Ethiopia’s First Lady Urges African Countries for Joint Efforts to End Pediatric AIDS Featured

29 Jan 2018
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Addis Ababa January 29/2018  Roman Tesfaye First Lady of Ethiopia and President of OAFLA urged African countries to join hands to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in the coming 3-4 years.

 Following the 20th General Assembly of the Organization of African First Ladies (OAFLA), Roman said “our past achievement never has to be make us hesitant on the fight against HIV AIDS”.

 “One of the major priorities to be in effect and we African first ladies have pledged to implement is establishing appropriate health institutions to enable to address all of the services needed” she said.

 Ethiopia has been undertaking successful activities so far in relation to building health institutions and service provision, Roman underlined.

 Ethiopia is positioned among the top countries close to end mother-to-child transmission, however, there are “mothers who still give birth at home and there are mothers still not ready for HIV checkup”.

 “We are working on increasing awareness to end AIDS in children and keep mothers alive and advocate for action to mobilize resources to end pediatric AIDS”, she said.

 Organization of African First Ladies (OAFLA) was launched an Africa campaign to end new infections in children and keep mothers alive.

 The goal of the campaign is to contribute to ending pediatric AIDS by 2030 and keeping mothers alive and healthy.

 The campaign seeks to mobilize African First Ladies and other high-level leadership, increase awareness, and strengthen ownership and accountability.

 In addition, the campaign targets to cultivate partnerships and advocate for action to mobilize resources to foster community involvement and participation to increase ownership of the EMTCT programs.

 The Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) is a nongovernmental, not-for- profit organization founded in 2002 by 37 African first ladies.

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