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AU calls for HIV/AIDS research centre

15 July 2013, 12:05 Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The African Union has proposed the establishment of a continental Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention in order to enhance research and curb the spread of major diseases in the continent.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Chairperson of the Executive Council of the African Union, who is also the Ethiopia Minister for Foreign Affairs, proposed this at the just-ended Special Summit of the African Union on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The event was held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.

Ghebreyesus said the proposed institution would enhance efforts aimed at reversing the impact of these diseases by ensuring universal access to health services and strengthened health systems especially for the poor and most marginalized members of society.

“It is an understatement to state that these diseases are major causes of morbidity and mortality in our continent posing serious challenges to the socio-economic development of Africa.

" In this regard, it is timely that we review the implementation of the various declarations and plans of action adopted in the course of the last decade," Ghebreyesus said.

He raised concern some African countries were unlikely to attain the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) targets by 2015.

Among the targets is access to health for all.

"Not all member States are on track to achieve health-related MDGs. This is of course a matter of concern and the need to redouble our efforts to make progress," Ghebreyesus said.

- CAJ News



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