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Herbal remedies to be tested by Zambia for AIDS treatment

In response to the global burden imposed by the widespread incidence of AIDS, Zambia has initiated clinical drug trials involving herbal medicines. //It has been estimated that one in every six Zambians are afflicted with the disease. ..The initiative would focus on the efficacy of herbal remedies in the treatment of AIDS/HIV. About 14 natural remedies were considered out of which three have bee...

Pharmaco in Zambia Scrutinizes the Side Effects of Medicines Launched In the Market

A new vigilant body was set up by the Zambia Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority (PRA). The main purpose of this body is to monitor the safety of medicines during the post marketing// surveillance process. Pharmaco, as the monitoring body is named would supervise all adverse reactions due to a particular drug. This is to inculcate in people the rational use of medicines. The acting Health Ministe...

Bird Flu In Zambia-Panic Among Locals

More than 40 wild birds were discovered dead in Livingston, southern Zambia, a major nesting area for migratory birds, on Wednesday //. Some villagers ate a few of the birds, and samples were collected to be sent for testing in Lusaka, the capital. .. ..Mathews Ngosa, executive director of Poultry Association said a delay on the part of the government in confirming Zambia's status has, "killed...

Zambia Struggling To Identify AIDS Sufferers

Zambia's National AIDS Council (NAC) program Director Alex Simwanza has called on people to get into the Voluntary Counseling and Testing //(VCT) if they had to combat HIV/AIDS in the country. ...."Currently, statistics show that despite our high sustained prevalence levels HIV infection which is 16 percent, only 1.5 million of our (10 million) population have been tested, which is too low," Sim...

The Aids Programme In Zambia Reported As A Success

Leaders of the AIDS treatment program in Lusaka, Zambia, have explained that the programme is working well and has saved many lives in its first two years.// ....The leaders made their report on Sunday at the opening of the 16th International AIDS Conference in Toronto. They explained that their new approach has proved the general thought that it is simply not possible to provide sophisticated A...

PEPFAR to help Zambia's efforts to fight AIDS

Zambia has more than 16% of its population which is estimated to be about 11 million floundering under the ravages of the deadly scourge AIDS.// ..It is however commendable to see that the nation of Zambia has made considerable progress in keeping the HIV virus in check, which has been brought to the notice of the US government. In appreciation of this sizeable progress the United States has dec...

Diagnostic Tests for Malaria Underused in Zambia

Despite improvements in the ability to diagnose malaria, these diagnostic tests are often underused in Zambia, and patients with negative test results are often prescribed anti-malaria medications, according to a study. ......The recent introduction of the effective but expensive artemisinin-based (a type of medication) combination therapy for malaria throughout Africa has led to renewed intere...

Zambia Trying Hard to Tackle Crisis in Mental Health Care

The World Health Organisation has been regularly urging the developing world to look for new initiatives and programmes targeting mental health care in their public health services. But many nations in the African continent are hard pressed for funds to rise to the challenge before them. ......Like elsewhere in the third world, visitors to Zambia could observe in the capital city of Lusaka hu...

Recall of the AIDS Drug Causes Panic in Zambia

The AIDS drugs Viracept, by Roches laboratories have caused panic among the users who feel that the drug may not be safe due to contamination. There are many HIV-positive Zambians on the antiretroviral therapy. ...... The HIV drug has been recalled after a "human error" led to a higher than normal level of a chemical which can cause cancer. The drug Viracept, whose generic name is nelfinavir, wa...

Zambia to Get Anti-AIDS Drug Boost from Global Fund

Former US president Bill Clinton will visit Zambia this weekend to boost an UN-backed HIV/AIDS drugs programme which is helping treat some 13,250 children, UNITAID said Thursday. ......The partnership between the Bill Clinton Foundation and UNITAID, a international drugs funding initiative, has increased the number of children under life-saving treatment in Zambia by about 7,200, an agency spok...

Zambia Opens First Cancer Hospital

Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa on Thursday opened a 10 million dollar specialist cancer hospital which will enable patients to receive treatment at home for the first time . ......Mwanawasa said the National Cancer Diseases Hospital (NCDH) was built following a growth in the number of cancer patients in Zambia who have previously had to be treated abroad at a cost to the state of an average 10...
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