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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 2000.

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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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19.05.2017 AU Experts deliberate on priority actions to end AIDS, TB and Malaria as public health threats by 2030
AU Experts deliberate on priority actions to end AIDS, TB and Malaria as public health threats by 2030
27.03.2017 African Union joins the world in commemorating World TB day and urges swift action to put TB under control
African Union joins the world in commemorating World TB day and urges swift action to put TB under control
27.03.2017 African ministers set key priorities in health, population and drug control to harness the demographic dividend
African ministers set key priorities in health, population and drug control to harness the demographic dividend
AU Experts deliberate on priority actions to end AIDS, TB and Malaria as public health threats by 2030
AU Experts deliberate on priority actions to end AIDS, TB and Malaria as public health threats by 2030
 
 
Support initiative to recruit 2 million community health workers to improve community health delivery systems
 
Conakry, 17 May 2017- Ahead of the meeting of African Heads of State and Government on 3 July 2017, experts working in AIDS, TB and Malaria adopted the AIDS Watch Africa Strategic Framework last week. The new strategy will further strengthen AIDS Watch Africa as the Heads of State and Government level continental vehicle for joint action, advocacy and accountability towards ending AIDS, TB and Malaria.
 
The Heads of State will roll out this strategy within the framework of the Africa Health Strategy and the Catalytic Framework to End AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030 adopted by African leaders in July 2016 at the Kigali Summit. These frameworks provide a clear policy direction for strengthening health systems and achieve universal health coverage.
 
“We are now in a new era for global health and development where Africa is increasing commitments to transform health systems, build community resilience and contribute to better health outcomes through increased investments in health” said Hon. Abdourahmane Diallo, Minister of Health of Guinea.
 
Urgent need to accelerate efforts to end AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030
 
While there has been significant progress in the reduction of deaths and new rates of HIV infection, the West and Central Africa region is lagging behind. An emergency plan is needed urgently to accelerate the HIV response. Furthermore, despite the progress made, deaths and new infection rates remain high among young people especially young girls and women and more concerted efforts and investments are needed to address the their unmet needs. The situation is made worse by under investments in tuberculosis that have hampered efforts for increased coverage and access to services for detection and treatment. Furthermore, the gains against malaria are fragile and require additional investments for antimalarial drug and insecticide resistance monitoring, giving priority to surveillance, detection and response.
 
“Addressing the broader health agenda is a catalyst for inclusive economic growth and development. However under investments in health threaten Africa’s demographic dividend, an enabler for the achievement of Agenda 2063’s socio-economic development and structural transformation aspirations” said Ambassador Olawale Maiyegun, the Director for Social Affairs at the African Union Commission.
 
The Africa Scorecard on Domestic Financing for Health adopted last year is a critical tool that countries have started using to track progress in health financing including monitoring progress towards meeting the ambitious 15% Abuja target and donor commitments. Efforts are currently ongoing to institutionalise regular, systematic and routine annual implementation of National Health Accounts that will improve the quality of data on health financing in Member States.
 
Enhancing improved delivery systems at the community level
 
With better diagnostics, medicines, information and systems there is need to mobilise community workers and train them to play an important role to end epidemics. The Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the recent resurgence of Malaria in Namibia and Mozambique, Lassa fever and Meningitis in Nigeria and Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo demonstrates that new threats will continue to emerge. Engaging at the community level to prevent, manage and respond quickly to emergency disease outbreaks is thus a clear priority.
 
“We need to transform the interface between the last service provider and the community to better manage health risks. Creating a working sub-system of health with paid community health workers will transform our health architecture” said Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, ‘We cannot achieve set targets if we do not build strong and well trained human resources for health” he added.
 
UNAIDS and partners are driving an initiative to recruit 2 million paid community health workers to improve community health delivery systems.
 
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
 
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Directorate of Information and Communication | African Union Commission I E-mail: DIC@african-union.org I Web Site: www.au.int I Addis Ababa | Ethiopia
 
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African Union joins the world in commemorating World TB day and urges swift action to put TB under control

 

African Union joins the world in commemorating World TB day and urges swift action to put TB under control

 

Addis Ababa, 27 March 2017- the African Union and partners on Friday joined the globe to commemorate the World TB Day with a call for renewed and united action to end TB. The African Union Commission is at the forefront of actively engaging Member States in accelerating the response towards AIDS, TB and Malaria. The fight against these three major pandemics and other infectious diseases remain high on the continental agenda. AIDS Watch Africa, the highest advocacy, resource mobilisation and accountability mechanisms for AIDS, TB and Malaria on the continent constituted of all African Heads of State and Government meets every year to consider key issues to address these three diseases.

