Pan-African Summit on HIV/AIDS and Health Financing in Africa

 

 

Under the high patronage of H.E. Denis Sassou NGUESSO, President of the Republic of Congo, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) in collaboration with the Republic of Congo and the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), will hold a High-Level Pan-African Summit on HIV/AIDS and health financing in Africa from 11 to 12 July 2019 in Brazzaville, Congo.

The Summit aims to engage African Union member states, international donors and bilateral partners on the need to mobilize domestic resources, maintain and sustain investments for the AIDS response in Africa, in a bid to meet Fast Track targets and to eradicate AIDS.

The Rt.Hon. Roger Nkodo DANG, President of the PAP stresses the importance of parliamentarians in leading advocacy efforts to ensure the availability of adequate funding at national level to finance HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programmes, saying more high-level engagements would certainly spur stronger political will, global solidarity and shared responsibility to build momentum and deliver on the goal of ending AIDS by 2030.

“We are faced with an urgency to find durable sources of finance to combat AIDS and improve essential public health in Africa. Brazzaville shall deliver a firm commitment to scale up national investments in light of the substantial reduction of funding. I therefore look forward to the transformative consultations that our Legislators shall hold with continental and global partners at this high-level summit in Congo,” says Hon. Nkodo DANG.

The Rt.Hon. Roger Nkodo DANG also reiterates the significant role of parliamentarians in holding governments accountable for mobilizing resources in support of the forthcoming Global Fund Replenishment in October.

Among the specific issues on the agenda, are the unpacking of the role of parliamentarians in realizing the right to health and achieving health targets in Africa; sustainable financing, leadership and accountability; level advocacy and call for action and support for the upcoming Global Fund replenishment.

The summit is expected to be graced by various heads of state and government including H.E. Kgalema Petrus MOTLANTHE, former President of the Republic of South Africa and Champion for an AIDS free generation in Africa.