About 1000 participants who attended the 8th African Population Conference organized by the Union for African Population Studies under the auspices of the Government of Uganda in Entebbe, Uganda on November 18-22 2019 adopted the “Entebbe Declaration” that called on African governments to mainstream population issues in their policies and development plans.
In reading the declaration, Prof Madise, who chaired the conference scientific committee and is the new Vice President of the Union for African Population Studies (UAPS), noted that “African governments’ commitment to the AU Agenda 2063 and the UN Agenda 2030 constitutes a right step towards realising development, but commitment alone will not be enough if concrete steps are not taken to work towards the attainment of these goals.”
On December 6, 2019, the National Planning Commission (NPC) in Malawi in collaboration with the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) hosted the 3rd eminent speaker’s series in Lilongwe Malawi. The theme of the event, Towards greater accountability: Transforming cultures of organisations, explored ways governments and organisations at large can accelerate the transformation of Africa’s development through governance and accountability.
One of the things that the first International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994 envisaged was that countries would put in place structures and mechanisms to enable data on population inform policies and programmes at the sub-national level. Further, the need to have development data at the local level has been amplified
At the core of the spread of the AMR-bacteria is the relationship between humans, animals and the environment. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the issue, a ‘One Health’ approach is best suited to understanding how human behaviour, environmental degradation and antibacterial usage in animals lead to the transmission of AMR.
On 20th November, the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) joined the Malawi Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP), key stakeholder institutions and organisations from the private sector in commemorating Antibiotic Awareness Week in Lilongwe, Malawi. The aim of the walk was to bring awareness to the dangers of the misuse and overuse of antibiotics to the general public. The theme was ‘the future of antibiotic depends on us all’
Everyone has a role to play in bringing awareness to antibiotic resistance. The media has an important role in understanding the issue of antibiotic resistance and disseminating the message accurately to the general public, potentially leading to behavioural and policy change. To kickstart World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Antibiotic Awareness Week 2019, Malawi’s Ministry of Health and Population, together with key stakeholders, held a press briefing event on 18 November, 2019, at the Public Health Institute of Malawi (PHIM) in Lilongwe, Malawi in a bid to increase media knowledge on antibiotic resistance and its effects as a means of increasing public awareness.