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AHO Sustainable Health Agenda for Africa 2020-2030

The countries of Africa have come together in an unprecedented fashion to develop and launch this inspirational Sustainable Health Agenda for Africa 2020-2030, and I applaud them. Africa endeavours to take its role as a trailblazer and global leader in public health, in this case by clearly stating how it will take up the challenges laid out in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.

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AHO Strategic Plan 2020-2025

This ambitious Plan is the product of intensive consultation and collaboration with Members and staff across the organisation. While ensuring a country focus, it provides a clear direction for the coming years, allowing the organisation to remain in the forefront of efforts to improve the health and quality of life of the people in Africa.

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AHO Plan of Action to Accelerate the Reduction in Maternal Mortality and Severe Mobidity

The maternal mortality rate being 88.9 per 100,000 live births in Africa is a disgraceful situation. There is an immediate and desperate need for an action to be taken against such unnecessary deaths as studies have proved that 95% of maternal mortality in Africa can be prevented. Our plan for fighting maternal mortality as documented here has four strategic areas and nine interventions of proven benefit to maternal and perinatal health have been identified and prioritized. We aim to combat this problem by incorporating universal health care services into coordinated national health centres.

AHO Strategy and Plan of Action for Improving Adelescent and Youth Health

The Strategy seeks to improve the health of the largest cohort of young people in the history of Africa—representing 34.5% of the total population —and to respond to the changing context: demographic transition, globalization, environmental changes, and new communication technologies. In the next decade, Member States will be challenged to promote and protect the health and development of young people in order to ensure that they build social capital and have healthy populations in their most economically productive years and in older ages. This challenge cannot be addressed by the health sector alone; the integration and coordination of actions of all stakeholders is no longer a choice, in order to minimize the duplication of efforts and maximize the impact of investments made.

AHO Strategy and Plan of Action for Integrated Child Health

At the AHO Conference, held in September 2018 in Harare, Member States approved the Strategy and Plan of Action for Integrated Child Health. The Strategy and Plan are an ongoing effort to support and expand the concept of integration of actions within health systems and services, and at the family and community levels in the Region. One of the principal goals is to accelerate progress towards reaching the Strategic Development Goals (SDG), to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by mitigating environmental risks and applying integrated actions based on the social determinants of health. This work will contribute to advancing the agenda of building national health care systems using an integrated set of primary health care, evidencebased, and high-impact interventions to achieve the well-being of children and the full potential of human development.

AHO Strategy and Plan of Action for Malaria

AHO approved resolution on malaria prevention and control. This resolution embraced the Internationally Agreed-upon Development Goals. The resolution requested AHO to continue providing technical cooperation and coordinating efforts to reduce malaria in endemic countries and prevent reintroduction of transmission where it has been interrupted. Accordingly, AHO proceeded to engage representatives of various sectors and stakeholders working in the field of malaria in a comprehensive consultative process to develop useful guidelines for Members and partner institutions for the prevention and control of malaria in Africa. The Plan outlines the key components of malaria prevention and control in Africa and provides guidance and strategic orientation for the work of the stakeholders involved.

AHO Strategy and Plan of Action for the Reduction of Chronic Malnutrition

Malnutrition during the preconception period, life in utero, childhood, and throughout life course increases the risk of illness and premature death. The earlier malnutrition occurs, the more severe its consequences. Furthermore, it has a deleterious effect on growth and development and can even blunt the immune response and reduce physical, mental and learning capacity. Much more recent, however, and still evolving, is knowledge about the relationship between poor nutrition during critical periods of prenatal and postnatal life and the risk of chronic noncommunicable diseases in adulthood.

AHO Strategy and Plan of Action for Universal Health Coverage

The right to health is the core value of universal health coverage, to be promoted and protected without distinction of age, ethnic group, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, economic position, birth, or any other status. Promoting and protecting the right to health requires interaction with other related human rights. The right to health is protected by the vast majority of national constitutions and by international and regional human rights treaties, including the constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO).

AHO Strategy and Plan of Action on Access to Health Universal Healthcare

Universal access to health and universal health coverage imply that all people and communities have access, without any kind of discrimination, to comprehensive, appropriate and timely, quality health services determined at the national level according to needs, as well as access to safe, effective, and affordable quality medicines, while ensuring that the use of such services does not expose users to financial difficulties, especially groups in conditions of vulnerability. Universal access to health and universal health coverage require determining and implementing policies and actions with a multisectoral approach to address the social determinants of health and promote a society-wide commitment to fostering health and well-being

AHO Strategy and Plan of Action on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control

In response to the high incidence and mortality rates of cervical cancer in Africa, Africa Health Organization (AHO) developed the Strategy and Plan of Action for Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control. The Strategy aims to fortify cervical cancer programs, promoting a comprehensive strategy to approach the natural history of the disease, from primary prevention and early detection to diagnosis, treatment and palliative care; stimulating the introduction of new technologies and approaches to improve the effectiveness of existing programs.

AHO Strategy and Plan of Action on Climate Change

The scientific evidence and the scientific community’s consensus regarding climate change are irrefutable. In large part, this change is due to the use of fossil fuels. Based on observed increases in average global air and ocean temperatures, and the widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global average sea level, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded in 2007 that the warming of the climate—which includes an increase in climatic variability—is unequivocal. Evidence from around the world demonstrates that rising temperatures are changing and disrupting the balance of natural systems that supply the basic needs of life.

AHO Strategy and Plan of Action on Epilepsy

Epilepsy is one of the world’s most common chronic neurological disorders. Roughly 50 million people suffer from it. Nevertheless, it is estimated that over 50% of these people in Africa have no access to services. Furthermore, the stigma attached to people with epilepsy is a barrier to the exercise of their human rights and social integration.