The African Union Special Summit of Heads of State and Government, held under the theme, "Ownership, Accountability and Sustainability of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Response in Africa: Past, Present and the Future", which opened on Monday at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria ended on Tuesday by adopting the Abuja Action Plan Toward the Elimination of HIV/AIDS Tuberculosis, and Malaria in Africa by 2030.
The Declaration highlighted the need to implement effective and targeted poverty elimination strategies and social protection program that integrate HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria for all, particularly vulnerable population, grant priority to the area of health in the post 2015 development agenda and the AU Agenda 2063 in general.
It also called for a focus on the elimination of HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria in Africa and the achievement on agreed upon targets by accelerating the implementation of the AU Roadmap on shared responsibility and Global solidarity for ATM response in Africa.
The Declaration thanked all development partners for their support to the "Abuja Commitment" and called on them to accelerate support for its implementation.
In his closing remarks, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said "the Summit is successful in that we were able to reflect on the achievement of the last decade and we had the opportunity to take stock of the many challenges we still continue to face in our campaign against these diseases."
He added that the summit came a long way in realizing many of the objectives the Heads of State and Government set following the Abuja declaration in 2001 to provide access to life-saving services to people who were subjected to suffering and death.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs