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  • UN meeting issues global strategy for tackling AIDS
    27 june 2001 23:07:00
    New York- United States (PANA) -- Political and business leaders and representatives of civil society organisations concluded a three-day meeting on AIDS at the UN Wednesday, with a blueprint to guide international efforts in the fight against the epidemic. Full text...

  • HIV infection among Botswana mothers said going down
    27 june 2001 21:32:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A report by Botswana's Parliamentary select Committee has revealed that HIV/AIDS prevalence among young mothers is stabilising and even declining in the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania Hopes to Reverse Spread of AIDS in Five Years
    27 june 2001 19:58:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has said that his country should be able to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS in the next five years, given the current level of national mobilisation against the disease. Full text...

  • Kenya checks measles outbreak in central region
    27 june 2001 11:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Medical authorities in central Kenya's Nyandarua District Wednesday moved fast to allay fears of a measles outbreak in the area after reports that over 20 children sufering from the disease were hospitalised. Full text...

  • Tanzania accuses rich nations of doing little for Africa
    27 june 2001 07:41:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has told the ongoing UN General Assembly special session on Aids that it is practically impossible for poor developing countries to develop capacity for treating all sexually transmitted infections and for HIV testing and counselling. Full text...

  • Doctors decry leaders' lack of commitment to AIDS treatment
    26 june 2001 22:48:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Doctors Without Borders, a leading international charity organisation of medical practitioners, has decried the general lack of commitment to treatment of HIV/AIDS patients by delegations at the ongoing special session of the UN General Assembly on AIDS. Full text...

  • World day against drugs observed
    26 june 2001 20:51:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Hundreds of young people from various organisations and institutions marched through Maputo on Tuesday to protest against the trafficking and consumption of illegal drugs in the country. Full text...

  • Matsuura sues for medicare alongside AIDS prevention
    26 june 2001 20:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- At the 4th international congress on medical progress and quality of life in the 21st Century, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura last Monday decried unequal access to medical care, and stressed his organisation's role in education on AIDS prevention. Full text...

  • South Africans Mark International Day Against Drug Abuse
    26 june 2001 20:30:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africans Tuesday marked International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking, with a number of events, including the opening of a multi-purpose sports centre in Soweto. Full text...

  • Mbeki disappoints opposition party
    26 june 2001 15:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance party has expressed disappointment that President Thabo Mbeki will not attend the UN General Assembly session on AIDS under way in New York. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS prevention study underway in Uganda
    26 june 2001 14:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Pfizer Foundation has plans to fund a study in Uganda to determine which preventive measures have been most effective in curbing HIV infection. Full text...

  • World must do more to tackle AIDS crisis, says UNDP
    26 june 2001 14:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown has urged world leaders to use their full capacity to do more to tackle the alarming spread of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Doctor arrested for refusing to operate on a patient
    26 june 2001 13:36:00
    Kaolack- Senegal (PANA) -- A surgeon at the El Hadj Ibrahima Niass regional hospital in Kaolack, Medoune Thiongane, was arrested and detained over the week-end for his negligence that led to the death of a patient, police sources said. Full text...

  • Kenya dismisses rights body report on orphans
    26 june 2001 12:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities have dismissed as "baseless and inaccurate" a report, attributed to the US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), alleging that some one million AIDS orphans in the east African nation were neglected and did not receive adequate protection from the state. Full text...

  • 58 nations to get low-priced AIDS drugs
    25 june 2001 23:04:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Fifty-eight countries, 40 of them from Africa, have expressed interest in gaining access to lower-priced drugs for the treatment of HIV/AIDS and opportunistic diseases, UNAIDS, the UN lead agency on AIDS, has announced. Full text...

  • Sero-positive Senegalese undergo anti-retroviral treatment
    25 june 2001 22:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Health authorities in Dakar Monday said some 232 Senegalese citizens living with the AIDS virus benefit from anti-retroviral treatment. Full text...

