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  • Western Cape surges aheadwith HIV/AIDS treatment
    17 may 2001 16:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Excellent results have been reported following the distribution of free 'Flucanozole' medication to 200 HIV/AIDS patients in the Western Cape over the past two weeks. Full text...

  • Annan advances plans for AIDS and health fund
    17 may 2001 16:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN secretary-general Kofi Annan declared in Geneva Thursday that an international fund to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria would be a major tool for economic growth in the developing world. Full text...

  • Western Cape surges ahead with HIV/AIDS treatment
    17 may 2001 15:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Excellent results have been achieved with the distribution of free Flucanozole medication to 200 HIV/AIDS patients in the Western Cape over the past fortnight. Full text...

  • Piot says HIV needs to be at centre of development policy
    16 may 2001 22:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Responding to HIV must be a core element of development policy, said Peter Piot, the executive director of the joint UN programme on HIV/AIDS Wednesday. Full text...

  • WHO says global target attained on leprosy elimination
    16 may 2001 20:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The target set 10 years ago for the global elimination of leprosy as a public health problem has been attained, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its partners announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Christian leader opposes compulsory HIV/AIDS testing
    16 may 2001 19:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Following a growing trend among Nigerian Churches to demand HIV/AIDS test certificates from prospective marriage couples, a prominent Church leader has condemned the practice in the country. Full text...

  • NGO takes HIV/AIDS war to the hapless
    16 may 2001 16:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Laikipia West Rural Community Education Centre has been preaching the bible and urging displaced people to change sexual behaviour in a bid to prevent HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Oral Hygiene Campaign Targets Moroccan Schools
    16 may 2001 11:12:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Nine out of 10 adult Moroccans are affected by cavities and two out of every three 12-year-old children suffer from toothache, according to a recent epidemiological study. Full text...

  • AIDS to have devastating effects in Africa
    16 may 2001 10:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) projects that deaths caused by HIV/AIDS in most affected African countries will reduce the labour force by as much as 26 percent by 2020. Full text...

  • Govt organises HIV/AIDS training for municipal councillors
    16 may 2001 09:56:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Local Government Association in partnership with national departments of health, provincial and local authorities is training local councillors to help combat HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • South African blood donor to set new world record
    16 may 2001 09:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A regular South African blood donor is set to break the world record Thursday when he donates his 323rd unit of blood. Full text...

  • South African Women Lobby for Sexual Rights Charter
    16 may 2001 08:39:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A university woman's health project has started the processes of developing South Africa's first Sexual Rights Charter. Full text...

  • Sudan gets millions of filters to fight Guinea worm infections
    15 may 2001 21:54:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Norway's Norsk-Hydro Polymers firm has donated nine million pipe filters to be used by farmers and herders in Sudan's rural areas to protect themselves from Guinea worm infections. Full text...

  • Opposition calls on state to help reduce AIDS drugs cost
    15 may 2001 19:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Until anti-retroviral drugs are available in the public sector, the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) believes the government should help to reduce their cost in the private sector and make them more accessible to the poor. Full text...

  • African pharmacists to meet in Dakar in June
    15 may 2001 10:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A forum involving about 100 African pharmacists is scheduled to be held in Dakar from 18-21 June on the theme "security and accessibility of medicines in Africa. Full text...

  • WHO welcomes US pledge towards HIV/AIDS health fund
    15 may 2001 10:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland welcomed the announcement by the United States government to contribute 200 million US dollars to a global HIV/AIDS and health fund aimed at fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Full text...

  • Niger urges religious leaders to join HIV/AIDS campaign
    14 may 2001 21:13:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's religious leaders have been enjoined to add their voices to the campaign against HIV-AIDS and sexually transmissible diseases (STDs). Full text...

  • Kinshasa records 138,350 cases of malaria
    14 may 2001 20:29:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Hospitals and many health centres in Kinshasa, the Congolese capital, recorded some 138,350 cases of malaria during the first quarter of this year, an official said. Full text...

  • World Congress of Family Doctors Under Way in South Africa
    14 may 2001 17:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Doctors attending the 16th World Congress of Family Doctors (Wonca) in Durban on Monday announced that they would increase global efforts to eradicate the use of tobacco. Full text...

  • Parliament Considers Bill on AIDS Drugs
    14 may 2001 14:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's parliament is considering a bill that would allow importation and local manufacture of cheap generic drugs for treating AIDS sufferers, but the country has no capacity to test the efficacy of the drugs. Full text...

  • South Africa remembers lives lost to HIV/AIDS
    14 may 2001 14:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africans on Monday began weeklong activities to show support for people living with HIV/AIDS, raise awareness and mobilise community involvement in the fight against the incurable disease. Full text...

  • Meeting calls for epidemiological surveillance of HIV
    12 may 2001 17:00:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- French-speaking African countries have been urged to adopt and carry out a second generation surveillance strategy to stop the spread of HIV infections. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak hits northern Kenya
    12 may 2001 10:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- At least 10 people have died and 42 others are admitted for treatment and observation in hospitals following an outbreak of cholera in Kenya's northern Wajir district, the Kenya news agency reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo appeals for contribution to global AIDS fund
    11 may 2001 23:33:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo Friday called on all nations, businesses, foundations and individuals to join the fight against AIDS and other infectious diseases by contributing to the global AIDS fund recently proposed. Full text...

  • Mauritius sets up medical disciplinary tribunal
    11 may 2001 22:14:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Authorities in Mauritius have established a medical disciplinary tribunal to probe allegations against public and private doctors in the country. Full text...

