One of our newest African malaria advocates, the Voices Mali Coordinator, Djiba Kane Diallo, appeared in a press conference on French TVÂ channelÂ TV5.Â Djiba was in Paris at a press conference about the lack of progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals for health.Â The conference was organized by MÃ©decinsÂ du Monde and the story was broadcast globally on TV5.Â Â She was interviewed and spoke specifically about logisticalÂ problems in managing malaria commodities in Africa.Â Supply chain management is one of the systems that need to be strengthened to improve malaria control across Africa.
Watch the clipÂ (in French!)Â at http://www.tv5.org/TV5Site/info/jt_ja.php?edition=20070705&par=6
In a meeting in Paris on July 5, 2007, European NGOs demand that European governments invest more in health services in developing countries in order to meet MDG goals.
It’s the first evaluation of the Millenium Development Goals. At the midway point,Â a report edited by 15 NGOs gives a poor grade to Europe, andÂ to France in particular.Â Current financing for goals like reducing child mortality means that they will be met only in 2220.Â Twenty million Euros were promised for health, but only half of what was promised has been spent.
[Patrick Bertrand, NGO network leader] “Data from 2004-2005 shows that France gives 4% of its foreign aid for the health sector. The average among OECD countries is 11%.”Â
On the ground, they are impatient for the missing funds.Â For theÂ NGO Voix du Mali, which works to control malaria, it’s an emergency. Medicines are there, but there areÂ few funds to distribute them.
[Djiba Kane Diallo, Voix du Mali] “If there is more financing, that enables countries to not only to distribute the medicines out to the community level, but also to stock them in appropriate conditions.”
In the report they highlight not only the need for more money, but also the need to change practices and policies in the health sector. Promote research, train health personnel, and put more responsibility on African governments.
[Michele Brugiere, Medicins du Monde] “African governments need to commit more of their budgets to health -Â they should be comitting 15-20%. Right now it’s two, three, four percent.”
MDG health goals can still be reached, but donors’ political will must now change into economic reality.