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  • 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...

  • USAID backs HIV prevention in Maputo corridor
    09 october 2001 22:14:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The United States Agency for International Development is to grant 11. Full text...

  • Pharmacists discuss ways of lowering drug prices
    09 october 2001 21:59:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Britain's Secretary for International Development, Clare Short has been meeting with officials of Pharmaceutical companies to discuss ways and means of making drugs more accessible to developing countries. Full text...

  • Report says stakeholders ignore killer diseases
    09 october 2001 21:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Virtually no new drugs are being developed for diseases that predominantly affect the poor, says Fatal Imbalance, a new report by Medecins Sans Frontieres or MSF. Full text...

  • Mozambique says technology is crucial in capacity building
    09 october 2001 19:47:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi Tuesday said the capability of the new information and communications technologies to overcome traditional barriers of information exchange and improve networking, enhanced research capacity building in developed and developing countries. Full text...

  • Cardiovascular diseases kill 5000 Mauritians annually
    09 october 2001 19:27:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- At least 5,000 Mauritians die of cardiovascular diseases each year, a cardiologist Dr Oomar Uteem revealed in Port-Louis on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South African government silent on HIV/AIDS drug manufacture
    09 october 2001 17:55:00
    Johannesburg - South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government is not commenting on GlaxoSmithKline's move Sunday to grant Aspen, the country's largest generic manufacturer, a voluntary licence to manufacture a generic version of its major anti-retrovirals, the AZT, 3TC and Combivir. Full text...

  • Pressure mounts for mother-to-child HIV prevention
    09 october 2001 17:39:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Over 1 000 people in Cape Town have demonstrated calling on the government to implement a countrywide HIV mother-to-child transmission Prevention (MTCTP) programme and develop a National Treatment and Prevention Plan to combat HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Congo set to eradicate polio by 2005
    09 october 2001 12:55:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Head of the Poliomyelitis Control Department at the Congolese ministry of Health, Dr Stanislas Ebata-Mongo, has affirmed that the country would eradicate poliomyelitis by the year 2005, the global deadline set by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Meningitis kills 26 in eastern DR Congo
    09 october 2001 12:50:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- A meningitis outbreak has claimed 26 lives in eastern DR Congo in the last seven weeks and could spread to other regions if not contained, health officials warned in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, which shares borders with Congo. Full text...

  • Zambian family planning agency loses money over abortion
    09 october 2001 11:04:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia (PPAZ), has lost substantial financial support from the US, over the suspicion that the parent body, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), supports abortion. Full text...

  • 47 million CFA francs to educate 3,500 AIDS orphans
    09 october 2001 09:49:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Development partners including the UNDP, have donated some 47. Full text...

  • Doctor urges parents to examine babies for congenital deformities
    08 october 2001 21:57:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A paediatric surgeon has urged parents with pseudo-hermaphrodite children (children whose sex cannot be determined at birth) to report such cases early to medical authorities for correction of the defect. Full text...

  • Prospects brighten for price cuts in HIV/AIDS drugs
    08 october 2001 13:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Prices for HIV/AIDS drugs looked set to become more affordable in South Africa with the announcement at the weekend of two initiatives aimed at cutting the cost of the most frequently prescribed anti-retrovirals. Full text...

  • Benin gets 33 million condoms in 11 years
    06 october 2001 19:45:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The NGO "Population Services International" (PSI), said Saturday it had distributed some 33 million condoms in Benin from 1990. Full text...

  • Liberians walk for anti-polio awareness
    06 october 2001 14:18:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Scores of Liberians from a cross- section of the society Saturday staged a five-mile walk as part of an awareness campaign for the upcoming national immunisation days (NIDs). Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS cuts down food production in Zimbabwe
    06 october 2001 11:20:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The UN Food an Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has in a report released Saturday said that AIDS had reduced food production in Zimbabwe by as much as 50 percent in the last five years, warning that the situation would get worse in coming years. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS seminar for Burundi soldiers
    05 october 2001 22:41:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- More than 100 soldiers from several units of Burundi's Army are currently participating in an AIDS awareness seminar, south of the country. Full text...

