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

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21.05.2018 African Union Ministers of Health adopt treaty for the establishment of the African Medicines Agency
African Union Ministers of Health adopt treaty for the establishment of the African Medicines Agency
16.05.2018 AU calls for renewed action to strengthen health systems as a strong foundation to end AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030
AU calls for renewed action to strengthen health systems as a strong foundation to end AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030
25.04.2018  African Union Statement on the Occasion of the World Malaria Day
African Union Statement on the Occasion of the World Malaria Day
African Union Ministers of Health adopt treaty for the establishment of the African Medicines Agency

 

African Union Ministers of Health adopt treaty for the establishment of the African Medicines Agency

 Treaty to be summited to the Specialised Technical Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs later on this year

Geneva–20 May 2018: African Ministers of Health, Saturday meeting as a Working Group of the Specialised Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control unanimously adopted the Treaty for the establishment of the African Medicines Agency (AMA).  AMA seeks to ensure the coordination and strengthening of continental initiatives to harmonise medical products regulation, provide guidance and technical support to improve access to quality, safe and efficacious medical products and health technologies on the continent. AMA will work within the existing continental architecture of Regional Economic communities (RECs) and Regional Health Organizations (RHOs) to support AU Member States.

“The African Medicine Agency is a key element of the architecture for harmonisation of continental, institutional, scientific and regulatory resources to improve access to safe, efficacious and quality medicines” said Ambassador Ajay Kumar Bramdeo, the Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

The African Medicines Agency will promote the adoption and harmonization of medical products regulatory policies and standards, and scientific guidelines, and coordinate existing regulatory harmonization efforts in the Regional Economic Communities and Regional Health Organisations. It will further provide regulatory guidance, scientific opinions and a common framework for regulatory actions on medical products, as well as priority and emerging issues and pandemics.

The Specialised Technical Agency will also provide regulatory guidance and provide technical assistance on regulatory matters to countries that lack the capacity and resources to do so. It will further provide guidance on regulation of clinical trials on medical products and health technologies as well as traditional medical products. 

“It is increasingly becoming evident that no single country has enough resources and capability to efficiently and effectively regulate the whole supply chain system alone in this globalised world. AMA thus occupies a distinct position to leverage various regulatory assets and capabilities to improve access to safe, effective, good quality and affordable essential medicines and health technologies” said Gugu N. Mahlangu, Director-General at Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe who also Chairs the AMA Taskforce.

The new institution will also lead the establishment and strengthening of Regional Centres of Regulatory Excellency in order to develop the capacity of medical products regulatory professionals. Other key mandates will include the promotion of international cooperation and partnerships for the mobilization of financial and technical resources. The agency will promote and advocate for the use of the AU Model Law on Medical Products Regulation in Member States and RECs to facilitate regulatory and legal reforms at continental, regional and national levels.

Through AMA systems to monitor, evaluate and assess the comprehensiveness of national medical products regulatory systems with be further enhanced to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. The Agency will play a lead role in mobilising regulatory expertise across the continent and beyond to provide scientific opinions in consultation with affected Member State National Medical Regulatory Agencies in the event of a public health emergency on the continent with cross border or regional implications where new medical products are to be deployed for investigation and clinical trials.

 

For further information contact

Mr. Tawanda Chisango I AIDS Watch Africa (AWA) Program Advocacy & Partnership Expert | Social Affairs | African Union Commission I E-mail: chisangot@africa-union.org  | Web www.au.int I www.aidswatchafrica.net  

Addis Ababa | Ethiopia

 

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 An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena. Learn more at: http://www.au.int/en/

 

AU calls for renewed action to strengthen health systems as a strong foundation to end AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030

 

AU calls for renewed action to strengthen health systems as a strong foundation to end AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030

Adopt key initiatives on the three diseases for consideration by African leaders

Kigali–16 May 2018: African Union Experts meeting last week urged concerted action by Member States to strengthen health systems in order to build a strong foundation to end AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030. The consultative experts committee meets ahead of the premier meeting of Heads of State and Government that takes place every mid-year to discuss key issues for advocacy, resource mobilisation and accountability for AIDS, TB, Malaria and the broader health and development agenda. 

“Strong leadership, innovative interventions, better planning and wide access to medicines with more equity is critical in achieving universal access and to end the three diseases by 2030”, said Dr. Parfait Uwaliraye, Director General, Planning, Health Financing and Information Systems, Republic of Rwanda.

During the meeting Member State Experts discussed various key issues to advance Africa’s health and development agenda including the significant milestones towards the establishment of the Africa Medicines Agency (AMA) that will support regulatory harmonisation and facilitate medical product registration. The draft treaty for the establishment of the AMA has undergone extensive experts’ consultations and has been tabled for consideration by African Ministers of Health who will sit as a working group of the Specialised Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control on 19 May 2018.

“The African Union is cognisant of the fact that without strengthened health systems, universal health coverage will not be achieved and the transformative agenda set in the bold and ambitious targets of Agenda 2063 for inclusive economic growth and development will not be met” said Dr. Benjamin Djoudalbaye, the Head of Policy and Health Diplomacy who was representing the African Union Commission.

