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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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06.07.2018 Heads of State Pledge Support for a Successful UN High-Level Meeting on TB during Africa Union Summit in Mauritania
Heads of State Pledge Support for a Successful UN High-Level Meeting on TB during Africa Union Summit in Mauritania
06.07.2018  African Union Heads of State and Government take key steps to accelerate efforts to end AIDS, TB and Malaria as public health threats by 2030
African Union Heads of State and Government take key steps to accelerate efforts to end AIDS, TB and Malaria as public health threats by 2030
02.07.2018 African leaders launch new, continent-wide campaign for a malaria-free Africa
African leaders launch new, continent-wide campaign for a malaria-free Africa
Heads of State Pledge Support for a Successful UN High-Level Meeting on TB during Africa Union Summit in Mauritania

Heads of State Pledge Support for a Successful UN High-Level Meeting on TB during Africa Union Summit in Mauritania

 Nouakchott, 7 July 2018: H.E. Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa and H.E. Mr. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, are the First Heads of State to Commit to Attending the High-Level Meeting on TB on 26th September.

 The Presidents announced their commitment on Sunday at the opening of 31st African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania. President Kagame currently holds the Chair of the Africa Union and hosted a meeting of nearly 20 African Heads of State to discuss the Common Africa Position on the High-Level Meeting (HLM) on TB.

 “I’m committed to attending the High-Level Meeting, and call on my fellow Heads of State to also commit to participate in this historic meeting”, said President Ramaphosa. “As Heads of State in the Africa Region, we understand that health deserves a place at the highest political levels. The issue of TB clearly goes beyond the purview of Ministries of Health because of the many political, economic and social determinants of TB, and our ability to help mobilize the resources needed to effectively fight TB.”

 President Kagame, highlighting the urgent threat of TB in the region, said “TB is one of the major diseases in Africa and sixteen of thirty designated world’s high TB burden countries are on the continent. It is in this context that the AU member states Experts and Ministers of Health endorsed the Common Africa Position on TB that will be presented during this meeting ahead of the United Nations High Level Meeting on TB in September in New York.”

 African Union countries have played a central role in leading the call for increased global cooperation on TB. In August 2016, Ministers of Health from the Africa Region were the first regional group to call for a UN High-Level Meeting on TB. African Leaders endorsed the Common African Position on the UN-High-Level Meeting on TB during the Summit, which outlines the commitments and priorities of AU Heads of State for the UNHLM, including agreement to reach 90% of all people who need TB treatment, including 90% of people in key populations, and achieve at least 90% treatment success, and to intensify investment by AU member states in Isoniazid Preventive Therapy.

 “The UN High-Level Meeting on TB is a historic opportunity to ensure TB gets on the agenda of the Heads of States and Governments. The TB community is grateful to President Ramaphosa and President Kagame for their leadership and for making it clear that TB deserves a place at the top of the political agenda. We now look to other Heads of State to follow their example and pledge their commitment to attending the UNHLM in September”, said Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership.

 “TB is now the leading public health threat to Africa’s socio-economic transformation agenda. The Common Africa Position provides an historic opportunity for Africa, a continent disproportionately affected by TB, to highlight the key commitments and priority actions needed to end the disease by 2030” said Her Excellency Amira El Fadil Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Commission.

 

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

 

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. www.aidswatchafrica.net

 Stop TB Partnership

 The Stop TB Partnership is leading the way to a world without tuberculosis (TB), a disease that is curable but still kills three people every minute. Founded in 2001, the Partnership's mission is to serve every person who is vulnerable to TB and ensure that high-quality diagnosis, treatment and care is available to all who need it.

 

 African Union Heads of State and Government take key steps to accelerate efforts to end AIDS, TB and Malaria as public health threats by 2030

 African Union Heads of State and Government take key steps to accelerate efforts to end AIDS, TB and Malaria as public health threats by 2030

 

Endorse key continental initiative to catalyse action to end Malaria

 

Nouakchott, 7 July 2018: African Heads of State and Government on Sunday during the AIDS Watch Africa Heads of State and Government annual meeting took key steps to accelerate Africa’s response to the three major epidemics of AIDS, TB and Malaria. During the meeting the leaders considered the AIDS Watch Africa Progress Report on the ongoing evidence-based advocacy, data-driven accountability and resource mobilisation efforts to end AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030.

