SADC Health Ministers meeting in Zimbabwe

Health ministers from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are meeting at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe this week to discuss and adopt new ways in which to tackle diseases and health issues.

The health and HIV/AIDS ministerial meeting is taking place from 12 – 16 January 2015.

According to a media statement issued by the SADC Secretariat on the Monday, the main purpose of the meeting is to create a platform for discussions between SADC health ministers and key stakeholders in the regional health and HIV/AIDS sector.

“They will discuss, among others, strategic issues such as the status of reports from SADC member states on the implementation of the SADC Protocol on Health, including Minimum Standards and Regional Guidelines. The meeting will also receive and approve several status reports on critical health sectors such as sexual reproduction health, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis and Ebola,” the statement read.

The SADC Secretariat said the meeting will be followed by the commemoration of SADC Malaria Day on 16 January 2015 at Victoria Falls. SADC Malaria Day will be commemorated under the theme: “Strong partnerships sustain gains in malaria control – Combining efforts is the key to success.”

The Steering Committee of the SADC HIV Fund will also meet during the week to take note of the progress made in the implementation of the second round of the project, and to provide guidance on any other specific matters related to the utilisation of the fund.