Call on African Leaders to Increase Health Spending

Call on African Leaders to Increase Health Spending


About the Petition

Africans suffer from widespread poverty as well as preventable and treatable diseases like pneumonia, malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis. However, most African governments don't dedicate a significant percentage of their national budgets on health. 

The Heads of State of the African Union (AU) made the Abuja commitment in 2001—promising to dedicate 15% of their national budgets every year to health services. However, this commitment has only been met by a handful of African countries including Togo, Zambia, Botswana, and Rwanda.

Although Africa carries one of the highest cases of disease on the planet, their per capita health expenditure is one of the lowest. This gap must close. The Global Fund on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and The GAVI Alliance need sufficient funding to tackle some of the most vital health-related issues in Africa.

Stand with organizations like ONE Africa and urge African leaders to increase their national budgets on health treatment and prevention services.  

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