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  • Gambian youths against malaria
    26 april 2001 16:14:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- In continuation of the commemoration of the Africa Malaria Day, Gambian youths have been observing a "Malaria Week" with sundry activities including a symposium and a declaration against the scourge. Full text...

  • African AIDS Summit opens in Abuja
    26 april 2001 14:21:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Summit on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious Diseases opened in Abuja Thursday with several African Heads of State, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former US President Bill Clinton attending. Full text...

  • UNESCO stresses education in Africa's HIV/AIDS game plan
    26 april 2001 14:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- At the on-going African summit on HIV/AIDS in Abuja, Nigeria, UNESCO has recommended preventive education as a vital component in the continent's struggle against the scourge. Full text...

  • Benin gets first public sector drug plant
    26 april 2001 14:00:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's first plant for the manufacture of pharmaceutical products in the public sector is to be inaugurated 15 May, an official source said in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Clinton steals the show at African AIDS Summit
    26 april 2001 12:34:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Making his second visit to Nigeria in nine months, but this time as a private citizen, former US President Bill Clinton stole the show at the opening session of the African AIDS Summit in Abuja Thursday, attracting the loudest ovation from the crowd. Full text...

  • Malaria is major cause of death in Benin
    26 april 2001 12:14:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Malaria is a major cause of death among children aged between zero and five in Benin, according to the country's National Malaria Control Programme (PNLP). Full text...

  • Tanzania stops using chloroquine for malaria treatment
    26 april 2001 11:45:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Tanzanian government said it would stop using chloroquine as a cure for malaria in the country starting August, press reports said Thursday. Full text...

  • Experts say rural doctors are expected to train nurses
    26 april 2001 11:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Doctors working in rural areas should impart certain areas of their knowledge to primary care nurses in order to benefit their patients. Full text...

  • Euphoria over generic AIDS drugs in Mali
    26 april 2001 08:36:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The possibility of manufacturing generic drugs in Mali is far away despite the hope raised by the recent withdrawal of a court case lodged by pharmaceutical companies against the South African government over the issue, according to sources at the Malian Factory of Pharmaceutical Products (UMPP). Full text...

  • AIDS virus co-discoverer at Abuja Summit
    25 april 2001 21:31:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Luc Montaigner, the French scientist, who in 1983 announced the discovery of the AIDS virus with American Robert Gallo, has arrived in Abuja for the African AIDS Summit, called to forge a common front against the disease. Full text...

  • WHO develops new malaria drug to save children
    25 april 2001 21:07:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A new malaria drug pioneered by the World Health Organisation could soon prevent 100,000 deaths yearly among African children who suffer from severe malaria, WHO said in a statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • WHO develops new malaria drug to save children
    25 april 2001 21:06:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A new malaria drug pioneered by the World Health Organisation could soon prevent 100,000 deaths yearly among African children who suffer from severe malaria, WHO said in a statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Researchers denounce ""greedy"" pharmaceutical companies
    25 april 2001 19:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African health researchers have denounced pharmaceutical companies in the developed world for using the continent as a testing ground for drugs prohibited in their respective countries. Full text...

  • ADF approves grant for Zambia's AIDS programme
    25 april 2001 19:33:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Abidjan-based African Development Fund (ADF) Wednesday approved a grant of one million Units of Account, approximately 1. Full text...

  • Local centre in Mali mounts an AIDS awareness campaign
    25 april 2001 17:30:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The social service of the Kati health centre, 18 km from Bamako, Wednesday launched an awareness campaign on AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases as part of its activities aimed at protecting the population against these diseases. Full text...

  • Samba urged acceleration of anti-malaria initiatives
    25 april 2001 16:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- As Africa marks the first anniversary of the "Abuja Declaration and Plan of Action" against malaria, WHO Regional Director for Africa Ebrahim Samba, Wednesday called for an acceleration of initiatives in combating the tropical disease. Full text...

