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AHO Strategy and Plan of Action for Ending Child Marriage

This report presented the Africa Health Organisation’s strategy between 2020 and 2030 to work towards the elimination of child marriage in Africa. Over one third of girls in Africa are married before the age of 18, impacting their health, earning prospects and independence. Therefore, it is vital that the rate of reduction of child marriage is dramatically accelerated to prevent the violation of the rights of millions more girls.


AHO Guidance and Technical Report on COVID-19 infections prevention and control for primary care settings in Africa

Africa Health Organisation (AHO) has produced a Guidance and Technical Report on COVID-19 infection prevention and control for primary care, including general practitioner practices, dental clinics and pharmacy settings in Africa.


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.


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.


AHO Plan of Action on the Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases

Chronic diseases have not received the priority attention in public health policies and programs commensurate with their disease burden in this Region. There are clear evidence and cost–effective interventions available to prevent premature deaths from chronic diseases, and it is time to act to prevent the further loss of millions of lives and damage to economies. Every country, regardless of the level of resources can make significant improvements in chronic disease prevention and control. The major causes of chronic diseases are known, and if these risk factors were eliminated, at least 80% of all heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes would be prevented; over 40% of cancer would be prevented. This Strategy aims to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic diseases and related risk factors in Africa.

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 Policy and Strategy in Addressing Sexual & Gender-Based Violnce (SGBV)

The problem of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) is a significant human rights issue that impacts the entire globe. Indeed, SBGV exists in every single country and occurs in every social, cultural, racial and ethnic group. While the occurrence of SGBV is omnipresent in every society world wide, its prevalence in Africa calls for further dedication and urgent policy and strategy development.

AHO Strategy and Plan of Action for Children in Emergenices and Disasters

AHO strives to achieve equity of health in Africa. All humans have a right to health; the right to health is defined in Article 25 of the United Nations’ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. ‘Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services’. This right to health extends to children and to when they find themselves in periods of emergencies and disasters.

AHO Strategy and Plan of Action for Girls and Women in Disasters and Emergencies

This document addresses the complexities of gender within times of disaster and emergencies, and how this can cause serious implications for the health of women and girls. This plan aims to identify how these issues can be reduced both prior to the emergencies, with ways to prepare communities to deal with potential disasters, as well as providing support for communities during disasters and emergencies.

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).