High-Level Advocacy Among African Leaders is Paying Off
At its 15th Ordinary Session, held in Kampala on 19-27 July 2010, the African Union heads of state adopted Declaration 1 (Assembly/AU/Decl.1(XV)). Among other things, the Declaration agreed to: a) “...broaden [the AU’s] advocacy strategy for the promotion of maternal, newborn and child health...”; b) “...provide sustainable financing by enhancing domestic resources mobilization including meeting the 15% Abuja target...”, and; c: “institute a strong and functional monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework at country level to provide accurate, reliable and timely maternal, newborn, and child data to monitor progress against agreed indicators and targets...”. The heads of state further requested the Commission to establish a Task Force on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, which will report annually to them. The proceedings of the meeting can be found here.