Created at the Abuja 2001 Special Summit, AIDS Watch Africa (AWA) is a statutory 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, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030.
We are on a mission to change that.
AWA progressively brings together global and continental leaders for high-level policy dialogues on AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and resource mobilisation with emphasis on increased, sustained political commitment and accountability. To promote accountable leadership and follow up action, AWA holds a consultative meeting each year with experts from AU Member States to deliberate on key policy issues and prepare a report for presentation to Heads of State and Government during the AU Assembly.
AWA conducts evidence-based advocacy for continental policy frameworks and instigates data-driven accountability towards turning commitments into action. We work with all the key AU organs, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regional Health Organizations (RHOs), civil society, the private sector and development agencies to acquire and disseminate comprehensive information and jointly plan and review implementation of AU continental policies.
Attaining end of AIDS, tuberculosis, and elimination of malaria by 2030 is attainable.
However, it requires strong, sustained collaborative effort. To this end, we engage policy makers and multi-sector continental and global development partners on strengthening the response to the three diseases in Africa and prioritising health financing
Initiatives led by AWA include:
In February 2019, African Heads of States and Government endorsed the ALM Declaration toRead More
In January 2018, the African Union Commission co-launched the Free To Shine Campaign withRead More
Official Statement: International Nurses Day 2021 By: H.E. Amira Elfadil Mohamed – Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, African Union Commission 12 May 2021, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The health and well-being of individuals, families, and societies in Africa is fundamental to the continent’s prosperity. Nurses and midwives play a vital role in responding to the health-related needs of communities in all settings. They are thus, critical to the attainment of a healthy…
Attributed to Yacine Djibo, Founder and Executive Director of Speak Up Africa The role of Science for Africa The role of science in improving the state of African health and more broadly facilitating the continent’s broader development goals of promoting economic development cannot be underestimated. Science is a critical element of the African Union’s blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future – Agenda 2063. Science plays a role…
By: Kadiatou Sanogo This year Kadiatou has joined Zero Malaria Starts With Me’s new campaign, Draw The Line Against Malaria, to end malaria within a generation, a disease that still takes a child’s life every two minutes. Together, this new movement is making sure no one is left behind. Kadiatou is uniting with young people from across Africa and globally to unite and fight malaria by driving more action, more innovation, more funding and more…
By: Dr. Sheila Shawa, Senior Program Officer – Health Division, African Union Commission TB has been in existence for over a century, and global efforts are working effectively and efficiently towards its control and elimination. The prevailing situation regarding the COVID 19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the national TB programs, leading to an increase in the number of missing people with TB and a decline in tests conducted. Further, there has been…