By Sola Ogundipe
The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, comes alive today as President Goodluck Jonathan hosts the Special Summit of the African Union on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, with the theme: “Ownership, Accountability and Sustainability of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Response in Africa: Past, Present and thebFuture’’.
As early as 6.30am, delegates began trooping into the International Conference Centre (ICC), where the African Union in collaboration with
the Nigerian Government is hosting the continent.
Among objectives of the Special Summit is leveraging on the opportunity to review and identify factors that underpin the persistent burden of HIV, TB and Malaria on the continent, as well as, the status of health financing on the continent while committing the African leaders to the implementation of innovative and sustainable health financing initiatives.
The Summit will among others, articulate Africa’s position to project health at the core of development in relevant global forums especially the ongoing dialogue on defining the post 2015 development agenda.
Key participants at this important meeting include national delegates from the Presidency, Ministries of Health, Finance and Economic Planning, as well as National AIDS Councils, Malaria and TB Control Programmes and Maternal Newborn and Child Health Programmes.
Others are Civil Society Organizations, Regional Health Organisations, Regional Economic Communities, the UN and its Specialised Agencies;
Development Partners; the AU Commission and other AU Organs and Programmes; Representative of the Private Sector and representatives
of professional bodies among others.