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  • UNICEF's Salah visits Kinshasa
    04 july 2001 22:18:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UNICEF regional director for Western and Central Africa, Rima Salah arrived Wednesday in Kinshasa to participate in the official launching of the National Immunisation Days (NID 2001) in Central Africa. Full text...

  • Christian council launches anti-AIDS plan
    04 july 2001 21:09:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Christian Council which groups the main protestant Christian denominations, has earmarked five million US dollars to finance a five-year strategic plan to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Minister calls for HIV testing of sex offenders
    04 july 2001 20:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's constitutional and technology minister Dr Audrey van Zyl, has added her voice to calls for the imposition of compulsory HIV-tests on sex offenders as soon as possible. Full text...

  • Kenya to redress plight of AIDS orphans
    04 july 2001 14:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities said Wednesday that they are organising a stakeholders consultative forum to deliberate on the plight faced by children orphaned by AIDS. Full text...

  • Benin mobilises finances for HIV/AIDS fight
    04 july 2001 09:27:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin plans to allocate some two billion francs CFA (1 US dollar = 750 FCFA) to its national programme on HIV/AIDS, the Health ministry hinted Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sun eclipse leaves two teenagers blind in Namibia
    03 july 2001 22:40:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Two teenagers who last month watched the partial solar eclipse with naked eyes in Namibia will be permanently blind, eye specialists have confirmed. Full text...

  • Doctors at Ghana's biggest hospital go back to work
    03 july 2001 20:18:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Doctors at Ghana's biggest medical facility, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, who refused to work at the weekend in a dispute over overtime allowances reported for duty Tuesday. Full text...

  • One million Ivorians living with HIV/AIDS
    03 july 2001 20:04:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- More than a million out of the Ivorian population estimated at 15 million are currently living with HIV/AIDS, according to the country's foreign minister, Abou Drahamane Sangare. Full text...

  • South Africa moves against mother-to-child HIV transmission
    03 july 2001 17:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Health minister Molefi Sefularo Tuesday in Zeerust launched a project aimed at preventing the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children. Full text...

  • Niger government complains of limited means
    03 july 2001 14:21:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger Prime Minister Hama Amadou has noted that even at two dollars a day per patient, the government in Niamey cannot meet the expenses required for all AIDS sufferers in the country. Full text...

  • Anglican Church Demands HIV Test Certificate Before Marriage
    03 july 2001 12:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Another Nigerian Church has joined the growing league of local Churches making HIV/AIDS test mandatory for prospective couples seeking marriage. Full text...

  • Regional workshop on iodised salt convenes in Dakar
    02 july 2001 23:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A three-day workshop to discuss rapid implementation of the universal salt iodising process in west and central Africa began Monday in Dakar with experts from nine countries of the region attending. Full text...

  • 160 people to have eye operations in Oshakati
    02 july 2001 22:57:00
    Oshakati- Namibia (PANA) -- At least 160 visually-impaired persons are to undergo operations at an eye camp that commenced Monday at Oshakati, northern Namibia. Full text...

  • Moi Backed Over Tough HIV/Aids Penalties
    02 july 2001 22:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Daniel arap Moi enjoyed a limelight Monday after various organisations and individuals expressed support for his suggestion of tougher penalties on those who deliberately infect others with Aids. Full text...

  • Health experts team up to halt Aids spread in Tanzania
    02 july 2001 21:13:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- In a bid to beef up government efforts to halt the spread of Aids in Tanzania, the country's health experts have launched a two-year advocacy campaign. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak kills 12 people in Northern Kenya
    02 july 2001 20:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A cholera outbreak since the past in parts of Wajir District in Kenya's North Eastern province has killed at least 12 people, medical sources said Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa goes tough on smoking
    02 july 2001 16:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Environmental authorities Monday began inspecting restaurants, hotels and casinos around South Africa, a day after the country's tough smoking laws came into full force. Full text...

