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African First Ladies are committed to end mother-to-child transmission
African First Ladies  are committed to end mother-to-child transmission
African First Ladies are committed to end mother-to-child transmission

African First Ladies gathered in the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV / AIDS (OAFLA) are committed to further their actions in the fight against mother-to-child transmission of HIV / AIDS. They made that decision at the OAFLA high-level meeting, under the theme  "the role of Africa's First Ladies in sustaining the HIV response in the era of sustainable development goals and Agenda 2063", held on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at the Sofitel Hotel Ivoire on the sidelines of the 19th International Conference on the fight against AIDS and STIs in Africa.

Indeed, the First Ladies of Africa now intend to make every effort to play their role in their respective countries. The meeting witnessed the participation of four (4) African First Ladies,  Antoinette Sassou N'Guesso, First Lady of Congo, Mrs. Aïssatou Issoufou Mahamadou, First Lady of Niger, Mrs. Claudine Talon, First Lady of Benin and Mrs. Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow, First Lady of Gambia. They received support from Ms. Sandra Granger, First Lady of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, and Ms. Kim Simplis Barrow, First Lady of Belize.

The meeting also witnessed the participation of high-level officials such as Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director and many other officials.

Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire and UNAIDS Special Ambassador delivered the opening speech of this meeting. During her speech, she recalled that since its establishment the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV / AIDS holds its sessions on the sidelines of the meetings of the African Union, of the United Nations Annual Meetings, or at major events such as the 19th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa. According to Dominique Ouattara these meetings are always opportunities for First Ladies to share their visions and experiences. "These meetings are an opportunity to jointly assess our organization's achievements, and find out how far we can go

We are also given the opportunity to share our respective experiences, take stock of our actions and consider future responses to the challenges we are facing, "she said. These challenges also include the fight against mother-to-child transmission of HIV / AIDS. "To this end, I want to emphasize that the First Ladies of Africa have particularly distinguished themselves as champions of this fight on our continent. This has contributed to a sharp reduction of new HIV infections among children throughout Africa, " she said. In addition, The  First Ladies actions are directed towards the fight against exploitation and child labour, the fight against gender-based violence and particularly early marriages, the prevention of cervical cancer, women's empowerment, family planning, girls' access to education and the demographic dividend. "All these major actions made the response to  these important issues more effective and had produced encouraging results across the continent. (...)

Beyond HIV, the actions of the First Ladies have helped promoting our people’s health, "she said. For Ms. Dominique Ouattara, the integration of HIV in sexual and reproductive health services, including the capacity building of our health professionals, as well as the mobilization of resources, have contributed to the improvement of the guarantee to the right to health in African countries. Thus, according to Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, this meeting will lay the foundations for a sustainable response to consolidate achievements and better face new challenges in light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). "We are today  at a crucial moment in the evolution of the AIDS epidemic, we must strengthen our efforts and actions, raise the level of investment to a sustainable HIV response. I would therefore like to encourage all my sisters to continue their efforts and to intensify their actions, "she said.

This meeting recorded several interventions during the two panels under the themes: "leadership to ending the mother-to-child HIV transmission: challenges, lessons and opportunities" and "the unfinished business of AIDS: actions planned in the framework of the new Africa-United Pediatric AIDS Campaign ".

The honour to read the official communiqué of the OAFLA meeting went to Mrs. Antoinette Sassou N'Guesso, First Lady of Congo-Brazzaville. As such, the First Ladies have set themselves the objective to make every effort to fight more effectively against pediatric HIV / AIDS. "(...) We pledge to fully support the implementation of the" All in "and" State of the African Woman "campaigns to support efforts to end AIDS and to implement the AU Roadmap to harness the demographic dividend through investment in youth, and to launch the new continental campaign co-sponsored by the African Union: Africa United against pediatric AIDS.

The meeting ended with a sumptuous lunch offered by the First Lady Dominique Ouattara to her distinguished guests at the Ivoire Golf Club.