The African Union (AU) – European Union (EU) summit aims to deepen cooperation between the EU and the AU “based on shared interests and values.” In the March 2020 EU-Africa Strategy, the European Commission brings together existing initiatives under five “partnerships”. Notably missing is an explicit partnership on human development. Health is also under-represented. On the contrary, the European Council’s position includes a priority on the human dimension, and the European Parliament’s report features human development with health as a foundational element and a key priority.
The AU-EU Ministerial Meeting in October 2021 resulted in a Joint Communiqué, which will guide discussions for the February AU-EU summit. While this communique agrees to health cooperation in a number of ways, we, a coalition of civil society organisations working in the field of global health, feel it neglects some major issues and is lacking concrete objectives. The next EU-Africa partnership framework should recognize well-functioning and resilient health systems as essential for both health security, and universal health coverage (UHC).
In order to achieve this, we submited 7 recommendations.