Abuja+12 Special Summit: Commitment to Eliminate HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria in Africa by 2030
As the doors shut on the Abuja+12 Special Summit held last week in Abuja, Nigeria, African leaders stressed that they have made progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria on the continent through political support and continued commitment by African leadership. However, leaders remain concerned that the continent carries the highest burden of these three diseases, and that this has had a massive impact on socio-economic development, peace, and security in the region. They acknowledged that serious challenges remain in tackling these health crises – including a significant budget shortfall – and that African countries will not be able to achieve the objectives of the Abuja Call and the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
In light of this, the African Heads of States committed to address these challenges with a view towards the elimination of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030. In the final Declaration of the Summit, leaders agreed to increase efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and promote maternal health, accelerate access for children and adolescents to ARV treatment within the continuum of care, and support UNAIDS’ new Treatment 2015 campaign, launched in Abuja on July 13. They also committed to ensuring that health remains a priority in the post-2015 development agenda, with a focus on HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. EGPAF is strongly advocating for these efforts as a means of holding the international community accountable for clear and measurable improvements in the lives of women and children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
It remains to be seen how close African governments will get to achieving these goals by 2030. EGPAF will be monitoring developments closely, with a view to providing input and advice wherever possible so that the commitments made in Abuja this week can become a reality for women and children across Africa by 2030.
Rhoda Igweta is Senior Public Policy Officer for the Foundation, based in Nairobi, Kenya.