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  • Global AIDS Fund gives 14 African nations $480 million
    25 april 2002 18:56:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Twenty-one projects from 14 African countries are among the first set of 40 approved Thursday for funding over two years by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Full text...

  • Malaria affects four million persons yearly in Ethiopia
    25 april 2002 17:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Being the single most killer in Ethiopia, malaria affects more than four million persons in the country each year, UNICEF warned Thursday on Africa Malaria Control Day. Full text...

  • Zambia evaluates fight against malaria
    25 april 2002 17:23:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia on Thursday joined the rest of Africa in evaluating strategies and programmes undertaken in the past year to cure and prevent malaria in the provinces as part of a continental response. Full text...

  • Bill Gates seeks focus on malaria vaccine development
    25 april 2002 17:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- "Today is Africa Malaria Day, and, like every other day, three children will die from malaria every minute. Full text...

  • Two years after the Abuja Declaration against Malaria
    25 april 2002 08:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- At an elaborate ceremony in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, two years ago, African leaders committed themselves under the Roll-Back Malaria campaign to reduce the effects of the mosquito-borne disease that kills more than one million people annually world-wide, mainly on the continent. Full text...

  • Unhygienic Living Compounds Cholera Epidemic in Malawi
    24 april 2002 18:32:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi is facing its worst cholera outbreak with 32,000 cases having been reported by the beginning of April, health authorities have said. Full text...

  • WHO warns that Africa faces new malaria threat
    24 april 2002 18:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Resistance to available anti-malarial drugs has become a growing threat to efforts to control the disease in Africa, the World Health Organisation's Regional Office for Africa warned Wednesday. Full text...

  • WHO calls for more resources on research in Africa
    24 april 2002 17:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for the allocation of more resources to research activities in the African region in response to the critical health problems facing the region. Full text...

  • Swaziland on spraying campaign against malaria
    24 april 2002 13:47:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's Health and Social Welfare Ministry has embarked on a nation-wide spraying campaign against the spread of malaria in the kingdom. Full text...

  • Kenya, WHO sponsor traditional herbal clinic
    24 april 2002 09:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The first government-sponsored traditional herbal clinic has opened in Embu town, in Kenya's Eastern Province, as part of the Health Ministry's recognition of the vital role played by herbal medicine in community healthcare. Full text...

  • TB cases rise by 10 percent yearly in Cote d'Ivoire
    23 april 2002 21:33:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Tuberculosis cases in Cote d'Ivoire rise by 10-percent yearly, according to official figures that say the disease swelled from 15,000 cases in 1999 to 16,000 cases in 2002. Full text...

  • WHO supports malaria control in Benin
    23 april 2002 17:58:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Africa Regional Office of the World Health Organisation (AFRO), has provided Benin with 10,000-US-dollar worth of drugs for malaria control, officials of the National Malaria Control Programme said in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Kenyan youths form virginity club to fight HIV/AIDS
    23 april 2002 10:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a move aimed at containing the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in Nakuru in Kenya's Rift Valley province, the town's youths have formed a Virgins' Club open to boys and girls as members. Full text...

  • Ghana business community urged to invest in HIV/AIDS treatment
    22 april 2002 20:45:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's Vice-President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, has urged the business community to contribute towards the START programme, which provides a comprehensive HIV/AIDS service, particularly treatment for infected people. Full text...

  • UN Agencies say AIDS, TB and Malaria can be controlled
    22 april 2002 20:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A new joint report by UNAIDS, UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) released Monday says a low estimate of some 8. Full text...

  • Ex-Minister Warns Again Yellow Fever Epidemic
    21 april 2002 18:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Yellow fever, which killed thousands of people in Nigeria in the 1980s, may recur if massive immunisation of people against the disease is not embarked upon now, former Nigerian health minister, Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, has warned. Full text...

  • Canada funds AIDS control project in Niger
    21 april 2002 18:23:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Canada has granted Niger 1. Full text...

  • African Health Research Committee meets in Mauritius
    20 april 2002 17:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 21st session of the African Advisory Committee for Health Research and Development (AACHRD) opens Monday in Port Louis, capital of the Indian Ocean Island State of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Nigeria to eradicate polio this Year
    19 april 2002 18:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian health officials say polio will be eradicated in the country this year, despite the prevalence of more than 50 cases of wild polio virus in 17 of the country's 36 States in 2001. Full text...

  • Niger reports meningitis outbreak
    19 april 2002 14:27:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's Ministry of Public Health has warned about the risk of meningitis after some cases of the disease were reported in certain districts. Full text...

  • UNAIDS recognises Pretoria's renewed surge on HIV/AIDS
    19 april 2002 08:02:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- UNAIDS has hailed the South African government after it announced on Thursday to intensify its programme to fight HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Patasse requests death for those infecting others with HIV/AIDS
    18 april 2002 23:18:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Central African leader Ange Felix Patasse Thursday requested his country's judiciary and lawmakers to study a draft law that called for death sentences for those who deliberately infected others with the HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • EU aids Kinshasa hospitals
    18 april 2002 21:56:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Nine hospitals in Kinshasa will benefit from a water and sanitation project initiated by the Red Cross in DR Congo, through the transitional health sector support programme (PATS). Full text...

  • Schoolgirls carry out 3,000 abortions in Kinshasa
    18 april 2002 20:14:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- About 3,000 abortions are recorded every year in Kinshasa among young DR Congolese girls, according to an expert on Public Health, Theophile Tambwe Mbuy. Full text...

  • Islamic Bank offers Burkina Faso drugs to fight meningitis
    18 april 2002 13:14:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Islamic Development Bank has donated medicines and nursing care material worth 200,000 dollars to Burkina Faso to help bring the meningitis outbreak in the country under control. Full text...

