AIDS Watch Africa (AWA) champions to intensify advocacy efforts on AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

The AIDS Watch Africa Champions met on 16 July 2013, at the sidelines of the Abuja Special Summit on AIDS, TB and Malaria and mapped out action to accelerate advocacy, accountability and resource mobilisation efforts towards ending AIDS, TB and Malaria in Africa. The meeting of Heads of State who are the AIDS Watch Champions hosted by the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan adopted a schedule of initiatives to be implemented in the last 900 days before the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

To leverage and consolidate on the work that AWA Champions are already doing at the continental level Gabon will lead efforts to champion the getting to Zero campaign in Africa- Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination and Zero AIDS-related deaths. Côte d’Ivoire will champion strengthened partnerships for AIDS, TB while Malawi will champion the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV. Tunisia will champion the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa to ensure access to affordable and quality assured drugs. Tanzania will champion malaria control and build on the role that the president has played in the African Leaders Malaria Alliance.

The action plan sets out clear activities for the Champions to utilise Regional Economic Communities as the fundamental pillars for the implementation of the AU Roadmap, galvanise strong linkages with various continental initiatives including the Elders, Champions for an HIV Free Generation, Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), Regional Health Organisations (RHOs) and support the speedy implementation of the African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization Programme (AMRH) and the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa (PMPA) initiatives.

The AWA Champions are H.E Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Chairperson of the African Union and AIDS Watch Africa, H.E Armando Guebuza, President of the Republic of Mozambique, Vice-Chairperson of AIDS Watch Africa, H.E Armando Guebuza, President of the Republic of Mozambique, Vice-Chairperson of AIDS Watch Africa, H.E Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, AWA Champion for West Africa, H.E Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Republic of Gabon, AWA Champion for Central Africa, H.E Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, AWA Champion for East Africa, H.E Joyce Banda, President the Republic of Malawi, AWA Champion for Southern Africa, H.E Moncef Marzouki, President of the Democratic Republic of Tunisia, AWA Champion for North Africa.

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