AU Summit: African First Ladies campaign against HIV/AIDS, maternal, child mortality

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The general assembly of the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) took place Monday in Kigali, Rwanda, reaffirming their commitment to advocate for access and investments in life saving vaccines for Africa’s mothers, newborns, and adolescents.

Held on the sidelines of the 27th Ordinary Assembly of African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government, the gathering has also committed to stop HIV infection and reduce vulnerability among young women and adolescent girls while continuing to advocate for increased investment in health systems.

AU Commissioner for Social Affairs Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko said that ending pediatric AIDS by 2030 is a prerequisite for achieving all the seven aspirations of Agenda 2063.

"As we put it in the Common Africa Position, while the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are broad and comprehensive, not focusing resources to high impact areas will reverse the gains achieved in the AIDS response. Ending AIDS will be a shared triumph for many SDGs," he remarked.

Through OAFLA, the First Ladies have called upon African governments and national institutions to ensure ratification, domestication and reporting on the implementation of the goals.

They also called upon the global community to support the Global fund replenishment to particularly end AIDS, TB, Malaria by 2030 and build resilient and sustainable health systems.  

The Global Fund’s campaign aims to mobilize US$13 billion for replenishment and to advocate for increased domestic financing for sustainable national health programmes.

Kenyan First Lady Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta, who chaired the Assembly of OAFLA, said that past success and achievements would not have been possible without the support of the long lasting partnerships that was developed.

During the session OAFLA celebrated the AU theme “African year of human rights with particular focus on the rights of women."

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