Abuja Declaration on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Other Related Infectious Diseases

Abuja Declaration on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Other Related Infectious Diseases

African leaders’ plans to tackle AIDS and related diseases

This document, published by the United Nations, sets out the commitments made by African leaders at the Abuja Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious Diseases, in 2001. Issues highlighted at the summit included high rates of mother to child transmission; the greater vulnerability of women, girls and youth; injected drug abuse; forced migration; and stigma and discrimination. The declaration recognises AIDS as constituting a "state of emergency" in Africa and resolves to consolidate the prevention and control of HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and related infectious diseases, through a comprehensive multisectoral strategy.

The declaration also records how African governments committed themselves to making available more resources at the summit. It sets a target of allocating at least 15 per cent of each country’s annual budget to the improvement of the health sector. It also calls upon donor countries to help by assigning 0.7 per cent of gross national product (GNP) as official development assistance. Other commitments in the declaration include: ensuring the availability and of affordable drugs; exploring the potential of traditional medicines and traditional health practitioners; supporting the development of an affordable, accessible HIV vaccine; and scaling up the role of education and information in reducing HIV and AIDS.

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