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AU calls for measures to expand health coverage in Africa





Addis Ababa, 17 November. – The African Union (AU) has underscored the need for strategic partnerships to increase access to high-quality diagnostics to achieve universal health coverage on the continent.

According to the AU, the issue is a priority for achieving inclusive and sustainable growth.

However, the continental body said that many diseases have not yet been eradicated due to deficiencies in detection and treatment in most countries in the region.

These barriers prevent Africa from freeing itself from disease prone to epidemics and undermine the achievement of the AU health agenda, the agency noted.

The slow absorption of useful technological innovations; inadequate acquisition and use of diagnostic data for the benefit of the patient and the program are additional challenges.

At the same time, there is a precariousness in laboratory networks, high cost and inefficiency of examinations and inadequate leverage to negotiate better prices and deadlines.

In line with the situation, the AU has committed itself to contributing to the elimination or eradication of diseases targeted by global health regulatory agencies such as HIV, including the elimination of mother-to-child transmission, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis viral, cervical cancer and other sexually transmitted infections (syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia).

AU plans also include reducing barriers to early detection, prevention and treatment of noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. (Excerpted from Prensa Latina)


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