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  • Elephantiasis, scrotal inflammation on the rise in Tanzania
    01 october 2001 23:22:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- At least two million Tanzanians are suffering from elephantiasis and scrotal inflammation, while another 11 million are at risk of contracting the diseases, Deputy Health Minister Hussein Mwinyi said Monday. Full text...

  • No "silver bullet" yet for malaria
    01 october 2001 22:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Although it has been known for over 100 years that mosquitoes are the carriers of malaria, there is still no solution to the tropics' most devastating vector-borne disease. Full text...

  • Experts say funding allocation to diseases unsatisfactory
    01 october 2001 21:59:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The executive secretary of the Geneva based Global Health Forum, Louis Currat, said in a statement Monday that despite recent new injections of funding for health research the amount of money available for research into the category of diseases representing the highest burden in the world remained unsatisfactory. Full text...

  • Zambian nurses disappointed over travel restriction
    29 september 2001 18:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Nurses in Lusaka are expressing disappointment over the announcement by the Ministry of Health that it intends to restrict nurses and other medical staff from leaving the country. Full text...

  • Rawlings appeals to Church leaders over condoms
    29 september 2001 10:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Former Ghanaian President, Jerry John Rawlings has appealed to religions leaders in Kenya, especially the Catholic church, to soften their stance on the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso obtains IDA loan to fight AIDS
    28 september 2001 22:39:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso and the International Development Agency (IDA) have signed a loan agreement worth 16. Full text...

  • Opening of ISC meeting of the 12th Conference on AIDS
    28 september 2001 15:43:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The president of the African Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) has expressed confidence that the AIDS epidemic in Africa would be reversed by 2006. Full text...

  • AFRO staff return to Brazzaville
    28 september 2001 15:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- After four years in Zimbabwe, prompted by the eruption of civil disturbances in Congo Brazzaville, which forced their relocation to Harare, personnel of the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), are returning to their Regional Office in Brazzaville beginning next week. Full text...

  • UNICEF official appeals to Bissau for support
    28 september 2001 14:50:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The deputy Regional Director of UNICEF, Ndolamb Ngokwey, has underscored the need to put emphasis on primary health care, the prevention of HIV/AIDS and the promotion of rights and education of young girls in order to attain the objectives of UNICEF in Guinea-Bissau. Full text...

  • Vaccination underway against measles
    28 september 2001 09:16:00
    Sumbe- Angola (PANA) -- A three-month campaign to vaccinate children below five years against measles is underway in Kwanza Sul province, Angola. Full text...

  • Tanzania hosts meeting on Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida
    27 september 2001 16:20:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- More than 100 medical experts meet in Dar es Salaam beginning Friday to discuss problems facing people with Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida. Full text...

  • Rawlings promotes AIDS awareness in Kenya
    27 september 2001 16:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Former Ghanaian President Jerry John Rawlings took Africa's fight against HIV/AIDS one step further in Nairobi Thursday, pulling out a pack of condoms from his jacket to demonstrate that prevention is better than cure in the anti-AIDS crusade. Full text...

  • 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...

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