Kagame Goes Out With a Bang for the Buck

Rwandan President Paul Kagame closed out his tenure as African Union chair this past weekend with an ambitious push to advance health care on the continent, which has 24% of the global disease burden and just 1% of global health spending, IOL reported.

Launched with the likes of Bill Gates and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the African Leadership Meeting on Investing in Health called for billions of dollars in investment from all sectors, the Global Fund noted. Most AU governments’ health spending falls short of the target 15%.

For the effort to succeed, several leaders stressed the need for collaboration between finance and health ministers. “As it is now, it is difficult to arrange a simple meeting,” said South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

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