On this page you will find information on NEPAD's work in the area of healthcare, including achievements and progress to date.
Aims and objectives
NEPAD has a number of key objectives in the area of health, including:
- Improving healthcare systems in Africa and reducing the burden of HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. This includes providing member states with strategic guidance, capacity building opportunities and promoting an African agenda for health.
- Increasing the number of trained and motivated health workers in Africa. NEPAD works with global and regional partners to promote health education to improve the base of skilled professionals in this sector.
- Ensuring that affordable, essential medicines are available to all Africans. The focus here is to build regional partnerships to improve the regulation of medicines and improve access to and the quality of medicines.
What progress has been made so far?
Among its many achievements in the area of healthcare, NEPAD has published a strategic document aimed at boosting pharmaceutical innovation on the continent. The report, Strengthening Pharmaceutical Innovation in Africa, can be downloaded here>>>
The African Medicines Regulatory Harmonisation (AMRH) Programme has been established and operationalises the African Union's Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa (PMPA), which seeks to enable African countries to fulfill their national obligations to provide all citizens with safe, quality and efficacious essential medicines. NEPAD Agency - as the technical arm of the African Union and in collaboration with partners (please hyperlink ‘partners’ to http://www.amrh.org/consortium/index.php), is working through the AMRH Programme, to support African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and countries to lead medicines regulatory harmonization in their respective countries and to respond to the challenges of increasing access to essential medicines.
Who is leading the programme?
African Union-NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency