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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

 

 

DECLARATIONS

 

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

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DECISIONS

 

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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20.11.2017  Ministers of health and parliamentarians jointly review Common Africa Position to end TB
Ministers of health and parliamentarians jointly review Common Africa Position to end TB
08.11.2017  African Union consults regional and continental partners on the Common Africa Position to end TB
African Union consults regional and continental partners on the Common Africa Position to end TB
08.11.2017 Africa Partnership and Coordination Forum agree on joint priorities to fast track implementation of the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030
Africa Partnership and Coordination Forum agree on joint priorities to fast track implementation of the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030
 Ministers of health and parliamentarians jointly review Common Africa Position to end TB

Moscow, 20 November 2017- African Union ministers of health and parliamentarians meeting on the sidelines of the First WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB reviewed the Draft Common Africa Position on TB. The draft advances Africa’s position and builds consensus while amplifying the African voice on key TB policy issues, ahead of the 2018 United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on TB.

‘To end the TB epidemic we must ensure universal access to high quality TB services including diagnostics, drugs, digital technologies and standards of care for all forms of TB and ensure attention to high risk groups and vulnerable populations. This requires sustained leadership and multisectoral collaboration” said Hon. Dr Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi, the Minister of Health of the Republic of South Africa.

The Common Africa Position epitomizes the implementation of the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Malaria in Africa by 2030 which sets bold and ambitious targets to end TB by 2030 that are aligned to the Global End TB Strategy. The Common Africa Position seeks to ensure sufficient and sustainable financing and universal coverage of TB care and prevention backed by science, research and innovation.

Africa has made significant strides in controlling TB over the years. However the latest WHO Global TB Report released two weeks ago shows that much needs to be done to end the epidemic. TB incidence rates in the region are the highest per population and the current rate of decline of TB incidence is not adequate to end the epidemic by 2030. As a region, Africa accounts for 25 to 28% of notified TB cases every year. Africa is home to 16 of the 30 global TB high burden countries.

Recent surveys have shown that many countries are missing half of the existing TB cases partly due to continued use of diagnostic technologies that have known low yield, inadequate coverage with primary health services, and inadequate collaboration with the private sector and communities, among others.  Treatment coverage is currently estimated at 49%.Persistent high levels of TB/HIV co-infection mean that it remains a significant risk factor continuing to drive the TB epidemic in some settings especially in East and Southern Africa. Drug resistant TB exists widely and only half of diagnosed cases are receiving effective treatment, and only 68% of those on treatment are being cured. The 2017 WHO Global TB report shows inadequate investments in TB. Domestic financing accounts for only 26% of TB funding, while 41% of needs remain unfunded.

“We need to take decisive action towards financing TB. Without question, funding shortfalls are among the main reasons why we may trip and not reach the end TB targets. We will need to expand access to patient-centred diagnosis, treatment and care  through universal coverage with modern high yielding diagnostic tools, quality assured modern medicines and regimens, and social protection which leaves no one behind, especially poor and marginalised populations” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

The Common Africa Position addresses six key areas which are promoting leadership, country ownership, governance and accountability; universal and equitable access to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support; access to affordable and quality assured medicines, commodities and technologies; research and innovation; health financing and strategic information.

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For further information contact:

Dr. Marie-Goretti Harakeye Ndayisaba | Head of Division AIDS, TB and Malaria | Social Affairs Department | African Union Commission | Tel: (251) 11 551 77 00 | Fax: (251) 11 551 78 44 | E-mail: Harakeyem@africa-union.org | Web: www.au.int |Addis Ababa | Ethiopia

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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 consults regional and continental partners on the Common Africa Position to end TB

African Union consults regional and continental partners on the Common Africa Position to end TB

Johannesburg, 07 November 2017- The African Union’s Partnership and Coordination Forum on AIDS, TB and Malaria last week reviewed the draft Common Africa Position on TB for the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on TB that is scheduled to take place in 2018. The Draft Common Africa Position on TB was last month reviewed by the Ministry of Health TB Programme Managers in Harare. The draft focuses on six pillars which are leadership, country ownership, governance and accountability; universal and equitable access to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support; access to affordable and quality assured medicines, commodities and technologies; research and innovation; health financing and strategic information.

