Report: The Abuja Declaration – Ten Years On

The WHO announced a new report – The Abuja Declaration: Ten Years On. The report abstract notes: “In April 2001, heads of state of African Union countries met in Abuja, Nigeria and pledged to set a target of allocating at least 15% of their annual budget to improve the health sector. At the same time, they urged donor countries to “fulfil the yet to be met target of 0.7% of their GNP as official Development Assistance (ODA) to developing countries”. This drew attention to the shortage of resources necessary to improve health in low income settings.

“Only two African countries have reached that target. Overall, 27 have increased the proportion of government expenditures allocated to health and seven have reduced it since 2001. In the other 12, there is no obvious trend up or down. Current donor spending varies dramatically, from US$ 115 per person in one country, to less than US$ 5 per person in 12 others.”

http://www.who.int/healthsystems/publications/abuja_declaration/en/index.html

Four page summary report at: http://www.who.int/entity/healthsystems/publications/abuja_10.pdf