  • South African rape victims to get AIDS drugs
    18 april 2002 13:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African public health institutions will provide anti-retroviral drugs to victims of sexual assault, the government announced on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Epidemiological diseases prevalent in Uganda
    18 april 2002 11:31:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Health authorities in Uganda Thursday confirmed an outbreak of measles, cholera, malaria and meningitis affirming an increase of all cases nationwide. Full text...

  • Campaign makes gains in polio fight (Feature)
    17 april 2002 21:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An ambitious global initiative aimed at completely eradicating polio from the face of the earth by 2005 was launched Tuesday with its co-coordinators telling governments that it is their political obligation, as opposed to will, to help in wiping out the disease. Full text...

  • Kenyan body decries lack of access to AIDS drugs
    17 april 2002 21:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Numerous health centres in Kenya are reporting regular and sometimes extended shortages of discontinued antiretroviral (ARV) drugs since pharmaceutical companies lowered the prices of these AIDS drugs for Africa last year. Full text...

  • Survey shows high anaemic cases among Kenyan infants
    17 april 2002 17:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The majority of an increasing number of anaemic children in rural Kenya have little hope of leading a healthy life, a national survey has warned. Full text...

  • Anti-TB network to be set up in Lome
    17 april 2002 16:02:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The West African Tuberculosis Control Organisation met Tuesday in Lome under the aegis of the WHO in order to set up a network aimed at combating the infectious disease. Full text...

  • Angola and WHO in joint polio eradication programme
    17 april 2002 13:04:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) will undertake a comprehensive pro- gramme for the eradication of polio in the country this year, the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) has reported. Full text...

  • Uganda, British scientists locked in malaria row
    16 april 2002 23:38:00
    Kampala Uganda (PANA) -- A row has broken out between British researchers and Ugandan health authorities over the real cause of a recent malaria outbreak which has hit three districts in Western Uganda. Full text...

  • Angola, WHO define game plan for polio eradication
    16 april 2002 23:11:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) Tuesday set out strategies for a campaign this year to eradicate poliomyelitis under a 2002-2005 global programme against the disease. Full text...

  • Conference presses for AIDS campaign, women's rights
    16 april 2002 22:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A pan-African conference on reproductive health opened Tuesday in Nairobi, with speakers advocating women's rights and the use of condoms to fight against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Mauritius to build a new psychiatric hospital
    16 april 2002 16:10:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Health ministry has announced plans to build a new 250-bed psychiatric hospital, at the cost of 8. Full text...

  • Belgium to fund drug agencies in DR Congo
    16 april 2002 15:59:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Belgium has pledged to finance the creation of two pharmaceutical agencies in the Lower-DR Congo province, a Congolese official said. Full text...

  • Nigeria to use Chinese grant for Malaria control
    15 april 2002 18:30:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has indicated its plans to use the 3. Full text...

  • Workshop endorses Togo's 120 billion CFAF health plan
    15 april 2002 14:36:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo has adopted a national health development plan estimated to cost 120 billion FCFCA at the end of a six-day workshop organised by the World Health Organisation, which ended Saturday in Kpalime, 110 km Northeast of Lome. Full text...

  • Obasanjo encourages Nigerians to go for HIV tests
    13 april 2002 13:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As part of a concerted effort to stem the rise of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for a comprehensive HIV/AIDS test for the citizens, in addition to a heightened awareness campaign, according to local press reports. Full text...

  • West African Health body tackling malnutrition
    12 april 2002 13:06:00
    Saly- Senegal (PANA) -- The West African Health Organisation (WAHO) is tackling malnutrition under priority programme for the 2003-2007 period, an official has said. Full text...

  • Studies Show Fish Good for Healthy Heart
    11 april 2002 22:45:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Eating fatty fish is good for the health of the heart as it helps in reducing the risk of death from heart disease, studies done in the US have indicated. Full text...

  • Kenya to host Pan African health convention
    11 april 2002 16:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A three-day second Pan African conference on NGO Partnerships for Reproductive Health in Africa will Tuesday open in Nairobi, Kenya, a task force on NGO partnerships said Thursday. Full text...

  • African First Ladies support AIDS orphans
    11 april 2002 11:07:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- First Ladies of Cote d'Ivoire, Benin, Gabon and Nigeria, were expected in Yamoussoukro Thursday to participate in a West and Central African regional workshop on the protection of AIDS orphans and vulnerable children. Full text...

  • France helps Burkina Faso fight Meningitis
    11 april 2002 10:02:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The French embassy in Ouagadougou has granted Burkina Faso assistance worth more than 19 million francs CFA (25,000 US dollars) to help contain a Meningitis epidemic ravaging the country. Full text...

  • South Africa's AIDS hero wins international children's prize
    11 april 2002 09:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African boy who moved millions of people around the world with his battle against AIDS, Wednesday became the joint winner of the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child. Full text...

  • Botswana with acute shortage of medical staff, sends SOS
    10 april 2002 22:29:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana President Festus Mogae has sent out an SOS for expatriate doctors and nurses to help run the multi-million pula HIV/AIDS project in Gaborone. Full text...

  • Abidjan hosts meeting on blood 'security' in Africa
    10 april 2002 16:05:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Delegates from some 10 African countries are meeting in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan to discuss blood protection in Africa. Full text...

  • AIDS orphans more and more children in Africa
    10 april 2002 14:39:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A study carried out by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has warned that about 70-percent of the 267 million children under 15 in sub- Saharan Africa would in under ten years lose one or both parents if nothing is done to stem the spread of AIDS. Full text...

  • Cholera hits the Comoros archipelago
    10 april 2002 12:04:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- A cholera outbreak first noticed on 23 December in the Grand Comoro island has now swept the entire Comoros archipelago, according to the island nation's health authorities. Full text...

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