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Created at the Abuja 2001 Special Summit, AIDS Watch Africa (AWA) is an Africa-led instrument to stimulate leaders into action and mobilize the resources needed to address AIDS, TB and Malaria in an effective, sustainable and accountable manner.

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The world's first malaria vaccine could potentially prevent up to one in four malaria deaths in young children, predict scientists. In a new study, published today in The Lancet, scientists from Imperial College London and other international institutions used mathematical models to predict the effectiveness of the vaccine.
Despite lower death rates, tuberculosis (TB) is now killing more people each year than HIV, according to new data from the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO announced that the fight against TB–one of the top infectious bacterial diseases, mainly affecting the lungs–has paid off, with this year’s mortality rate at nearly half of what it was in 1990.
There has been a concerted international effort since the early 2000s to tackle malaria. This has led to dramatic reductions in the disease. World Health Organisation estimates show that in 2015 there were 214 million malaria cases and 438,000 deaths globally. This is a 37% decrease in the incidence rate of malaria compared to 15 years ago and a 60% reduction in deaths.
Chinese and African health officials on Tuesday adopted the Cape Town Declaration which outlines the objectives for future cooperation in health development. This emerged after the ministers in charge of health affairs in China and African countries, met in Cape Town for the 2nd Ministerial Forum of China-Africa Health Development.
Elimination 8 (E8) has set the formidable target of full malaria elimination in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland by 2020. Termed the "frontline four", these countries are nearing elimination of the disease after achieving a 75% decline between 2000 and 2012.

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African Union Ambassadors meeting Friday were briefed on the progress in the implementation of AU health policy frameworks that are due to expire at the end of December and the next steps in achieving universal health access.
Leaders meeting in Addis Ababa Monday urged concerted continental and global efforts to accelerate domestic financing for health. The meeting also emphasised the continued importance of international support to Africa’s disease responses in the spirit of shared responsibility and global solidarity.
Sandton–16 June 2015: African leaders on Sunday during the statutory AIDS Watch Africa (AWA) luncheon meeting adopted the report of AIDS Watch Africa Member States Experts on AIDS, TB and Malaria. The report comes at a critical juncture when the the African Union is reviewing its key health frameworks that will come to an end in 2015. At the global level countries are finalising negotiations for the Sustainable Development Goals that will supersede the Millennium Development Goals at the same time.
Ahead of the Heads and State and Government Summit in Johannesburg in June 2015, Member State Experts on AIDS, TB and Malaria met in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from 4 to 5 May 2015. They discussed the key actions and milestones to end AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030.
The Chairperson of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance and Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn made a call for the continental body to develop an African Roadmap to eliminate malaria by 2030.