousands in Rwanda
    23 november 2001 13:35:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Malaria continues, along with HIV/AIDS, to claim thousands of lives in Rwanda, health officials said Friday. Full text...

  • Human Rights Watch calls on Mbeki to change stance on HIV/AIDS
    23 november 2001 08:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Human Rights Watch has urged South African President Thabo Mbeki to have his government drop its fight against a legal appeal for low-cost HIV/AIDS treatment for pregnant women. Full text...

  • Doctors want better case management for AIDS in Congo
    22 november 2001 22:01:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- At least 30 doctors working in 29 private companies and parastatals in Brazzaville are pressing for better management of people living with HIV/AIDS at their workplace, the National AIDS Control Programme revealed Thursday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Newspaper says 6 Zimbabwean Ministers have AIDS
    22 november 2001 16:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's weekly Financial Gazette reported Thursday that six of the country's cabinet Ministers had AIDS, and were using anti-retroviral drugs to prolong their lives. Full text...

  • More than 7 million are blind in Africa
    22 november 2001 16:36:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Africa has more than seven million blind persons, and the number is expected to reach 80 million by 2020 if steps are not taken to stem the situation, Togolese Health Minister Kondi Charles Agba has warned. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso church leaders meet over HIV/AIDS
    21 november 2001 21:02:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- AIDS has become an outstanding challenge to church leaders in Burkina Faso, according to a pastor involved in the fight against the pandemic in the west African country. Full text...

  • Togo adopts law regulate practice of traditional medicine
    21 november 2001 19:54:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- In a move that would help derive maximum benefits from traditional medicine in Togo, Parliament has passed a bill to regulate its practice in the country. Full text...

  • Brundtland pays tribute to late WHO Rep. in Burundi
    21 november 2001 16:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- World Health Organisation Director General Gro Harlem Brundtland, has expressed sadness at the death of WHO Representative in Burundi Kassi Manlan. Full text...

  • Senegalese traditional healers get organised
    21 november 2001 16:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese traditional healers want to make their activity more visible the country's population. Full text...

  • Congo scientist proffers formula for skin treatment
    21 november 2001 15:02:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Bosongo Walala, a scientist at DR Congo's National Pedagogic Institute, has unveiled the result of his research on the treatment of skin and hair disorders using natural products. Full text...

  • WHO representative in Burundi found dead
    21 november 2001 10:54:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- World Health Organisation (WHO) representative Kassi Manlan, earlier reported missing in Bujumbura, was found dead Tuesday evening, investigators in Burundi said. Full text...

  • Missing WHO representative in Burundi found dead
    21 november 2001 09:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- World Health Organisation (WHO) representative Kassi Manlan, earlier reported missing in Bujumbura, was Tuesday evening found dead on the banks of a river, sources in the Burundian capital affirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • 250,000 children in Kinshasa are Sickle Cell sufferers
    21 november 2001 07:39:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- About 250,000 children in Kinshasa suffer from sickle cell anaemia, sources in the DR Congo capital affirm. Full text...

  • Official says 100,000 persons are blind in Zambia
    20 november 2001 23:44:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- There are about 100,000 blind people in Zambia with 50 percent of them suffering from treatable cataracts, Health Minister Levison Mumba said Tuesday in Lusaka, quoting official statistics. Full text...

  • Mosquitoes transmit 'chikungunya' virus in DR Congo
    20 november 2001 23:08:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A mosquito species found in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been proven to be a vector of a virus locally known as 'chikungunya' that causes a certain type of fever other than malaria. Full text...

  • Congo earmarks FCFA 584 million for 1,000 HIV/AIDS patients
    20 november 2001 16:11:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese government has decided to provide 584 million francs CFA (779 000 US dollars) a year to treat 1,000 HIV/AIDS patients, Health ministry sources said Tuesday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Mbeki commends South African health workers on racism
    20 november 2001 11:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki has commended South African health workers for standing up against racism in the sector. Full text...

  • 50 percent of children in Anjouan malnourished
    19 november 2001 20:55:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Fifty percent of children in Anjouan Island (part of the Comoro Islands) suffer from malnutrition while the health conditions of children under five years of age and women have seriously deteriorated in the past few years, the island's director of health, Dr Mahamoud Said revealed Monday. Full text...

  • President Moi Orders Health Insurance for Kenyans
    19 november 2001 20:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Daniel arap Moi has instructed ministers for public health and medical services to take action aimed at establishing a social health insurance scheme for all Kenyans. Full text...

  • African experts meet on traditional medicine
    19 november 2001 19:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first meeting of the Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine in the African Region got underway in Harare, Zimbabwe Monday with a call on its members to provide guidance on the institutionalisation of traditional medicine in health systems of the continent. Full text...

  • African experts meet on traditional medicine
    19 november 2001 19:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first meeting of the Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine in the African Region got underway in Harare, Zimbabwe Monday with a call on its members to provide guidance on the institutionalisation of traditional medicine in health systems of the continent. Full text...

  • Abidjan to host ADB/WHO consultative meeting on health
    19 november 2001 19:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Development Bank and the World Health Organisation are to hold their ninth consultative meeting in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, from 21-22 November. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS takes toll on Botswana's teachers
    19 november 2001 17:47:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Eighty teachers die annually from HIV/AIDS related ailments in Botswana, authorities in Gaborone said Monday. Full text...

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