JOINT MEDIA ADVISORY

JOINT MEDIA ADVISORY
ADDIS ABABA HOSTS 14TH ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE
ORGANIZATION OF AFRICAN FIRST LADIES AGAINST HIV/AIDS (OAFLA)
Addis Ababa Ethiopia, 31 January
2015 - The 14th OAFLA Ordinary
General Assembly of the African
Union, opened at the headquarters
of the African Union (AU) in Addis
Ababa, Ethiopia, on 30th January
under the theme: “Enhancing
partnerships to create an enabling
environment to achieve: the end of
AIDS by 2030 and to empower
women in their Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights”.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the OAFLA General Assembly, H.E.
Mrs. Hinda Deby Itno, First Lady of the Republic of Chad and Chairperson
of OAFLA encouraged partnerships and continuous
facilitation for
treatment with concerned organizations to end new HIV/AIDS infections
among women and children.
H.E. Mrs. Roman Tesfaye, First Lady of the Federal Democratic Republic
of Ethiopia in her welcome remarks underlined the fact that First Ladies of
the AU Member Sates are uniquely positioned to advocate for women and
girls, especially in the areas of health, education, enterpreneurship and
economic opportunity. She called on the First Ladies to exert maximum
effort along their partnering instiutions so as to seek lasting solutions to
major social and economic problems of women and children.
“The continent has made significant strides
in its efforts towards the prevention of
mother to child transmission and seeking
to Eliminate Mother to Child Transmission
(EMTCT) of HIV.” She underscored.
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H.E. Dr. Mustapha Kaloko,
Commissioner for Social Affairs
of
the
African
Union
Commission on his part stated
that the partnership with OAFLA
would ensure that women and
girls can live in an HIV free
society, have access to HIV
care and treatment; most
importantly they will cease from
being the face of HIV/AIDS in
Africa. “Together, we need to
diversify and strengthen partnerships with NGOs, CSOs, private sector and
the international community by ensuring that we avert maternal mortality,
we eliminate new HIV Infections of mother to child transmission, end Child
Marriage and realize gender equality for women, who happen to be the
real builders of our continent.” He emphacised.
Other key speakers present at the included the Representatives of
UNAIDS, UNFPA and Mr. Ban Soon-Taek, Spouse of UN Secretary
General.
The declarations to guide the work of the OAFLA was adopted today 31st
January 2015 by the 24th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads
of State and Government of the African Union.
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For inquiries, contact:
Rahel Akalewold | Information and Communication Directorate | African Union
Commission | Tel: (251) 11 551 77 00 | Fax: (251) 11 551 78 44 | E-mail: Rahel
A@africa-union.org
Nardos Berhanu, Communications Officer, OAFLA Secretariat: nardos@oafla.org
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