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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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10.07.2017  African Union Commission and UNFPA recommit to accelerate efforts to implement roadmap to harness the demographic dividend through investments in youth
African Union Commission and UNFPA recommit to accelerate efforts to implement roadmap to harness the demographic dividend through investments in youth
10.07.2017  African Union Heads of State and Government commit to accelerate the implementation of International Health Regulations
African Union Heads of State and Government commit to accelerate the implementation of International Health Regulations
10.07.2017 African Union Commission and Global Fund commit to strengthened collaboration in implementing Africa’s health policies
African Union Commission and Global Fund commit to strengthened collaboration in implementing Africa’s health policies
 African Union Commission and UNFPA recommit to accelerate efforts to implement roadmap to harness the demographic dividend through investments in youth

 

African Union Commission and UNFPA recommit to accelerate efforts to implement roadmap to harness the demographic dividend through investments in youth

 

Addis Ababa, 5 July 2017- The African Union Commission and the United Nations Population Fund met Saturday to discuss joint action to accelerate the implementation of the African Union Roadmap to Harness the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth. The Roadmap was endorsed by the Heads of State and Government in January this year.

Built around four pillars of employment and entrepreneurship, education and skills development, health and wellbeing and rights, governance and youth empowerment, the Roadmap provides clear catalytic actions and deliverables to harness the demographic dividend emanating for an increasing youthful population in Africa.

“Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth is the key to achieving the bold aspirations of Agenda 2063. We need to implement the key deliverables in the Roadmap and transform education and skills development, health and wellbeing, empowerment as well as employment and entrepreneurship as we march towards inclusive economic growth and sustainable development,” said Her Excellency Amira El Fadil, the Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Commission.

The central importance of the demographic dividend to Africa’s transformative development has been repeatedly acknowledged by African leaders at the highest level and in key ministerial platforms. Over the last ten years, it has become evident that a demographic dividend lens offers a strategic basis for focusing and prioritizing investments in people in general and the youth in particular. During the meeting the Commission highlighted the need for continued engagement in the Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa, the Campaign to end Child Marriage that seeks to keep girls out of early marriage and in school and the need to fast track the implementation of the Addis Ababa Declaration on Sexual Reproductive Rights and Health.

“Harnessing the demographic dividend requires that we all work together to fully implement the Addis Ababa Declaration on Population and Development in Africa. We are committed to support the African Union in its efforts to address sexual and reproductive health and rights, child marriage, female genital mutilation and other practices that violate women and child rights and impede their role in transforming our societies" said Dr. Natalia Kanem, the ad interim Executive Director of UNFPA.

According to the UN World Population Prospects the continent’s population reached 1.2 billion in 2015 and is projected to grow rapidly, reaching 1.7 billion in 2030 and more than double by 2050, to 2.5 billion and 3 billion in 2063. Its share of the global population will increase from 16 per cent in 2015 to more than 29 per cent in 2063. More remarkable is the fact that about 46 per cent of the 1.3 billion increase in Africa’s labor force over the period 2015-2063 will be young people aged 15-34, averaging 12.1 million a year. With this fast transformation in the age structure and a decline in dependency ratios, there is a potential for economic growth spurred by the increased labor income and increased savings.

To harness the potential that this brings there is need for the development and implementation of sound policies in education, health, including family planning and the creation of an enabling macroeconomic environment. Facilitating job creation and access to decent employment and increases in the productive workforce will lead to higher growth and rising income. Harnessing the demographic dividend presents an opportunity to build resilience of young people and address the root causes of many of the key challenges facing Africa including forced migration, radicalization and violent extremism.

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Mr. Tawanda Chisango | Partnerships and Advocacy Expert | Department of Social Affairs | E-mail: Chisangot@africa-union.org | Tel: +251 934167052 | www.au.int |Addis Ababa | Ethiopia| web http://www.aidswatchafrica.net

 

About the African Union

 

The African Union spearheads Africa’s development and integration in close collaboration with African Union Member States, the Regional Economic Communities and African citizens.  AU Vision: to accelerate progress towards an integrated, prosperous and inclusive Africa, at peace with itself, playing a dynamic role in the continental and global arena, effectively driven by an accountable, efficient and responsive Commission. Learn more at: http://www.au.int/en/

 African Union Heads of State and Government commit to accelerate the implementation of International Health Regulations

 

African Union Heads of State and Government commit to accelerate the implementation of International Health Regulations

 

Addis Ababa, 6 July 2017- Heads of State and Government meeting on Tuesday adopted the Declaration on Accelerating Implementation of International Health Regulations in Africa. The Declaration seeks to address the increasing public health events and recurrent epidemics on the continent and their huge socio-economic impact. Many African countries have not adequately implemented International Health Regulations to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of diseases.

