The implementation of the "Abuja Declaration" reviewed by African Parliamentarians at the 3rd African TB Summit in Cabo Verde

In April 2001, the African Union member states met and pledged to set a target of allocating at least 15% of their annual budget to improve the health sector and urged donor countries to scale up support. 18 years later, only two African countries have reached this target. This was revealed during the 3rd African TB Summit currently underway in Praia, Cabo Verde.

As such, Pan-African Parliamentarians are called upon to ensure that decisions taken by Heads of state and government are translated into concrete action and commitment to effectively increase investments in health.

"African Parliamentarians are leaders within the society and within their communities. They have both the mandate and public trust to act in the interests of every citizen and every community. They control the government actions, enact laws and vote the national budget. In this role, parliamentarians are at the cornerstone of public advocacy for mobilizing and allocating adequate to secure progress to secure progress in combating HIV, TB and Malaria," says Scott BOULE, Senior Specialist for Parliamentary Affairs at Global Fund.

Hon. Aurélien-Simplice ZINGAS-KONGBELET, Chairperson of the PAP Committee on Health, Labour and Social Affairs says that the PAP, as the legislative body of the African Union, is best placed to advocate in collaboration with African governments, international donors and bilateral partners to ensure that the current investments in health are maintained and increased.

"Cognizant of this responsibility, the PAP adopted in May 2018, a resolution on "the role of Parliamentarians in realising the right to Health and achieving Health Targets in Africa" to signal that Investing in health should not be considered as a sole responsibility of the international community. African governments need to walk the walk by delivering on their promises to care for our people," says Hon. ZINGAS-KONGBELET.

In February 2019, the 32nd Ordinary Assemby of the African Union Heads of state and government adopted a decision (Assembly/AU/Decl.4 (XXXII)) entitled “The Addis Ababa commitments towards shared responsibility and global solidarity for increased health financing”. The decision calls for member states to increase domestic resources and mobilize health financing to strengthen health systems while improving efficiency through enhanced accountability.