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S.E. Amira El Fadil

H.E. Amira El Fadil, born on 15 January 1967, a Sudanese woman was elected Commissioner for Social Affairs of the African Union Commission. She was Minister of Social Welfare and Social Insurance for the Government of Sudan.


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

The Division of culture harmonises and coordinates activities and policies across the continent.

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

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


Emergency Response Digest : An official publication of the Africa CDC Issue 1, Volume 2
Social Affairs July 12, 2019

The Republic of Kenya has been facing recurrent episodes of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) since the virus was first discovered in

Emergency Response Digest : An official publication of the Africa CDC Issue 1, Volume 1
Social Affairs July 06, 2019

Since August 2018, African Union – through Africa CDC – has been supporting the Government
of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in responding to its tenth Ebola outbreak.

Joint Statement of the AU-EU-UN Taskforce on Libya on the shelling of the Tajoura Detention Centre
Social Affairs July 04, 2019

Addis Ababa, 3 July 2019: The tragic bombing of the Tajoura Detention Centre that killed more than forty migrants and refugees is a reminder of the human cost of the conflict in

Social Affairs June 24, 2019

A nine-day training of trainers workshop on the management and operations of a Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday 24 June 2019. Thirty-one trainees from 21 African Union Member States and Saudi Arabia are participating in the workshop, which is facilitated jointly by the West Africa Health Organization (WAHO), WHO Headquarters, WHO Regional Office for Africa, WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, US CDC and Africa CDC.

Social Affairs June 20, 2019

Community leaders participating at the Second Dialogue with Traditional and Religious Leaders reiterated their commitment to uphold girls’ and young women’s universal and inalienable human right to access and learn at all levels of Educational systems. The two-day meeting took place in Kampala, Uganda from 19 - 20 June 2019.

Social Affairs June 19, 2019

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea: The Prime Minister H.E. Francisco Pascual Eyegue Obama Asue on behalf of the President of the Democratic Republic of Equatorial Guinea, has presided over the opening of the 2019 and the 11th African Taskforce on Food and Nutrition Development (ATFFND). The 11th ATFFND is organized by the Department of Social Affairs (DSA) in collaboration with the Government of Equatorial Guinea.

July 19, 2019


Press Conference on Ebola Response and Preparedness

July 07, 2019

Press Conference on the Outcome of the joint meeting between the African Union Commission, African Leaders Malaria Alliance, RBM Partnership to End Malaria and Regional Economic Communities to end

June 24, 2019

Public health emergencies continue to be a major concern in Africa, thus threatening national, regional and global health security. A Public Health Emergency Operation Centre (PHEOC) serves as a hub for coordinating preparedness and response to public health emergencies. It allows a well-coordinated response to public health emergencies by teams of multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial experts using the Incident Management System (IMS). Only 14 AU Member States currently have a PHEOC and there is a need for capacity building to support the establishment and maintenance of functional PHEOCs by all Member States.

June 19, 2019 to June 20, 2019

What: Second Dialogue with Traditional and Religious Leaders on Girls’ and
Young Women’s access and retention in educational systems

June 18, 2019 to June 19, 2019

The AU Member States and RECs meeting to validate the Draft Implementation Plan of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) in Africa

African vaccination week and CARMMA national launch in São Tomé and Príncipe
April 24, 2019 to April 25, 2019

Theme: “Ending Preventable Maternal, Neonatal and Child Deaths: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”

Social Affairs July 29, 2019 to August 02, 2019

Third Session of the Specialised Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control (STC-HPDC-3)