  • Namibia's HIV-positive own up publicly
    05 october 2001 16:13:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- When former basketball wizard Magic Johnson went public in 1992 that he had been diagnosed HIV positive, the whole of America and the world basketball fraternity went frozen in disbelief. Full text...

  • Striking doctors, nurses abandon patients in Malawi
    05 october 2001 14:42:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- There were desperate scenes on Friday at Malawi's main medical facility in Blantyre, the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, as patients were sent packing and others left groaning in corridors. Full text...

  • South African singer drums up support for anti-AIDS campaign
    05 october 2001 14:00:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Famous South African gospel singer Rebecca Malope is in Tanzania to drum up support for the country's anti-AIDS campaign. Full text...

  • Mali withdraws ineffective malaria drug
    05 october 2001 11:28:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's health ministry has ordered pharmacies all over the country to stop selling Doxycycline Merk, an antibiotic drug used for the treatment of malaria. Full text...

  • Community commended for assisting HIV/AIDS orphans
    05 october 2001 08:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Social Development Minister, Zola Skweyiya, on Thursday commended the community of Masoyi in Mpumalanga for assisting children, particularly orphans whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Grassroots HIV/AIDS committees get funds
    04 october 2001 19:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Council in Ethiopia's Harari state is to disburse a total of 18. Full text...

  • Zambia queries delay over AIDS cure testing
    04 october 2001 18:18:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has officially queried the Joint UN programme on HIV/AIDS for its prolonged delay in testing the efficacy of a drug discovered by a Chinese doctor. Full text...

  • Breast cancer awareness campaign underway in Mauritius
    04 october 2001 08:59:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian service-club, the Rotary of Port Louis, Thursday launched a month-long national awareness campaign against breast cancer whereby necessary information on the disease would be given to women. Full text...

  • 27 cases of polio registered in eight months
    03 october 2001 23:05:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville registered about 27 new cases of acute flaccid poliomyelitis between January and August this year, sources close to WHO's Office disclosed in Brazzaville, Wednesday. Full text...

  • More Ghanaian teenagers in sex trade
    03 october 2001 21:15:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian health authorities fear an AIDS explosion could be looming in the country following the growing number of teenagers, as young as 13 years, in the sex trade. Full text...

  • WHO African Regional office re-opens in Brazzaville
    03 october 2001 20:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) in Brazzaville, re-opened Wednesday almost four years after civil disturbances in Congo forced the relocation of the Organisation's personnel to Harare, Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Hepatitis B vaccine for introduction Cape Verde
    03 october 2001 15:29:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Hepatitis B vaccine will soon be introduced in Cape Verde, according to sources in the health ministry of Health in Praia. Full text...

  • WFP to feed AIDS patients in Congo
    03 october 2001 12:58:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The World Food Programme has launched a feeding project devoted to HIV/AIDS patients in Congo, sources close to the National AIDS Eradication Programme disclosed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia braces for immunisation against polio
    03 october 2001 11:44:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN Children's Fund has announced that efforts were under way to mobilise resources for total eradication of polio in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS cases in Kenya stabilise
    03 october 2001 11:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- For the first time since 1984 when AIDS was detected in Kenya, health authorities in the east African country reported Wednesday that the pandemic has stabilised. Full text...

  • Lome hosts regional courses on reproductive health
    02 october 2001 22:53:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Regional training courses in communication towards attitude change and contraceptive technology in reproductive health are underway in the Togolese capital, Lome. Full text...

  • Ghanaian researcher says herbs useful in managing diseases
    02 october 2001 20:40:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A Ghanaian researcher said Tuesday that several drugs could be produced from the country's herbs and urged scientists to publicise research findings on the benefits of herbs. Full text...

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