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ABOUT AIDS WATCH AFRICA

 

Created at the Abuja 2001 Special Summit, AIDS Watch Africa (AWA) is an entity of the African Union with the specific mandate to lead advocacy, accountability and resource mobilization efforts to advance a robust African response to end AIDS, TB and malaria by 2030. AIDS Watch Africa’s efforts are predicated on the Heads of State and Government’s (HoSG) successive political commitments to prioritise AIDS, TB and Malaria (Abuja Declarations) and the broader health and development agenda.

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COMMITMENTS FOR AIDS, TB AND MALARIA FOR AFRICA

 

 

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Information about major political declarations by African Heads of State and Government on AIDS, TB and Malaria since 2001.

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Information about  major decisions on advocacy, resource mobilisation and  accountability by the AIDS Watch Africa Heads of State and Government and endorsed by the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

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AIDS WATCH AFRICA PROGRESS REPORTS

 

Key reports on the Annual AIDS Watch Africa Statutory Consultative Experts Meetings with key advocacy issues on AIDS, TB and Malaria and the broader health and development agenda for consideration by African Union Heads of State and Government.

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Information about key United Nations Declarations on sustainable development and AIDS, TB and Malaria.

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21.07.2017 New data demonstrate Africa’s great strides in the AIDS fight but more effort needed to reach 2030 targets
New data demonstrate Africa’s great strides in the AIDS fight but more effort needed to reach 2030 targets
21.07.2017 African Union commends new Global Fund results in responding to AIDS, TB and Malaria
African Union commends new Global Fund results in responding to AIDS, TB and Malaria
03.07.2017 African Union Commission and UNAIDS discuss implementation of key continental policy frameworks on health
African Union Commission and UNAIDS discuss implementation of key continental policy frameworks on health
New data demonstrate Africa’s great strides in the AIDS fight but more effort needed to reach 2030 targets

New data demonstrate Africa’s great strides in the AIDS fight but more effort needed to reach 2030 targets

 

Addis Ababa, 21 July 2017- Latest results released by UNAIDS Thursday show that through shared responsibility and global solidarity Africa has made greater strides in the fight against AIDS and is on track to achieve set targets if investments are increased. The results come at a time of many competing development priorities and the levelling of development assistance for health. The African Union is pushing for increased domestic investment in health in the context of impressive rates of economic growth in many African countries.

 

“The progress particularly in our eastern and southern Africa region demonstrate that the political commitments of African countries and the global community are being translated into tangible action. However it is too early to celebrate as we need to engage with the issues that we are off track including addressing HIV in children, young people and regions that are lagging behind” said Her Excellency Amira El Fadil, the Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Commission. 

 

During the July 2017 Summit in Addis Ababa, Heads of State and Government commended the significant progress made in the reduction of mortality and new rates of HIV infection on the continent but committed to further pursue initiatives to build strong human resources for health including harnessing the role of Community Health Workers and endorsed the 2 million Community Health Workers initiative that seeks to create a new cadre of health workers to further strengthen community health systems. To harness Africa’s demographic dividend, the Summit underscored the importance of addressing the unmet needs of young people and adolescents and raised concern that the West and Central Africa region is lagging behind and endorsed the Emergency Catch up Plan to accelerate the HIV response.

 

The eastern and southern Africa region which has been most affected by HIV globally has achieved the most progress. Since 2010, AIDS-related deaths have declined by 42%. New HIV infections have declined by 29%, including a 56% drop in new HIV infections among children over the same period, a remarkable achievement resulting from HIV treatment and prevention efforts that is putting the region on track to end AIDS.

 

Global solidarity and shared responsibility to stop new HIV infections among children has produced results. Around 76% of pregnant women living with HIV had access to antiretroviral medicines in 2016, up from 47% in 2010. New HIV infections among children globally have halved, from 300 000 in 2010 to 160 000 in 2016. Five-high burden African countries—Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Uganda—have already met the milestone of diagnosing and providing lifelong antiretroviral therapy to 95% of pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV.

 

However in west and central Africa the data shows that only 42% of the 6.1 million people living with HIV in the region knew their HIV status and only 35% were accessing HIV treatment and only one in four people living with HIV were virally suppressed in 2016. Similarly in the Middle East and North Africa, just over half of the people living with HIV knew their HIV status, with less than half of those on HIV treatment. Only one out of five people living with HIV was virally suppressed.

 

Some of the key challenges that Africa needs to address include addressing New HIV infections that are not declining fast enough, increase TB testing for people living with HIV, accelerate treatment for children living with HIV and address HIV issues for young people and adolescents. The data also shows  that as many as two thirds of children under two years old are diagnosed late and start treatment with advanced immunodeficiency, resulting in a high mortality rate.  A revitalised and energised response remains critical for ending AIDS by 2030 and create a solid foundation to achieve Africa’s journey towards socio-economic transformation as espoused in Agenda 2063.

African Union commends new Global Fund results in responding to AIDS, TB and Malaria

African Union commends new Global Fund results in responding to AIDS, TB and Malaria

Urges sustained political commitment to support the life-saving work of the Fund

 

Addis Ababa, 21 July 2017- The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria on Thursday announced new results that show an up-scale in the live saving programmes of the global financing mechanism. The Global Fund-supported programmes play an important role in supporting national AIDS, TB and Malaria programmes across Africa as well contributing to strengthened health systems.

