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  • South Africa reports 232 new cholera cases
    25 may 2001 08:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A total of 232 new cholera cases have been reported in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa since Wednesday afternoon. Full text...

  • Report reveals ignorance of African youths about AIDS
    24 may 2001 09:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A new report of surveys and profile of youths in eleven African countries says that at least half of sexually experienced adolescents are ignorant of the ravages of the AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Mysterious epidemic hits Burkina high schools
    23 may 2001 23:41:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Panic has gripped students in high schools and college in Banfora 425 km west of Ouagadougou following the outbreak of a mysterious epidemic. Full text...

  • Call for more aggressive approach to AIDS
    23 may 2001 21:20:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's deputy national director of health Avertino Barreto has called for a "more aggressive" approach to disseminating information about the incurable disease AIDS to the public. Full text...

  • WHO, Novartis join forces to combat drug-resistant malaria
    23 may 2001 14:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In a joint effort to provide essential medicines at affordable prices, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and a Swiss pharmaceutical firm, Novartis, have agreed to provide developing countries with a new treatment for drug resistant malaria, the UN agency said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Eastern African governments map out anti-HIV/AIDS strategies
    23 may 2001 13:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Governments in East Africa and the Great Lakes region have agreed on a common regional action plan against HIV/AIDS along the region's trunk roads. Full text...

  • Ethiopian medics urge for better access to essential drugs
    23 may 2001 09:26:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Against the backdrop of increasing deaths from malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS, the Ethiopian medical association meeting in its 37th annual conference, has called for better access of the population to essential medicines. Full text...

  • New vitamin enhanced eggs introduced in South Africa
    22 may 2001 20:13:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A new egg enriched with vitamin E and fatty acids essential for eye and brain development has been introduced in South Africa. Full text...

  • WHO allocates 10,000 dollars to fight malaria in Africa
    22 may 2001 19:41:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The WHO Regional Director for Africa has provided 10,000 US dollars to fight malaria epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • Nujoma urges youth to change attitude on AIDS
    22 may 2001 17:26:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian president Sam Nujoma Tuesday urged the country's youth to change their attitudes towards AIDS and to make use of HIV/AIDS information readily available to them. Full text...

  • Internally displaced Liberians in declining health
    22 may 2001 16:16:00
    Gbarlatuah- Liberia (PANA) -- The health of thousands of persons uprooted by war in the north of Liberia is declining, medical sources in the area said. Full text...

  • HIV positive man jailed 30 months for defiling a girl
    22 may 2001 09:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A self-confessed HIV-positive Zambian man, has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for forcing a 13-year-old girl to have sex with him. Full text...

  • Negotiations Begin at UN on Global Plan to Combat AIDS
    21 may 2001 23:37:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Government delegates began week-long negotiations Monday in New York on a major document whose final form would be approved in June by world leaders at a special session of the UN General Assembly giving guidance to global efforts against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Mauritius to spend 2.6 billion rupees on health
    21 may 2001 20:30:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius plans to invest 2. Full text...

  • Four African Capitals for Teleconference on AIDS
    21 may 2001 19:54:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A teleconference on AIDS, with participants in four African capitals and Washington in the United States, will be held Wednesday and Thursday. Full text...

  • German firm signs AIDS drug agreement with Malawi
    21 may 2001 12:05:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi government has approved that the AIDS drug Nevirapine should be administered free of charge to HIV-positive pregnant women in the country. Full text...

  • 2.6 million dollars raised for heart centre
    20 may 2001 15:01:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- More than 2. Full text...

  • Kenya institute, US universities enter research pact
    19 may 2001 15:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Trypanosomiasis Research Institute (Ketri) is, in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of America and the University of North Carolina developing new drugs to treat human African trypanosomiasis, commonly referred to as sleeping sickness. Full text...

  • Mental neurological disorders on the rise
    18 may 2001 12:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Mental neurological disorders are expected to rise from 11 percent now to 14 percent of the world's mental disease burden by 2020, says a global survey conducted by the World Health Organisation. Full text...

  • Malaria threatens Mauritius
    17 may 2001 17:57:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius is facing a problem of imported malaria, the Indian Ocean island-nation's health minister, Rajesh Bhagwan, said Thursday. Full text...

  • 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...

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