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I. Sub-Saharan Africa

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The continent benefited economically from continued exceptionally high average growth rates. While the G8 summit in St. Petersburg showed little interest in honouring its declared commitment to Africa, the Chinese offensive culminated in a Sino-African summit attended by high calibre African representatives on a scale unprecedented outside the UN or the AU. The latter had to address political challenges in the form of Sudan's claim to the chairmanship but the organisation coped with the task. Notwithstanding this success, NEPAD and its APRM continued to lag behind expectations. AIDS and malaria remained among the scourges facing the people, and droughts and floods continued to threaten the bare minimum survival of millions of people. The WHO inspired 'Africa Malaria Day' on 25 April was meant to highlight the need to provide universal access to artemisinin-based combination therapies and for these treatments to reach those who need them as quickly as possible.

Keywords: Africa Malaria Day'; AIDS; APRM; G8 summit; NEPAD; Sino-African summit; St. Petersburg; Sub-Saharan Africa



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