Why the African Medicines Agency? Why Now?

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Two years after the treaty agreed to establish an African Medicines Agency, over 40 leading organizations called Heads of State and Government to ratify the Treaty as a matter of priority. Although there has been political support, legal commitment from more countries remains to be secured for the continent-wide regulatory agency to become a reality. The Treaty has so far been signed by 19 countries, but only 8 out of the necessary 15 have ratified it.

Following the multi-stakeholder Call to AU Heads of State to Ratify the AMA Treaty, the panel will seek to bring its content to the attention of African health organizations having a stake in its implementation and explain its importance in the journey towards universal health coverage.

The session will bring patients, industry, product development partnerships and other public and private health stakeholders around the table to explain why AMA is key to optimising sustainability in the supply of medicinal and healthcare products for diseases disproportionately affecting Africa.

The event is organized by IAPO and IFPMA as part of the Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC 2021).


The Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) 2021 is an African-led global convening, bringing together diverse stakeholders to address how Africa can accelerate progress toward UHC –and to collectively chart a course forward, from commitment to action. The conference is expected to attract over 1,800 delegates, including scientists, leaders from government, the private sector, civil society, development partners, youth and advocates for health, as well as delegates from over 40 countries, to discuss systems and innovations needed to enable Africa to achieve UHC.

AHAIC 2021 will focus on the greatest health challenges facing Africa and will spotlight diverse and dynamic voices from across sectors to collectively chart a course forward to achieve UHC.

The theme of the 2021 conference is “Decade for Action: Driving Momentum to Achieve UHC in Africa.” With a virtual format, AHAIC 2021 – co-convened by Amref Health Africa, Africa CDC, IFPMA, Johnson & Johnson, Roche and Takeda – will be able to access an even larger and more diverse audience. The three-day conference will see a vast range of thought leaders in the health space, government officials, private sector stakeholders and grassroots organizers come together to move the needle on Universal Health Coverage in Africa in sustainable and innovative ways.

The registration is free of charge. Once registered, you will receive a link to RSVP to the sessions you are keen to attend.


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Date: Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Time: 13:20 - 14:20 GMT |  | 14:20- 15:20 CET | 16:20 – 17:20 EAT

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