African Leaders to Meet in Nigeria on Control of AIDS, Malaria
May 1, 2006
On May 2, about 40 African heads of state are scheduled to participate in a four-day conference in Abuja on ways to manage and control HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, said Ene Obi, a senior advisor with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The conference, whose theme is "Universal Access to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Services by a United Africa by 2010," is organized by the African Union.
The conference "promises to be different by going beyond making commitments to evoking bold, urgent and extraordinary action from African heads of states and governments" to achieve the prevention and control targets for the three diseases by 2010, said Obi, who works with the bilateral USAID-Nigeria project ENHANSE (Enabling HIV & AIDS, TB and Social Sector Environment).
The conference will include preparations for a common statement by African leaders to be presented at the World Health Assembly in May, as well as a joint statement for June's UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS.
Xinhua News Agency
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.