Women Must Redesign the table, and not just expect to be at the table, says Ģraça Machel

18.November.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Dame Graça Machel, one of Africa’s foremost advocates for the rights of women and children, has called on African women and policy makers to challenge gender inequality and inadequate female representation in the continent’s business and economic, political and policy space.

“Africa’s socio-economic transformation will only be realized once we aggressively address gender-specific challenges, prioritize gender equality and women’s participation, and firmly entrench women in leadership positions at all levels in society,” Madam Machel remarked.

“African women need to be in the driving seat of national discourse…women need to be at the centre of our economies,” Machel said. “They must also pro-actively seek to correct the status quo.”

Graca Machel spoke during the 22nd Eminent Speakers’ Lecture of the African Development Institute held at the Babacar N’diaye Auditorium in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Her address was titled: “Educating the Girl Child, Empowering Women, and Enhancing Female Entrepreneurship in Africa”.

“We have a remainder of 45 years to achieve the goals which we have set out for ourselves in Agenda 2063. Within these 45 years is a lifespan of an entire generation of young girls who will grow to become active citizens whose potential must be unlocked. To ensure that we achieve the goals for our development by 2063 we need to fully invest in and optimize of the continent’s other half which for too long has been neglected: the African female!” Machel said to a packed hall filled with development experts, Abidjan-based diplomats, members of the Southern African community in Cote d’Ivoire, students from Ivorian secondary and tertiary institutions, the media, management and staff of the African Development Bank.

The former freedom fighter who was also Mozambique’s first Education and Culture Minister, following the country’s independence in 1975, also called for increased investments in education, especially girl child education, agriculture and nutrition. 

She remarked that, “Investing in education from early childhood has a lasting effect on the survival, development, protection and active participation of children in social, economic and political activities. Knowing what we know, we must demand that governments fully meet their commitments to the investment in education.”

Education transforms the lives of individuals, communities and nations and is a prerequisite for sustainable development, Machel said, emphasizing that, “Education, particularly for girls, is a catalyst for reducing child and maternal deaths and lifting people out of poverty.”

She observed that Africa as a whole has no meaningful development of an Early Child Development (ECD) system and that World Bank estimates paint a dire situation for investments in ECD in Sub Saharan Africa. “Nations in the region devote just 2 percent of education budgets to pre-primary education and early childhood development programs. This small percentage is committed in the face of overwhelming evidence that an additional dollar invested in quality early childhood programs yields a return (https://bit.ly/2mFl3Jf) of between $6 dollars and $17 dollars,” she said. 

National spending commitments in education and Early Child Development systems in Africa vary widely, with Zambia and Central African Republic allocating just 1 percent of their GDP to education, according to Save the Children International and The Africa Policy Forum. And average spending across Africa has almost stagnated at around 4 percent of GDP over the past two decades or more.

There is therefore an urgent need for a joint coalition of the private and public sectors collaborating with civil society organisations to design and develop programs that address this scenario, Machel said, even as she sought for increased oversight of investment in human capital from Africa’s foremost development finance institution.

“While the African Development Bank is doing a good job leveraging its might, it still needs to exert pressure on governments and private sector partners to encourage investment in nutrition and ECD, as well as allocate its own resources to help build these building blocks of Africa’s human capital. What good is your power and influence as the AfDB if you are not leveraging your ability to truly impact change on the continent at the most fundamental of levels?”

Graca Machel is Chair of the Graca Machel Trust. Founded in 2010, the Trust advocates for women’s economic and financial empowerment, food security and nutrition, education for all, as well as good governance. She is the widow of the former South African President Nelson Mandela and former Mozambican President Samora Machel.

According to African Development Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina, Graça Machel is an African political leader whose decades-long professional and public life is rooted in Mozambique’s struggle for self-rule and international advocacy for women and children’s rights. “We can think of no better Eminent Speaker to share insight on this topic than Your Excellency, Madam Graca Machel,” Adesina said in his welcome remarks.

Graça Machel was honoured by Adesina as the first Kofi A. Annan Eminent Persons Speaker, the new name of the Bank’s African Development Institute’s Eminent Speaker Series.

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Renewal of U.S.-Libya Science and Technology Agreement Increases Opportunities for Youth and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Educators

16.November.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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On November 15, the U.S. State Department hosted a signing ceremony in the Treaty Room in recognition of the ten-year renewal of the U.S.-Libya Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement.  Present to sign the Agreement were Libyan Ambassador Wafa Bughaighis and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber.

