African legislators call on governments to embrace innovative approaches toward the mobilization of domestic resources to finance health in the continent.

The 15 legislators who are members of domestic resource mobilization in their parliaments note that the continent’s development is at risk if the health of populations is not prioritized.

“There is a need to include legislators, civil society, and the private sector to help in developing sustainable strategies for mobilizing domestic resources for health in the continent, “the legislators said in a statement that was read in Nairobi by Daniel Molokela –Tsiye, member of parliament for Hwange constituency in Zimbabwe at the end of the two days meeting.

The legislators who were drawn from Cameron, Cote d’ Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Kenya, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Zambia, and Zimbabwe says that health is indispensable to Africa’s socio-economic transformation as envisaged in the African Union’s agenda 2063.

They call on governments to move from commitments to action by embracing co-financing of the Global Fund and other development partners programs for HIV Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.

They noted that African countries are capable of achieving global health goals but have to bridge financial and implementation gaps of HIV, Tuberculosis and malaria, health systems strengthening and pandemic preparation, preparedness and response.

They further added that the governments should build equitable and resilient health systems that are focused on people-centered approach and integrated health services.

They urges the governments to strengthen the community health system by recognizing the status of community health volunteers and support for community-led responses in gender and the management of HIV Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.

They observe that to achieve universal health coverage, there is a need to formalize the integration of community health volunteers into the health system, professionalize their training and pay them in time.

They note that they will engage all legislators in their respective countries on domestic resource mobilization for health to help address gaps in funding for the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in the continent.

The legislators who were meeting on the sidelines of the 14th African Union high-level private sector forum, urges governments to meet their commitments to mobilize domestic resources as it leads to investing in human capital, creating stable jobs, stimulating economic growth and reducing inequalities.