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African Union AIDS Summit is a ‘Talk Shop’

Conferences of this kind, with grandly-worded commitments, usually accomplish little.

They have gathered once more for a talk shop
They gathered once more for a talk shop

By Azad Essa (Al Jazeera),

Dubbed a “special summit” on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the summit has brought together African leaders in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to discuss progress in alleviating the threats posed by the three diseases.

And yet a trip to #Abuja+12 to discuss “progress” could be considered superfluous. A simple stroll down to a local clinic in Yibe, Addis Ababa or Khayelitsha in Cape Town or Kibera in Nairobi would give a true account of actual progress made in combating these diseases on the continent.

For anyone ever affected by TB, malaria or HIV/AIDS, directly or indirectly, which is a majority of Africans, these summits and their grandly worded commitments usually mean little.  Continue reading African Union AIDS Summit is a ‘Talk Shop’