First Lady heads OAFLA

Mrs Lordina Mahama

Mrs Lordina Mahama

The First Lady, Mrs. Lordina Mahama, has been elected as the new President of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) aof OAFLA in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mrs Mahama, who beat four others including Nigeria’s First Lady, in the heavily contested polls to emerge the winner, will serve for a two-year term of office.

She took over from the First Lady of Chad, Hilda Itno Derby, who congratulated her for working hard for Ghanaians, especially women and the vulnerable.

The First lady of Malawi also took the Vice President’s position and pledged to assist Mrs. Mahama in all her endeavours to raise the flag of OAFLA very high.

In an acceptance speech, Mrs Mahama expressed her appreciation to the organization for the confidence.

She said as a founding member of OAFLA, Ghana was fully committed to the mission and vision of the organisation.

Mrs Mahama, who is expected to be sworn into office in July this year, at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, called on all African First Ladies to support her in order to move the organisation to higher levels.

“In my own work as the First Lady and OAFLA representative for West Africa for the past two years, I have ensured that my priorities revolved around attaining the objectives of our strategic plan of reversing the trends of HIV and AIDS, eliminating mother and child transmission,” she said.

The First Lady said part of the strategic plan was also to empower women and their partners, as well as advocate a comprehensive and integrated sexual and reproductive health services towards maternal mortality.

She said her focus would continue to be on advancing health, general well-being and social protection of the orphans and vulnerable children towards a reduction in child morbidity and mortality.

Mrs. Mahama was ofthe firm belief that if all First ladies could ensure the health of their women and empower them economically, the future of Africa would be secured.

The Organisation has come a long way since its establishment in 2002 by 37 African First ladies as a mere collective voice of Africa’s most vulnerable people.

OAFLA has more than 40 African First Ladies as its active members, each leading their national chapters to do exemplary work in the areas of HIV/AIDS, empowering women and children.

It is administered by a Permanent Secretariat in Addis Ababa, with the oversight of a Steering Committee.

By Times Reporter

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