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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 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 Ending Female Genital Mutilation

As an international health agency, one of the key areas of concern for Africa Health Organisation (AHO) is “promoting equity in health” across Africa.1 Fundamental to achieving this aim is a thorough understanding of the ways in which gender affects health. Beyond recognising the biologically unique healthcare requirements of women in relation to pregnancy, menstruation and other key issues, we must understand how some of the cultural traditions practiced by African communities jeopardise the standard of health and quality of life experienced by women living within these communities. Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) – as a widespread practice which violates numerous human rights including “the right to non-discrimination on the grounds of sex” and “the right to freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”2 – poses a particularly significant threat to the health of African women.

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.

AHO Strategy and Plan of Action on Girls Education

A number of obstacles limit women and girls from fully exercising their right to participate in, complete, and benefit from education; to name a few, poverty, geographical isolation, minority status, disability, early marriage and pregnancy, gender-based violence, and traditional attitudes about the status and role of women. The nature of the challenge of achieving education equality is multi-faceted and a number of these obstacles are compounding heightening the complexity.

AHO Strategy and Plan of Action on Girls’ Education in Africa

Today, approximately 60 million primary school children are missing from classrooms and half of them live in sub-Saharan Africa (60 million girls, 2019). Moreover, large gender gaps still remain in terms of access to and learning achievement in education in many settings across the world. 16 million girls will never set foot in a classroom and women account for two thirds of the 750 million adults without basic literacy skills.

AHO Strategy and Plan of Action on Nutrition and Development

Nutrition is both an indicator and outcome of national development. Some of AHO Goals—to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, ensure environmental sustainability, and combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases—are directly related to nutrition. Moreover, malnutrition has a negative impact on economic growth and perpetuates poverty through direct losses in productivity; indirect losses from poor cognitive function and deficits in schooling; and losses due to increased health care costs. Precise regional estimates are not available; however, the health costs and social burden of caring for the millions of people suffering from nutrition-related diseases are likely to be exorbitant.

AHO Strategy and Plan of Action on Strengthening the Health System to Address Violence Against Women

Violence against women affects one in three women in Africa and can lead to profound and long-lasting health consequences for survivors, including physical injury, unwanted pregnancy, abortion, sexually transmitted infections (including HIV/AIDS) and a range of negative mental health outcomes. The international community has increasingly recognised that all efforts to improve women’s health and well-being will be limited unless they also tackle the problem of violence against women.

AHO Strategy and Plan of Action Women’s Health

This document outlines the African Health Organisation’s strategy for women’s health. According to a 2012 report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), women account for over half Africa’s human resources. As such, addressing women’s health needs positively impacts on the socioeconomic development of societies, countries and the continent. Given the multifaceted nature of women’s health, a multidimensional approach that considers all aspects of individual women’s lifestyles, must be adopted.