First Lady attends HIV symposium at TICAD V
Also in attendance were the First Lady of Japan Mrs. Akie Abe and the wife of the United Nations Secretary General Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek.
The symposium is first international event on HIV and AIDS to be attended by Mrs Mahama after her election as 1st Vice President of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against AIDS (OAFLA) for West Africa.
Participants observed that OAFLA has provided a forum for the voiceless and is mobilizing society adequately to fight the AIDS pandemic.
Speaking on behalf of the meeting, Mrs. Ban commended OAFLA for taking up the issue of stigmatization and discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS.
She observed that poverty and political instability in Africa were competing with HIV and AIDS for funding which was a major challenge to the fight against the disease and called for partnership and collaboration to achieve a common goal.
The participants also agreed at the end of the symposium on the need to invest in the youth, focus on prevention, target investments, challenge the legal environment and work social attitudes.
The first ladies also stressed the need to include people living with HIV and AIDS in the planning and implementation process, and translating the experience of vulnerable communities into policies on HIV and AIDS.
Dr. Angela El-Adas, the Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, accompanied Mrs. Mahama to the symposium.