Ending AIDS, TB and malaria will require expanded public finance with financial risk protection especially for the people furthest behind, Ensuring that AIDS, TB and malaria services are included in universal health coverage (UHC) programs is critical to ending the three diseases and achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 3). Attaining the highest possible standard health is a fundamental right of every human being as started in the Constitution of the World Health Organisation(WHO).
UHC means that all people, including those who are marginalized or vulnerable, should have access to promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative quality health services without facing financial hardship. Progress towards UHC means that more people – especially the poor, who are currently at greatest risk of not receiving, critical needed services – get the services they need. today at least half of the world’s population do not have full coverage of essential services, while 100 million people fall into extreme poverty each year due to out of pocket (OOP) heath expenses. Unless health interventions are designed to promote equality, persisting gaps in service coverage will remain. Efforts to progress towards UHC should lead to improvement in national average service coverage rates and stronger health systems structures to deliver the necessary services so that no one is left behind.
Despite the progress made towards implementing the Abuja Declaration, Africa still has a lengthy path to traverse in order to sustain economic growth, mobilize increased domestic resources and ensure sustainable long term financing for health. The African Union 2063 Agenda aspirations, as well as the SDGs provide new opportunities to strengthen healthcare systems in Africa and accelerate efforts towards ending major epidemics, especially AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria which plague the region.
To achieve these ambitions, there is an urgent need to elevate civil society’s voice and action on health advocacy in the region. Using the ‘Right to Health’ framework, civil society and communities can executive their power and right to demand increased health financing towards improved health outcomes. Civil society also need to be equipped with the right information and tools in order to confidently challenge the current status and advocate not only for more resources but also for efficient utilization of existing resources.
In view of this, Rwanda NGO forum on HIV/AIDS and Health Promotion (RNGOF on HIV/AIDS o HP) in collaboration with GFAN Africa, AIDS Health Foundation(AHF) and Global Fund will host a two days African CSO meeting in Kigali Rwanda, as a pre-conference meeting of the Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) being held in Kigali from 5th – 7th March 2019.