AIDS.lMinisters of Health and Finance on domestic financing for health

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and the African Development Bank (AfDB) will convene a high-level political meeting on increased domestic funding for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Addis Ababa next week.

The meeting, which would be held on 11-12 November, would advocate for increased innovative domestic resource mobilization following renewed commitments in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, by Heads of State and Government in July this year and pledges to support the Global Fund’s fourth replenishment.

A statement issued by AfDB said the response to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria over the last three decades had mobilized unprecedented resources, commitment and action at the national, regional and global levels.

However, the results achieved and the progress made over the years in responding to these epidemics are not sustainable.

"African countries have relied heavily on external financing, leaving them vulnerable to the unpredictability of donor funds and often considerably weakening national ownership," the statement said.

Sub-Saharan Africa’s dependency on international funding has been especially stark, with over 60 per cent of investment coming from external sources.

More innovative domestic resource mobilization is vital in effectively implementing the African Union Roadmap for Shared Responsibility and Global Solidarity on AIDS, TB and malaria (2012-2015) and related continental commitments.

"The commitment of implementing countries to the fight against the diseases in the form of investing increasing amounts of domestic resources in their national health and disease programmes is crucial for demonstrating country ownership and for the long-term sustainability of programmes."

"It also demonstrates accountability and sends a strong message to donors that implementing countries are taking action to address their countries health and development challenges," the statement said.

It said pledges from African Union member states could provide an opportunity to help secure a fully funded Global Fund, which in turn is a guarantee for implementing countries to receive sufficient and predictable funding in order to reach the Millennium Development Goals and win the fight against the three pandemics.
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08 november 2013 21:07:38

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