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The Southern African Development Community (Sadc) asserts that investing in the development of social and human capital is essential to achieve the broad goals of regional integration and economic development.

At the heart of Pillar III on the Development of Social and Human Capital in the Strategic Indicative Regional Development Plan (RISDP) 2020-2030 is a crucial component of industrialization and regional integration.

This pillar ensures that socio-economic development is achieved in a human-centered, inclusive and sustainable manner. More specifically, the RISDP 2020-2030 aims to develop modern, resourced, accessible and responsive health systems to cope with the burden of disease and emergencies.

“This will see increased efforts to fight HIV / AIDS and communicable diseases, as well as investments to fight all forms of malnutrition,” Sadc said in a final update.

With a particular focus on women, youth and children, the bloc affirms that Pillar III of the RISDP 2020-2030 pays particular attention to improving opportunities for all citizens to benefit from socio-social well-being. -economic in a context of improved food and nutritional security.

“Pillar III aims to strengthen and harmonize regional health systems to provide standardized and accessible health services to all citizens and to face threats caused by health pandemics,” he said.

“This will translate into improved, accessible and responsive regional health systems. “

SADC is already implementing regional initiatives on malaria elimination and tuberculosis control, as well as other programs on noncommunicable diseases.

The regional bloc also strengthens health systems with a focus on improving access to health service delivery, and sets up regional programs that improve harmonization and coordination of public health issues. in order to improve service delivery in Member States.

According to the update, SADC is also increasing investments in nutrition to address all forms of malnutrition by developing regional minimum standards for food fortification to address all forms of malnutrition.

“Nutritional interventions, including micronutrient supplementation and dietary diversity, targeting vulnerable women of childbearing age, young children, adolescents and the general population are being implemented,” he said. he declares.

“To improve the standard of living of the citizens of Sadc, the region is also implementing poverty reduction strategies and developing a resource plan and a sustainability strategy for the Steering Committee of the Regional Poverty Observatory.

Improving citizens’ access to quality and relevant education and skills development, including in science and technology, through increased equitable access to quality and relevant education are also key priority areas.

As part of this goal, the bloc said that key interventions include promoting universal access to education for sustainable development, mainstreaming aspects of gender equality, human rights. man and global citizenship, and improving the implementation of Sadc’s qualifications framework.

“Efforts are underway to improve skills development for regional industrialization. A multisectoral skills development framework to support industrialization, including through improved technical and vocational education and training, as well as apprenticeship and internship programs, involving the private sector, is underway development, ”he said.

“The digital skills of Sadc citizens are being developed to enable them to benefit from the changing nature of work and the rise of the digital economy, taking advantage of infrastructure development.
The region also encourages the acquisition of skills, competences and qualifications, ensuring that education and training systems respond to the needs of the labor market and to changing work.

SADC expressed its commitment to increase job creation with decent work opportunities for full and productive employment throughout the region.

“This is done by promoting and implementing a comprehensive decent work program, prioritizing job creation and access to productive employment opportunities for young people,” he said. declared.

The social and human capital development pillar of the RISDP 2020-2030 therefore seeks to build on the successes recorded in the previous RISDP, which include the integration of HIV / AIDS and tuberculosis in key sectors of SADC.

Already, member states have met the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets, while others are on track to meet these important milestones, the bloc said. He noted that new HIV infections have declined by 37 percent, while AIDS-related deaths have halved in the region.

Sadc is part of the Global Coalition for Prevention to ensure that the region continues to step up the fight against malaria, and harmonized minimum standards for the prevention, treatment and management of the disease have been developed to promote health by supporting the control of communicable diseases, emergency preparedness, surveillance and response.

Already, eight member states, namely Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, are striving to eliminate malaria by 2030.

“These countries have formed a partnership called ‘Elimination 8’ to collaborate across borders,” the bloc said.

Regarding women’s empowerment and gender mainstreaming, he said a number of policies have been developed and / or integrated for women’s empowerment, including a Sadc framework to achieve gender parity. in political and decision-making positions.

“The pillar of the development of social and human capital of the RISDP 2020-2030 is therefore a crucial element of industrialization and regional integration because it seeks to create a favorable environment by promoting the link between economic growth and welfare. be human, through holistic interventions that leave no one behind and end poverty, ”Sadc said.

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