First Lady Reaffirms Her Commitment To Fight Against HIV/AIDS

The First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has reaffirmed her commitment to continue her “Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and Reproductive Health" campaign especially in the three northern regions of Ghana to save lives of mothers and their babies.

She said the three regions in the Northern part of Ghana, which historically have been the most underserved regions, will from February 2018, be tackled with her new campaign, which she launched in August last year.

Speaking at the 20th Ordinary General Assembly of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday, Mrs Akufo-Addo said the Volta Region was currently the region with the highest burden of HIV.

She said during the launch of her campaign in the Volta Region, she personally went through counselling and testing to encourage others to do so.

“We were able to reach about 4,500 community members, with services ranging from distribution of condoms, information and education on HIV and health screening.

“This has been my modest achievement in a year. I intend to leave a legacy that will see Ghana achieve elimination of mother-to-child transmission and to this I will commit my time and energy", Mrs. Akufo Addo

“Being First Lady presents me with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Ghanaians. I intend to do all I can for my people" she passionately said.

The OAFLA members also used the occasion to launch a new campaign, dubbed “Free to Shine” which is aimed at directing a new path of commitment towards the prevention of HIV infections among children, adolescents and mothers.