African Union experts in the Chadian capital, Ndjamena, have deliberated on key fast track actions to eliminate AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on the continent by 2030.
The meeting took place ahead of the AU Summit scheduled for the Rwandan capital, Kigali, later this month. It follows the adoption of the Africa Health Strategy and Catalytic Framework to eliminate the three diseases by 2030.
“AIDS, TB and Malaria remain key challenges for the development of our continent. The Africa Health Strategy and the Catalytic framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria by 2030 provides a clear policy direction for the continent.
AIDS, TB and Malaria remain key challenges for the development of our continent.
Our countries should continue on the path set by the Abuja Declaration to increase the budget allocated to health,” said Hon. Assane Ngueadoum, Minister of Health of the Republic of Chad.
Meanwhile, a new health policy architecture has been endorsed for the continent by the Kigali Summit. Among other key areas, it addresses issues related to health financing, governance and improved multi-sectoral partnerships.
It also refocuses on service delivery, community empowerment and seeks to expand social protection to address equity.
The experts also took the opportunity to discuss the implementation of International Health Regulations in Africa in the context of the increasing public health events and recurrent epidemics on the continent and their huge socio-economic impact.
The experts looked at the Ebola outbreak and other disease emergencies across Africa. They applauded the efforts of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in disease surveillance, detection and response including emergency preparedness.