ACP Countries Get 150m Euro Budgetary Allocations

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By: Our European Correspondent
Mr. Jan Pahler of the European Commission (EC) has disclosed that the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) will benefit from a budgetary allocation of 150 million Euros soon to strengthen their health systems.
He made the disclosure during a presentation at the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly session held in Belgian capital of Brussels from the 9th to 11th October 2018. The JPA is a convergence of more than one hundred delegates from the ACP-EU regions. He told parliamentarians that as a follow-up taken by his commission on the resolution adopted by the JPA on improving access to basic healthcare systems, notably to medicines against infectious diseases.
Pahler informed the ACP-EU congregation that with respect to the emergency response systems, a number of areas for potential exchange of lessons learnt have already been identified where Africa Centre for Disease Control (CDC) can cooperate with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
In his presentation to the group which was a cross-section of ACP-EU, Pahler said the 11th EDF intra-ACP action to strengthen health systems in the ACP countries, with a budgetary allocation of 150 million Euros.
Members were told that the three components are contributing to health system support in countries, including on Non-Communicable Diseases, health system-strengthening through a regional health security agenda and finally contributing to enhancing integration and implementation of sexual and reproductive health rights programs.
Members underlined the fact that their respective countries have the primary responsibility for putting place public health policies that can deal with the challenges presented by infectious diseases.

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