Tuesday, 16 July 2013

# Africa News # Ghana

Ghana Vice President calls on African countries to harmonize efforts in fight against HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis

 
The Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur says Ghana is on track towards achieving the ABUJA and MDG targets on HIV AND AIDS, Malaria and TB.

He however pointed out that given the gaps in funding the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria cannot be won by any individual country's isolated efforts.

He said it is important to harmonize efforts by all member States.

The Vice President was addressing the African Union Special Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Abuja, Nigeria.

He said Ghana has tripled its coverage of anti-retroviral medicines for pregnant women living with HIV, resulting in a 76% reduction in the number of new HIV infections among children. Continue...

He said between 2000 and 2012, there has been an increasing trend of identified tuberculosis cases placed on treatment from 57 to 63 per 100,000 population with progressive success in the cure rate.

Touching on Malaria, the Vice President said the under-five malaria case fatality rate has reduced by 96% since 2003 adding that Malaria related deaths for all ages has also reduced from 6,100 to 2,815.

Mr Amissah Arthur admitted that Ghana is at a critical stage where continued funding is not certain.

He therefore called for new approaches for domestic and International Financing Mechanisms towards the accelerated attainment of the MDG's.
Source: GBC
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