Together we can end

WE ARE ON A MISSION

AIDS, Malaria and TB by 2030

ABOUT US

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.

BEFORE YOU FINISH READING THIS SENTENCE, NEARLY THREE PEOPLE WILL HAVE DIED EITHER OF AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS OR MALARIA IN AFRICA.

We are on a mission to change that. 

Here’s how:

Promote effective leadership and good governance

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.

Convey information for action and development

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.

FOSTER IMPACTFUL
MULTISECTORAL PARTNERSHIPS

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:

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Africa Leadership Meeting – Investing in Health (ALM) Declaration

In February 2019, African Heads of States and Government endorsed the ALM Declaration to

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Free To Shine Campaign

In January 2018, the African Union Commission co-launched the Free To Shine Campaign with

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Zero Malaria Starts With Me Campaign (ZMSWM)

The African Union Heads of State and Government endorsed ZMSWM in July 2018 in

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NEWSROOM

AU-EU strategy – Joint Civil Society Paper on Health Ahead of the Leaders’ Summit

By: Fitsum Lakew and Angela Muathe , WACI Health On 24 February, WACI Wealth mobilized members of the Africa Civil Society Platform for Health (CISPHA) for a discussion on the AU -EU Strategy which focused on the health pillar. CISPHA is working to increase and sustain advocacy to hold AU member states accountable especially on the outcomes of the Africa Leaders Meeting on Health, the AU-EU relations and TICAD. CISPHA’s engagement is primarily in participation…

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Aidspan’s Role in Breaking Barriers to HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria Services in Africa

Samuel Muniu                                                                                                                      18 March 2021 – Aidspan, the independent observer of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, plays a critical role in influencing the Global Fund’s transparency and effectiveness in its response to the three diseases and resilient and sustainable systems for health (RSSH). We are strategically positioned as a credible source of information to countries on Global Fund policies and processes, thereby enabling them to access and utilize grants…

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Kadiatou Sanogo – Drawing the line against malaria in ‎Mali

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Breaking Barriers to Tuberculosis Services in Africa

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