Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso  Prime Minister Christophe Marie Joseph Dabiré on Tuesday called on the public to refrain from stigmatisation of people living with AIDS. Observing the World AIDS Day, Dabire said: "This day is the framework for demonstrations in support of people living with the virus. It [...]
©- - 01 december 2020 - 16:35:31 - thread Health (168 words)


New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations is commemorating World AIDS Day on Tuesday with a call for “global solidarity and shared responsibility” to overcome not only COVID-19, but also AIDS – another global pandemic that is still with us nearly 40 years after it emerged.  In a message, Secretary-General [...]
©- - 01 december 2020 - 11:54:13 - thread Health (333 words)


Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Guinea's Prime Minister, Dr Ibrahima Kassory Fofana, on Monday hailed the courage and faith of people living with HIV. In a radio and television message ahead of the 32nd World AIDS Day on Tuesday, he said one pandemic should not hide or make us forget another, stressing [...]
©- - 01 december 2020 - 11:34:12 - thread Health (318 words)


Ne York, US (PANA) - Countries should adopt ambitious new targets to tackle HIV/AIDS to avoid hundreds of thousands of additional infections and deaths linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said on Thursday. In its appeal, the specialised UN agency, UNAIDS, warned that the pandemic has pushed the world’s AIDS [...]
©- - 27 november 2020 - 05:27:24 - thread Health (405 words)


Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Seventy-three countries have warned that they are at risk of running of stock of antiretroviral (ARV) medicines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new WHO survey conducted ahead of the International AIDS Society’s biannual conference The UN health agency said in a statement [...]
©- - 07 july 2020 - 17:46:28 - thread Health (956 words)


New York, US (PANA) - Stocks of medication for HIV patients could run out in the next two months, because of higher costs linked to lockdowns and COVID-19 border closures, UNAIDS said on Monday. In a call to countries and manufacturers to take pre-emptive action now, the agency said that both the [...]
©- - 22 june 2020 - 13:35:39 - thread Health (418 words)


New York, US (PANA) - As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus, decades of advances made in the battle against HIV are under threat, noted two UN agencies on Monday. And they point out that disruptions to treatment could cause hundreds of thousands of HIV-related deaths. “There is a risk [...]
©- - 12 may 2020 - 06:09:36 - thread Health (652 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo's First Lady Antoinette Sassou Nguesso has underlined the urgency for prevention of pediatric mother-to-child HIV transmission in the country. She made the remark on Monday during a  working visit to the Nkayi Rreferral Hospital in Bouenza, in the south of the country, the Congolese public radio [...]
©- - 10 march 2020 - 18:41:23 - thread Health (389 words)


New York, US (PANA) - Gender discrimination and violence, as well as “huge” gaps in education, are among the factors why women and girls remain vulnerable to HIV, according to the UN agency working to end the AIDS epidemic.  In a report launched on Thursday, UNAIDS noted that almost 40 years [...]
©- - 06 march 2020 - 05:31:55 - thread Health (581 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese Minister of Health and Population, Jacqueline Lydia Mikolo, announced on Tuesday in Brazzaville that new HIV / AIDS infections are dominant in juvenile areas with a considerable increase since 2012 in Congo. She made the statement during a workshop to validate the national strategic framework [...]
©- - 26 february 2020 - 18:14:30 - thread Health (340 words)


Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s First Lady, Esther Lungu, says the Zambian Government is committed to ending AIDS by 2030, and achieving HIV/AIDS epidemic control by 2021. The First lady disclosed this in a speech read on her behalf by Ministry of Health Assistant Director Cancer Prevention, Dr. Sharon Kapambwe, during [...]
©- - 11 february 2020 - 18:37:00 - thread Health (285 words)


