Health Statements by Commonwealth Heads GHOGM - 28/11/2005

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Health Statement by Commonwealth Heads of State

Health and HIV/AIDS

77. Heads of Government reaffirmed their commitment to combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases, which all threaten sustainable development. They acknowledged that LDCs, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other vulnerable states face particular difficulties in responding to HIV/AIDS and other major diseases, and in reaching the goal of universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support for HIV/AIDS by 2010. They urged the Secretariat to continue to assist countries with prevention measures and strengthening health systems.

78. Heads of Government welcomed the priority given by Commonwealth Health Ministers to the health of women and children in line with international human rights instruments and the MDGs. They encouraged implementation of the Codes of Practice for the International Recruitment of Health Workers, to limit the active recruitment of health workers from vulnerable Commonwealth countries.

79. Heads of Government called for strong regulatory frameworks to combat the manufacture, trade and distribution of counterfeit drugs and stressed the need for access to appropriate drugs at affordable prices.

80. Heads of Government expressed their commitment to take all necessary steps to prevent, prepare for and respond to pandemic threats, including avian influenza. In this context, they welcomed the outcomes of the Ottawa ministerial meeting and other international initiatives.

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