Sunday marked the conclusion of the mid-year coordination meeting that was held for the African Union in Lusaka, Zambia. The selection of Rwanda as the location for the headquarters of the African Medicines Agency was one of the highlights of the event. The Executive Council of the African Union met for its 41st Ordinary Session over the course of the 14th and 15th of July. The Executive Council has decided that the new headquarters of the African Medicines Agency will be in Rwanda.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Rwanda took to social media to share his joy with the world: Vincent Biruta expressed his gratitude via Twitter to “all member states” for their support of Rwanda. Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe had bids.
According to the African Union, the AMA will “enhance the capacity of state parties and regional economic communities (REC) to regulate medical products,” which will improve Africa’s access to medical products that are of high quality, safe, and effective. AMA will become the second specialized health agency of the continental body, following in the footsteps of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also known as the Africa CDC. With the help of this new body, the 55 countries that make up its membership hope to create conditions that are favorable to the production of pharmaceuticals.
The outbreak of COVID-19 made the difficulties that the health sector already faced on the continent even worse. In point of fact, the African Medicines Authority is the culmination of a lengthy process that began in 2009 with the launch of the African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization Initiative (AMRH).
Under the auspices of the African Union’s theme for the year 2022, “Building Resilience in Nutrition on the African Continent: Accelerate Human Capital, Social and Economic Development,” a meeting was held on July 17 involving the Chairperson of the AUC and the Chairpersons of each REC.