Bamako, Mali (PANA)  -  Members of the West African network for Tuberculosis, AIDS and malaria (WANETAM) Wednesday began their annual meeting, the organizers told PANA here. The meeting, which ends Friday, aims to examine strategies for meeting the challenges of transforming results from clinical medical research on Tuberculosis (TB), AIDS and [...]
©- - 05 february 2020 - 21:10:03 - thread Health (301 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government was urged on Monday by UNAIDS Country Representative, Baruani Yuma Kilundu, to redouble efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in order to achieve the 3/90 strategy by 2030. Low management of children with access to antiretroviral treatment under 20 per cent could prevent Congo [...]
©- - 28 january 2020 - 10:07:02 - thread Health (390 words)


Niamey, Niger (PANA) - In 2018, the number of people living with HIV in Niger was around 36,000; HIV prevalence in the general population has stabilized at 0.4% since 2012; and the estimated number of new infections to the virus is reduced by 70% in 6 years (from 6,000 cases [...]
©- - 11 january 2020 - 18:51:42 - thread Health (393 words)


Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) says that in the last five years it has reached nearly 250,000 vulnerable Nigerian children affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and their caregivers. A statement from the US Embassy in Abuja on Wednesday noted that since 2014, the Local [...]
©- - 09 january 2020 - 07:14:15 - thread Health (282 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -  While HIV status and reporting requirements raise legal issues related to patient confidentiality, one member of a civil society organisation said here on Friday that political leadership in Africa still needs to connect theory with real context. Cindi Kelemi, Executive Director of 'Bonela', a non-governmental organization in [...]
©- - 06 december 2019 - 17:41:21 - thread Health (405 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Chairman of the African Disability Alliance (ADA), El hadji Siddo Nouhou Oumarou, on Thursday complained that people with disabilities in Africa are still at the highest risk of HIV infection in Africa, stressing that the main reason is that this category of the population is [...]
©- - 05 december 2019 - 19:28:28 - thread Health (406 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -  Health experts on Thursday urged African governments and other stakeholders to take advantage of recent reductions in the costs of diagnosing and treating viral hepatitis and scale up investments in elimination of the disease in order to save lives. The appeal came on the sidelines of the [...]
©- - 05 december 2019 - 16:42:34 - thread Health (393 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA)  -  A new cervical cancer programme initiated Tuesday on the sidelines of the week-long International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) will screen over 70,000 women aged 30-49, mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa, who are living with HIV/AIDS, an official source revealed here Tuesday. "The screening will [...]
©- - 04 december 2019 - 01:10:23 - thread Health (323 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -  Rwandan First Lady Jeannette Kagame on Tuesday commended continued efforts to include community education and social mobilisation towards addressing the gap in eliminating deaths caused by cervical cancer in Africa. "Women living with HIV are up to 10 times more likely to develop cervical cancer, making it [...]
©- - 03 december 2019 - 17:41:33 - thread Health (328 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -  Rwandan minister of State for Public Health and Primary Health Care, Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi, on Monday added his voice to the call for "HIV free Africa" campaign and stressed that he is convinced that this target is achievable with every stakeholder's energy, cooperation and dedication. Experts believe [...]
©- - 02 december 2019 - 20:48:06 - thread Health (355 words)


Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana President, Dr. Mokgweetsi Masisi, says despite its challenges, Botswana has decreased AIDS-related deaths from an estimated number of 7,300 cases in 2010 to 4,800 in 2018. Speaking during the commemoration of World AIDS day in Maun, President Masisi said it was due to the excellent treatment [...]
©- - 02 december 2019 - 19:52:01 - thread Health (244 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Nearly 18.6 million cumulative male circumcisions for HIV prevention were performed between 2008 and 2017 in 14 priority countries of East and Southern Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Participants of the week-long International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections STIs in Africa (ICASA), [...]
©- - 02 december 2019 - 16:46:26 - thread Health (336 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Domestic resource mobilization in fighting against HIV/AIDS is not just a technical issue but it is about how we can sustain our progress, the Chairman of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Dr Donald Kaberuka, said Monday in Kigali. Speaking at [...]
©- - 02 december 2019 - 13:31:05 - thread Health (363 words)


