JOHANNESBURG – The AU Partnership and Coordination Forum on AIDS, TB and Malaria has reviewed the draft Common AFRICA Position on TB for the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting in 2018.
A statement from the continental group says the Draft Common Position on TB was last month reviewed by the Ministry of Health TB Program Managers in HARARE, ZIMBABWE.
It says the document focuses on SIX pillars: leadership, country ownership, governance and accountability; universal and equitable access to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support.
Others are access to affordable and quality assured medicines, commodities and technologies; research and innovation; health financing and strategic information; promoting leadership, country ownership, governance and accountability.
The draft calls for sustained political commitment and for increased leadership, ownership, integration, governance and management of TB programs to promote accountability.
It further calls on governments to intensify TB responses through working with AFRICAN leaders as champions, cross-sector partnerships, increased oversight and accountability, improved monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
The AU says while recognising structural and operational barriers to achieve universal access, the draft calls for Member States to scale up TB programs to reach, find, treat and cure all people with the killer disease.
It also calls for Multi Drug Resistant TB to be declared a global emergency and health security threat, to ensure it can be addressed properly in most affected countries.
The draft calls for access to TB services in congested settings, high risk areas like prisons, mines and areas affected by conflict and humanitarian emergencies, to help guarantee no one is left behind.
The Common AFRICA Position calls for governments to pursue new innovations and ensure access to affordable and quality assured medicines, commodities and technologies for TB.
The draft says governments should strengthen ties with research institutions to enhance innovation and evidence-informed policies and programs as well as increased investments in research and innovation.
AFRICA will also push for increased domestic and international funding to health through innovative financing mechanisms, social health insurance schemes and increased allocations at various levels.
The Common AFRICA Position also calls for improved data to inform policy and programs for TB, while the AU Commission has lined up various consultation conferences ahead of the UN meeting.
TB is spread through the air from person to person, when a patient coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings; and people nearby may breathe in the bacteria and become infected./Sabanews/cam



MAPUTO – The government of MOZAMBIQUE has increased the price of petrol by more than THREE percent, effective from today (WEDNESDAY).

RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says the information is in a press release from the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy.

It says ONE litre of petrol has gone up to about 98 US cents from just more than 94, at current exchange rates, which is an increase of THREE-POINT-FOUR percent.

However, the authorities have left the price of diesel is unchanged, at 87 US cents per litre; and the price of domestic cooking gas also remains at 95 cents per kilogram.

MOZAMBIQUE reviews fuel prices every month and alters them whenever the import price, expressed in meticais, changes by more than THREE percent; depending on the world market and the exchange rate against the US dollar./Sabanews/cam




MAPUTO – Health authorities in MOZAMBIQUE have expressed worry over the increased number of people dying of malaria, despite national prevention measures in place.


They say the mosquito-borne disease is spreading and killing, although the State has taken a number of actions to fight the epidemic, including massive free distribution of mosquito nets treated with insecticides.


The government says malaria has killed about 300 people out of more than ONE-MILLION cases diagnosed countrywide.


Experts in the Health Ministry Technical Council have met this weekend in the capital, MAPUTO, to discuss the most effective actions to deal with the deadly epidemic.


National Public Health Director FRANCISCO MBOFANA says the number of new malaria cases has become alarming, especially during the current rainy season.


It says mosquitoes have multiplied rapidly during the period due to an abundance of stagnant water pools, which enable them to reproduce swiftly.


The MOZAMBICAN National Public Health Director says the central regions of TETE and MANICA are the worst hit by the malaria epidemic.


HARARE – The ZAMBEZI Watercourse Commission, ZAMCOM Council of Ministers is to meet tomorrow (THURSDAY) in the Western MOZAMBIQUE city of TETE.

Information, Communication and Partnerships Program Manager LEONISSAH ABWINO-MUNJOMA has revealed the information in a media statement this week.

She says the meeting of the ZAMCOM top governing body aims to provide policy guidance in promoting the joint management and development of the ZAMBEZI River Basin.

Delegates will also receive updates, approve yearly accounts, approve work plans and budgets, as well as consider recommendations from the ZAMCOM Technical Committee.

Ms MUNJOMA says the Council will take stock of what the river basin group has achieved, TWO years after the setting up of its permanent Secretariat in HARARE, ZIMBABWE.

She says the gathering in TETE comes after the ZAMCOM Technical Committee met on TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY.

ZAMCOM was set up through the ZAMCOM Agreement by the EIGHT SADC riparian states sharing the ZAMBEZI River Basin.

The grouping is meant to promote and coordinate the joint management and development of the ZAMBEZI watercourse in a sustainable, climate resilient manner.

The riparian states are ANGOLA, BOTSWANA, MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, TANZANIA, ZAMBIA, and ZIMBABWE, which is hosting the Secretariat.

They signed the ZAMCOM Agreement in 2004 at KASANE in BOTSWANA, and the deal came into force in 2011.

The Council of Ministers is the supreme body of the group, while the Technical Committee implements policies and decisions of the Council, and the Secretariat provides technical and administrative services.

ZAMCOM has developed rules and procedures to share information on the management and development of the ZAMBEZI watercourse, which the Council of Ministers adopted in 2016.

Ms MUNJOMA says it has also developed procedures for notification of planned measures the ministers are to consider and adopt during their forthcoming meeting in MOZAMBIQUE.

The official says ZAMCOM is financed by the riparian states and a number of global partners including the DANISH Government, the GERMAN Development Agency and the World Bank.