Increasing Accountability on African Union Health Policy Instruments

AAI is proud to be a partner of the African Union Commission on the process of increasing accountability on the revised AU Health Policy Instruments.

The Commision of the African Union has successfully finalized the revision of key health policy instruments. The revised health policy instruments have been adopted and endorsed by the 1st Session of the Specialised Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control and the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly respectively. The instruments include the African Health Strategy 2016-2030, The Maputo Plan of Action (2016-2030), The Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030 and the African Regional Nutrition Strategy 2015-2025.

Prior to their finalisation, adoption and endorsement, the expiring instruments were assessed to identify progress made, gaps and challenges, and ultimately the emerging issues all of which have guided the review process. Among the key challenges identified by the assessments were the low level of awareness among the African populace of the existence of the continental health policy instruments and weak accountability frameworks to monitor their implementation. The revised health instruments have therefore laid emphasis on the need to put in place elaborate accountability mechanisms to ensure all responsible stakeholders are held accountable to implement the commitments articulated in the instruments.

It is in view of the above that the Department of Social Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) in partnership with AIDS Accountability International (AAI), ARROW and the Ford Foundation are planning to convene the AUC Stakeholder Consultation on “Increasing Accountability on African Union Health Policy Instruments”. The meeting aims at laying the ground for the successful implementation of the African Union Health policy instruments across the continent by 2030. The consultations are part of an elaborate process aimed at increasing visibility and accountability for the health commitments. The meeting will bring together stakeholders to share ideas and come up with a framework to monitor the implementation of the revised instruments namely:

 Africa Health Strategy (2016-2030)
 The Maputo Plan of Action (2016-2030) for the implementation of the Continental Framework on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
 The Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030
 Africa Scorecard on Domestic Financing for Health
 African regional Nutrition Strategy 2015-2025

 

Objectives

 

Accelerated implementation of the revised health policy instruments will ultimately strengthen the continental health systems performance, increase investments in health, improve equity and address social determinants of health to reduce priority disease burdens by 2030. As the continent focuses its attention on the revised instruments, rolling out effective accountability mechanisms will be central in ensuring improved implementation of the instruments. The meeting therefore happens at an opportune time and aims to prepare an accountability framework to guide the establishment of an effective accountability mechanism for monitoring implementation of the revised health policy instruments.

The meeting will be guided by the following specific objectives:

 Determine the information sharing modalities for the revised health policy instruments;
 Deliberate on the accountability frameworks specific to each of the three health policy instrument namely the Maputo Plan of Action (2016-2030), The Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030 including the dopmestic finacing scorecard and the African Regional Nutrition Strategy 2015-2025;
 Prepare the draft accountability framework for the African Union health agenda that speaks to the African Health Strategy 2016 – 2030; and
 Establish the roles and responsibilities of the key partners in putting in place the accountability mechanism.

 

Expected Outputs

 

 Information sharing plan for the revised health policy instruments
 Draft accountability framework for the revised health policy instruments

 

Dates and Venue

 

The meeting is scheduled to hold from 12th - 13th June 2017 in Cairo, Egypt. The exact venue of the meeting will be communicated in due course.

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Participants

 

The Department of Social Affairs of the AUC, AIDS Accountability International, Ford Foundation and ARROW will be the main organisers of the meeting.

The meeting will bring together several stakeholders spearheading the implementation of:
 Africa Health Strategy (2016-2030)
 The Maputo Plan of Action (2016-2030) for the implementation of the Continental Framework on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
 The Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030 including the Africa Scorecard on Domestic Financing for Health
 African Regional Nutrition Strategy 2015-2025


It is anticipated that the workshop will bring together a total of approximately 20 - 25 participants.

 

Logistics and Language

 

The AIDS Accountability International will cover the conference costs (venue, meals and stationary) related to the meeting. Partners will cover the costs (accommodation and air tickets) associated with their respective representatives to the meeting. All participants are requested to obtain their visa from the embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in their respective countries. Due to logistical limitations, the meet will only be conducted in English.

This work is funded by Ford Foundation and Arrow:

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Contact Details


1. Dr Margaret Agama-Anyetei
Head of Health, Nutrition and Population Division
Social Affairs Department
African Union Commission
Email: Agama-Anyeteim@africa-union.org
Website: www.au.int

2. Bob Mwiinga Munyati, MPH
Senior Researcher
107 Greenmarket Place, 54 Shortmarket Street Cape Town 8000 South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)21 424 2057
Email: bob@aidsaccountability.org
Website: www.aidsaccountability.org

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