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…

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African Union Media Statement on World TB Day 2018

The African Union joins the world in commemorating the World TB Day. Africa’s Heads of State and Government have committed to concrete steps to end the TB epidemic.  Africa’s TB treatment success rate was in 2015 at 83% among new and relapse TB patients on treatment. Africa outpaced other regions in determining the HIV status of people infected with TB. Furthermore essential TB services such as testing and treatment are available free of charge in most countries in Africa.


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Leaders urged to renew commitment to a malaria-free Africa

Addis Ababa/Geneva, 26 January 2018 – African nations must renew their commitment and strengthen instruments to attain a malaria-free Africa by 2030, leaders heard today at a high-level briefing held on the margins of the 30th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.

Senior health, finance and foreign affairs officials from across the continent were briefed on the latest findings from the World Health Organization (WHO)’s World Malaria Report 2017 signaling that, for the f…

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African leaders join forces to help end AIDS in children by 2030

OAFLA and the African Union launch the ‘Free To Shine’ campaign that aims to help prevent new HIV infections and childhood deaths


Addis Ababa, 29th January 2018. The Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) and the African Union have today launched ‘Free To Shine’, a new campaign that aims to help end childhood AIDS in Africa by 2030 and keep mothers healthy. The campaign, launched during the OAFLA General Assembly, will unite people and organisations a…

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Country ownership and global health partnerships critical in achieving Universal Health Coverage

By Tawanda Chisango1

Political and global health leaders meeting mid-December on the sidelines of the universal health coverage meeting in Tokyo discussed pathways to strengthen country led efforts supported by global partnerships to achieve universal health coverage. While the meeting focused on the imperative for country ownership, domestic health financing and sustained leadership and commitment for equitable health and universal health co…

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