The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), October 2001

Sectors : General health and health funding, Health systems, medicines and regulation, HIV/AIDS
Organisation : AU
Date made: 
Heads Of State
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“123. Objectives
- To strengthen programmes for containing communicable diseases, so that they do not fall short of the scale required in order to reduce the burden of disease;

- To have a secure health system that meets needs and supports disease control effectively;

- To ensure the necessary support capacity for the sustainable development of an effective health care delivery system;

- To empower the people of Africa to act to improve their own health and to achieve health literacy;

- To successfully reduce the burden of disease on the poorest people in Africa;

- To encourage cooperation between medical doctors and traditional practitioners.

124. Actions
- Strengthen Africa’s participation in processes aimed at procuring affordable drugs, including those involving the international pharmaceutical companies and the international civil society, and explore the use of alternative delivery systems for essential drugs and supplies;

- Mobilise the resources required to build effective disease interventions and secure health systems;

- Lead the campaign for increased international financial support for the struggle against HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases;

- Join forces with other international agencies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and donors to ensure that support for the continent is increased by at least US $10 billion per annum;

- Encourage African countries to give higher priority to health in their own budgets and to phase in such increases in expenditure to a level to be mutually determined;

- Jointly mobilise resources for capacity-building in order to enable all African countries to improve their health infrastructures and management.”