The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), October 2001

Sectors : General health and health funding, Health systems, medicines and regulation, HIV/AIDS, ICT, Primary and basic education, Education, Gender, Health
Organisation : AU
Date made: 
Heads Of State
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Commitments in: Health - General health and health funding

“123. Objectives
- To strengthen programmes for containing communicable diseases, so that they do not fall short of the scale required in order to reduce the burden of disease;

- To have a secure health system that meets needs and supports disease control effectively;

- To ensure the necessary support capacity for the sustainable development of an effective health care delivery system;

- To empower the people of Africa to act to improve their own health and to achieve health literacy;

- To successfully reduce the burden of disease on the poorest people in Africa;

- To encourage cooperation between medical doctors and traditional practitioners.

124. Actions
- Strengthen Africa’s participation in processes aimed at procuring affordable drugs, including those involving the international pharmaceutical companies and the international civil society, and explore the use of alternative delivery systems for essential drugs and supplies;

- Mobilise the resources required to build effective disease interventions and secure health systems;

- Lead the campaign for increased international financial support for the struggle against HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases;

- Join forces with other international agencies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and donors to ensure that support for the continent is increased by at least US $10 billion per annum;

- Encourage African countries to give higher priority to health in their own budgets and to phase in such increases in expenditure to a level to be mutually determined;

- Jointly mobilise resources for capacity-building in order to enable all African countries to improve their health infrastructures and management.”


Commitments in: Education - Primary and basic education

“117. Objectives
-To work with donors and multilateral institutions to ensure that the IDG of achieving universal primary education by 2015 is realised;

- To work for improvements in curriculum development, quality improvements and access to ICT;

- To expand access to secondary education and improve its relevance to Africa’s development;

- To promote networks of specialised research and higher education institutions.

118. Actions
- Review current initiatives jointly with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and other major international donors;

- Review levels of expenditure on education by African countries, and lead the process of developing norms and standards for government expenditure on education;

- Set up a task force to accelerate the introduction of ICT in primary schools;

- Set up a task force to review and put forward proposals for the research capacity needed in each region of the continent...

...120. The plan supports the immediate strengthening of the university system across Africa, including the creation of specialised universities where needed, building on available African teaching staff. The need to establish and strengthen institutes of technology is especially emphasised.”