 

“The new results announced by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria demonstrate impact in the fight against the three biggest diseases on the continent” said Her Excellency Amira El Fadil the Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Commission. “It is critical that we continue with our advocacy efforts to ensure that the political commitment to fund the mechanisms remains”.

 

Many countries have leveled their support to the Global Fund over time, indicating a high commitment to the Global Fund and the three diseases relative to other global health and development priorities. However in the context of many competing development priorities the African Union Commission is pushing for its Member States to increase its domestic financing to health programmes.

 

According to the report in the second half of 2016, an additional 953,000 people were put on antiretroviral therapy (ARV) for HIV in programmes supported by the Global Fund, a 9.5 percent increase, bringing the total to 11 million people. The results, based on data from the end of 2016, also show that programs supported by the Global Fund partnership provided 4.3 million pregnant women with antiretroviral medicines to prevent the transmission of HIV to their unborn children. Four countries account for about 50 percent of the 6-month increase, Nigeria (22 percent), Tanzania (11 percent), Uganda (10 percent) and Myanmar (10 percent). The full national result from Kenya is now included in Global Fund reporting. In previous years the Global Fund captured 50 percent of the national result. An additional 375,000 pregnant women were reached with services to prevent of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, representing a 9.7 percent increase from mid-2016. Counselling and testing for HIV rose by 7.8 percent to reach 579 million sessions.

 

The latest results show progress in the response to the tuberculosis epidemic with 826,000 new smear-positive cases detected and treated in the second half of 2016, an increase that brings the cumulative result to 17.4 million. People treated for multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) rose by 11.9 percent compared to the six-month period ending June 2016. In the second half of 2016, about 82 million mosquito nets were distributed for the prevention of malaria, an increase of 11.5 percent, to reach a cumulative total of 795 million. Over the same time span, the number of cases of malaria treated increased by 6.7 percent to reach 668 million. The highest number of nets was distributed in Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea and India. Together, they accounted for 70 percent of the increase from June 2016.

 

End 2016 Results

 

     

People currently receiving ARV therapy

11,000,000

 

HIV-positive pregnant women receiving ARV prophylaxis for PMTCT

4,250,000

 

Counseling and testing encounters

579,000,000

 

Basic care and support services provided to orphans and vulnerable children

8,000,000

 

Condoms distributed

5,320,000,000

 

New smear-positive TB cases detected and treated

17,400,000

 

People treated for multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB)

373,000

 

Insecticide-treated nets distributed

795,000,000

 

Structures covered by Indoor Residual Spraying

73,900,000

 

Cases of malaria treated

668,000,000

 

Community outreach prevention services (BCC)

501,000,000

 

People receiving care & support

32,700,000

 

“Person episodes” of training for health or community workers

16,600,000

 

 

African Union Commission and UNAIDS discuss implementation of key continental policy frameworks on health

African Union Commission and UNAIDS discuss implementation of key continental policy frameworks on health

 L-R Her Excellency Amira El Fadil, AU Commissioner for Social Affairs and Michel Sidibé UNAIDS Executive Director

 

Map implementation of two major initiatives to transform health in Africa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 03 July 2017- The African Union Commission and UNAIDS met Monday to discuss the implementation of key continental policy frameworks including the recently adopted Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030 and the AIDS Watch Africa Strategic Framework. The meeting began the process to map the implementation of the community health workers initiative that aims to recruit, train and deploy 2 million community health workers across Africa by 2020. The meeting further deliberated on the western and central Africa catch-up plan that aims to rapidly accelerate access to HIV treatment in the region and close the gap in access between African regions.

Reducing donor dependency

“The policy and strategic frameworks to respond to health in Africa have all been endorsed and key decisions have been made. AU Member States have to answer the question of how to finance these domestically and reduce overdependence on external support that is neither assured nor sustainable” said Her Excellency Amira El Fadil, the Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Commission.

However health in Africa has been chronically underfunded for generations and will not be improved through efficiency gains alone. Africa’s economic growth offers a further area for new revenue collection, both through general taxation and through a variety of innovative financing mechanisms. AU Member States also need to use existing resources more efficiently and effectively. The Agenda 2063 development framework emphasises the need for Africa to fund its own development through export earnings, trade and remittances among others. GDP growth is considered crucial for generating additional resources.

Creating a new sub-system of health through the two million community health workers

The two institutions discussed the way forward in rolling out the two million community health workers initiatives. The initiative will help to transform the interface between the last service provider and the community to better manage health risks. The African Union and partners will drive this initiative that will create a working sub-system of health that will create new jobs and transform the health architecture. Africa is experiencing new threats that need a new business approach to ensure that systems are engaged at the community level to prevent, manage and respond quickly.  The community health worker initiative aims to confront the acute health workforce shortages across Africa and improve access to health services for the most marginalized populations, including people living in rural areas.

Stepping up efforts to respond to AIDS in western and central Africa

While the world witnesses significant progress in responding to HIV the pace has not been fast enough in west and central Africa. The gap in accessing services is considerable with 4.7 million people living with HIV not receiving treatment. About 330 000 adults and children died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2015 in the region.

“We cannot accept a two-speed approach to ending AIDS in Africa,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. “To put western and central Africa on track to end AIDS, we must address stigma, discrimination and other challenges to an effective response, allocate funding to support the most effective strategies and implement delivery strategies that reach the communities most in need.”

The catch-up plan will aim to increase the number of people on treatment from 1.8 million to 2.9 million by mid-2018, giving an additional 1.2 million people, including 120 000 children, access to urgently needed treatment.

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