- that African women with health and social needs should be treated with dignity and respect at every stage of their life;
- that African women with health-related needs have the right to determine the direction of their own life;
- that participation of individuals and communities, and the development of strong social networks is critical to supporting these individuals;
- in the respect of diversity, privacy and confidentiality;
- in fostering the development of relationships that mutually benefit AWHSS and its partners;
- that participation and contribution of African women living with chronic illnesses is vital to the growth and development of their communities and the country in general;
- that improvements in the health status of African women require societal and structural changes to the causes and effects of political, social and economic inequality.