G8 urged to consider Africa in bird flu talks
Action Africa, a US organisation working on African
affairs, has issued an action statement urging attendees at the upcoming G8
meeting to give Africa special attention in discussions about infectious
disease, particularly avian influenza.
Africa Action has urged the international community to comprehensively
address the threat of avian flu and the particular challenges facing public
health systems in Africa and other developing regions.
reads: "As they confront a possible future avian flu pandemic, the US and other
G8 countries must recognise the common vulnerability of all humanity and must
help to prevent, monitor, and control outbreaks in developing
"The leaders of the G8 must make new commitments to
develop health care systems in Africa and to support African efforts to respond
to deadly public health crises, from the current HIV/AIDS pandemic to the
emerging challenge of the avian flu.
"A failure to mount a serious response towards such
international health threats will have serious global consequences in the
For more information, read the full Africa Action Statement on Avian Influenza and
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