Investing in girls should be top priority – Jeannette Kagame

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27th African Union Summit | Kigali, 17 July 2016, Photo: PPU

The 17th General Assembly of the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) held in Kigali.

Rwanda’s First Lady, Mrs. Jeannette Kagame has said Africans should consider education for girls as top priority along with protecting them against HIV/AIDS infections, adding that adolescents make a large number of victims.

Mrs. Kagame believes that the best move Africans need to make for productive economy is to invest in people; “we should continue to invest in the best interest of our African people.”

African First Ladies, through the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), collectively agreed with Mrs. Kagame- calling on perpetual continental states to strongly build mechanisms that would promote rights and education for girls across the continent.

The 2016 theme of OAFLA – GA was, “advancing sustainable partnerships to end pediatric HIV/AIDS and improve Adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights.”

The 17th Ordinary General Assembly of OAFLA which took place in Kigali alongside the 27th African Union Summit 2016, focused on empowering a girl child with the right education and protect her from HIV/AIDS infection that has continually diminishing a girl child dream as the situation also contributes to poor socio-economic development as a result of less participation of girls in such a developmental journey.

The 17th Ordinary General Assembly of OAFLA was attended by 15 African First Ladies and 6 representatives.


The OAFLA First Ladies shared their journey and contributions to reduce HIV/AIDS Infections among Adolescents particularly Girls.

During her contribution, the First Lady of Kenya Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta also said they intend to launch a new initiative named “Adopt a Ward” a call for strengthening existing community health facilities.”

As the discussions went on, the African first Ladies affirmed to remain committed to concrete actions to provide healthcare to women and children particularly girls through advocacy and education.

The a new UNAIDS report entitled Global AIDS update 2016, indicates that an estimated 17 million people were accessing life-saving antiretroviral medicines at the end of 2015, with an additional 2 million people gaining access over a 12-month period.

The report that was presented in May this year, says extraordinary scale-up of antiretroviral treatment since 2010 by many of the world’s most affected countries has reduced AIDS-related deaths from 1.5 million in 2010 to 1.1 million in 2015.

The reduction, according to the report, is attributed to more countries that have adopted new guidelines from the World Health Organization to treat everyone diagnosed with HIV immediately as well as ensuring that public health benefits are being realized for individuals and for wider society.

Panel discussion of African First Ladies also involved young people in the fight against HIV/AIDS pediatric treatments.

The event was attended by First Lady Mrs. Jeannette Kagame and her counterparts from Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, and Sierra Leone.




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