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African Nations Must Invest More In Health Systems To Complement Donor Support, End AIDS, TB, Malaria Epidemics

AllAfrica: Africa: We Can Lead The Way in Ending AIDS, Malaria, and TB
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chair of the African Union

“…[W]e have only just begun the work necessary to achieve our ambition of ending [the AIDS, TB, and malaria] epidemics for good. We still need to dramatically reduce infection rates and expand access to lifesaving medicines and tools. We also need to build the foundation of healthier communities: strong, efficient health systems, and health coverage for all. To make this possible, African countries will need to invest even more in domestic health programs. … We cannot let underinvestment in the health of our people … hamper our development. However, African countries also face competing health and development priorities, and many are not yet ready to drive critical health programs independently. This means that donor support will remain vital in the coming years so that we can continue taking steps to strengthen our health systems and ensure we don’t lose ground against AIDS, TB, and malaria. With renewed commitment, and the support of the global community, I have never been more optimistic about our ability to put an end to the scourge of AIDS, TB, and malaria and achieve a healthier, more prosperous future together” (11/1).