21 November 2016
The African Union (AU) Commission believes that the Global Strategy remains a very important tool to build on the momentum gained and set the stage for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. At the Commission, the Strategy will give new impetus to the continental campaigns and the push for renewed focus on the health of women, children and adolescents as well as the need to put in place strong accountability mechanisms for financial resources and improved health outcomes. The revised Strategy aligns with the AU health policies, strategies and programmes such as: The African Health Strategy; The Continental Policy Framework for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; The Maputo Plan of Action; Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa; Abuja AU Commitments: The Roadmap for Control and Elimination of AIDS TB and Malaria by 2030; Continental Strategic Framework and African eMTCT Plan for the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children in Africa; Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA); AU Champaign to End Child Marriage in Africa; and The Mama Afrika Award. The AU believes strongly that implementing the above policies, strategies and programmes would have a direct impact on the achievements of the updated Global Strategy.
The African Union is committed to ensuring that women, children and adolescents are given the attention they deserve in the post-2015 era. The Commission commits to continue high-level advocacy to ensure ownership, political commitment and leadership for the implementation of global and continental health policies, strategies and programmes at the national level.