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 (July 15) at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria ended today (July 16) by adopting the Abuja Action Plan Toward the Elimination of HIV/AIDS Tuberculosis, and Malaria in Africa by 2030 adopted. The Declaration thanked all development partners for their support to the "Abuja Commitment" and called upon to accelerate support the implementation of it .The Declaration urged to work for a set up to mobilize of domestic resources to strengthen the health.
The Declaration also 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, and 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.
In his closing remarks, Prime Minister Hailemariam said "the Summit is successful 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 we set ourselves following the Abuja declaration in 2001 to provide access to life-saving services to people who were subjected to suffering and death.