 

“To end TB we need to ensure that we reach, find, treat and cure all those millions in need in Africa and ensure that there is zero discrimination in our communities, workplaces and health facilities” said Her Excellency Amira El Fadil, the Commissioner for Social Affairs of the African Union Commission during her address during the meeting organised by the African Union at its headquarters.

 

According to the 2016 World TB Report, in 2015 there were an estimated 10.4 million new TB cases worldwide. Africa accounted for 26% of these cases. Africa accounts for more than 16 out of the 30 countries with high TB burden. Africa also accounts for 23 out of the 30 countries with high TB/HIV burden. Africa further accounts for 9 out of the 30 countries with a high burden of multi drug resistant TB. The proportion of TB cases co-infected with HIV was highest in Africa (31%) and exceeded 50% in parts of southern Africa and hence the need to ensure that HIV positive people are tested for TB and put under treatment.

 

“We need to fast track the implementation of the business model of the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Malaria in Africa by 2030 and invest for impact’ said Hon. Abdourahmane Diallo, the Minister of Health of the Republic of Guinea.

 

The business model galvanises countries to focus on 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 African Union’s ambitious and bold policies will need supportive systems together with commensurate resources for TB care, prevention and research.

 

Some of the key issues to be addressed in Africa include TB/HIV co-infection, scaling-up technology for early diagnosis and sustained access to medicines through local production. Countries will also need to strengthen mechanisms to increase coverage and access to services for detection and treatment of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis and TB in children and vulnerable populations.

 

The meeting jointly organised by the African Union Commission and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development included high level participation by the World Health Organisation, Stop TB Partnership, the World Bank, East Central and Southern Africa Health Community, the private sector and the Global TB Caucus among many other key stakeholders.

 

For further information:

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

 

For media enquiries:

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 ministers set key priorities in health, population and drug control to harness the demographic dividend

 

African ministers set key priorities in health, population and drug control to harness the demographic dividend

 

 Call for increased investments in young people

 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 24 March 2017- African Ministers on Friday met for the statutory African Union Specialised Technical Committee meeting on Health, Population and Drug Control. The ministers from the three sectors committed to key actions needed to harness Africa’s demographic dividend. It is estimated that 68% of the population in Africa is under age 30 and the African Union this year is focusing on “harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth” to ensure that this majority population provides an engine for the implementation of Agenda 2063.

 

“We have set a clear roadmap to harness the historic opportunity of the demographic dividend to accelerate the implementation of our Agenda 2063 continental vision. We know that we have many challenges ahead but we are confident that if the concrete programme that we have put together is supported with significant investments in young people we will achieve the socio-economic and structural transformation agenda of the continent,” said Her Excellency Amira El Fadil, the Commissioner for Social Affairs of the African Union Commission.

 

A Ministerial panel during the meeting highlighted key recommendations for overcoming the challenges towards harnessing the demographic dividend contained in the report of their experts. Some of the key recommendations include the need for cross-sectoral coordination across relevant line ministries to develop and deliver on targeted and integrated policies for young people that cut across the health and nutrition, education, youth and culture, labour and employment sectors so that Africa can reap the demographic dividend. Updating school curricula to make education more relevant to the labour market and promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and industrialization are some of the key priorities of African Union countries. This will require policies that ensure that young people are kept in school and provided with life-planning skills. The ministers also highlighted the urgent need to address drug use among young people and its effects including on their mental health and the need for treatment and rehabilitation. This will ensure that they contribute towards the development of the continent during their most productive years.

 

The meeting highlighted progress towards the setting up of the Africa Medicines Agency by 2018 with a draft treaty for its establishment being finalised. A proposal was also tabled during the meeting to establish a Fund for Africa’s Pharmaceutical Development. This is urgently needed to ensure adequate funding to support current plans for pharmaceutical development in Africa. The meeting was further updated on the launch of the Africa Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention that provides a framework for the institution to support countries to improve surveillance, emergency response, and prevention of infectious diseases.

 

For further information:

 

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

 

Wurie Bah, Communications and Advocacy Exert Department of Social Affairs| E-mail: bahW@africa-union.org Tel: +251 912621689/:www.au.int |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: 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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