The renewal of the U.S.-Libya Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement Science is key to further strengthening bilateral cooperation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (or STEM) fields. Ingenuity and scientific innovation are cornerstones of prosperity and fuel economic growth. Enhancing STEM partnerships through the agreement is key to increasing U.S.-Libya collaborations that will spur innovation and increase prosperity for all Libyans. 

In 2019, U.S. Embassy Libya will implement a number of U.S. exchange programs, in collaboration with Libya’s Ministry of Education, that will provide new opportunities to talented youth and STEM educators in Libya, including the newly relaunched TechWomen program. The U.S. Embassy is also working with local partners to support and inspire young innovators throughout Libya through afterschool English and tech programs, youth robotics programs, and the return of the U.S.-Libya Space Camp Scholarship, to mark the program’s 10th anniversary.

We look forward to seeing the U.S.-Libya relationship furthered strengthened through science activities under the renewed agreement. In a place where economic, security, and political challenges are a part of daily life, science and technology engagement between the U.S. and Libya can foster new opportunities by empowering youth and STEM innovators who will be the leaders of tomorrow. 

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Liberia hosts 6th African Partner Outbreak Response Alliance (APORA) Key Leader Meeting in partnership with U.S. Africa Command

16.November.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The African Partner Outbreak Response Alliance (APORA) is an initiative of senior African medical leaders to collectively prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks.

Liberia hosted the sixth APORA key leader meeting from November 12-15, 2018. The meeting was held in partnership with the Liberian Ministry of Defense and the Liberian Ministry of Health, which have been working closely with the United States Air Forces Africa and the United States Africa Command. 21 African partner nations were in attendance.

Gen Essono Engueng from Gabon chaired the meeting. The opening ceremonies began with comments from the Liberian Minister of National Defense, Major General Daniel D. Ziankahn (Rtd), the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Major General Prince Charles Johnson III, the United States Ambassador to Liberia, the Honorable Christine Elder, and the U.S. Africa Command Deputy Command Surgeon, Colonel Krystal Murphy.

The objectives of the conference included identifying the most common and most urgent requirements of the member nations’, identifying opportunities to collaborate and cooperate to address these gaps, and increasing communication between military and civilian sectors, as well as among the partner nations. These efforts will help APORA strengthen global health security.

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“Building a new Zimbabwe”, a flagship report launched by the African Development Bank to spark the country’s economic development

16.November.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) (www.AfDB.org) has launched a flagship economic report on Zimbabwe, titled: “Building a new Zimbabwe: Targeted policies for growth and job creation” which aims to support renewal and transformation of the country.

Prepared by the Bank Group’s Economic Governance and Knowledge Management Vice-Presidency, the report was presented in a plenary meeting by the Bank’s Lead Economist, Ferdinand Bakoup, which was attended by the country’s Government officials, representatives of public and private sectors as well as other development partners based in the country.

Made of eleven easy-to-read chapters, the report results from a one-year extensive research work of country, sector and thematic studies to offer economic analyses and policy recommendations that can help spark Zimbabwe’s transformation. It provides the current government, the donor community, and the private sector with a detailed assessment of investment opportunities in Zimbabwe. As an analytical work, it also provides with alternative scenarios for infrastructure investment to the year 2030 and identifies sectors for potential investment to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth.

While contributing to the overall efficiency of the development process, the report also proposes options to develop a variety of opportunities and, in so doing, helps fill a knowledge the gap on sectoral investment priorities.

Bakoup remarked that Zimbabwe is generously endowment with natural resources, a stock of public infrastructure, as well as a comparatively skilled labor force. For him, “this is an unprecedented asset for the country to join existing supply chains in Africa via the African Continental Free Trade Area.”

However, he said measures are needed to increase the productivity of public investment, strengthen investor confidence, attract patient capital and, develop special economic zones towards further improving the business climate, while continuing to safeguard macroeconomic stability” he underscored.

“I have no doubt that the report can contribute to the overall efficiency of the development process in Zimbabwe. It will be useful in informing and supporting the government’s dialogue with donors and the business community about further development of economic sectors,” Bakoup further said.

The Government applauded the timely launch of the report that will aid the implementation of the Transitional Stabilization Programme and the preparation of the Medium Term Plan for 2021 – 2025.

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African Development Bank to play bigger role in African economies by investing in infrastructure private equity

16.November.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has approved its third equity investment of US$40 million in Africa Infrastructure Investment Fund (AIIF3), a closed-ended pan-African infrastructure fund managed by South Africa-based Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM).

