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  • Samba welcomes creation of health fund
    23 july 2001 18:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba, has expressed optimistic at the "enormous benefit" that Africa could derive from the 10 billion-US-dollar Health Fund, proposed at the recent Special Session of the UN Assembly General in New York. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso seeks action plan against HIV/AIDS
    22 july 2001 19:14:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A national workshop on a plan of action against HIV/AIDS wound up in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso this weekend. Full text...

  • Minister Commissions HIV/AIDS Reference Laboratory
    21 july 2001 17:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's fight against HIV/AIDS has received a boost with the commissioning on Saturday of the country's first national HIV/AIDS reference laboratory by Health Minister Alphonsus Nwosu in Lagos this weekend. Full text...

  • Junior doctors threaten to strike
    20 july 2001 22:49:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Junior medical doctors in Sierra Leone government-run hospitals are threatening to go on strike unless action is taken to improve their wages and working environment. Full text...

  • Ghana to establish school for herbalists
    20 july 2001 21:26:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's health ministry plans to establish a traditional medical school where people can be trained to become government approved herbal practitioners, Health Minister Richard Anane announced Friday. Full text...

  • Traditional healers need education on HIV/AIDS
    20 july 2001 21:23:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The head of the Traditional and Alternative Medicines Directorate at the Ministry of Health, Nana Offei Agyen-Tutu III, on Friday called for education of traditional healers about HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Peace Corps pioneers AIDS education of deaf youths
    20 july 2001 21:03:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Humanitarian associations and government have finally begun the HIV/AIDS education of disabled youths, a long-ignored segment of the population and high-profile anti-AIDS campaigns. Full text...

  • Cape Verde creates AIDS co-ordinating committee
    20 july 2001 20:44:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Authorities in Cape Verde have created an AIDS control co-ordinating committee headed by Prime minister Jose Maria Neves, official sources said in Praia Friday. Full text...

  • UN envoy commends Rwanda's efforts to combat Aids
    20 july 2001 19:42:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The UN Secretary General's Special Envoy on HIV/Aids, Ambassador Stephen Lewis, Friday commended efforts being made by Rwanda to combat the spread of the disease. Full text...

  • Benin women involved in HIV/AIDS control
    20 july 2001 15:59:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Fifty women undertook a daylong workshop Thursday to discuss ways through which they could help reduce HIV/AIDS prevalence in the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania reports success on HIV/AIDS control
    20 july 2001 15:45:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- An official of the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) in Tanzania has expressed optimism over the decline OF HIV/AIDS in some parts of the country. Full text...

  • COSATU official, Italian Prime Minister discuss HIV/AIDS
    20 july 2001 12:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), was part of a delegation of international trade unionists who Thursday discussed the HIV/AIDS crisis with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Full text...

  • UNAIDS, IFAD sign co-operation agreement
    18 july 2001 17:59:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said they hoped to work together to ease the impact of AIDS on rural poverty and insecure livelihoods through joint efforts in promoting sustainable rural development. Full text...

  • Taylor calls for affordable anti-AIDS drugs
    18 july 2001 13:08:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has called for the provision of affordable anti-AIDS drugs for sufferers of the disease in Liberia. Full text...

  • Health authorities use bicycles to distribute TB drugs
    18 july 2001 12:32:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Health authorities in Khartoum have begun using 42 bicycles donated by the Sudan's Parliament to distribute TB drugs to patients. Full text...

  • South Africa focuses on HIV-positive mothers
    18 july 2001 12:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Following the decision by national government on the prevention of mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission, the Gauteng provincial government has launched two pilot sites. Full text...

  • Sudan's HIV/AIDS campaign moves into high gear
    18 july 2001 11:55:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- An NGO coordinating a network on HIV/AIDS in Sudan has resorted to carnivals and street shows to raise public awareness about the pandemic. Full text...

  • Chissano for assessment of AIDS policies
    17 july 2001 22:43:00
    Inhambane- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano on Tuesday stressed the need for a careful assessment of the impact of current policies and actions for the struggle against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Minister says malaria is a leading public health problem
    16 july 2001 11:06:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's health and sanitation minister I. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS threatens Zambia's human resources - UNDP
    14 july 2001 11:18:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The HIV/AIDS pandemic is Zambia's main threat to sustaining its human resources, says the 1999-2000 UN Development Programme's Human Development report. Full text...

  • Doctors for Life supports AIDS orphans
    13 july 2001 23:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Doctors For Life (DFL) is supporting its first day care centre for AIDS orphans in the Etete area of KwaDukuza, north of Durban. Full text...

  • Chad graduates 17 new doctors
    13 july 2001 20:18:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Seventeen new graduate doctors from Chad's Faculty of Health Sciences are to join the Public Health Ministry in N'djamena next Monday, official sources said in the Chadian capital. Full text...

  • Uganda embarks on countrywide distribution of AIDS drugs
    13 july 2001 10:41:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda has embarked on a countrywide distribution of anti-retroviral drugs that prolong the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • AIDS council encourages voluntary HIV tests
    13 july 2001 10:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A meeting of the Gauteng AIDS Council on Thursday encouraged pregnant women to go for voluntary HIV-testing as a way of preventing the possible transmission of the lethal virus to the unborn babies. Full text...

  • IDRC commends OAU decision on traditional medicine
    13 july 2001 08:56:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Canada's International Development Research Centre has welcomed the launch of the '2001-2010 Decade for African Traditional Medicine' by the recent summit of the Organisation of African Unity. Full text...

  • AIDS reduces Botswana's human development ranking
    12 july 2001 22:40:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana's ranking in the UN Human Development assessment has fallen to its lowest position in 16 years due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Full text...