Gaborone, Botswana  (PANA) - The Botswana First Lady, Neo Jane Masisi, has embarked on a nationwide campaign called “Dipalametse” (translated as escalation) aimed at mobilising and engaging young people, families and community leaders. This was stated by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi while officiating at this year's World AIDS day in Maun [...]
©- - 02 december 2019 - 13:20:58 - thread Health (259 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A round-table gathering members the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) opened Monday in Kigali on the sidelines of the week-long International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA). The conference theme "AIDS Free Africa - Innovation, Community, and Political Leadership" engages the whole [...]
©- - 02 december 2019 - 12:36:40 - thread Health (305 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan First Lady Jeannette Kagame on Monday called on all stakeholders to join hands to reduce gender inequalities as an essential tool to efforts to eliminate HIV/AIDS in Africa stressing that a healthy population is also critical to achieving current demographic dividend.  A report by the World [...]
©- - 02 december 2019 - 12:02:22 - thread Health (508 words)


Conakry, Guinea (PANA) –  Guineans must be mobilized on all fronts to eradicate HIV/AIDS, said Prime Minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana, in a televised address during the celebration of the international AIDS day on Sunday.   He pleaded for the establishment of means to guarantee access to health care and  combat stigma against [...]
©- - 01 december 2019 - 18:05:11 - thread Health (330 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - On World AIDS Day 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted the difference that communities of people living with HIV and community health workers are making to end the HIV epidemic while drawing global attention to the need for their broader engagement in [...]
©- - 01 december 2019 - 09:30:17 - thread Health (464 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Indian pharmaceutical company, Cipla, on Friday announced their commitment to price the ground-breaking new product Quadrimune, a “4 in 1” treatment for young children with HIV, at below a dollar a day in Sub-Saharan Africa. Quadrimune is currently under review by the US Food and Drug [...]
©- - 29 november 2019 - 20:17:53 - thread Health (548 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office in Africa on Friday launched a social media campaign, #TheTeaOnHIV, that aims to better inform at least one million adolescents and young people about preventing HIV infection as well as living positively with the virus. The campaign, as the 31st [...]
©- - 29 november 2019 - 11:07:23 - thread Health (503 words)


New York, US (PANA) - When people living with HIV actively participate in their own care, new infections decline and more affected people access treatment, according to a new report launched on Tuesday by UNAIDS, the United Nations agency leading the fight against the disease. "Power to the People", released ahead of World [...]
©- - 27 november 2019 - 05:50:31 - thread Health (576 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda has registered a remarkable decline in external stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV (PLHIV), the Executive Secretary of  Rwanda Network of People Living with HIV,  Sage Semafara said on  Tuesday in Kigali. Speaking during a talk show on Radio/TV1, a private station broadcasting in [...]
©- - 26 november 2019 - 16:46:20 - thread Health (207 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The 2019 Biomedical HIV Prevention forum, an international platform that creates a space to share different perspectives, experiences and opportunities to build networks that will make actors and players in the HIV prevention field even more effective will be held in Kigali on 2 December. Organisers of [...]
©- - 26 november 2019 - 15:56:37 - thread Health (264 words)


Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in collaboration with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), on Monday launched a campaign for the 2019 World AIDS Day. The launch was the Nigeria national Undetectable = Untransmittable (“U=U”) campaign.  U=U, which is an [...]
©- - 25 november 2019 - 11:48:30 - thread Health (357 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) has selected Rwanda to host the 20th International Conference on AIDS & Sexual Transmission Infections (STIs) in Africa from 2-7 December 2019 in Kigali, an official statement said on Tuesday. The conference theme, "AIDS Free Africa - Innovation, Community, and [...]
©- - 22 october 2019 - 10:11:32 - thread Health (455 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The head of the National Program against HIV / AIDS, Dr. Cécile Mapapa Miakassissa, revealed on Tuesday in Brazzaville that the prevalence rate among women is 4.1%. Miakassissa was speaking at the opening of a training workshop for experts to strengthen their capacities in the management of [...]
©- - 03 september 2019 - 17:32:47 - thread Health (283 words)


Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – More than 51,000 children in Zambia aged between 0-14 years have been enrolled on Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) in the first quarter of this year, the National AIDS Council (NAC) has disclosed. NAC policy and planning director, Dr. John Mwale said 51,298 were on ART compared to 46,774 [...]
©- - 02 september 2019 - 08:47:28 - thread Health (263 words)


Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation, a distinguished group of former presidents and influential African leaders committed to an AIDS-free generation, will hold a high-level political dialogue on an inclusive HIV response in Botswana next week. The event will include a Youth and Champions Dialogue and a press conference [...]
©- - 23 august 2019 - 12:12:48 - thread Health (321 words)


Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Japan has donated laboratory equipment to Mali for the monitoring and treatment of HIV/AIDS patients. It was donated through the Association for the Research for Communication and Home Support of People Living with HIV/AIDS (ARCAD-SIDA) on Wednesday in Bamako, the Malian Ministry of Health said. The donation is [...]
©- - 22 august 2019 - 11:33:53 - thread Health (238 words)


Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States of America is to make additional allocation of US$75 million to fight Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in order to give the globally required appropriate medical treatment to people Living with HIV (PLHIV) in Nigeria. The additional assistance is coming [...]
©- - 20 august 2019 - 17:36:40 - thread Health (473 words)


Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Young people have met for three days in the capital city of Gaborone to discuss how to best curb the spread of HIV/AIDS and to prevent new infections, which are said to be predominant with the sexually active youth. The workshop with the theme, ‘Let youth lead’ [...]
©- - 15 august 2019 - 12:23:30 - thread Health (339 words)


Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Some 4,423 people aged between 15 and 49 years have been screened across Senegal, revealing 19 positive cases of HIV infection, the Ministry of Health and Social Action told PANA on Tuesday. The exercise, undertaken during the National Youth Mobilization Week against HIV, was co-organized by the [...]
©- - 06 august 2019 - 14:02:41 - thread Health (237 words)


Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana government with the aid of the US government has raised the stakes in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic to ensure a flawless community outreach. United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the government of Botswana [...]
©- - 29 july 2019 - 12:38:40 - thread Health (443 words)


Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Based on new evidence, the United Nations health agency on Monday announced it was recommending the use of the antiretroviral drug dolutegravir (DTG) – which, with other medication, treats HIV/AIDS – as the preferred first- and second-line treatment for all cases, including pregnant women and those [...]
©- - 23 july 2019 - 05:41:47 - thread Health (474 words)


Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) -  The UN programme leading the global effort to end AIDS is calling for greater urgency and more funding in the fight against the disease, with data showing that the pace of progress in reducing new HIV infections is slowing, and some countries experiencing a rising number [...]
©- - 16 july 2019 - 20:26:32 - thread Health (402 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA)   -   Participants at a high level summit on AIDS funding in Africa on 11-12 July here urged African governments to devote 15 percent of their budget to fund the disease, the state-run radio reported Sunday. “We call African governments to devote 15% of their budgets to the funding [...]
©- - 14 july 2019 - 18:04:50 - thread Health (347 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA)   -   A high level summit of African parliamentarians in search for solutions to the funding of health and fight against HIV opened here on Thursday, an official source said here. Several speakers pleaded for the implementation of strategies to increase public financing for health. The speaker of the Congolese [...]
©- - 11 july 2019 - 22:20:37 - thread Health (554 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA)   -   The Pan-African and Congolese parliaments, as well as UNAIDS, Wednesday called on African countries to mobilize the necessary financial resources to fight HIV-AIDS. The two made the call at a press briefing in Brazzaville, ahead of the High Summit on Financing against HIV-AIDS to be held Thursday [...]
©- - 10 july 2019 - 23:23:35 - thread Health (168 words)


Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - An Algerian parliamentary delegation will take part in the High Level Summit of African Parliamentarians on Health Funding and HIV/AIDS, scheduled for 11-12 July in Brazzaville, Congo, a statement from the Algerian National People's Assembly has said. Organised by the Pan-African Parliament, in collaboration with the Congolese [...]
©- - 10 july 2019 - 09:10:26 - thread Health (139 words)