Health top on AU summit agenda

Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) - – Health will be given priority attention at the forthcoming African Union (AU) summit here with the 8th meeting of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), already taking place alongside the summit.
The AU Executive Council of Ministers is reviewing a report of the extraordinary session of the African health Ministers conference on sexuality and reproduction in line with the Maputo plan of action.
The plan for the implementation of a continental framework for the promotion of health rights on sexuality and reproduction, is aimed at bringing the continent closer to the goal of universal access to integrated health services on sexuality and reproduction by 2015.
"We know what are the challenges to be met and we know how to go about them, but we also recognise that the fragile health system in Africa is a huge barrier," Luis Gomes Sambo, WHO Regional Director for Africa, declared during the launch of an African health report last November.
The document outlines solutions achieved through advancement in the diagnosis, prevention of diseases, resulting in improved life expectancy in the rest of the world, but which are lacking in Africa, and called for a firm political will on the part of the 46 Member States in the WHO Africa region.
The AU Commission Chairperson, Alpha Oumar Konaré, noted during the launch that "public health solutions, which have proved efficient, should be replicated in Africa based on lessons learned and through effective interventions, and better coordination of efforts by international partners.

25 january 2007 09:01:00

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