by Ronald Njoroge NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
African lawmakers and civil society organizations on Friday
urged governments to increase domestic healthcare expenditure in
order to end life-threatening epidemics such as HIV, malaria and
Stephen Mule, Kenyan legislator and chair
of the Africa Parliamentary TB Caucus, told a health forum in
Nairobi that African countries have not yet prioritized the
health sector in their budgets.
"On average African governments health budgets are less than
one percent of their gross domestic products (GDP) against an
ideal figure of five percent," Mule said during the Conference
on Raising Resources for Kenya’s Health Pillar Under Agenda
The day-long event brought together African civil society
organizations and parliamentarians to share their views on how
Kenya can raise resources to deliver universal healthcare to all
its citizens by 2022.
Mule also noted that most African states are yet to fulfill
the 2001 Abuja Declaration where African Union member countries
pledged to allocate at least 15 percent of their budgets to the
He added that most of the funding for health in Africa comes
from foreign donors, a situation that is not sustainable in the
The parliamentarian said that rich countries are also facing
pressures from their citizens to reduce overseas development
assistance to poor countries.
Rosemary Mburu, executive director of WACI Health, said that
Africa should embrace innovative measures to enhance domestic
resource mobilization to fund the health sector.
Mburu said that Africa should prioritize the health sector
due to its significant influence on national development.
Olivia Ngou, global coordinator for Civil Society for Malaria
Elimination, said that in October 2019, the international
community will come together in Lyon, France, to raise funds for
the sixth replenishment of Global Fund to Fight Aids,
Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Ngou said that African countries are key beneficiaries of the
global fund and should strongly support this international
effort to raise more funds for the global fund.