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Commissioner Kaloko briefs the media on the Status of the African Union Response to
Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA) and Campaign efforts to End
Child Marriage
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 28 January
2015: “We are getting optimistic
24th AU Summit.
reports from Ministries of Health of
the affected countries that mortality
and infection rates are declining, in
fact Schools will be re-opening in
Sierra Leone, Liberia had their
senate elections couple of months
back and this is impressively very
good news “ said H.E. Dr Mustapha
Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for
Social Affairs of the African Union at
a media brief today at the AU
headquarters. The press conference
was held within the framework of the
The commissioner also recognized ASEOWA efforts of deploying the health workers and
expressed gratitude to all the support shown in all levels in the fight against the Ebola
epidemic. The commissioner updated the press on the African Centre for Disease control and
prevention saying that the center is almost a reality because it’s going to happen and will take
off in mid 2015.
Subsequently, the Commissioner addressed the issue of child marriage calling on all Africans
to join the campaign. He pointed out that the figures for child marriages are very high and in
some countries going as high as 70-80% and an average of 34% in the continent.
“We need to address the issues of children and child marriage is one way of not addressing
them. we have initially selected about ten countries among them chad, Burkina Faso, Uganda
and Sierra Leone to launch the child marriage campaign which started on 29th May 2014 and it
will be ongoing in the whole continent.”
The commissioner concluded that Child marriage directly oversteps on the current African
Union policies and frameworks such as Agenda 2063 and this cannot be allowed to progress.
The press conference ended with a question and answers session that gave the opportunity
for the journalists to gather more knowledge and information about the activities of the AUC.
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