Africa needs to promote local production of medicines: AU chair
Africa, the cradle of humanity, is also the cradle of hope and experience for the planet, Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi told continental leaders meeting in New York on the margins of the UN General Assembly.
President Boni Yayi, chairperson of the African Union, spoke at a special event on Wednesday entitled 'Shared Responsibility and Global Solidarity: Leveraging the AIDS Response for Africa's Sustainable Development.'
The African Union in July adopted a roadmap for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and the President said one of its three pillars concerns access to medicine.
"We need to have better access to medications and drugs in Africa so that we can manufacture medications in Africa and further promote local production with a high level of quality while following proper procedures for manufacturing." (Duration: 23″)
Several African Heads of State participated in the meeting where a moment of silence was observed in honour of the late Ethiopian President Meles Zenawi who died in August.
Also attending was newly appointed UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.