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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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01.10.2018 African first ladies call for global partnerships to end HIV in children and mothers
African first ladies call for global partnerships to end HIV in children and mothers
01.10.2018 World leaders commit to greater policy coherence and multisectoral action to address the threat of non-communicable diseases
World leaders commit to greater policy coherence and multisectoral action to address the threat of non-communicable diseases
01.10.2018 AU applauds historic UN Political Declaration to end TB
AU applauds historic UN Political Declaration to end TB
African first ladies call for global partnerships to end HIV in children and mothers

African first ladies call for global partnerships to end HIV in children and mothers   

 

New York, Sept. 25, 2018- African first ladies meeting Tuesday at the margins of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly called a global partnership to support the Free To Shine campaign to end pediatric AIDS and keep mothers alive and healthy. The Launch in January 2017 of this joint Organisation of Africa First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS and the African Union campaign is predicated on sustained community and global level action to mobilise the resources needed to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV.

 

 “We are committed to leveraging our unique position to advocate for women and children affected by HIV and AIDS. We know there is a window of opportunity for action to achieve the AIDS-free generation in our lifetime. While African countries gradually increase domestic health financing, forging global partnerships remains a critical pillar in supporting national efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV,” said acting President of OAFLA, Her Excellency Madam Adjoavi Sika Kabore, First Lady of the Republic of Burkina Faso.

 

 UNAIDS warns that the global AIDS response is at a precarious point and that action must be taken now to achieve global targets to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. The risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV can be up to 45%, but this can be reduced to below 5% if mothers receive effective interventions. While progress has been made to combat the AIDS epidemic in Africa, children have been left behind. Of the 1.8 million children aged 0 to 14 years old living with HIV globally, 1.7 million are in Africa. More than 90% of these infections are from mother-to-child transmission.

 

‘We can get quick wins if we prioritise the prevention of unintended pregnancies among women living with HIV; prevent HIV transmission from women living with HIV to their babies and provide appropriate treatment, care and support to mothers living with HIV and their children and families’ said Her Excellency Mrs Amira El Fadil, the Commissioner for Social Affairs of the African Union Commission.

 

Currently, success in eliminating new HIV infections is hampered by inequalities in treatment access and poor adherence caused by such factors as stigma, discrimination and lack of knowledge.  While intervention programmes exist, insufficient investment is constraining progress.

 

“Stigma, discrimination and false beliefs about treatment are some of the most common reasons that women living with HIV don’t access services nor remain on the medication that will help prevent them passing on the virus to their children. The influence of the First Ladies through the Free To Shine campaign plays a very important role in addressing these issues,” said mothers2mothers Mentor Mother Babalwa Mbono from Republic of South Africa.

 

The Mentor Mother model delivered by mothers2mothers involves training and employing mothers living with HIV to become healthcare workers providing essential health services to their community.

 

“Failure to retain women and children on HIV treatment has a ripple effect that is felt throughout families, communities and the AIDS-response. Lack of adherence and retention to treatment are among the last obstacles in ending AIDS. We have found out that the most lasting and impactful solutions reside within communities, families and women themselves, whose support is critical to eliminating HIV-related stigma and discrimination,” said Fatoumata Ndiaye, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, speaking at the OAFLA event.

 

 

 

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For further information, please contact:

African Media Nardos Berhanu, Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) | nardos@oafla.org | +251-115-508069; Tawanda Chisango, African Union | chisangot@african-union.org | +251-934-167052

 

Global Media M&F Health | freetoshine@mandfhealth.com | +44-207-492-1793

 

About the Free To Shine Campaign

The Free To Shine campaign was launched in January 2018 by the African Union and OAFLA, and is widely supported by partner organizations that are leading the work to end AIDS, including UNAIDS, UNICEF, WHO, EGPAF, Abbott and Aids Accountability International.

 

For more information about the Free To Shine campaign, please visit www.freetoshineafrica.org or follow us on Twitter at @Free_To_Shine and Facebook at @FreeToShineAfrica.  

 

About the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS

Established in 2002 the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) brings together African First Ladies and various partners committed to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. OAFLA provides continent wide leadership advocating for policy and social change, engaging in resource mobilisation efforts from the global, continental and national levels. Through First Ladies and other champions OAFLA drives action in the grassroots communities working with Africa’s most vulnerable including women and children infected and affected by the AIDS epidemic who also bear the brunt of poverty and social marginalisation. For more information about OAFLA visit: www.oafla.org

 

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. For more information about the African Union visit: www.au.int

 


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World leaders commit to greater policy coherence and multisectoral action to address the threat of non-communicable diseases

World leaders commit to greater policy coherence and multisectoral action to address the threat of non-communicable diseases

 New York, 27 September 2018 -World leaders on Thursday agreed to scale up efforts to prevent and control noncommunicable diseases. Adopting a Political Declaration during a highlevel meeting on non-communicable diseases leaders committed to greater policy coherence, programmes and multisectoral partnerships for coordinated, comprehensive and integrated responses.

