African countries have scaled up their
HIV/AIDS response, but more needs to be done, according to UN Under Secretary-General and Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive
Secretary, KY Amoako.
Amoako said that the key to tackling most
of the continent's health problems was to strengthen economies. He was optimistic that the Abuja Declaration on HIV/AIDS in April 2001 would be implemented. He also discussed the impact of the Global Fund in Africa and the role of women in fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
With respect to the Abuja Declaration and the consensus reached at ADF
2000 on HIV/AIDS, efforts are underway to translate these commitments into
reality. We at the ECA have established a health unit in the Economic and
Social Policy Division to enable us provide assistance to member states in
their efforts to follow through on these commitments. ECA and OAU, with
assistance from UNAIDS and WHO are preparing an annual report on HIV/AIDS,
TB, and malaria which will report and serve as a monitor of the
implementation of the commitments made. It is hoped that this report will
be presented to African heads of state during their summit meeting in
Pretoria, South Africa, later this year.
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