Key highlights of the Abuja+12 Special Summit on AIDS, TB and Malaria

By AIDS Watch Africa

The Africa Union Abuja +12 special Summit will be held in Abuja, Nigeria from 12 to 16 July 2013. The theme of the special summit is “Ownership, Accountability and Sustainability of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Response in Africa: Past, Present and the Future’’. The overall expected outcome of the special summit is renewed leadership and stewardship by African leaders to eradicate HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The special summit will review the status of African Governments investment in the various national responses to AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious Diseases (ORID); and will adopt a set of actions to enhance the continent’s response and efforts towards reversing the impact of these diseases by ensuring universal access to services and strengthened health systems, especially for the poor and most marginalised people. The Abuja+12 summit will review the efforts of the continent in addressing AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and the impact of this response on the health, financing and government systems.

Forthcoming events during the summit

CSOs Forum – 4-5 July 2013

The civil society and Non – State Actors will engage in an interactive and constructive consultation as from the 4-5 July 2013. Participants for the forum would be drawn from CSOs and development partners relevant to the wide range of themes of the Abuja declaration review process (Health Financing, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and related health themes) and the health MDGs.The key outcome of the consultations will include recommendations on the key topics as well as a CSO Action Plan to facilitate the delivery of the identified result areas.

 Meeting of Experts- 8-9 July 2013

The Special Summit will be preceded by the experts meeting on the 8-9 July 2013 to review the background documents and make recommendation for consideration by the Permanent Representatives Committee. The experts will: review the progress and achievements in the attainment of the targets of the 2000, 2001 and 2006 Abuja Summits, in the framework of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); review and identify factors that underpin the persistent burden of HIV, TB and Malaria on the continent; identify gaps, constraints and challenges to the achievement of the Abuja and health related MDGs targets; and make proposals on renewing commitment by African Leaders to address challenges in meeting the Abuja Call and MDG targets and recommendations on Africa’s position on post 2015 development agenda

AIDS Watch Africa (AWA) Champions Breakfast Meeting-16 July 2013

The AIDS Watch Africa (AWA) Champions will be hosted to a breakfast meeting b H.E. President Jonathan Ebele Goodluck of the Republic of Nigeria. This will be the first AWA Champions meeting to be convened bythe Chairperson of AU/AWA,H.E Ato Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. During the meeting the AWA Champions will deliberate on concrete strategies to championthe Future Direction framework of AWA 2012-2015, the Roadmap on Shared Responsibility and Global Solidarity for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria response in Africa as well as update on the One Year Progress on AWA mandate.

Meeting of the Executive Council: 13 July 2013

The Meeting of the Executive Council will consider the reports of civil society and the meeting of the experts and submit a report to the Heads of State and Government Summit.

Special AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government: 15-16 July 2013

The special Summit will review the status of African Governments’ investment and the various national responses to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Other Related Infectious Diseases (ORID); and will adopt a set of actions to enhance the continent’s response and efforts towards reversing the impact of these diseases by ensuring universal access to services and strengthened health systems, especially for the poor and most marginalized people.

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