  • Malaria is primary cause of death in Niger
    25 april 2001 16:38:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Malaria is said to be the primary cause of morbidity in Niger with an average of 850,000 cases declared every year by health workers, according to a health ministry statement Wednesday. Full text...

  • WHO optimistic on the efficacy of new anti-malaria drug
    25 april 2001 14:47:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A new malaria medicine developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) can prevent 100,000 child deaths in a year in Africa, a boost for the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Initiative aimed at tackling the disease. Full text...

  • Kenya to reduce malaria by 30 per cent in 5 years
    25 april 2001 14:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As Kenya observes the first Africa Malaria day Wednesday, the authorities have announced an ambitious programme to reduce the disease's impact on the population by as much as 30 per cent by 2006. Full text...

  • Ridding Africa of Malaria by 2010
    25 april 2001 14:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Dogged by a never-changing cycle of poverty, disease and death Africa and the developing world at large is only too familiar with the rhetoric of this or that for all by this or that year. Full text...

  • Nigeria reaffirms commitment to fight Malaria
    25 april 2001 11:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- As African countries mark the first anniversary of the launch of Roll Back Malaria (RBM) - a major continental initiative to combat the killer disease - Nigeria has reiterated its commitment to reducing the impact of the scourge. Full text...

  • Bamako hosts workshop on HIV/AIDS diagnosis
    25 april 2001 10:41:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A five-day workshop drilling participants on quality HIV diagnosis is into the third day in Bamako, Mali. Full text...

  • Tanzania spends 100 million dollars/year on Malaria
    25 april 2001 08:43:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania spends an estimated 100 million US dollars every year in combating malaria alone, a senior government official said Wednesday, as the country observed Africa's first ever Malaria Day. Full text...

  • Ivorian HIV/AIDS plan due release
    25 april 2001 08:10:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government would next 3 May unveil its 2000-2002 HIV/AIDS control plan of action, official sources in Abidjan said at the start of the week. Full text...

  • Ghana pleads for AIDS drugs for unborn babies
    24 april 2001 23:12:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's minister of health, Dr Richard Anane said the country stands to lose the moderate gains made in the Expanded Immunisation Programme and the control of infectious paediatric diseases if nothing is done to prevent pregnant women from transmitting the HIV virus to their unborn babies. Full text...

  • East Africa set to take AIDS cue from South Africa
    24 april 2001 20:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- If South Africans are celebrating the victory in the recent case in which 39 major pharmaceutical firms had challenged a law permitting the making or importation of cheaper AIDS drugs, drugs access lobby groups in Kenya are over the moon. Full text...

  • Namibia launches anti-malaria day
    24 april 2001 20:30:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia on Tuesday launched Africa Malaria Day which is dedicated to the struggle against the leading killer diseases on the continent. Full text...

  • Malaria launches anti-malaria day
    24 april 2001 19:45:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia on Tuesday launched Africa Malaria Day which is dedicated to the struggle against the leading killer diseases on the continent. Full text...

  • WHO Assists Nigeria
    24 april 2001 18:56:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has donated 80 four-wheel-drive vehicles, 200 motorcycles and 60 outboard engines worth more than 6. Full text...

  • AIDS activists march on parliament
    24 april 2001 18:55:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- About 200 people living with HIV/AIDS on Tuesday marched on the Mozambican parliament in Maputo to demand legislation defending the rights of workers infected by HIV. Full text...

  • Call for more research on poverty-related diseases
    24 april 2001 18:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A senior African health researcher, Dr Beyene Petros on Tuesday stressed the need for more studies to focus on diseases affecting the most vulnerable and poor sections of the continent's population. Full text...

  • WHO assists Nigeria
    24 april 2001 18:31:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has donated 80 four-wheel drive vehicles, 200 motor cycles and 60 outboard engines worth more than 6. Full text...

  • OAU seeks International assistance against HIV/AIDS
    24 april 2001 14:50:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) has called for a massive international assistance to help Africa to successfully tackle HIV/AIDS, as the technical Ministerial session of the African AIDS Summit got underway in Abuja Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN Radio to transmit AIDS Summit live to Africans
    24 april 2001 14:33:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- UN Radio says it is covering the Abuja Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious Diseases, with a view to reaching a wider audience. Full text...

