Addis Ababa, Nov 17. -The African Union (AU) stressed Saturday the need for strategic partnerships to increase access to high-quality diagnostics towards achieving universal health coverage on the continent.
According to the AU, the issue is a priority for achieving inclusive and sustainable growth.
However, the continental body said many diseases are still not eradicated due to deficiencies in detection and treatment in most countries in the region.
These barriers keep Africa from getting free of epidemic-prone diseases and compromise the achievement of the AU's health agenda, the agency noted.
The slow uptake of useful technological innovations; inadequate acquisition and use of diagnostic data for the benefit of the patient and the program are further challenges.
At the same time, there is precariousness in laboratory networks, high cost and inefficiency of examinations, and inadequate leverage to negotiate better prices and terms.
In line with the situation, the AU has committed to contribute to the elimination or eradication of diseases targeted by global health regulatory agencies, such as HIV, including the elimination of mother-to-child transmission, multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria, viral hepatitis, cervical cancer and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia).
AU's plans also include reducing barriers to the early detection, prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. (Taken from Prensa Latina)