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  • Millions of Angolans risk getting sleeping sickness - Minister
    27 september 2001 08:58:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- At least four million Angolans run the risk of catching sleeping sickness due to the precarious conditions of housing and sanitation, Health Minister Albertina Hamukwaia has said in Luanda. Full text...

  • Brazzaville creates project to care for AIDS orphans
    26 september 2001 22:25:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- An NGO called "Médecin d'Afrique" or doctors of Africa has created a project to cater for the wellbeing of AIDS orphans in Congo, health officials said in Brazzaville Wednesday. Full text...

  • Reproductive health indicators on declining trend in Mauritius
    26 september 2001 21:05:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius health minister Ashok Jugnauth said Wednesday that the country has witnessed a paradigm shift in its population policy from reaching demographic targets to greater emphasis on the individual and broader reproductive health issues. Full text...

  • Study on cultural influence on AIDS prevalence
    26 september 2001 20:15:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A study on the influence of cultural practices on behaviour and HIV/AIDS transmission will be undertaken soon in Botswana under a joint project of UNESCO and UNAIDS. Full text...

  • UNICEF cautions Ethiopia against culture of silence on AIDS
    26 september 2001 19:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Marginalization of HIV/AIDS sufferers would open the way for a culture of silence around the disease and enhance its spread in Ethiopia, the UN Children's Fund has warned. Full text...

  • France earmarks 150 million euros for WHF
    26 september 2001 11:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Economy and Finance minister Laurent Fabius announced on Tuesday that France would contribute 150 million euros (138. Full text...

  • Industrial accidents on the decline in Mauritius
    25 september 2001 22:42:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Industrial accidents dropped in Mauritius from more than 13,000 in 1989 to 4500 last year, an official said in Port-Louis Tuesday. Full text...

  • WHO official hints Liberia close to polio-free status
    25 september 2001 17:07:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- An official of the World Health Organisation (WHO) here Tuesday said Liberia could be well on the verge of being declared polio-free. Full text...

  • Kenya's HIV/AIDS infection rate is down
    25 september 2001 14:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's HIV/AIDS infection rate has gone down, thanks to the widespread condom use in the country. Full text...

  • WHO alerts on possible biological, chemical attacks
    25 september 2001 11:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In the wake of the 11 September deadly terrorist attacks in US, the World Health Organisation has urged countries to strengthen their capacity to cope with the consequences of the use of biological or chemical agents as weapons. Full text...

  • Meles, Rawlings discuss HIV/AIDS
    25 september 2001 08:52:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has briefed Ghanaian former President Jerry Rawlings on Ethiopia's efforts at combating the spread of HIV/AIDS, the State radio reported in Addis Ababa Tuesday. Full text...

  • Swine fever spreads in Kenya
    25 september 2001 08:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A suspected outbreak of African swine fever reported in parts of Kenya's Kiambu District bordering Nairobi, has now spread to neighbouring Thika District, according to health officials. Full text...

  • Burundi begins last polio vaccination round
    24 september 2001 19:38:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi on Monday embarked on a vaccination campaign against poliomyelitis aimed at reaching 95 percent of all the children below the age of five. Full text...

  • Vice President warns of serious nutrition problems
    24 september 2001 19:13:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's Vice President Aliu Mahama on Monday predicted that high mortality rates would occur among children below the age of five if their nutrition is not improved within the next five years. Full text...

  • Rawlings on anti-AIDS campaign in Ethiopia
    24 september 2001 12:40:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings is in Addis Ababa as a UN Volunteers Eminent Person to advocate on the role of volunteers in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Wild poliovirus exists in 16 Nigerian States
    23 september 2001 18:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The wild polio virus is still prevalent in 15 of Nigeria's 36 States and the federal capital territory, the Nigerian News Agency reported Sunday ahead of the next round of the National Immunisation Days (NIDs) in October. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou to host sleeping sickness meeting
    23 september 2001 17:39:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Over 300 delegates are expected to attend the 26th meeting of the International Scientific Council for research and the fight against trypanosomiasis to be held in Ouagadougou from 1-5 October. Full text...

  • Study says African universities face high risk of HIV
    23 september 2001 12:54:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A new report by the World Bank has warned that universities in Africa may be a hotbed for the transmission of HIV. Full text...

  • Rwanda records 90 percent polio, measles immunisation
    22 september 2001 18:51:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan health officials said Saturday that more than 90 percent of the children targeted for polio and measles vaccination in the country, turned out during the second phase of the national exercise. Full text...

  • Sight Savers International to help visually impaired in schools
    22 september 2001 14:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Sight Savers International (SSI) have started a programme in Kenyan schools that seek to integrate visually impaired children into the regular schooling system. Full text...

  • Impact of AIDS on Mozambique's education sector
    21 september 2001 22:48:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Education Ministry estimates that about 19,200 teachers and more than 100 senior education officials will die of the lethal disease AIDS, or of AIDS-related causes, between the years 2000 and 2010. Full text...

  • Mozambique to receive 35-million-dollar British grant
    21 september 2001 22:18:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The British government is providing a grant of 24 million pounds (about 35 million US dollars) to support health services in Mozambique. Full text...

  • President Compaore leads AIDS control council
    21 september 2001 15:32:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Demonstrating the importance he attaches to the fight against the spread of AIDS in Burkina Faso, President Blaise Campaore has taken over the charge of the National Council on AIDS and Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections. Full text...

  • Congo launches AIDS prevention project in schools
    21 september 2001 13:30:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's education ministry has launched an AIDS prevention project in schools, whose objective is to mobilise the entire academic system against the pandemic, informed sources said in Brazzaville Friday. Full text...

