ROLE OF THE RECs IN STRENGTHENING CAPACITY IN HIV AND HEALTH. HIV CAPACITY BUILDING PARTNERS SUMMIT. JOHANNESBURG, RSA 19th March 2013 Dr Vitalis Chipfakacha SADC Secretariat HIV and AIDS Program.
AFRICAN RECs North HornWestern $ Central Eastern Southern
RECS OF THE AFRICAN UNION (AU)• Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD 1998)• Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA 1993)• Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS 1981)• Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS 1975)• Intergovernmental Authority on/for Development (IGAD 1986)• Southern African Development Community (SADC 1992)• Arab Maghreb Union (AMU 1984)• Economic Community of the Great Lakes• Tripartite• NEPAD
MAIN OBJECTIVE OF AFRICAN RECS• Promote economic development and regional integration, peace and security for people• Each REC establishes own priorities based on continent wide priorities:– Land and water management– Market access– Food supply and hunger– Agricultural research
CHALLENGES TO REC’S MAIN OBJECTIVE • Disease epidemics • HIV and AIDS • Natural Disasters – Drought – Floods – Cyclones/Tsunamis • Man-made disasters • Conflicts and political instability.
HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES• Communicable Diseases – Malaria – TB• Non-communicable Diseases – Cancers – Diabetes – Cardio-vascular diseases• HIV and AIDS
SUCCESS TO REGIONAL INTEGRATIONAfrica’s biggestresource ispeople“A healthypopulation is theprerequisite tothe success ofAfricandevelopment”
NEEDS FOR HEALTHY POPULATION• Adequate Human resourses for Health• Skilled manpower – Programing – Resource mobilisation – M and E – Care and support
ROLES OF RECs• Advocacy and lobbying – Leadership for the response – Resource mobilisation – Recognise health as risk factor to development – Investment in Health – Encourage Cross border initiatives• Training and skills building – Planning and management• Assisting in creation of a conducive policy environment• Documentation and sharing of best practices• Assist in developing CB strategies.• Coordination of all CB activities• Assist in the global result chain
To achieve our common goals it is preferable that we are on the same track!