African Leaders Plan to Reverse Spread of AIDS

HIV infections are reportedly on the rise among the youth in Uganda

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The AIDS Watch Africa report, which was endorsed by African leaders at the African Union Summit in Eqauatorial Guniea on Friday, has concrete recommendations that include prioritising AIDS, TB and malaria in the new development goals to ensure that the continued international financing of the response will not be threatened.

AIDS, TB and malaria remain major threats to Africa’s health and development priorities and should therefore be at the core of the Post-2015 development agenda.

According to the latest reports AIDS remains a major public health threat killing 1.2 million people on the continent in 2012.

Yet, based on the progress that has been made, ending the AIDS epidemic is possible in the Post-2015 era. To achieve this, Africa will need to accelerate antiretroviral treatment as a catalytic action for ending AIDS.

The report, which was put, together by Member States experts working on AIDS, TB and malaria underscores that unprecedented levels of international funding for health since 2001 has resulted in significant progress in improving peoples’ lives.

However as the resource landscape is changing, the focus should now be on innovative domestic financing for health. In the spirit of shared responsibility and global solidarity international support will still be critical as Africa will not be able to mobilise sufficient resources to address all the health needs in the short to medium term.

The report further urges African countries to take advantage of the current unprecedented expansion of infrastructural development taking place in Africa, and ensure that environmental impact assessments contribute to expanding access to HIV, TB, and malaria services.

According to the report Member States should continue to prioritise rights based responses to HIV, TB and malaria in access to justice and in law enforcement, including the prioritisation of marginalised populations.

With the huge proportion of the resources committed to addressing these diseases going into procurement of drugs and commodities abroad new strategies are needed.

It was observed that accelerating the full implementation of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa business plan, which promotes local production of medicines, will improve universal access to health.

The report further showed there is a greater need to accelerate regulatory medicines harmonisation to improve access to affordable and quality assured drugs.


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