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African Union, First Ladies Call For Additional Efforts To Address HIV, Malaria, NTDs At Meetings

KBC: First Ladies from Africa draw six-point agenda to combat HIV/AIDS
“Renewed campaigns to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa were the major highlights when the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) 20th Ordinary General Assembly closed in Addis Ababa Monday. At the end of the three-day OAFLA meeting that brought together First Ladies from 16 countries …, the members drew a six-point agenda aimed at driving a re-energized campaign against the AIDS/HIV menace across the continent. The OAFLA meeting was held concurrently with the 30th Ordinary Session of the African Union (A.U.) Summit…” (1/29).

New Times: African leaders call for more efforts to fight malaria, neglected diseases
“African leaders under the umbrella organization, African Leader Malaria Alliance (ALMA), have called on member states to up their stakes in ensuring that malaria as well as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are eliminated on the continent. … The African Leaders Malaria Alliance is a coalition of 49 African heads of state and government working across country and regional borders to eliminate malaria by 2030…” (Tashobya, 1/29).

Xinhua News: Malaria remains Africa’s major health problem: officials
“The African Union (A.U.) and the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday that the malaria epidemic remains Africa’s major health care challenge. A.U. and WHO officials, together with ministers of A.U. member states and global health care partners, expressed the concern during a high-level panel meeting on malaria held on Friday on the sidelines of the 30th A.U. summit at the A.U. headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa…” (1/26).

Xinhua News: Women, youth, sex workers most affected by HIV in Africa: report
“Women, youth, sex workers, prisoners, and people who inject drugs are among the most affected by the HIV epidemic, a new report revealed Saturday. As the first of its kind conducted by an African Union (A.U.) organ, the report was published this weekend by A.U.’s African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHRP). It gives a comprehensive analysis of the legal and human rights issues pertinent to the HIV in the African continent…” (1/28).

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