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

President Kenyatta launches national Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaign, strengthening continental leadership towards a malaria-free Africa

Mombasa, 31 October 2020– Today, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the launch of Kenya’s Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaign, joining the pan-African movement to strengthen local, national, and regional efforts towards a malaria-free Africa. As part of the campaign, individuals, families, communities, as well as political and business leaders will be urged to make a personal commitment to step up the fight against the disease. The East African nation, which accounts for 3% of global malaria…

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Strengthening Youth Leadership and Engagement in the Fight Against Malaria in Africa

Africa has the youngest population in the world: over 75% of its 1.2 billion inhabitants are under the age of 35 and 453 million Africans are aged 15-35. The continent’s youthful population presents a powerful opportunity for accelerated economic growth and innovation. However, greater economic productivity will only manifest when young people are healthy, well-educated and empowered to seize opportunities and thrive. The African Union Commission upholds the centrality of youth empowerment as attested in…

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CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE

Q & A Interview: Leadership for Sustainable Health Financing In Africa between Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Health

03 November 2020 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The African Union Commission hosted the inaugural AU Africa Leadership Meeting (ALM) of Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Health on 8th and 9th, October. Ministers from AU Member States in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region, respectively, shared experiences and opportunities on how to sustain health gains through country efforts in driving effective and efficient reforms, which seek to mobilize additional resources for health, and improve the…

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Juliet Murindi, 19 years old | Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

                                             By: PEPFAR Born and bred in Zimbabwe, Juliet found herself on the verge of dropping out of school. She even contemplated engaging in transactional sex to help her single mother and three siblings make ends meet. After finishing ordinary level in 2016, she was unable to advance her education and did not think there was anything else she could do. Luckily in 2018, one of the DREAMS Club Facilitators reached out and recruited…

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Profile: Dr Jibola, Malaria Champion

By: RBM Partnership to End Malaria “If you say children are the future, then we should actually protect the future,” says Lagos-based Dr Jibola. Too many times, he has seen parents bringing their children to the hospital and being told that their child had already reached cerebral malaria, their early lives stamped with a future of suffering, from regression in milestones to permanent impairments. Nothing could motivate Dr Ajibola Ojikutu (who goes by Dr Jibola)…

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