  • Senegal affirms commitment to fight against HIV/AIDS
    25 june 2001 21:58:00
    New York- USA (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade affirmed Monday that his country would bring in its experience and the expertise of its researchers to beef up global efforts at containing HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • African health experts meet on yellow fever
    25 june 2001 21:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 30 health professionals from 17 Central and West African countries, Monday began a laboratory workshop on yellow fever diagnosis, in the Senegalese capital of Dakar. Full text...

  • Sub-Saharan countries to boost AIDS treatment
    25 june 2001 17:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 40 sub-Saharan countries are among 58 countries worldwide that have expressed interest in gaining access to lower-price drugs - including treatments for opportunistic infections and antiretroviral therapy, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS, said Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal hosts workshop on post-vaccinal reactions
    25 june 2001 12:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A workshop intended to train health agents to effectively care for undesirable post-vaccinal reactions opened Monday in Dakar involving national pharmaceutical regulations, national vaccination programme staff and other health agents from Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Senegal. Full text...

  • Inter-state workshop on yellow fever opens in Dakar
    25 june 2001 11:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A five-day inter-state workshop to train laboratory technicians in the diagnosis of yellow fever opened Monday at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, WHO country office in Dakar said in a press release. Full text...

  • Doctors operate teenager with rare disease
    25 june 2001 10:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Doctors, who at the weekend operated on a 13-year-old South African boy suffering from a rare disease, Monday expressed caution over his successful recovery. Full text...

  • Health minister represents Pretoria at UNAIDS session
    25 june 2001 10:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang is leading the South African delegation to the special UN General Assembly session on AIDS, which begins Monday in New York. Full text...

  • Vice-President leads Burundi's team to UN AIDS Session
    24 june 2001 18:46:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Second Vice-President Mathias Sinamenye, is leading Burundi's delegation to the UN General Assembly's Special Session on AIDS, which opens in New York Monday. Full text...

  • Vice-President leads Burundi's team to UN AIDS Session
    24 june 2001 18:45:00
    Bujumbura (PANA) -- Second Vice-President Mathias Sinamenye, is leading Burundi's delegation to the UN General Assembly's Special Session on AIDS, which opens in New York Monday. Full text...

  • Africa to make strong representation at UN AIDS meeting
    24 june 2001 15:55:00
    New York- United States (PANA) -- With 17 of its Heads of State and government scheduled to attend the UN General Assembly special session on HIV/AIDS, Africa would have the strongest representation at the three-day event opening Monday in New York. Full text...

  • World Bank to grant Benin NGOs 120 million FCFA
    24 june 2001 15:16:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin and the World Bank have signed a financial agreement for the disbursement of 120 million francs CFA (1 US dollar = 750 FCFA) destined for HIV/AIDS NGOs working in rural areas. Full text...

  • Benin delegation leaves for HIV/AIDS meeting
    24 june 2001 15:00:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A high-level delegation led by Planning minister Bruno Amoussou, left Benin Saturday for New York to attend the UN General Assembly's special session on HIV/AIDS billed for 25-27 June. Full text...

  • Nurses demand compensation for broken contract
    23 june 2001 19:00:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana government could face court action over an alleged breach of contract with 15 nurses it recruited from the Caribbean two years ago. Full text...

  • Niger strives to beat polio
    22 june 2001 20:13:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A nationwide anti-polio immunisation campaign started Friday in Niger with health workers striving to meet the national deadline for wiping the disease out of the country. Full text...

  • African doctors in ARV prescription training
    22 june 2001 15:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 50 African medical experts will attend a three-day training session on the prescription of anti- retrovirals (ARV) starting Monday in Dakar, the Senegalese News Agency (APS) reported Friday. Full text...

  • WHO says malaria kills 32 percent of Burundians
    22 june 2001 15:20:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Health authorities in Burundi said malaria is the country's "most serious public health problem," killing about 32 percent of the population. Full text...