  • Indian doctors for Mauritian hospitals
    11 may 2001 19:43:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius will recruit doctors from India in a bid to end the shortage which affects public health services in the island-nation. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS crusades demonstrate at South African clinic
    11 may 2001 12:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African HIV/AIDS consortium including Community AIDS Response (CARE) Friday held a placard demonstration to protest against a Johannesburg HIV Clinic which has stopped taking any new patients. Full text...

  • FAO says HIV/AIDS devastates labour force in Africa
    10 may 2001 20:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that AIDS related diseases had killed seven million peasants in 27 of the most affected African countries since 1985. Full text...

  • EU grants Benin 10 million euro for health sector
    10 may 2001 20:29:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The European Commission has agreed to grant Benin 10. Full text...

  • Kenya needs billions of shillings to fight HIV/AIDS
    10 may 2001 17:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's National AIDS Control Council (NAC) says it needs about 14 billion Kenyan shillings (1 US dollar = 80 Ksh) to implement a five-year national strategic plan for HIV/AIDS control. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe reports increased TB cases in capital, Harare
    10 may 2001 15:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Harare conceded Thursday that tuberculosis was on the rise in the Zimbabwean capital due to HIV/AIDS and overcrowding. Full text...

  • Liberia reports increasing drug-resistance of malaria
    10 may 2001 13:28:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Health authorities in Monrovia are getting concerned about increasing resistance to chloroquine, the first line treatment for malaria. Full text...

  • Windhoek to host mayors' anti-AIDS alliance offices
    09 may 2001 21:34:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian capital has been chosen to host the secretariat of the "Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS," the country's news agency reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • One in four people lives with Hepatitis B in Benin
    09 may 2001 15:34:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- One in every four people in Benin carries the hepatitis B virus, according to a survey conducted by the National University's Health Science Faculty. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso starts talks to reduce AIDS drugs costs
    09 may 2001 14:51:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A meeting on generic anti-HIV/AIDS drugs has opened in Ouagadougou with the aim of discussing the possible reduction of prices of these products. Full text...

  • Minister against sacking of HIV/AIDS employees
    09 may 2001 14:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Labour Minister Musa Gwadabe has advised employers not to sack or discriminate against their workers suffering from HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • First ladies urge policymakers to reduce maternity deaths
    09 may 2001 14:32:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Wives of several West and Central African countries' leaders have called on policymakers to be more committed in efforts to reduce by half the maternal and neo-natal mortality rates in the region by 2010. Full text...

  • WHO Plan To Break Malaria Cycle
    09 may 2001 14:16:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed a plan to break the malaria cycle in the Sudan which has a high incidence of the malaise. Full text...

  • Kenyan standards body bans risky cosmetics
    09 may 2001 10:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KBS) has banned the use of cosmetic products containing mercury and its derivatives. Full text...

  • Stay away from drinking holes to avoid AIDS - official
    08 may 2001 17:41:00
    Oshakati- Namibia (PANA) -- A senior official in Namibia's health and social services ministry has said that he supported President Sam Nujoma's recent advice to men to stay away from alcoholic bars in order to spend more time with their families. Full text...

  • Trade union welcomes anti-AIDS drugs breakthrough
    08 may 2001 16:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has welcomed the move by the South African Chamber of Business and Anglo-American to provide cheap anti-AIDS drugs to suffering employees. Full text...

  • South African minister visits prison as cholera crisis grows
    08 may 2001 13:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Correctional Services minister Ben Skosana Tuesday visited Westville Prison in Durban where more than 2,000 prisoners have become infected by cholera. Full text...

  • Pharmaceutical Companies set to supply HIV drugs
    08 may 2001 12:41:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Three Ethiopian pharmaceutical companies have submitted documents for the importation of different life-prolonging drugs for people living with HIV/AIDS, an official statement said. Full text...

  • Malaria kills 50 in northern Namibia
    07 may 2001 20:32:00
    Oshakati- Namibia (PANA) -- Malaria has killed 50 people in northern Namibia, the permanent secretary in the ministry of health and social services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula said on Monday. Full text...

  • African First Ladies attend maternal health forum
    07 may 2001 16:07:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Seven First Ladies from west and central Africa Monday in Bamako, Mali began an international forum dubbed "Vision 2010" to examine ways of reducing maternal and neo-natal mortality in the region by 2010. Full text...

  • Nigeria moves to avert another doctors' strike
    07 may 2001 14:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Government has urged the country's junior doctors to give it more time to meet their demands rather than embark on another nation-wide strike. Full text...

  • Kenya hosts Great Lakes region AIDS workshop
    07 may 2001 11:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Governments within the Great Lakes region have been urged to harmonise their programmes to target migratory populations in order to forestall the widespread scare of HIV/AIDS infection in the area. Full text...

  • 204 bore holes inaugurated to combat Guinea Worms
    06 may 2001 19:35:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's water and energy minister Kane Moustapha on Saturday inaugurated 204 clean drinking water projects in several regions heavily affected by Guinea worms. Full text...

  • Togo launch school reproductive health project
    06 may 2001 16:05:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Population Health International has launched a communication project aimed at improving knowledge of reproductive health and sexually transmitted diseases among Togolese school children. Full text...

  • Donated blood contaminated by HIV
    05 may 2001 19:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 80 percent of blood donated by students and teachers in Kenya's Nyanza Province schools has the HIV virus that causes AIDS, according to health officials. Full text...

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