The AIDS Watch Africa statutory Consultative Experts Meeting met in Kigali, Republic of Rwanda from 08 to 09 May 2018 to deliberate on AU health policy instruments. The meeting considered the AWA progress report, Free to Shine Campaign, The Implementation of PMPA Business Plan and The African Medicine Agency, the 2 million Community Workers Initiative, the West and Central Africa Emergency Plan, the Zero Malaria Campaign, the Common Africa Position on TB, the Africa Scorecard on Domestic Financing for Health, Innovative and Domestic Financing for Health Practices and the AWA Draft Decision.
The Commission also briefed the AWA Experts on the AU Health Policy Frameworks that were already adopted by the African Ministers of Health in May 2016 and the importance of strengthening the health systems in order to achieve the health universal coverage as one of the key objective of the transformative agenda2063.
Objective of the Meeting:
· Strong Commitment
· Better Planning
The meeting was attended by Experts from Ministries of Health representing the following Member States: Algeria, Arab Saharahouie Republic, Botswana, Lesotho, Burundi, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The NEPAD Agency and the following partners were also represented: ALMA, Global Funds, RBM Partnership, UNAIDS, WHO,
In discussion with WHO Afro Coordinator and Dr. Ndougou Salla Ba-WHO Regional advisor on the Catch up plan along with two (2) representatives from Liberia Commissioner Theodosia S. Kolee, Commissioner for Decentralization / Acting Chairperson and Dr. Julia Toomey Garbo, Program Manager (NACP) on the way forward with the catch up plan for West Africa.
The meeting was held at Gorillac Golf Hotel Nyanilarama in Kigili, Rwanda from 9-10 May 2018.
To end HIV/TB & Malaria by 2030 as Public health treats.
• There is need to assign focal point person (s) for each country to liaise with AWA to ensure effective coordination and implementation;
• All AU initiatives to control the three diseases should be aligned to national policy frameworks in order for them to be mutually reinforcing and complimentary;
• Dissemination strategies with the Member States to share policy frameworks and best practices should be further strengthened;
• Coordination and harmonization between RECS and AWA should be further strengthened to ensure harmonisation, effective coordination and implementation;
• There is need to standardise performance framework tools of the three diseases at the country level;
• The Commission, working with Member States should make the collection of health financing data routinised and regularised in order to populate the Scorecard;
• The Commission working with partners and Member States should establish a process for the review and validation of the collected data for the Scorecard(e.g. technical level national validation meetings followed by regional / continental level validation meetings followed by presentation of the data at the Ministerial level);
• The AU Member States and partners should consider to commit to financing the annual implementation of NHA.
• Overall, innovative health financing complement traditional government revenue generation and only as a short-term solution to funding needs while governments work to expand the tax base.
• General government taxation must remain the priority source of health financing
• Encourage Member States to map all large capital projects (both ongoing and planned) to ensure that the health risks associated with these projects are properly identified, costed as part of the Environmental Management Plans (EMPs);
• There is need to call upon leaders to prioritise local production of medicines as this is vital for public health;
• Member States are encouraged to explore and learn best practices from efforts spearheaded by those countries that have already integrated local production of medicines in their national plans;
• The Africa Vaccine Regulatory Forum (AVAREF) should be more aligned with the AMRH Programme;
Goal of the Cutch up plan:
Triple the number of people on HIV treatment.