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KENYA: Free anti-AIDS drugs for thousands in 2005
16 February 2004 (IRIN ), About 140,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya will receive free anti-AIDS treatment by 2005, the US deputy ambassador to Kenya, Leslie Rowe, has said.
SOUTH AFRICA: KZN AIDS drug roll-out within weeks
16 February 2004 (IRIN ), The rollout of antiretroviral drugs in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province could begin in a "matter of weeks", health minister for the province, Zweli Mkhize, has said.
SOUTH AFRICA: Health system "shambles" delaying ARV rollout
16 February 2004 (IRIN ), South Africa's health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang vehemently defended the pace of the government's rollout of HIV/AIDS drugs at a weekend rally marking the start of national Sexually Transmitted Infection and Condom Week.
SUDAN: Chad and the Darfur conflict
16 February 2004 (IRIN ), A year-old conflict pitting rebels against government forces and militia groups in the Darfur states of western Sudan has created a humanitarian crisis that has spilled over into neighbouring Chad, as well as concerns among some observers about the region's stability.
Africa: NEPAD summit begins in Kigali
14 February 2004 (IRIN ), Eleven African heads of state and governments began a two-day summit on Friday in the Rwandan capital Kigali, to review the continent's economic and political policies under the auspices of the New Partnership for Africa's Development.
DRC: President gets promises of aid during European tour
14 February 2004 (IRIN ), Congolese President Joseph Kabila ended a four-nation European tour on Wednesday with promises of debt cancellation, the training of his new unified army, police; and help with the organisation of multiparty elections at the end of a two-year transitional government of national unity.
BURUNDI: Army demobilises 29 child soldiers
14 February 2004 (IRIN ), The government of Burundi demobilised on Friday 29 child soldiers, who had served as porters in the country's regular army.
DRC: Measles epidemic reported in Equateur Province
14 February 2004 (IRIN ), Up to 300 cases of measles have been reported in Basankusu, 210 km northeast of Mbandaka, the main town in the Democratic Republic of Congo province of Equateur, the deputy director of epidemiological services at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mondonge Makuma, said on Friday.
ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Focus on UN Special Envoy Lloyd Axworthy's mission
13 February 2004 (IRIN ), As Canadian former Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy takes up his post as UN special envoy, the deadlock between Ethiopia and Eritrea shows no sign of crumbling. The seasoned diplomat, who is expected to fly into the region on 18 February, has been selected by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to help overcome the impasse.
DRC: UN military observer shot dead in Ituri
13 February 2004 (IRIN ), A Kenyan UN military observer was shot dead on Thursday in the troubled eastern district of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a spokesman for the UN Mission there, Leacadio Salmeron, said.

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