  • Anti-retrovirals to curb the enemy's progress
    02 july 2001 15:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Anti-retrovirals, the drugs that make it possible to curb the progress of AIDS, today constitute one of the few weapons Africa has to slow down the advance of a very powerful enemy. Full text...

  • US bars HIV-positive Cameroonians
    02 july 2001 13:18:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonians living with HIV/AIDS and who wanted to attend the 25-27 June UN summit on the pandemic were refused visas at the American embassy in Yaounde, medical sources in the Cameroonian capital said. Full text...

  • US continues support for research in Kenya
    01 july 2001 15:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US government will continue to support research programmes targeting disease eradication and the improvement of health and welfare of Kenyans, the American Ambassador in Nairobi, Johnnie Carson said. Full text...

  • Kenya to review laws to check AIDS spread
    01 july 2001 13:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi has announced plans to review his country's laws to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Ethiopia registers success in fighting Guinea worm
    01 july 2001 13:06:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The US-based Carter Centre has commended Ethiopia for its efforts to contain the debilitating Guinea worm over the past eight years. Full text...

  • AIDS leaves 27,000 children with no teachers
    29 june 2001 21:24:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Teachers who have died of AIDS in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the past two years have left 27,000 children without instructors, according to an inquiry carried out by "Progres des Nations" magazine, UNICEF publication. Full text...

  • UNICEF wants youths to fully learn about HIV/AIDS
    29 june 2001 14:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UNICEF Friday emphasised that because the behaviours which young people lead are key to conquering HIV/AIDS, they have the right to know the facts about the disease so that they can take responsibility for their lives. Full text...

  • Mozambique gets cardiac institute
    29 june 2001 09:23:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique has become the second southern African country, after South Africa, to acquire the capacity to carry out open heart surgery. Full text...

  • Mozambique expects concrete actions on AIDS
    29 june 2001 08:00:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Mozambican Health Minister Francisco Songane has said that he expects concrete actions from the just ended special session of the UN General Assembly on HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Chissano opens cardiac institute in Maputo
    28 june 2001 21:46:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique has become the second country in the southern Africa region - after South Africa - with a capacity to undertake open heart surgery. Full text...

  • Senegal: Africa's HIV/AIDS success story
    28 june 2001 19:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, a country with an HIV/AIDS prevalence rate under 2 per cent and among the lowest in sub-Saharan Africa, has explained the country's success story against the pandemic on an early awareness and prevention campaign. Full text...

  • Mbeki under fire again for AIDS comments
    28 june 2001 18:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) said the country's fight against AIDS took another step backwards on Wednesday when President Thabo Mbeki again expressed doubts about the existence of the epidemic. Full text...

  • MPs Want Government to Use Dormant Accounts to Fight Aids
    28 june 2001 17:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Members of Parliament urged the government Thursday to access all dormant bank accounts and use the money to fight the Aids scourge. Full text...

  • UN meeting issues global strategy for tackling AIDS
    27 june 2001 23:07:00
    New York- United States (PANA) -- Political and business leaders and representatives of civil society organisations concluded a three-day meeting on AIDS at the UN Wednesday, with a blueprint to guide international efforts in the fight against the epidemic. Full text...

  • HIV infection among Botswana mothers said going down
    27 june 2001 21:32:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A report by Botswana's Parliamentary select Committee has revealed that HIV/AIDS prevalence among young mothers is stabilising and even declining in the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania Hopes to Reverse Spread of AIDS in Five Years
    27 june 2001 19:58:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has said that his country should be able to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS in the next five years, given the current level of national mobilisation against the disease. Full text...

  • Kenya checks measles outbreak in central region
    27 june 2001 11:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Medical authorities in central Kenya's Nyandarua District Wednesday moved fast to allay fears of a measles outbreak in the area after reports that over 20 children sufering from the disease were hospitalised. Full text...