  • All patients have equal rights - NGO
    12 july 2001 21:53:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The newly-elected president of Namibia Network of AIDS Services Organisation (NANASO), Eivalastus Kaaronda, said that people living with HIV/AIDS and those who are not infected with the virus have equal rights. Full text...

  • Planned condom imports sparks debate in Kenya
    12 july 2001 20:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Plans by the government to import 300 million condoms sparked off a furious debate in Nairobi, with President Daniel arap Moi even suggesting that Kenyans abstain from sex for two years. Full text...

  • Chad reports cholera outbreak
    12 july 2001 19:14:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- A cholera epidemic is raging in Chad where some 176 cases were reported between 26 June and 8 July, according to health officials. Full text...

  • Nigeria trains health workers on HIV/AIDS drugs
    12 july 2001 19:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government Thursday started a two-day training for medical officers selected to administer the anti-retroviral drugs it recently ordered, the News Agency of Nigeria reported. Full text...

  • Niger assembles data on HIV/AIDS status
    12 july 2001 19:02:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- For the first time since embarking on the fight against HIV/AIDS in 1996, Niger has released data on the actual situation of the pandemic, sources close to the National Programme on AIDS (PNLS) affirmed Wednesday in Niamey. Full text...

  • Health specialists attribute rise in TB to AIDS
    12 july 2001 16:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's National AIDS Control Council has attributed the alarming rise in the number of tuberculosis patients to the high HIV/AIDS prevalence in the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania's capital put under cholera quarantine
    12 july 2001 09:54:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Government authorities in Tanzania have imposed a ban on the sale of local brews and unsafe drinking water in a move to halt new cases of cholera in the capital, Dar es Salaam. Full text...

  • Buruli ulcer patients keep faith in spite of the pain
    11 july 2001 23:16:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Lying on a bed, his eyes wide open, young Fidel Ego, a victim of Buruli ulcer, cautiously gazed at his visitors at the Raoul Follereau Institute in Adzope, 120 km north of Abidjan. Full text...

  • Mauritian senior citizens get anti-flu vaccination
    11 july 2001 20:56:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Social Security and National Solidarity Minister Sam Lauthan Wednesday launched an anti-influenza vaccination campaign for the elderly. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso gets UNFPA assistance
    11 july 2001 19:46:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) have signed several financial agreements to the tune of 3. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches counselling service for youth
    11 july 2001 19:10:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Against the backdrop of increasing teenage pregnancies, and on the occasion of World Population Day, Mauritius Health minister Ashok Jugnauth Wednesday launched a youth counselling service at the University of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Private sector urged to provide cheaper hearing aids
    11 july 2001 15:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A two-day meeting started Wednesday in Geneva where the World Health Organisation (WHO) is trying to convince the private sector to make a 25-fold reduction in the cost of hearing aids in developing countries. Full text...

  • Catholic Church opposes abortion bill
    11 july 2001 12:34:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Legalising abortion would be tantamount to encouraging impunity among rapists, perpetrators of incest and unfaithful partners, the Roman Catholic Church in Congo says in a message to the country's transitional parliament. Full text...

  • Minister launches HIV/AIDS training course
    11 july 2001 12:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Minister of Social Development, Zola Skweyiya on Wednesday launched the first local capacity-building training course for government planners on HIV/AIDS in Mafikeng. Full text...

  • Scientist awarded for AIDS vaccine work
    11 july 2001 10:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African virologist researching on HIV vaccines, Dr Carolyn Williamson, has won a top award at the World Technology Summit in London for her work. Full text...

  • New hope for HIV-AIDS patients
    10 july 2001 18:43:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Chinese professor Tuesday told a press conference in Lusaka, Zambia that he had developed and manufactured a new retroviral drug against the HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Cancer kills over 730 persons in Mauritius
    10 july 2001 14:51:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- About 731 persons died of several forms of cancer in Mauritius in 1999, the Mauritian League Against Cancer announced Tuesday in Port Louis. Full text...

  • Church supports AIDS intervention measures
    10 july 2001 14:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Ethiopian Orthodox Church would remain committed to supporting the national HIV/AIDS prevention and control measures alongside its apostolic mission, Patriarch Abune Paulos has said. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS: health authorities advise care in circumcision
    09 july 2001 22:52:00
    Windhoek- Namibia, PANA -- Health authorities in Namibia have cautioned for prudence in the practice of traditional circumcision, warning that HIV/AIDS could be transmited where a single knife is used on several boys. ) Full text...

  • Tanzanian NGOs network against HIV/AIDS
    09 july 2001 20:29:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian NGOs fighting against HIV/AIDS have formed an umbrella body, the Tanzania Network of HIV/AIDS Service Organisations (TANASO), to coordinate their campaign against the scourge. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS hitting the Armed Forces in Africa
    09 july 2001 19:41:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian Deputy Minister of Defence, Victor Simunja said Monday, that HIV/AIDS is threatening security and military establishments in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak kills seven in Cote d'Ivoire
    09 july 2001 15:10:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A cholera outbreak has killed seven people in Oume location, about 240 kilometres from Abidjan, health officials in the Ivorian capital reported Monday. Full text...

  • Samba expected in Abidjan Sunday
    07 july 2001 21:08:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Ebrahim Malick Samba arrives in Abidjan Sunday for a one-week working visit to Cote d'Ivoire, the WHO country office in Abidjan said Saturday. Full text...

  • AIDS costs Namibia 37.5 million US dollars in 10 years
    07 july 2001 08:11:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia spent over 37. Full text...

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