  • Ministerial session kicks-off African AIDS Summit
    24 april 2001 14:19:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Ministerial/Technical session of the African AIDS Summit opened in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, Tuesday, prefacing a concerted effort by the continent to squarely confront the scourge of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and related infectious diseases. Full text...

  • Ghanaian scientists battle transmission of Buruli ulcer
    24 april 2001 12:36:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's ministry of Health, in conjunction with the US Centre for Disease Control, is researching into the mode of transmission of Buruli ulcer and how to prevent it. Full text...

  • Nigeria committed to AIDS fight
    24 april 2001 11:34:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria, host of this week's African Summit on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Related Diseases, has re-stated its commitment to the fight against AIDS. Full text...

  • Mauritania prepares for first African malaria day
    23 april 2001 11:24:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritania health ministry and the National Malaria Eradication Programme have appealed to the media and NGOs in the country to mobilise their resources in sensitising the population about the malaria pandemic in the country. Full text...

  • No Accurate Figure Of HIV/AIDS Carriers In Africa
    22 april 2001 20:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba, has said that there was no accurate figure of HIV/AIDS carriers in Africa, as different organisations have been giving conflicting figures in different parts of the continent. Full text...

  • African AIDS Summit: Body Seeks Support For AIDS Vaccine
    22 april 2001 20:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ahead of this week's African Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious Diseases in Abuja, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) has urged all participants to accelerate the development of preventive vaccines for AIDS and assure their worldwide availability. Full text...

  • Mental disorder cases increasing in Rwanda
    22 april 2001 19:52:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda is experiencing a dramatic increase in mental disorders, particularly as a result of the 1994 genocide, health officials said Sunday. Full text...

  • Benin to participate in AIDS summit in Abuja
    22 april 2001 14:55:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin will participate in the Special OAU Summit on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmissible diseases scheduled 25-27 April in Abuja, Nigeria, official sources announced in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Tanzanian employers count HIV/AIDS toll
    22 april 2001 11:24:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- As the people's attention gets shorter, the employers face the difficult challenge of trying to get their employees think longer-term about the escalating HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Tanzania scraps certification for yellow fever
    21 april 2001 16:10:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Visitors heading off to Tanzania are no longer required to provide mandatory certification for yellow fever before entry into the country, the health ministry has said. Full text...

  • Experts say 30 million Africans will die of AIDS in 10 years
    20 april 2001 23:33:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Some 30 million Africans will die of AIDS related complexes in the next 10 years, three consultants revealed this week in an international scientific conference in the Ugandan capital of Kampala. Full text...

  • Official lists WHO's achievements in Africa
    20 april 2001 22:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO), has recorded concrete achievements in Africa over the last 50 years in spite of the region's relative poverty which has tended to militate against health development, a senior WHO official has said. Full text...

  • Namibia launches female condom amidst AIDS challenge
    20 april 2001 22:08:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's Women's Affairs and Child Welfare Minister Netumbo Nandi Ndaitwah said Friday that the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa is challenging economic development, socio-cultural values, interpersonal relationships, current life and future hopes. Full text...

  • Workshop recommends incentives for HIV/AIDS victims
    20 april 2001 20:36:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Participants at a just-ended workshop on HIV/AIDS here have recommended incentives for the formation of an association of People Living With Aids (PLWA). Full text...

  • ILO Meeting to Discuss Code on Fair Treatment of HIV Victims
    20 april 2001 15:00:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The International Labour Organisation has circulated to all member countries a draft code it expects to be accepted as a global guide on elimination of discrimination against HIV/AIDS victims in workplaces. Full text...

  • Netherlands offers support in fight against AIDS
    20 april 2001 14:53:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Netherlands has offered Burkina Faso reagents for HIV tests and medicines for treatment of opportunistic diseases related to AIDS valued at 325 million CFA F. Full text...

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