The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has risen over $150 million to tackle communicable and non-communicable diseases in the sub-region.
Director General of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) Dr Xavier Crespin made the disclosure yesterday in Abuja during the forum for health partners at the sidelines of the WAHO-ECOWAS health ministers’ summit.
“We have managed to get more than $150 million over the last two years to support our programmes, which are mainly how we can better control disease in our countries. Non-communicable disease first, and then communicable disease,” he said.
He said the Ebola crisis in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, revealed that countries in the sub region were not very strong in fighting some of the diseases, adding that it was important to have partners, who could help these countries to strengthen the health system, as well as workforce from one country which would support another country in need