AIIM is one of Africa’s most experienced infrastructure fund managers. The Fund will focus on acquiring positions of significant influence in roads, airports, rail links, bridges, ports, logistics, power generation, utility distribution, as well as telecommunication assets. AIIF3 boasts an extensive pipeline of bankable or near-bankable infrastructure projects. Having reviewed hundreds of potential investments, AIIM has narrowed down a pipeline of circa US$ 500 million, including key projects such as: Bugesera Airport, Libreville Bypass, and Kampala-Jinja Expressway.

The proposal represents the Bank’s third investment with this fund manager, following a 1996 investment in SAIF and a 2010 investment in AIIF2. With this, the African Development Bank stands to have positive additional role through this investment, given that the fundraising market continues to be very challenging, leaving an important role to be played by DFIs. 

Commercial and institutional investors are likely to view the Bank’s investment as a positive demonstration effect. The Bank’s investment will also ensure the highest environmental and social standards are applied to AIIF3.

In terms of development outcomes, AIIF3 will create a quantifiable and measurable social and environmental impact by supporting energy and transport infrastructure access across Sub-Saharan Africa. The Fund will support the creation of over 1,500 jobs at the project level and enhance capacity building and skills-transfer.

In his presentation to the Board, the Bank Group’s Director of Infrastructure and Urban Development, Amadou Oumarou, said that private equity in Africa remains a nascent sector. “The recent downturn in global commodity prices and a reorientation away from private equity in Africa by a few DFIs have lowered fundraising expectations across the board. This is negatively affecting the availability of equity capital for Africa’s infrastructure space. In this sense, the Bank would play a counter-cyclical role through this investment,” he said.

AIIF is Africa-based and features five regional offices in South Africa, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, and Kenya. This translates to on-the-ground knowledge and strong relationships to source infrastructure investment opportunities.

This Equity Investment is fully aligned with with the Bank’s operational priorities and the High 5s, particularly ‘Industrialize Africa,’ ‘Light up and Power Africa,’ and ‘Integrate Africa’. It will sustain the development of Africa’s infrastructure market.

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The Kenya Simbas will face Hong Kong on Saturday in the repechage tournament whose winner will qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan

16.November.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com) Chairman, Abdelaziz Bougja, will attend Saturday’s match and support the Kenya Simbas for this crucial game. “Kenya qualifying for the World Cup would change the face of rugby in the country and be such a massive boost for African rugby in general. I am really proud of the boys, their commitment and their skills.”

Former Captain Wilson K’opondo, Elkeans Musonye, Felix Ayage, Nelson Oyoo are in the starting line up as Simbas brace for Hong Kong this Saturday.  Ephraim Oduor and Dalmus Chituyi will start the match off the bench.

Captain Davis Chenge sits this match out owing to a shoulder injury he picked during the Canada match but the technical bench expects to have him back in the playing squad by the time the team is playing Germany on Friday 23rd. This sees K’opondo lead the team as the Captain, a title that is not new to him.

Mohammed Omollo, Moses Amusala, Oliver Mang’eni and Darwin Mukidza have been rested this weekend

Simbas Squad Facing Hong Kong on 17th November

1- Patrick Ouko  2- Colman Were 3- Joseph Odero 4- Wilson K’opondo (c) 5- Malcolm Onsando  6- Andrew Amonde 7- Elkeans Musonye  8- Joshua Chisanga  9- Felix Ayange 10- Sammy Oliech  11- Willy Ambaka 12- Leo Seje Owade 13- Collins Injera  14- Nelson Oyoo 15- Tony Onyango

Reserves: 16- Philip Ikambili 17- Ephraim Oduor 18- Hilary Mwanjilwa 19- George Nyambua  20- Martin Owilah 21- Samson Onsomu 22- William Reeve 23- Dalmus Chituyi

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Saturday 17 November

South Africa:

13:50 – 16:00     SS12                       Hong Kong vs Kenya

16:50 – 19:00     SS12                       Canada vs Germany

Rest of Africa:

13:50 – 16:00     SS8 / SS12            Hong Kong vs Kenya

16:50 – 19:00     SS8 / SS12            Canada vs Germany

Friday 23 November

South Africa:

18:50 – 21:00     SS2                         Kenya vs Germany

21:50 – 00:00     SS2                         Hong Kong vs Canada

Rest of Africa:

18:50 – 21:00     SS8                         Kenya vs Germany

21:50 – 00:00     SS8                         Hong Kong vs Canada

***All timings in CAT which = GMT+2***

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Created in 1986, Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com), previously the African Confederation of Rugby (Confédération Africaine de Rugby – CAR), is one of the six regional associations composing  World Rugby (www.WorldRugby.org), the international organisation responsible for the governing of Rugby Union and Rugby Sevens. Rugby Africa unites all of the African countries which play rugby union, rugby sevens, and women’s rugby. Rugby Africa organises the Rugby Africa Gold Cup, the qualifying competition for the Rugby World Cup 2019, and Africa 7, a qualifying competition for the Olympic Games 2020. Rugby Africa has 38 members, including 22 membres and associated members of World Rugby, 10 members and associated members of Rugby Africa and 16 new countries collaborating with Rugby Africa.
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Africa Shared Value Summit to Bring Business Thought Leaders to Nairobi in 2019

