Members of the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) during their 17th general assembly discussed and committed to strengthening efforts in activities meant to promote citizens’ welfare and, especially elimination of HIV/AIDS.
The meeting hosted by Madam Jeannette Kagame and attended by 15 members was centered on the theme of increasing sustainable collaboration in creating awareness to avoiding HIV/AIDS especially new infections through mother to child transmissions especially among teenagers.
Madam Jeannette Kagame called on fellow first ladies to always accomplish promises under the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS and try by all means to attain the targets of transforming citizens’ livelihoods.
“We have to keep committing ourselves and exploit the potential to reach set targets. Such thinking will help to build hope for today and future partnerships which will always prioritize interests of citizens. This will strengthen our ability to strive for better livelihoods for our citizens since it is what they deserve,” she said.
Madam Jeannette Kagame talked on benefits of partnership of the government and private sectors to avail health services to citizens where she stressed the role community health workers and opinion leaders can play in offering basic support, counseling, and diseases control.
Jeannette Kagame said that such efforts were made as a way of quickly decentralizing needed services to citizens and contributed a lot to reducing HIV/AIDS.
“Collaboration between the government and private sector has been crucial in training health service providers as well as mobilization in avoiding and encouraging infected individuals to take drugs. It has come out with good results since it reduced 50% of new infections since 1994. HIV/AIDS related deaths have reduced by 78% over the past ten years while pregnant women having tests reached 98%,” she said.
She asked first ladies to emulate such practices to eradicate HIV/AIDS infections by 2030.
OAFLA launched mobilization dubbed ‘All – in’ aimed at encouraging everyone to play a role in eradicating HIV/AIDS especially among the youth.
Madam Margaret Kenyatta has also noted that Kenya has completely eradicated new infections at birth and efforts for ensuring a HIV/AIDS-free generation have been strengthened.
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