The Catalytic Framework: Africa’s Weapon to End Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome by 2030

Benjamin Djoudalbaye*

The Catalytic Framework: Africa’s Weapon to End Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome by 2030

In 2000, Africa was frightened to the core by acquired immune
deficiency syndrome. This crisis stood the chance of dividing us,
but it did not.

As the African Union reflects on where we have come from,
we are encouraged by the exceptional leadership
role played by the pan-African organisation.

The African-led statutory body has over the years united African leaders
to leverage on the power of constructive policies and accountability
as efficacious tools to fight AIDS in the continent.

The AU is particularly well-pleased by the catalytic framework to end AIDS,
tuberculosis and eliminate malaria in Africa by 20302 endorsed
by Heads of States and Government of AU Member States in 2016.

The catalytic framework is the greatest gift to Africa after the 2001 Abuja Declaration
on human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome,
TB and other related infectious diseases in which AIDS was declareda state of
emergency in the continent.

The overarching strategic approach of the catalytic framework
is an amalgamation of the targets in the AU agenda 20636
and agenda 2030.

Therefore, it not only ensures continuity of continental
efforts but fuses with global aspirations.

The areas are: leadership, country ownership, governance and accountability;
universal and equitable access to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and support;
access to affordable and quality assured medicines, commodities and technologies;

health financing; community participation and involvement; research and
development & innovation; promotion of human rights and gender equality;
multi-sectoral collaboration and coordination; and strategic information.

These, if reinforced with dedication and integrity, are an assured path to realization
of the end of AIDS by 2030.

HIV/AIDS Res Treat Open J. 2020; 7(1): 1-2.doi: 10.17140/HARTOJ-7-131