African governments adopted a road map Monday (July 16) that aims to boost the region’s responses to three killer diseases.
Three strategic pillars govern the road map: diversified financing, access to affordable and quality medicines, and enhanced leadership and governance. Some of the priority actions include:
Develop country-specific “financial sustainability plans with clear targets.”
Identify opportunities to diversify funding sources.
Promote investments in leading medicine hubs in Africa.
Create an African regulatory agency.
Use strategic investment approaches.
The road map also sets out the different roles and responsibilities of different bodies and agencies involved in the road map’s implementation. The African Union Commission is charged to coordinate the delivery of results, while the New Partnership for Africa’s Development is tasked to facilitate the implementation of the priority actions.
Other stakeholders, such as the Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS, the World Health Organization and the African Development Bank, are expected to provide technical support and advocate implementation of the road map.
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