Experts from Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member countries have gathered in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa to start the process of developing an IGAD strategy against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

The meeting envisaged to provide an integrated framework for regional cooperation and intervention in policy development, knowledge and information sharing, capacity building and science and technology, according to IGAD.

According to the World Health Organization, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases cause 32 percent of the burden of ill health in Africa.

IGAD member states have previously agreed on the need to develop a strategy to combat the three diseases based on global, continental, regional and national plans.

Experts at the regional meeting are expected to discuss common challenges related to fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and to discuss and identify regional strategic priorities, objectives and targets. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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