The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have formally entered into a working partnership, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in the Capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Under this agreement, the PAP will benefit updates on key developments in the field of Health for the Members of Parliament; evidence-based data to develop policy briefs for use by Parliamentarians; capacity-building for PAP MPs to carry our public health-related advocacy work, while PAP is expected to support implementation of WHO resolutions and the advocacy aimed at triggering policy actions.

Officiated by the President of PAP, HE. Hon. Roger Nkodo DANG and the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matšeliso MOETI on 10 February 2019, the MoU will remain effective for two years. Hon. DANG says the long overdue collaboration seeks to address gaps in advocacy and health governance.

“This is definitely going to help the two organizations to make meaningful impact in the development and maintenance of effective health interventions and systems in our continent. The PAP Permanent Committee on Health is working on several cross-cutting issues and has made significant progress. This agreement could not have come at a better time,” says Hon. DANG.

 This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between PAP and WHO was preceded by thorough consultations which began in 2018 aimed at exploring an adequate partnership in line with mandates of the two institutions.

 The first area of collaboration will be a “Dialogue on Implementation of the AU Summit Declaration on Universal Access to Immunization” to be held in Tunisia on 5 March 2019. The discussion will take place on the side-lines of the March Sittings of the Permanent Committees of the fifth Parliament of the PAP.

 WHO is the United Nations agency for health and aims to promote the attainment by all peoples the highest possible health, while PAP is the legislative Organ of the African Union.