“A fundamental part of a government’s basic duty is to protect its citizens against health insecurity, risks and emergencies, it is therefore important that AU Member States meet the International Health Regulations core capacities in disease outbreak prevention, preparedness and response” said Her Excellency Amira El Fadil, the Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Commission.

African Heads of State and Government committed in the Declaration to accelerate the implementation of International Health Regulations at national, provincial and local levels with a clear road map and monitoring mechanisms. They further committed to mobilise resources and put in place multi-sectoral mechanisms to accelerate its implementation.

The Declaration tasks the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, African Union Commission, World Health Organisation and other stakeholders to work together to provide the necessary technical support to Member States to accelerate implementation. The Declaration further directs the African Union Commission, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organisation to report on its implementation within the context of the collaborative framework for improving health security in Africa. The Declaration directs these key players to submit a biennial report on the implementation of the regulations to the Assembly.

Ahead of the Assembly the Executive Council of the African Union endorsed the decision to allocate 0.5% of the AU annual operational budget to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with partners to further strengthen International Health Regulations core capacities and improve health security in Africa.

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For more information:

 

Tawanda Chisango | Advocacy and Partnerships Expert | Department of Social Affairs | African Union Commission I E-mail: chisangot@african-union.org I Tel: +251934167052

 

About the African Union

The African Union spearheads Africa’s development and integration in close collaboration with African Union Member States, the Regional Economic Communities and African citizens.  AU Vision: to accelerate progress towards an integrated, prosperous and inclusive Africa, at peace with itself, playing a dynamic role in the continental and global arena, effectively driven by an accountable, efficient and responsive Commission. Learn more at: http://www.au.int/en/

 

 

 

 

 

 

African Union Commission and Global Fund commit to strengthened collaboration in implementing Africa’s health policies

 

African Union Commission and Global Fund commit to strengthened collaboration in implementing Africa’s health policies

 

Explore mechanisms to leverage private sector to mobilise African resources for health

 

Addis Ababa, 4 July 2017- The African Union Commission and the Global Fund met Tuesday to discuss strengthened collaboration between the two institutions in implementing a raft of AU policy frameworks on health. The two institutions work together to advocate for increased investments in health on the continent and globally as well as promoting increased accountability.

The African Union Commission and Global Fund in collaboration with the World Health Organisation are working to support countries to improve national health financing data and provide evidence for tracking progress toward universal health coverage and ensure financing of regular, systematic and routine annual implementation of National Health Accounts.

“The African Union has adopted well developed policies that will guide the broader health and development agenda until 2030. We need to work together with our partners to push for implementation of these frameworks by Member States. To ensure the health of African citizens is addressed sustainably we need to accelerate efforts in mobilising domestic resources including leveraging on our private sector capabilities” said Her Excellency Amira El Fadil, the Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Commission.

 

 Partnerships with the private sector a catalyst for sustainable social change

The private sector can play a key enabling role to end the three diseases for good. An increased role for the private sector will contribute to ensuring that health is funded adequately, diseases are prevented where possible and treated as needed. Moreover the private sector has key competencies in transforming the minds of leaders and communities to invest in health to transform lives.

“We share the vision of accelerating Africa’s transformation through addressing AIDS, TB and Malaria and strengthened health systems. Mobilising domestic resources will be the engine that will accelerate our collective efforts to end the three diseases. This is the time to leverage the private sector to mobilise African resources for health to complement the public sector's efforts in providing healthcare across Africa and let us explore ways to work with the Africans4Africa initiative” said Marijke Wijnroks the interim Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.

During its board meeting in Kigali in May 2017 the Global Fund and the Africans4Africa initiative formalised their intention to collaborate towards the accelerated and sustainable transformation of the African continent through impactful social investments. Africans for Africa is an all-African driven social impact investment fund to generate investments that will accelerate the pace of sustainable development with a specific focus on health, education and economic inclusion to address community challenges. The initiative mobilised resources from the African private sector, African high net worth Individuals and development organisations.

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For more information:

 

Dr. Marie-Goretti Harakeye Ndayisaba | Head of Division, AIDS, TB, Malaria and OIDs | Department of Social Affairs | African Union Commission I E-mail: Harakeyem@africa-union.org I Tel: +251 (251) 11 551 77 00

 

Tawanda Chisango | Advocacy and Partnerships Expert | Department of Social Affairs | African Union Commission I E-mail: chisangot@african-union.org I Tel: +251934167052

 

About the African Union

 

The African Union spearheads Africa’s development and integration in close collaboration with African Union Member States, the Regional Economic Communities and African citizens.  AU Vision: to accelerate progress towards an integrated, prosperous and inclusive Africa, at peace with itself, playing a dynamic role in the continental and global arena, effectively driven by an accountable, efficient and responsive Commission. Learn more at: http://www.au.int/en/

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