With respect to co-operation in health activities, the Partner States undertake to:

(a) take joint action towards the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases and to control pandemics and epidemics of communicable and vector -borne diseases such as HIV-AIDS, cholera, malaria, hepatitis and yellow fever that might endanger the health and welfare of the residents of the Partner States, and to co-operate in facilitating mass immunization and other public health community campaigns;

(b) promote the management of health delivery systems and better planning mechanisms to enhance efficiency of health care services within the Partner States;

(c) develop a common drug policy which would include establishing quality control capacities and good procurement practices;

(d) harmonise drug registration procedures so as to achieve good control of pharmaceutical standards without impeding or obstructing the movement of pharmaceutical products within the Community;

harmonise national health policies and regulations and promote the exchange of information on health issues in order to achieve quality health within the Community;

co-operate in promoting research and the development of traditional, alternate or herbal medicines;

(g) co-operate in the development of specialised health training, health research, reproductive health, the pharmaceutical products and preventive medicine;

promote the development of good nutritional standards and the popularisation of indigenous foods; and

develop a common approach through the education of the general public and their law enforcement agencies for the control and eradication of the trafficking and consumption of illicit or banned drugs.