16.November.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Once again, the Africa Shared Value Summit (www.AfricaSharedValueSummit.com) is set to bring together some of Africa’s brightest leaders to discuss how business can tackle social issues through the Shared Value business model. The 2019 Summit will take place 23-24 May 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya, tackling the topic of collaboration, building Shared Value ecosystems and how collective impact can drive Africa’s economic growth.

The Africa Shared Value Summit raises awareness of and advocates for the successful strategic implementation of the Shared Value business model – profit with purpose – in Africa. In 2019, the Summit tracks will centre on four of Africa’s most important industries: agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing and green energy. As in previous years, purposeful alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals will be a major theme.

“The only way we will realise those Goals is by engaging the private sector, not only as philanthropists but as businesspeople trying to build businesses that can scale and be sustained and solve these problems,” said Mark Kramer – who will be returning next year as a featured speaker. A world-renowned economist and co-creator of the Shared Value business model, Mark is the co-founder and Managing Director of FSG and the author of influential publications on Shared Value, collective impact, strategic evaluation, and impact investing.

The organisers of the Summit, Shift Social Development and the Shared Value Africa Initiative, are also pleased to announce the first headline sponsor of the 2019 event – Kenyan telecommunications powerhouse Safaricom. Through a dedicated, top-down approach to implementing Shared Value throughout their business operations, including constant innovation of new products and services and a commitment to supporting ethical businesses throughout their supply chain, the company contributes 6,5% of Kenya’s GDP.

As Safaricom Chairman and Non-Executive Director Nicholas Nganga noted in the 2018 Safaricom Sustainable Business Report, “Sustainable business make good business sense not just because it results in profit, but more importantly, uplifts communities. … commercial, business-driven approaches are required to create the lasting economic growth needed to address social needs and empower communities.”

Each year, the Summit brings together some of Africa’s most influential business leaders to develop the conversation around how business can create sustainable profit through a commitment to social impact. The Shared Value business model is at base a competitive strategy that leverages societal and environmental challenges to enable businesses to discover new opportunities, optimise their value chain and build ecosystems that build mutual growth for all stakeholders in a community, country or region. This is an opportunity for other East African companies to come on board as sponsors and position their brand as a Shared Value thought leader in Africa.

To book your seat for the 2019 Summit, taking place 23-24 May 2019 in Nairobi, visit www.AfricaSharedValueSummit.com. Learn more about Shared Value and stay up to date on Summit news by following the Africa Shared Value Summit on social media.

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The Shared Value Africa Initiative (SVAI) is a Non-Profit Organisation that aims to build a collaborative Shared Value network to accelerate sustainable change on our continent. The SVAI is the regional partner of the global Shared Value Initiative, the Australian Shared Value Project, the Honk Kong Shared Value Project, and Shared Value Initiative India.

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Shift Social Development is a Shared Value advocacy, training, purposeful branding, and advisory firm with a passion for assisting businesses in finding the Shared Value strategy that works for them – to help you do good while doing good business. Shift is also the owner and organiser of the Africa Shared Value Summit.

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19th Session of the United Cities and Local Governments Africa Executive Committee in Marrakech

16.November.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The meeting is organized in collaboration with the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Municipal Councils (AMPCC) and is held as a prelude to the 8th Africities Summit (www.Africities.org) that will take place under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, from November 20-24, 2018 in the city of Marrakech. The theme of the summit is: “The transition to sustainable cities and territories: the role of local and subnational governments of Africa.

This 19th session of the Executive Committee will focus, among other things, on the financial matters of the organization, including the adoption of the budget for the year 2019 for UCLG Africa and the holding of the elective General Assembly of UCLG (www.UCLG.org) Africa, scheduled for November 23, 2018 as part of the Africities 8 Summit.

The meeting will take place in the presence of:              

 Mr. Mohamed Larbi Belcaid, Mayor of Marrakech.

