Members of the organisation of African First Ladies (OAFLA) who joined their husbands on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) summit in Rwanda, have recommitted to their fight to make Africa a continent free of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), as well as maternal and child mortality.
According to AFP, the new resolve formspart of the recommendations from the 17th Assembly of the African First Ladies meeting in Kigali. The meeting asserted that OAFLA was committed to stop HIV infection and reduce vulnerability among young women and adolescent girls.
It further stressed to continue to advocate for increased investment in the health system; accelerate advocacy for enhanced health education; and to support youth and civil society in policy and program initiatives that promote young women’s wellbeing as leaders and agents of social change in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) and national governments.
They also committed to continue to ensure the launch of the campaign to End Child Marriage in all their countries.
Kenyan First Lady, Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta, chaired the just ended session on behalf of the OAFLA Chairperson, First Lady of Ghana, Dr. Lordina Mahama.
In her opening remarks, she outlined some of the activities undertaken by OAFLA since the last convention in January 2016.
Indeed all citizens need to be protected and included. Among others, they had commemoration of African Vaccination week and national chapters in reaffirming their commitment to advocate for access and investments to life saying vaccines for mothers, new born babies, children and adolescents.
She also noted the launch of the “All IN” adolescent campaign; UN high level meeting on ending AIDS where OAFLA organised a side event within the margin of the UN high level meeting on “Breaking the Silos: Empowered adolescent girls at the centre of the response”; and the AUC catalysing framework on ending AIDS, tuberculosis and eliminating Malaria in Africa by 2030.
She further noted that OAFLA attached great importance to the AUC partnership.”Today, OAFLA celebrates the African Union theme: “African year of human rights with particular focus on the rights of women. Past successes and achievements would not have been possible without the support of the long lasting partnerships that we have developed,” she noted.
Source: The Guardian News
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