Committee urges AU member states to fight against communicable diseases

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A consultative meeting of the Social Affairs Standing Committee of the African Union said AU member states should play a leading role in the fight against communicable diseases through re-examining policies and exerting full commitment. The Commissioner for Social Affairs of the AU, Dr. Mustapha Sidiki, said at a press conference that member states should work to fight against TB, HIV/AIDS and Malaria with a strong policy, integrated leadership and well-organized advocacy programs. Mustapha said member states should utilize their maximum potential to get the best out of the sector and report annually on their performance to the African Union. The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, said on his part that mobilizing internal and external resources for a collective success, transparency and accountability is important to achieve best results in the fight against such diseases.
U.S Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby, on the occasion said that the budget allocated from each country, the global fund and support from the U.S President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) are three essential financial and input sources to fight against epidemics, especially AIDS. Goosby added that the United States will further continue to support strategies to fight against the diseases.
(ENA)