 

“More than ever before we have a historic opportunity to end AIDS, TB and Malaria in this generation due to advancements in technology, better diagnostics, medicines, information systems and improved delivery systems at the community level. We cannot achieve the aspirations for bold and ambitious socio-economic transformation in Agenda 2063 if we do not put health at the centre of our vision for development” said President Paul Kagame of Rwanda who is also the concurrent Chairperson of the African Union and AIDS Watch Africa. 

 

During the meeting African Heads of State and Government were briefed on the significant milestones towards the establishment of the Africa Medicines Agency that will support regulatory harmonisation and facilitate medical product registration to ensure access to affordable and quality assured medicines. African Heads of State and Government also endorsed the 2018 Africa Scorecard on Domestic Financing for Health an important tool for promoting accountability in health financing. Heads of State also recommitted to further increase domestic resources allocated to health in the context of Africa’s increasing Gross Domestic Product and declining international support. The African leaders further pledged to support and work with the international community to support the next Global Fund replenishment for its role in life-saving interventions in AIDS, TB and Malaria the three biggest diseases in Africa

 

The meeting further commended the Commission for undertaking wide consultations on the Common Africa Position to the High Level Meeting on TB and endorsed the common Africa position on TB.

 

“TB is now the biggest public health threat in Africa not only impacting on Africa’s health security but also affecting Africa’s socio-economic transformation agenda. The United Nations High Level Meeting on TB in September this year provides us with a historic opportunity to advance Africa’s common position towards universal and equitable access to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support while taking into consideration structural and operational barriers to the achievement of universal access” said President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa of South Africa.

Heads of State and Government also endorsed the African Continental End TB Accountability Framework for Action and the End TB Scorecard initiative that will be produced annually.

 

During the meeting African leaders also endorsed the zero malaria starts with me campaign. The Zero Malaria Starts with Me is a continent-wide public-facing campaign for a malaria free Africa. 

“Senegal's progress in the fight against malaria is an exemplary success story in public health, and we are particularly proud of the Zero Malaria Starts with Me Campaign. The Campaign will reignite grassroot movements in which individuals, families, communities, religious leaders, private sector, political leaders, and other members of the society pledge to take responsibility in the fight against malaria”, said President Macky Sall of Senegal.

 

“The Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaign further reinvigorates our commitment to eliminate malaria in Africa as we now call upon all our people at all levels to work with us in ridding our continent of this scourge.  The implementation of this campaign will also depend on partnerships and on collaboration across sectors and amongst our population, for as government, we cannot win this fight against malaria alone” said His Majesty King Mswati III of eSwatini.

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

 

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. www.aidswatchafrica.net

 

 

 

African leaders launch new, continent-wide campaign for a malaria-free Africa

Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaign empowers Africans to take a stand in the fight against the deadly disease

Monday 2 July 2018 – Today marks the launch of Zero Malaria Starts with Me, a continent-wide campaign co-led by the African Union Commission and the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, and supported by African leaders, that will get more people involved in the fight against the disease that kills over 400,000 Africans every year.

Following reports that malaria cases have increased for the first time in more than a decade, Zero Malaria Starts with Me seeks to reignite a society-wide movement to get back on track efforts that contributed to a 60% decline in cases and saved an estimated 7 million lives since 2000, and to help meet the goal of eliminating malaria across Africa by 2030.

The campaign, unveiled Sunday during the AIDS Watch Africa Meeting at the 31st African Union Summit by President Macky Sall of Senegal and King Mswati III of Eswatini and endorsed by 55 (TBC) African Heads of State and Government today, empowers communities to take greater ownership of malaria prevention and care, and to mobilise additional resources for the effort

Read more here on our campaign website:  https://zeromalaria.africa/african-leaders-launch-new-continent-wide-campaign-for-a-malaria-free-africa  

 

 

 

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