The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, SECAM is appealing to the African union to conduct a sensitization campaign to make member countries understand the need for contributing to the creation an AU Solidarity Fund.
SECAM believes contributing to the creation of the Solidarity Fund will better position the AU fight health crisis such as tuberculosis and the coronavirus disease.
“The health crisis caused by COVID-19 should prompt us to seek ways and means together to eradicate diseases like malaria and tuberculosis, which continue to plague the continent. With this in mind, we call upon the African Union to sensitize member countries to contribute to the creation of a Solidarity Fund, which will be used to improve the health of the populations.”
This was contained in a statement released on COVID-19 and its consequences on Sunday, May 31, 2020 and signed by its President, Philippe Cardinal OUÉDRAOGO
“We further urge African leaders to ensure that the limited available resources be used to assist those who really need help, especially, the poorest of the poor and do not end in the pockets of the politically connected people through corrupt practices” the statement revealed.
The Cross-Africa symposium encouraged multinational companies and businesses operating in Africa to contribute their quota “we call on large companies which exploit these raw materials to make significant contributions to the host countries to enable them provide basic social services such as hospitals, schools, adequate and affordable housing.”
The SECAM entreated the business community and the pharmaceutical companies (both formal and informal) not to exploit the situation to make profit but join in the efforts to provide care for vulnerable people.
Source: Vincent Amedzake // Radio Angelus