African First Ladies Vow to Further Intensify Campaign Against HIV/AIDS
July 17, 2012
The 11th assembly of the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS was held Monday on the sidelines of the 19th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Penehupifo Pohamba, the first lady of Namibia and OAFLA's president, stressed the need to do more to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT). She said OAFLA will grant about $50,000 to each of the five African regions to help implement the continental PMTCT campaign, noting that the countries to be assisted by the funds would be identified by vice presidents in the regions. Pohamba also thanked UNAIDS for providing an additional $50,000 for PMTCT work. She called on member nations to jointly launch the campaign, and she asked the first ladies to give their full support to a review of OAFLA's agenda for fighting HIV/AIDS.
Xinhua News Agency
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