Why the creation of the African Medicines Agency is an urgent and compelling requirement for Africa?

With 17% of the world’s population, Africa (55 countries, 1.3 billion people) bears a disproportionate burden of disease: it accounts for a quarter of the world’s disease burden, 60% of people living with HIV/AIDS, and more than 90% of the world’s annual malaria cases, but only 6% of the world’s health care spending and less than 1% of the world’s pharmaceutical market.