Health systems

The Abuja Declaration: Ten Years On

Publication details

Number of pages: 5
Publication date: 2011
Languages: English



In April 2001, the African Union countries met and pledged to set a target of allocating at least 15% of their annual budget to improve the health sector and urged donor countries to scale up support. Years later, only one African country reached this target. Twenty-six countries had increased the proportion of government expenditures allocated to health and 11 had reduced it. In the remaining nine countries there was no obvious trend up or down. Current donor spending varies dramatically.