African Union Summit on Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development


African Union Summit, Kampala, Uganda

2010 African Union watch

19-27 JULY 2010 | KAMPALA, UGANDA – Heads of state from Africa gathered in Uganda’s capital to discuss the major challenges to their continent at the Summit of the African Union focusing on maternal, newborn and child health and the achievement of MDGs 4 (child survival) and 5 (maternal health). Response to the Summit Declaration, PMNCH Director Dr Flavia Bustreo strongly commended the African leaders: “This week’s declaration at the close of the African Union Summit on Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development was a decisive move forward for the health of women and girls,” said Dr Bustreo. ”As one of its key objectives, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health will track the commitments made by the African leaders and all others who pledge to reduce the unnecessary deaths of women and children in this important year. This week, Africa showed the world that it intends to stand by its women and children. The Partnership will stand by Africa at this historic moment of ambition and commitment.”

In his opening statement, Chair of the AU Jean Ping said that maternal and child health was still a priority of governments and strategies to reduce maternal mortality would be discussed: 'We haven't neglected the theme, but you cannot address maternal and child health if you don't have peace,' Ping said." Most importantly, the Summit closed with a Declaration which pledged to meet the 15% Abuja target for national resources for health, the creation of the CARMMA- Campaign for the Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa; a request ot the Global Fund for a MNCH window; and a Report to ensure greater accountability.

In a pre-Summit meetings and statements, MNCH figured prominently: Non-governmental organizations and Global Health Partnerships made strong statements on maternal, newborn and child health, calling for renewed and strengthening of MNCH commitments. In the context of the Joint Plan of Action, a special Technical Briefing on Financing the Health Sector was held, and including achievement of the health MDGs. PMNCH and partners participated in both of these statements and the financial briefing.

In this special web section on the 2010 MNCH African Union Summit, and on the links on your right, find information on the following key elements and documents:

  • Press Releases:
    • PMNCH and Africa Public health Alliance & 15% Campaign press release which called for a 15% plus commitment from African leaders to health financing;
    • Global Health Organizations, including the PMNCH, jointly called for increased commitments to MNCH;
  • PMNCH Director's Comment on the Summit
  • CSO meeting and letter: A pre-Summit meeting of Civil Society resulted in a Letter from 117 African Civil Society Organizations and accompanying press release calling for Leaders to uphold the 2001 Abuja pledge by African Heads to spend at least 15% of national budgets on health;
  • Briefing: Technical briefing on Financing of the health sector in Africa: a technical briefing examined the role of MNCH in the health sector financing;
  • Speeches: Several key speeches highlighted MNCH and the Joint Plan of Action, including:
    • AU Commission President Dr Jean Ping
    • the United Nations Under-Secretary General
  • AU Summit 2010 Declaration: The Declaration made specific MNCH commitments.