African heads of government will meet in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city from 12 to 16July for the Abuja +12 special summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria.
The theme of is “Ownership, Accountability and Sustainability of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Response in Africa: Past, Present and the Future’’, the special summit will review the status of African Governments’ investment and the various national responses to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Other Related Infectious Diseases (ORID); and will adopt a set of actions to enhance the continent’s response and efforts towards reversing the impact of these diseases by ensuring universal access to services and strengthened health systems, especially for the poor and most marginalized people.
It will also review the status of Maternal Newborn and Child Health on the continent as well as efforts to achieving the health related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and defining Africa’s health priorities as the dialogue for the post 2015 development agenda unfolds.
The summit is preceded by a civil society forum and meeting of experts which ends on July 9. This offers an opportunity to remind these leaders of the promises made in Abuja twelve years ago to intensify the fight against the trio of HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, and devote at least 15% of national budget to health. Universal health coverage and accountability in governance will also be proposed as key elements for post2015 development framework in Africa.