Activists hand over a memorandum entitled “Health is Wealth”, at World Economic Forum

Posted by ARASA on August 5, 2010

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania


At the 2009 World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, activists staged a demonstration sporting a giant eyeball on which were written the words “We Are Watching – Fund the fight against HIV and TB”, to remind world leaders of their commitments to funding health and universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care.
See attached photo and link below. Activists Watching Leaders

At the 2010 World Economic Forum on Africa in Dar Es Salaam, activists from more than ten African countries will hand over a memorandum entitled “Health is Wealth”, which emphasises the need for increased investment in health and particularly HIV, TB and Malaria in Africa, to two prominent speakers at the WEF. This will be the final activity in a 3-day African Civil Society Forum on Resource Mobilisation and Universal Access that will lay out a long-term plan for regional advocacy on these issues. The aim of the memorandum is to convey the message to regional and global leaders that their backtracking on universal access and other health commitments is not only a slap in the face to people in the African region, but an unwise public health and economic decision, as economies cannot prosper unless their citizens are healthy. A press conference will be held on Tuesday 4 May (10am, Tanganyika National Library) to elaborate on these messages.