 

“The AU is committed to translate this Political Declaration into concrete action at the policy and programmatic levels for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. This will require Member States to put in place policies with key actions on integrating a set of cost-effective, affordable and evidence based interventions for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases” said Her Excellency Mrs. Amira Elfadil Mohammed, African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs.

 

Addressing upstream determinants of non-communicable diseases such as education, pollution control, and road safety, which require action beyond the health sector can contribute to significant reduction of the new global health threat.  ‏Key actions in the Declaration include the need to reduce the impact of marketing unhealthy foods and beverages to children. The Declaration also pushes for the production and promotion of more food products consistent with a healthy diet, including by reformulating products to provide healthier options that are affordable and accessible and that follow relevant nutrition facts and labelling standards, including information on sugars, salt and fats.

 

“Non-communicable diseases are set to become the leading cause of death in Africa by 2030. They are a threat not only to human health and well-being, but also development and economic growth. Without targeted and sustained effective interventions, they will constitute a poverty trap, with major consequences on individuals, economies and societies” said Hon.  Patrick C. Ndimubanzi, Minister of State in Charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care in Rwanda.

 

The Declaration advances the promotion and creation of an enabling environment for healthy behaviours among workers, including establishing tobacco-free workplaces and safe and healthy working environments through occupational safety. It further seeks to work towards reducing the use of salt in the food industry in order to lower sodium consumption. Improving access to affordable medicines and technologies in the prevention, care, treatment and control of non-communicable diseases is a key policy issue in national health frameworks.

 

The difficult path ahead is to work towards achieving universal health coverage through the implementation of people-centred primary health care services with an adequate and well-equipped health workforce so that preventive interventions can be provided for all. Strengthening health systems in alignment with the Africa Health Strategy (2016-2030) will see improved health outcomes and enhance greater access to affordable, safe, effective and quality assured medicines and diagnostics.

 

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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. www.au.int

 

 

AU applauds historic UN Political Declaration to end TB

AU applauds historic UN Political Declaration to end TB

 

New York, 28 September 2018: For the first time in the history of global health, the UN adopted the Political Declaration on the Fight against Tuberculosis, a global compact for joint action to define a shared vision to scale up TB prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care towards universal coverage as well as address the menace of drug resistant TB that severely affects the African continent.

 

‘Africa is currently the fastest growing region globally and is on the threshold of sustained transformation required to move its economies from the current status to middle-income level’, said Her Excellency Amira El Fadil Mohammed, ‘This provides a window of opportunity to increase domestic health financing to strengthen our health systems and to find, test and treat all TB cases’ she added.

 

Ahead of the UN Assembly, the AU led consultations on the Common Africa Position on TB beginning September 2017 with the National TB programmes managers, civil society, development partners and the private sector before key endorsements by African Ministers of Health during the World Health Assembly in May 2018 and African Heads of State and Government in July 2018.

 

Africa’s key asks were built around enhanced leadership, country ownership, governance and accountability; universal and equitable access to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support; increased research and development to improve access to affordable and quality assured diagnostics, medicines, commodities and technologies; strategic information and health financing in the context of competing development global priorities.

 

The Common Africa Position on TB which is largely reflected in the UN outcome document pushed for the declaration of TB as an emergency; mobilisation of additional domestic and international resources for TB control; universal coverage with improved diagnosis for all;  increased TB case finding and treatment success rates; strengthening TB surveillance through establishing functional vital registration systems and electronic recording and reporting systems as well as strengthening TB laboratory networks and diagnosis and treatment of childhood TB.

 

The Africa CDC Framework for Antimicrobial Resistance, (2018-2023) which will be implemented through the Anti-Microbial Resistance Surveillance Network will deal with antimicrobial resistant organisms that are increasing globally and threatening to render existing treatments ineffective against many infectious diseases such as TB. The framework seeks improved surveillance, delayed emergency, limited transmission and mitigation of harm among infected patients.

 

TB is linked to Africa’s weak health systems and the need to improve health service delivery. The recently established Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, its Regional Collaborating Centres, WHO and partners are increasing collaboration to end TB.  To promote accountability of the TB response on the continent the Africa Union Assembly in July 2018 endorsed the Africa Continental End TB Accountability Framework for Action and the End TB Scorecard initiative that will be produced annually. This will help strengthen the accountability landscape with the African Union that is already producing the Africa Scorecard on Domestic Financing for Health annually.

 

Africa has made significant strides in controlling tuberculosis (TB) over the years, and managed to halt and begin to reverse TB incidence. However with 14% of the world population, Africa accounts for 25% of existing TB cases.  Sixteen of thirty designated world’s high TB burden countries are on the continent. Furthermore, there is very low treatment coverage with only 49% of estimated TB cases being identified and put on treatment. Drug resistant TB cases are being increasingly reported but only 68% of those diagnosed are accessing treatment.

 

In 2016, African leaders endorsed the Catalytic Framework to End AIDS, Tuberculosis and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030. Achieving Africa’s Agenda 2063 for inclusive growth and structural transformation is predicated on addressing the health of her citizens.

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. www.au.int

 

 

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