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H.E. Amb. Cessouma Minata Samate is a Burkina Faso diplomat, born on 14 July 1961. She was elected the new Commissioner for Political Affairs of the African Union Commission. Ambassador Samate is an Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Burkina Faso in Ethiopia, Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).


The Department of Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development (HHS) works to promote the AU’s health, labour, employment, migration, social development, drug control, crime prevention, sport and cultural agenda.

The Division plays a leading role in policy development, advocacy, coordination, monitoring and evaluation on AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and other infectious diseases.

The Division responds to vital generic health issues related to health policy and delivery systems, nutrition and other related public health issues and challenges that require a concerted and coordinated approach at a continental level.

The division of labour and employment focuses on the rights, labour standards, integrated employment policies and social security systems.

The Division works with Member States and development partners to create and strengthen social protection systems that aims at reducing social and economic risk and vulnerability.


December 09, 2021

“There’s no need to panic about the new Omicron variant because we have the tools to fight against COVID-19 and all the different variants. Vaccines are available and continue to flow around the continent steadily, and we also encourage the public to get vaccinated against the virus because it is the only way to protect yourself.”

December 07, 2021

The workshop was officiated by the Ag. Director of the African Centre for the Study and Research on Migration, Dr. Lang Fafa Dampha, and the Deputy Principal Director for Home Affairs of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Mrs Mamakopoi Letsie.

December 03, 2021

The Republic of Uganda became the eighteenth (18th) African Union (AU) member state to deposit the instrument of ratification of the African Medicines Agency (AMA) at the AU Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Republic of Uganda ratified the Treaty on the 11 November 2021 in Kampala, Uganda.

December 02, 2021

In line with the implementation of the roadmap of the AU Theme of the Year for 2021: "

December 01, 2021

Today, the African Union (AU) Commission, UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria join the rest of the world to commemorate World AIDS Day 2021 under the theme “End Inequalities. End AIDS”.

November 27, 2021

“Culture is the best therapy against violence” H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson AUC

January 20, 2022

Thursday’s briefing will focus on the encouraging increase in the rate of COVID-19 vaccination across Member States and highlight the importance of scaling up rapid antigen test across the continent holding to the potential increase in cases following the end-of-year holiday celebrations.

December 09, 2021

Weekly Press Briefing on Coronavirus Disease Outbreak in Africa

December 06, 2021 to December 10, 2021

Theme: “Building forward Better Well Being and Living Standards in Africa”

December 02, 2021

Thursday’s briefing will focus on the ongoing debate about the Omicron variant and what are the scientific facts so far. There will also be highlights on the upcoming conference happening in Rwanda next week to give update about progress on vaccine manufacturing in Africa.

Department Resources

October 15, 2020

The Africa Migration Report takes a distinctly regional approach to inform knowledge on migration in Africa.

September 08, 2020

Department of Social Affairs Newsletter

September 19, 2020

The African Union Commission (AUC) envisions “an integrated continent that is politically united based on the ideals of Pan Africanism an

June 24, 2020

Highlights of the cooperation with the GIZ-project “Support to the African Union on Migration and Displacement”

June 24, 2020

Violent extremism is a global issue.

December 28, 2021

Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (21 December 2021), 4,444,521 new confirmed




December 21, 2021

Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (14 December 2021), 4,501,031 new confirmed




December 14, 2021

Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (7 December 2021), 4,272,039 new confirmed




December 07, 2021

Q.What is African Medicines Agency (AMA)?