Promoting leadership, country ownership, governance and accountability

The draft calls for sustained political commitment and calls for increased leadership, ownership, integration, governance and management of TB programmes to promote accountability. It further calls for governments to intensify TB responses through working with African leaders as champions, cross-sector partnerships, increased oversight and accountability, improved monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

Universal and equitable access to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support

While taking into consideration structural and operational barriers to achieve universal access the draft calls for Member States to scale up TB programmes to reach, find, treat and cure all people with TB. It further calls for Multi Drug Resistant TB to be declared a global emergency and health security threat so that it can be addressed properly in most affected countries. The draft further calls for TB services  to be accessible in congested settings, high risk areas including prisons, mines and areas affected by conflict and humanitarian emergencies to help guarantee that no one is left behind.

 

 

Access to affordable and quality assured medicines, commodities and technologies

The Common Africa Position calls for African governments to pursue new innovations and ensure access to affordable and quality assured medicines, commodities and technologies for TB.

Research and Innovation

The draft calls for governments to strengthen collaboration with research institutions to enhance innovation and evidence informed policies and programmes as well as increased investments in research and innovation.

Health financing

Africa will also push for increased domestic and international funding to health through innovative financing mechanisms, social health insurance schemes and increased allocations at various levels.

Strategic information

The Common Africa position also calls for improved data to inform policy and programmes for TB.

The Commission has lined up various consultation meetings ahead of the UN meeting.

For more information, visit http://www.au.int

For further information contact:

Dr. Marie-Goretti Harakeye Ndayisaba | Head of Division AIDS, TB and Malaria | Social Affairs Department | African Union Commission | Tel: (251) 11 551 77 00 | Fax: (251) 11 551 78 44 | E-mail: Harakeyem@africa-union.org | Web: www.au.int |Addis Ababa | Ethiopia

For more information visit www.au.int  

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/

 

 

 

 

 

Africa Partnership and Coordination Forum agree on joint priorities to fast track implementation of the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030

Johannesburg, 07 November 2017- The African Union Commission convened regional and continental partners last week to discuss joint priorities to support countries end AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030. African Union Organs, Regional Economic Communities, Regional Health Organisations, development partners, civil society and the private sector all attended the two days meeting.

“We have the science and tools to end AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030. The continental targets set for the three diseases can be achieved with sustained leadership, ownership, sustained financing, effective partnerships and accountability,” said Dr. Richard Kamwi, former health minister of Namibia who is the current Goodwill Ambassador of Elimination 8 and Africa CDC Champion.

The Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030 is a continental framework that enunciates key policy issues, strategic priorities, targets and accountability mechanisms.

“Africa’s agenda for inclusive growth, socio-economic and structural transformation is predicated on harnessing the demographic dividend from its youthful population. To ensure that Africa is firmly on this path the health agenda remains fundamental and requires multi-level partnerships and streamlined coordination to ensure that we get the value for money, create synergies and innovation needed to defeat these three diseases” said Dr. Benjamin Djoudalbaye of the African Union Commission.

The Africa Partnership and Coordination Forum on AIDS, TB and Malaria established in 2016 coordinates the efforts of regional and continental players in supporting countries to implement the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030. This year the Forum developed an action plan with key advocacy and resource mobilisation priorities, opportunities for joint action, advocacy for continued political commitment and coordination of efforts of various stakeholders at the regional level. These high level actions were aligned to the Catalytic Framework’s business model for investing for impact through focused investment in three strategic investment areas which are health systems strengthening, generation and use of evidence for policy and programme interventions and advocacy and capacity building. The meeting adopted an accountability mechanism to track progress annually on agreed joint priorities.

The policy direction and coordination of continental frameworks is primarily driven by Member States Experts who are convened through the biannual Specialised Technical Committee on Health Population and Drug Control. Furthermore the AIDS Watch Africa Consultative Experts Committee Meeting that is convened annually also provides technical input to define the policy direction on health and the response to AIDS, TB and Malaria. At a higher level the AIDS Watch Africa, Heads of State and Government also meet annually and review progress on the continental response to AIDS, TB and Malaria and their pronouncements and decisions.

For more information, visit http://www.au.int

For further information contact:

Dr. Marie-Goretti Harakeye Ndayisaba | Head of Division AIDS, TB and Malaria | Social Affairs Department | African Union Commission | Tel: (251) 11 551 77 00 | Fax: (251) 11 551 78 44 | E-mail: Harakeyem@africa-union.org | Web: www.au.int |Addis Ababa | Ethiopia

For more information visit www.au.int  

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/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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