  • Botswana's nursing department re-designated
    20 september 2001 23:41:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The department of Nursing Education has for the second time running been re-designated as a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre, or WHOCC. Full text...

  • Church wants HIV/AIDS declared national emergency
    20 september 2001 23:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Anglican Arch Bishop Njongonkulu Ndugane has called on the South African government to declare HIV/AIDS a national emergency. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak in Mocuba stabilising
    20 september 2001 23:12:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A cholera outbreak in the district of Mocuba in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia, that has so far claimed seven lives, is gradually coming under control, the daily Noticias reported Thursday. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS patients plan public awareness campaign
    20 september 2001 22:50:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Two Benin HIV-positive patients, Denis d'Oliveira and Francois Dubal Kodo, plan a three-month campaign from October to raise public awareness on HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Ethiopia's war-maimed get ICRC assistance
    20 september 2001 19:47:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has in the last 12 months helped provide artificial limbs to more than 2 000 Ethiopian amputee victims of the border war with Eritrea. Full text...

  • Journalists launch war on narcotic drugs
    19 september 2001 21:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan journalists Wednesday launched a massive mass media campaign against narcotic drugs in their country, promising to rally the support of all Kenyans, including politicians, parents and religious leaders. Full text...

  • Mauritius, Comoro sign health agreement
    19 september 2001 20:32:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Health minister Ashok Jugnauth and his Comoro counterpart, Attoumane Jaffar Abbas, signed Wednesday in Port Louis a health agreement to allow a maximum of 100 Comoran cardiac patients to be treated annually at Mauritian hospitals. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 15 people in Niger
    19 september 2001 14:18:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- An outbreak of cholera has killed 15 out of the 113 cases that had been recorded in Niger by Tuesday, the ministry health reported in Niamey. Full text...

  • Ethiopia earmarks 2 million US dollars to fight AIDS
    19 september 2001 11:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's education ministry has earmarked two million US dollars to be used in a project to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS in schools. Full text...

  • Government bans sale of liquids in the streets
    19 september 2001 10:52:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- As a precaution against cholera, Ivorian authorities have imposed a two-month ban on the sale of water and fruit juice in the streets and schools in the country, official sources said in Abidjan Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya moves to eliminate tsetse flies
    19 september 2001 10:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has embarked on a major operation to combat tsetse flies in all highly infested areas where cases of trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness are rampant. Full text...

  • WTO must not be allowed to block access to treatment
    18 september 2001 17:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The World Trade Organisation's ministerial conference, to be held 9-13 November in Doha, Qatar, will have to take a position on access to drugs for people in developing countries, according to Jamie Love's pharm policy wire. Full text...

  • MSF calls for support of developing countries' proposal on drugs
    18 september 2001 17:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF, has called upon members of the World Trade Organization to support a proposal by developing countries to ensure that multilateral rules on intellectual property do not harm public health. Full text...

  • Truck drivers blamed for spreading HIV/AIDS
    17 september 2001 19:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The HIV/AIDS Control Committee of Kenya's northern District of Turkana has blamed long-distance truck drivers for spreading the disease in the area through their indiscriminate sexual behaviour. Full text...

  • UNCIEF earmarks over 48 million dollars for health
    17 september 2001 10:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN Children's Fund has allocated 48. Full text...

  • Male police officers learn about reproductive health
    15 september 2001 18:53:00
    Oshakati- Namibia (PANA) -- Eighteen Namibian police officers have completed a five-day training workshop on sexuality and reproductive health in the north-western town of Oshakati Friday. Full text...

  • Mozambique seeks to cut malaria mortality rates
    14 september 2001 21:30:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Health Ministry is working out ways to implement the African strategy to combat malaria, and particularly to minimise the mortality rate from this disease. Full text...

  • Deaf education conference starts in South Africa
    14 september 2001 14:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Over 170 hearing and deaf delegates from around the world are meeting at the second International Conference on Deaf Education called Building Bridges to Literacy, hosted by University of the Witwatersrand this weekend. Full text...

  • AIDS campaign to focus on behavioural change
    14 september 2001 13:55:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A Benin NGO, Stop AIDS, has started an AIDS campaign focusing on changing the people's attitude towards the disease. Full text...

  • Global Forum for Health Research holds in Geneva
    14 september 2001 13:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- More than 700 public health experts from 100 countries are expected to participate in a four-day conference in Geneva 9-12 October, on global health research funding. Full text...

  • HIV prevalence rising in rural Burundi
    12 september 2001 21:53:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in rural Burundi has risen from 6 percent ten years ago to about 14 percent today compared with around 20 percent in urban centres, health authorities reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya gets 17 vehicles from Sweden to help fight AIDS
    12 september 2001 18:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Swedish government has donated vehicles worth about 250,000 US dollars to the Kenyan Health Ministry in support of the anti-HIV/AIDS crusade in the country. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS hinders human development in SADC
    12 september 2001 15:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The world's most stubborn affliction, HIV/AIDS, will to kill more than 10 million people in sub-Saharan Africa by 2015 while life expectancy is expected to go down considerably and leave a dent on the development of the continent. Full text...

  • Scabies outbreak hits Malawi capital
    12 september 2001 15:18:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- An outbreak of scabies in the Malawi capital of Lilongwe has affected over 3,000 people, with children being the hardest hit, civic leaders and health officials said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia contemplates off-shore clinics
    12 september 2001 12:19:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Tunisian government has authorized a new type of "offshore" health clinic that would offer services to foreigners and Tunisians who previously sought medical care overseas. Full text...

  • Over 90 new leprosy cases reported in Khartoum
    11 september 2001 19:55:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A total of 96 new cases of leprosy have so far been reported this year in the State of Khartoum, within which lies the Sudanese capital. Full text...

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