  • Tanzania accuses rich nations of doing little for Africa
    27 june 2001 07:41:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has told the ongoing UN General Assembly special session on Aids that it is practically impossible for poor developing countries to develop capacity for treating all sexually transmitted infections and for HIV testing and counselling. Full text...

  • Doctors decry leaders' lack of commitment to AIDS treatment
    26 june 2001 22:48:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Doctors Without Borders, a leading international charity organisation of medical practitioners, has decried the general lack of commitment to treatment of HIV/AIDS patients by delegations at the ongoing special session of the UN General Assembly on AIDS. Full text...

  • World day against drugs observed
    26 june 2001 20:51:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Hundreds of young people from various organisations and institutions marched through Maputo on Tuesday to protest against the trafficking and consumption of illegal drugs in the country. Full text...

  • Matsuura sues for medicare alongside AIDS prevention
    26 june 2001 20:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- At the 4th international congress on medical progress and quality of life in the 21st Century, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura last Monday decried unequal access to medical care, and stressed his organisation's role in education on AIDS prevention. Full text...

  • South Africans Mark International Day Against Drug Abuse
    26 june 2001 20:30:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africans Tuesday marked International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking, with a number of events, including the opening of a multi-purpose sports centre in Soweto. Full text...

  • Mbeki disappoints opposition party
    26 june 2001 15:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance party has expressed disappointment that President Thabo Mbeki will not attend the UN General Assembly session on AIDS under way in New York. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS prevention study underway in Uganda
    26 june 2001 14:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Pfizer Foundation has plans to fund a study in Uganda to determine which preventive measures have been most effective in curbing HIV infection. Full text...

  • World must do more to tackle AIDS crisis, says UNDP
    26 june 2001 14:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown has urged world leaders to use their full capacity to do more to tackle the alarming spread of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Doctor arrested for refusing to operate on a patient
    26 june 2001 13:36:00
    Kaolack- Senegal (PANA) -- A surgeon at the El Hadj Ibrahima Niass regional hospital in Kaolack, Medoune Thiongane, was arrested and detained over the week-end for his negligence that led to the death of a patient, police sources said. Full text...

  • Kenya dismisses rights body report on orphans
    26 june 2001 12:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities have dismissed as "baseless and inaccurate" a report, attributed to the US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), alleging that some one million AIDS orphans in the east African nation were neglected and did not receive adequate protection from the state. Full text...

  • 58 nations to get low-priced AIDS drugs
    25 june 2001 23:04:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Fifty-eight countries, 40 of them from Africa, have expressed interest in gaining access to lower-priced drugs for the treatment of HIV/AIDS and opportunistic diseases, UNAIDS, the UN lead agency on AIDS, has announced. Full text...

  • Sero-positive Senegalese undergo anti-retroviral treatment
    25 june 2001 22:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Health authorities in Dakar Monday said some 232 Senegalese citizens living with the AIDS virus benefit from anti-retroviral treatment. Full text...

  • Senegal affirms commitment to fight against HIV/AIDS
    25 june 2001 21:58:00
    New York- USA (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade affirmed Monday that his country would bring in its experience and the expertise of its researchers to beef up global efforts at containing HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • African health experts meet on yellow fever
    25 june 2001 21:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 30 health professionals from 17 Central and West African countries, Monday began a laboratory workshop on yellow fever diagnosis, in the Senegalese capital of Dakar. Full text...

  • Sub-Saharan countries to boost AIDS treatment
    25 june 2001 17:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 40 sub-Saharan countries are among 58 countries worldwide that have expressed interest in gaining access to lower-price drugs - including treatments for opportunistic infections and antiretroviral therapy, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS, said Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal hosts workshop on post-vaccinal reactions
    25 june 2001 12:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A workshop intended to train health agents to effectively care for undesirable post-vaccinal reactions opened Monday in Dakar involving national pharmaceutical regulations, national vaccination programme staff and other health agents from Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Senegal. Full text...

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