AU, WHO sign MoU to accelerate vital health goals
Addis Ababa, November 18, 2019 (FBC) – The African Union (AU) Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) cementing their mutual commitment to expand and deepen their relationship and cooperation.
The document was signed at WHO Headquarters by Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairman of the African Union Commission, and Dr Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of the World Health Organization.
According to a statement issued by WHO, the MoU specifies three key areas of collaboration:
• Providing technical expertise to the African Medicines Agency (AMA) and creating an enabling environment to foster local production of medicines.
• Strengthening collaboration between the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and WHO. WHO will also support efforts to strengthen the health workforce in AU countries, and to establish the African Volunteer Health Corps.
• Supporting the implementation of the Addis Ababa Call to Action on universal health coverage and the AU Declaration on Domestic Financing.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mahamat and Dr Tedros expressed a shared view that the partnership will help to facilitate the necessary political support, and implementation of country-level interventions, needed to improve the health and well-being of people across the African continent.