  • Cape Verde to get AIDS control plan
    22 june 2001 14:39:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Health authorities in Cape Verde have started developing a national plan to control HIV/AIDS for the period 2002-2006, official sources said. Full text...

  • Kenya's Moi off to US for AIDS forum
    22 june 2001 08:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi last evening left for New York, to attend the 26 session of the UN General Assembly on HIV/AIDS, slated for 25-27 June. Full text...

  • MOCUMBI wants frank discussion on adolescent sexuality
    21 june 2001 22:07:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi has warned that unless political leaders deal frankly with questions of adolescent sexuality, there can be little hope of stopping the spread of the lethal disease AIDS in Africa. Full text...

  • Namibian teachers coercing schoolgirls
    21 june 2001 21:11:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Aids is no longer a health issue alone, but indeed a developmental issue, the director of Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL), Frances van Wyk, said Thursday. Full text...

  • Parliament in uproar over free Aids drugs
    21 june 2001 20:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan parliamentarians were in uproar Thursday following revelations that the government refused a free offer of drugs to curb mother-to-child infections in HIV positive women. Full text...

  • 6 Congolese children for heart surgery in Israel
    21 june 2001 17:09:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Six Congolese children with heart problems have been flown to Tel Aviv for medical treatment, financed by the Israeli government, official sources said in Kinshasa Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana bans beef from three European countries
    21 june 2001 16:13:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's Trade and Industry Ministry Thursday announced a temporary ban on the importation of beef and beef products from Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands. Full text...

  • Tobacco kills 700 a year in Mauritius
    21 june 2001 16:05:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- At least 700 people die each year in Mauritius from diseases associated with tobacco consumption, Health Minister Ashok Jugnauth disclosed said Thursday. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS prevalence low, but disaster looms in the Comoros
    21 june 2001 13:51:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- As countries prepare for the AIDS conference in New York, Comoros (to be represented by Prime Minister Hamada Madi Bolero) does not appear to shown much interest in the fight against the pandemic. Full text...

  • UN agencies donate equipment to health sector
    21 june 2001 10:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two UN agencies Thursday donated over 257,000 US dollars worth of equipment to Kenya's health sector in a bid to strengthen its services throughout the country. Full text...

  • UN convenes special session on HIV/AIDS
    21 june 2001 07:31:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The UN General Assembly will on Thursday convene a special session on HIV/AIDS in New York, USA. Full text...

  • HRW urges frank language at UN conference on AIDS
    20 june 2001 23:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- If government censors get their way at next week's UN conference on HIV/AIDS, the denial and discrimination that have helped spread the disease will continue unabated, Human Rights Watch charged Wednesday. Full text...

  • WHO warns of imminent cholera, diarrhoea outbreak
    20 june 2001 22:49:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation Wednesday warned that "bloody" diarrhoea and cholera cases might increase in Liberia during this rainy season. Full text...

  • Cotonou paediatric ward records over 16,0000 HIV cases
    20 june 2001 22:14:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Cotonou teaching hospital's paediatric ward accounted for 16,071 out of the 25,307 cases HIV/AIDS among children born in Benin's economic capital. Full text...

  • Cuban doctors presented to parliamentarians
    20 june 2001 19:47:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- A score of Cubans doctors recruited to work in Guinea Bissau were on Tuesday introduced to the country's National Assembly. Full text...

  • Niger journalists attend seminar on AIDS prevention
    20 june 2001 14:25:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's public and private radio journalists Tuesday underwent a day-long training programme to help them improve their knowledge of the HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • WHO, UNICEF mobilise against measles
    20 june 2001 08:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In a move expected to be a boon to Sub-Saharan Africa where infant mortality rates continue on the rise, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in collaboration with the UNICEF have announced a new initiative designed to halve deaths through measles by 2005. Full text...

  • Guinean NGOs network against HIV/AIDS
    20 june 2001 08:03:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Some twenty NGOs in Conakry, Guinea have joint ranks to fight HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases in the country. Full text...

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