High-level side event at the 36th Ordinary Session of the au assembly of Heads of State and Government
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused deepfelt devastation to lives and livelihoods. Health systems have come under enormous pressure and essential health services extensively disrupted. Routine childhood immunization was among the key services that suffered huge interruptions, resulting in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.
In 2021, the world saw the worst continued decline in routine immunization in 30 years. Within the African continent this has led to increasing outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases. For example, 18 countries in the African region have reported a measles outbreak in 2022, including 5 out of the 9 priority countries. New polio cases have not only re-emerged in African countries2 that had not experienced the virus in decades but has also crossed borders to the United Kingdom, the United States and Israel; sending a message that neglecting routine immunization puts children and communities everywhere at risk of epidemics of vaccine-preventable diseases.
As countries progressively restore essential services, it is critical to not only revamp the services to pre-pandemic levels, but to speed up the progress towards the 2030 global Immunization Agenda of ensuring that everyone, everywhere, at every age fully benefits from vaccines to improve health and well-being.
OBJECTIVES OF THE SIDE EVENT
The 90-minute side event will convene Heads of State on the margins of the AU Summit in February 2023 and aims to culminate in a signed declaration of commitment by Heads of State to close the gap on immunization in Africa as well as fast-track implementation of the Immunization Agenda 2030 approaches aimed at reducing child mortality, morbidity and disability. The side event plans to achieve the following objectives:
- To reignite the political will of Africa’s leaders to keep universal access to immunization at the forefront of national recovery efforts to achieve long-term health, economic and development goals.
- To renew political commitment to supporting investments in strengthening surveillance to detect outbreaks quickly, respond with urgency, and immunize all children who are not yet protected from vaccine-preventable diseases in Africa.
- To motivate urgent integration of polio functions, assets, innovations and lessons to accelerate last-mile polio eradication action and boost routine immunization capacities on the continent
AFRICAN UNION HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT DECLARATION (DRAFT)
HIGH LEVEL PANEL
Moderator: Minister of Health of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Honorable Dr Austin Demby
12:00 - 12:05 pm
12:05 - 12:10 pm
Opening Statement by the Head of State of the Republic of Sierra Leone
12:10 - 12:15 pm
Statement from the African Union Commission Chairperson
|12:15 - 12:20 pm
Statement of the WHO Regional Director for Africa
12:20 - 12:25 pm
Remarks by the AUC Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development
12:25 - 12:28 pm
Video Message from WHO Regional Director for Eastern Mediterranean
12:28 - 12:30pm
Video Message from the CEO of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance
|12:30 - 12:50 pm
Panel Discussion on the State of immunization and the immunization ‘Catch- Up’ Plan for Africa toward SDG2030 and Agenda 2063
12:50 - 13:10 pm
Comments from the Excellencies Heads of State and Government
13:10 - 13:20 pm
Presentation and Adoption of the draft declaration on Immunization Recovery to 2030
13:20 - 13:25 pm
Closing remarks and Vote of Thanks
13:25 - 13:30 pm
Trend of First-dose of DTP-containing vaccine coverage in Africa (2012-2021)
Trend of Third-dose of DTP-containing vaccine coverage in Africa (2012-2021)
Trend of Coverage of Third Dose of Polio-containing Vaccine (Polio3) in Africa (2012-2021)
Trend of Coverage of Measles -containing - vaccine second dose (MCV2) in Africa
Trend of Coverage of Measles - containing - vaccine first dose (MCVI) in Africa
Trend of Coverage of Yellow Fever containing vaccine in Africa