African Union unveils response plan against infectious HIV, TB and malaria

The African Union recently adopted a new strategic response plan to help in the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

The Roadmap on Shared Responsibility and Global Solidarity was developed by the African Union Commission and the AU's New Partnership for Africa's Development, with support from the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS.

"This Roadmap provides a major step forward in our responses to AIDS, TB and malaria," Dr. Thomas Yayi Boni, the AU chairman and president of Benin, said. "Through it, we will pursue African solutions reflecting our continent's dynamism and potential-like local pharmaceutical production. Together we will invest in the future."

The plan, which was endorsed at the 19th AU summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, sets a series of goals in health governance, finance and pharmaceutical access, to be achieved by 2015.

Boni called on the AU's leaders to hold an event at the September meeting of the U.N. General Assembly that focuses on HIV/AIDS and shared responsibility. He said such an event could be used to present the plan to the international community.

"This Roadmap will act as a driving force for Africa-owned solutions," Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, the CEO of NEPAD, said. "Together we must support African leaders to implement it-that means new partnerships, new financing arrangements and new ways to strengthen sustainable African institutions."