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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

Ending The Inequalities Obstructing Progressive HIV Response In Africa

WORLD AIDS DAY JOINT OPINION PIECE Authors H.E Amira Elfadil – Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, African Union ‎Commission Ms. Winnie Byanyima – Executive Director of UNAIDS Mr. Peter Sands – Executive Director of the Global Fund Today, the African Union (AU) Commission, UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria join the rest of the world to commemorate World AIDS Day 2021 under the theme “End Inequalities. End…

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#DayOfTheGirlChild Edition of the #ProtectedAndInformed Campaign

Happy International Day of the Girl Child 2021! The AU Commission through AIDS Watch Africa Secretariat in collaboration with UNAIDS, is pleased to bring you the International Day of the ‎Girl Child Edition of the #ProtectedAndInformed digital HIV advocacy campaign. Join us as we celebrate the girl child! How To Get Involved: a) Tune into the ‎#ProtectedAndInformed virtual dialogue from 14:30-15:30 (GMT+3)‎ live on AIDS Watch Africa Twitter and Facebook pages b) Participate in the…

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AUDA-NEPAD Convenes Delegates to Discuss Piloting of Regional Health Financing ‎Hubs‎

As part of executing Decision Assembly/AU/Dec.810(XXXIV) of 6–7 February 2021 on ‎domestic health financing, the AUDA-NEPAD hosted preparatory meetings to discuss piloting of Regional Health Financing Hubs (RHFH) in the Southern Africa and East Africa AU Regions as follows:‎ ‎– 29 August to 03 September: Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Johannesburg, South Africa‎ ‎– ‎12 to 17 September: ‎East African Community (EAC) in Nairobi, Kenya‎ The consultations consisted of delegates from the African Union…

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CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE

Celebration of Global Fund’s 20th Anniversary and Torch Handover Caravan to the ‎United Republic of Tanzania

On August 27, the AU Commission joined Her Excellency, Dr. Lia Tadesse, the Minister of Health ‎of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Representatives of the Federal Government of Ethiopia; Representatives of the United Republic of Tanzania;  Delegates from the Diplomatic Corps and development partners to celebrate the long-standing relationship shared with the Global Fund and reflect on the vast impact made over the past 20 years. The celebration was marked by a Torch Caravan…

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AU Special Envoy for the African Medicines Agency (AMA) Embarks on High-‎Level ‎Advocacy Activities

The African Union Special Envoy for the African Medicines Agency (AMA), ‎Honourable Michel Sidibé, embarked on high-level advocacy activities on the ‎ratification of the Treaty that will establish the AMA following his appointment on 26 ‎March 2021. ‎ The Special Envoy has led high-level advocacy missions together with the ‎Commission to member states that have signed but yet to ratify the AMA Treaty, in ‎order to fast track the coming into Force of the Treaty.…

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Africa CDC to Host the Inaugural Annual Conference on Public Health in Africa from 14-‎‎16 December 2021‎

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) announced that the 1st International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA), which was postponed earlier this year due to COVID-19, will now take place virtually 14-16 December 2021. The conference will offer a unique platform for African researchers, policymakers and stakeholders to share scientific findings and public health perspectives and collaborate on research, innovation and public health across the continent. “Africa has been hard…

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