 Mr. Mohammed Boudra, President of the AMPCC;

– Mr. Mpho Parks Tau, President of the World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and Vice President of UCLG Africa for the Southern Africa Region;

–  Mrs. Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, Mayor of Libreville, UCLG’s Vice-President for Africa;

–  Mr. Christian Roger Okemba, Mayor of Brazzaville (Congo), Vice President of UCLG Africa for the Central Africa Region;

–  Célestine Ketcha Courtès, President of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA);

– Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

The meeting of the Executive Committee will be followed by a meeting of the Pan-African Council of UCLG Africa, on November 18, 2018 at the Sofitel Hotel in Marrakech. The participants in the Pan-African Council meeting will review the report of activities of the General Secretariat of UCLG Africa as well as updates concerning the organization of the 8th Africities 2018 Summit.

As a reminder, UCLG Africa’s Executive Committee is the body in charge of the political leadership of the organization. The Executive Committee is comprised of 16 members, 15 members equally representing each of the 5 regions of the continent, (3 for each of the 5 regions), plus the President of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA). UCLG Africa’s Pan-African Council is made up of forty-five (45) active members, nine (9) for each African sub-region.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa).

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Gaëlle Yomi
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For the Africities Exhibition : www.SalonAfricites2018.com

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Improving Nigeria’s Housing Gap with Long Term Partnerships: Okonkwo Shares Insights with Forbes Africa

16.November.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo, a top player in affordable real estate in Nigeria has featured on the November edition of Forbes Africa where he revealed that long term partnerships between private and public sector is key to improving housing gap in Nigeria.

Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo is Founder and CEO of Nedcomoaks Limited (https://Nedcomoaks.com), a real estate company engaged in the acquisition, development and management of properties in Nigeria. Nedcomoaks has quickly become a top player in Nigeria’s residential real estate sector which provides employment to thousands of people and annual revenues of over ₦15 billion in just under a decade. Okonkwo has also built a strong reputation as a passionate advocate of the power of the real estate sector in Nigeria to contribute to the socio-economic well-being of the country, by providing low-income housing solutions to Nigerians. Government and private players must understand the needs and earnings of the people to be able to service the area of living in our society. He revealed to Forbes Africa that public-private partnerships can ease Nigeria’s housing crisis. “Financing infrastructure deficit across Africa will involve collective innovation both across the public and the private sectors,” Okonkwo said.

He further stated that creating affordable housing in the developing world requires truly understanding how people in those communities live, saying that a careful understanding of that fact would help in determining how fast we can meet the demands of fast-growing African cities.   

The Forbes cover, in an interview with Dr. Okonkwo also revealed an in-depth survey on the key challenges to creating affordable housing in Africa’s growing cities and the need for efficient housing solutions with the role of the government in driving public private partnership. It shows Dr. Ken’s reflection on the power of collaboration in the housing sector on the continent.

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Africa’s health Paradox: Pneumonia is preventable but still kills 16% of children under the age of 5 (by Simon Ateba)

16.November.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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By Simon Ateba

Africa remains a continent full of incomprehensible contradictions. Take Pneumonia for instance. It is a preventable disease but still kills more children under the age of 5 than many well known diseases combined. 

At least 16 percent of all children who die under the age of five, especially in Africa, are killed by pneumonia, a disease that can be prevented by a vaccine. 

As expected, the most affected children live in poor and rural communities in many African countries that often lack access to vaccines and other prevention and treatment tools.

Today, at least a million children could be saved with more prevention and treatment interventions. Unfortunately, the vaccine against Pneumonia is the most expensive, making its sustainability a great challenge for countries that are transitioning from GAVI’s support.

Besides, many people are still not aware of its overwhelming death-toll, and the disease has been overshadowed on the global health agenda. It also gets very little attention in the media.

To mark the World Pneumonia Day on 13 November, civil society organizations from Africa and Haiti asked their governments to eradicate Pneumonia.

Speaking at a conference on how to end Pneumonia in Africa, Mr. Aboubakar SYLLA, the President of ONG AGIS, said “Despite the efforts that have been made so far, much more work still needs to be done, particularly in poor communities. Every child, regardless of where they were born, need to access life-saving vaccines and medicines.”

He called on African governments to allocate more finances for immunization and broaden vaccines access within their countries during routine vaccination campaigns, for the disease to be eliminated.

Pneumonia can be easily prevented using vaccines and treated with medicine. There is evidence of commendable progress towards its elimination such as the drop in annual deaths from 1.7 million to an estimated 920,000 between 2000 and 2015.

Health officials argue that African governments need to honor their commitments to Immunization and shape the vaccine market to ensure sustainability for the Pneumonia vaccine.

To ensure that governments stick to their commitments, the civil society organizations are amplifying their voices for (a) more financial investment for Immunization by governments, scale-up of vaccination campaigns to reach the most remote locations and  for more community sensitization to demand for immunization services from their leaders during this key campaign date of the 33 Days to Power Up Immunization.”

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