Meeting in Libreville, Gabon, on 12 February, the ministers of health of the Economic Community of Central African States launched an ambitious programme to strengthen regional cooperation by establishing a community health fund to reinforce the region’s AIDS response.
The ministers also decided to improve coordination by setting up a specialized unit to enhance cross-border HIV prevention strategies and by developing a regional mechanism to source antiretroviral medicines on a larger scale. They also adopted a plan to increase the proportion of pregnant women and children receiving antiretroviral medicines.
The measures are designed to encourage countries to better share their experiences, allowing for a more efficient implementation of recommendations made during a meeting of HIV experts in Dakar, Senegal, in December 2015.
“UNAIDS and its partners will actively contribute to this programme by ensuring that the lessons learned in the AIDS response can be used for monitoring and responding to other epidemics.”
Djibril Diallo, Director, UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Western and Central Africa