Member State Experts also urged partners to accelerate efforts to implement the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa business plan. The African Union is working on plans to establish a Fund for African Pharmaceutical Development (FAP-D).  A technical working group of the FAP-D has been established which will define the modalities and explore available options at margins of a continental conference bringing together private sector and public sector actors working to advance pharmaceutical  sector development scheduled to take place in September in 2018.

The Experts also reviewed the 2018 Africa Scorecard on Domestic Financing for Health and urged Member States to further increase domestic resources allocated to health in the context of Africa’s increasing Gross Domestic Product and plateauing international support. The meeting noted the wide consultations on the Common Africa Position to the High Level Meeting on TB, the African Continental End TB Accountability Framework for Action and the End TB Scorecard and recommended these initiatives for endorsement by Heads of State and Government at the July Summit. 

The meeting further requested the Commission and the RBM Partnership to coordinate with affected countries and facilitate the launch and roll out of the Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaign. In the context of the rising threat of viral Hepatitis the meeting further recommended that a Special Ministerial Session on Viral Hepatitis be convened to take stock on the status and provide a future continental direction.

For further information contact

Mr. Tawanda Chisango I AIDS Watch Africa (AWA) Program Advocacy & Partnership Expert | Social Affairs | African Union Commission I E-mail: chisangot@africa-union.org  | Web www.au.int  I www.aidswatchafrica.net   Addis Ababa | Ethiopia

About AIDS Watch Africa

Created at the Abuja 2001 Special Summit, AIDS Watch Africa (AWA) is an Africa-led instrument to stimulate leaders into action and mobilize the resources needed to address AIDS, TB and Malaria in an effective, sustainable and accountable manner. Learn more 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 An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena. Learn more at: http://www.au.int/en/

 

 African Union Statement on the Occasion of the World Malaria Day

 

 African Union Statement on the Occasion of the World Malaria Day

Eighteen years after the historic Abuja Declaration on Roll Back Malaria was signed by Heads of State and Government on 25 April 2000, African countries continue to bear the heaviest brunt of the Malaria epidemic with 90% of the disease burden on the continent. Recognising that Malaria is a huge public health threat African leaders declared 25 April as Malaria Day to ensure that the disease remains high at the policy and political agenda of the continent. Today as we join the community of nations to commemorate the World Malaria Day under the theme Ready to Beat Malaria we are cognizant of the fact that ending Malaria is a collective responsibility that requires every individual in our communities to take concerted action and more broadly we need sustained partnerships. 

Without renewed and urgent action, the major gains in the fight against malaria are under threat of being reversed. The African Union calls for greater investment and expanded coverage of proven tools that prevent, diagnose and treat malaria.

While there has been remarkable progress in responding to Malaria over the years the 2017 World malaria report highlights that progress has stalled globally.  The current pace is insufficient to achieve the bold and ambitious target to reduce malaria mortality rates to zero in all countries to at least 40% by 2020 as laid out in the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030. African Union Member States should thus accelerate efforts towards universal access to malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment, transform malaria surveillance into a core intervention, harness innovation and expand research, strengthen the enabling environment and accelerate efforts towards elimination and malaria free status. 

We cannot achieve the ambitious aspirations for socio-economic development, inclusive economic growth and Africa’s structural transformation Agenda by 2063 if we do not address the health agenda boldly. While we have many competing development priorities on the continent, African countries’ huge economic boom provides an opportunity for improved service delivery in the areas of health as well as education, power, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion.

African nations must renew their commitment and strengthen instruments to attain a malaria-free Africa by 2030 in line with the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030 adopted by Heads of State and Government in at the July 2016 Summit. 

Malaria alone is estimated to rob the continent of US$12 billion per year in lost productivity, investment and associated health care costs. It is therefore critical that we sustain the political commitment, as articulated in our continental Agenda 2063, to eliminate malaria in Africa by 2030 through increased domestic financing, increased access to life-saving malaria interventions, as well as more robust health systems. Malaria, a treatable and preventable disease, already costs the African continent’s economy US$ 12 billion per year in direct losses, and 1.3% of lost annual GDP growth., 

This July the African Union Heads of State and Government and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership will jointly launch the “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” a continent-wide public-facing campaign for a malaria-free Africa. The campaign will provide high-level engagement with government, private sector and civil society leaders: as part of the pan-African “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” campaign, leaders will be invited to publicly pledge their support to and make concrete commitments towards malaria elimination. It will advocate for an increase in external and domestic funding for malaria elimination, increase awareness and ownership at the community level and provide mission-critical support to malaria endemic countries.

The Africa CDC established in 2017 has seen increased support to all African countries to improve surveillance, emergency response, and prevention of infectious diseases. This includes addressing outbreaks, man-made and natural disasters, and public health events of regional and international concern. This new public health order in Africa will improve our response to malaria.

 

Her Excellency Mrs. Amira El Fadil

Commissioner for Social Affairs

African Union Commission

 

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