An African society protected from the ravages of dangerous infectious diseases that comprise human health or livelihoods, agriculture / livestock and economic development, including market access.
Harness innovation in science and technology to improve Africa's capacity to detect, identify and monitor infectious diseases of humans, animals and plants in order to better manage the risk posed by them.
This framework is a follow up on Africa’s common position to the high level meeting of the UN General Assembly special session on HIV/AIDS in June 2006 which aimed at reviewing the 2000 and 2001 Abuja Declarations and Plans of Action on Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and other related infectious diseases respectively. It also builds on the recommendations of the World Summit on the review of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2005 which noted that infectious diseases are a challenge to the attainment of the MDGs particularly in sub-Sahara Africa.
This framework is developed with a view of addressing the concerns and recommendations of the above high level meetings and to ameliorate the present and future challenges and risks posed by infectious diseases in Africa. It is done after having thorough assessment of future disease threats and their management. The assessment concluded that a new paradigm shift on infectious disease management is necessary and it proposed a vision and strategy for addressing the challenges and risks of infectious disease of plants, animals and humans along the one health approach which advocates both inter-sectoral collaboration and the recognition of the shared environment.
African Union Ministers in charge of Science and Technology requested the African Union Summit to endorse the African Union Science and Technology Framework for the Detection, Identification and Monitoring of Infectious Diseases of Humans, Animals and Plants in Africa the framework was endorsed in January, 2013 by the AU Executive Council EX.CL.766 (XXII).
The implementation of the framework started with establishment of the regional hubs with national node. However, with the establishment of the African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention ACDCP the activities in the implementation was winded up with handing it over to the Social Affairs Department of AUC (see link http://www.au.int/en/africacdc )