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PRESS RELEASE: Africa Partnership and Coordination Forum agree on joint priorities to fast track implementation of the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030

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Johannesburg, 07 November 2017- The African Union Commission (AUC) convened regional and continental partners last week to discuss joint priorities to support countries end AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030. In attendance were: African Union Organs, Regional Economic Communities, Regional Health Organisations, development partners, civil society the private sector and invited guests

“We have the science and tools to end AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030. The continental
targets set for the three diseases can be achieved with sustained leadership, ownership,
sustained financing, effective partnerships and accountability,” said Dr. Richard Kamwi,
former health minister of Namibia who is the current Goodwill Ambassador of Elimination
8 and Africa CDC Champion.

The Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030 is a
continental framework that enunciates key policy issues, strategic priorities, targets and
accountability mechanisms.

“Africa’s agenda for inclusive growth, socio-economic and structural transformation is
predicated on harnessing the demographic dividend from its youthful population. To
ensure that Africa is firmly on this path the health agenda remains fundamental and
requires multi-level partnerships and streamlined coordination to ensure that we get the
value for money, create synergies and innovation needed to defeat these three diseases”
said Dr. Benjamin Djoudalbaye of the African Union Commission.

The Africa Partnership and Coordination Forum on AIDS, TB and Malaria established in
2016 coordinates the efforts of regional and continental players in supporting countries to
implement the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and eliminate Malaria in Africa by
2030. This year the Forum developed an action plan with key advocacy and resource
mobilisation priorities, opportunities for joint action, advocacy for continued political
commitment and coordination of efforts of various stakeholders at the regional level.

These high level actions were aligned to the Catalytic Framework’s business model for
investing for impact through focused investment in three strategic investment areas which
are health systems strengthening, generation and use of evidence for policy and 
programme interventions and advocacy and capacity building. The meeting adopted an
accountability mechanism to track progress annually on agreed joint priorities.

The policy direction and coordination of continental frameworks is primarily driven by
Member States Experts who are convened through the biannual Specialised Technical
Committee on Health Population and Drug Control. Furthermore the AIDS Watch Africa
Consultative Experts Committee Meeting that is convened annually also provides
technical input to define the policy direction on health and the response to AIDS, TB and
Malaria. At a higher level the AIDS Watch Africa, Heads of State and Government also
meet annually and review progress on the continental response to AIDS, TB and Malaria
and their pronouncements and decisions.

For more information, visit

For further information contact:

r. Marie-Goretti Harakeye Ndayisaba | Head of Division AIDS, TB and Malaria | Social
Affairs Department | African Union Commission | Tel: (251) 11 551 77 00 | Fax: (251) 11
551 78 44 | E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | Web: |Addis Ababa |

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