Yesterday, on the eve of the World Health Assembly and Pre-African Union (AU) Summit of African Health Ministers, a statement was issued by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Africa 15% Plus Campaign expressing concern about the lack of progress being made by African countries to allocate sufficient resources to health.
In April 2001, African Health Ministers met at a special summit in Abuja, Nigeria. The summit concluded with the adoption of the Abuja Declaration, which outlined the continent’s response to HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and other related infectious diseases. In that declaration, among other commitments the leaders of Africa promised to spend 15% of their national budgets on health. Nine years on, it is clear that most countries are not on track to meet this promise. Continue reading