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Abuja +12: Shaping the Future of Health in Africa

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UNAIDS, African Union (AU)
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Addis Ababa, AU, 2013

Reports on the Abuja +12 Declaration which was adopted in Nigeria in 2013, following The 2001 Abuja Declaration which was a historic milestone for Africa. For the first time, the nations of Africa declared that the AIDS epidemic was a full-fledged emergency on the continent. In response, AU Member States offered unprecedented commitments to strengthen their responses not just to AIDS, but also to Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria. Abuja 2001 was a historic moment for Africa, the point at which the continent fully acknowledged the scale of the AIDS epidemic. Even more importantly, Africa pledged to take decisive actions to address that emergency. In the years since, the progress has been incredible, extensive and—sadly—incomplete.
According to this report, Abuja +12 has the potential to be another decisive moment in Africa’s history. Abuja +12 could be a tipping point in Africa’s health crisis. Political resolve was needed to align with scientific breakthroughs. In the foreseeable future, revolutionary treatments will be available for AIDS, TB and Malaria. That means fewer children will lose their mothers and fewer parents will face the heartbreak of losing a child.