By AIDS Watch Africa
Global attention has focused much attention and resources on the big three– AIDs, Malaria and Tuberculosis which have been a major challenge in Africa. These three epidemics continue to claim millions of lives in Africa and represent a continuing global threat. Therefore Africa and its partners should commit to scaling up investments made in the responses to AIDS, TB and Malaria:
– More African countries should meet their Abuja commitment to allocate 15% of public expenditures to health, and most importantly, African countries should increase domestic investments and diversify funding sources, including through innovative financing.
– The G8 is called upon to allocate at least 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) to official development assistance.
-Emphasis will be placed on accelerating implementation of the Africa Health Strategy, the Abuja ―Call and the promotion and Result Delivery & Accountability on Universal Access to HIV/AIDS, TB, MNCH & Malaria services.
-Support will also be provided to enhance the training and capacity building in medical and health sciences.
-An important emphasis will be placed on advocacy towards Member States to increase national budget allocations to health, and to address the rising tide of chronic non-communicable diseases linked to urbanization and lifestyle changes.
Africa is moving -The Abuja Declarations, AIDS Watch Africa, The Global Fund, Stop TB Partnership, African Leaders’ Malaria Alliance, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership all point to strong political commitment.