AU officials, civil society groups protest African governments’ failure on health matters in Abuja

The protest is taking place in the Nigerian capital.

Some officials of the African Union and civil society groups across Africa from over 25 countries are holding a protest in the Nigerian capital, Abuja in what they described as “African government’s failure to keep her promises”.

Calling on all government’s in Africa to keep their promises on specific budgetary allocations to see to an Africa free from HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, and malaria, Rosemary Mburu, the Executive Director, World AIDS Campaign, WAC, South-Africa and Kenya, told PREMIUM TIMES that “all African governments are yet to keep their promises of two per cent of their budget to research and development.

“We’re calling on them to fulfill their promises in this wise and other promises made on health related issues so that Africa can take charge of her own research for development and not depend on foreign statistics and subsequently donors”.

The peaceful protest commenced at the Nitel junction in Wuse 2 with protesters walking down the length of Adetokunbo Ademola in Abuja.

The protest comes up ahead of an African Union Summit set to begin next week in Abuja.

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