Addis Ababa, 06 October 2011 (ENA) - First Lady, Azeb Mesfin said the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA’s) has carried out commendable activities in prevention of HIV and AIDS.
First Lady Azeb officially handed over her OAFLA presidency to Namibian First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba here on Thursday at the ceremony held at Sheraton Hotel.
Azeb on the occasion said the Organization has contributed more in the area of preventing HIV and AIDS since its establishment in 2002.
The Organization has succeeded on a number of fronts regarding the issue, she said.
The Organization has mobilized resources from international organizations and partners to be involved in the struggle against the HIV and AIDS.
In this regard, she said OAFLA has brought considerable difference for the people of Africa who were suffering from the impact of the disease.
Azeb expressed hope on the newly elected president to represent the collective voice of the Organization to the world’s struggle against HIV and AIDS.
She said the decision of OAFLA to establish permanent secretariat in Addis Ababa is a milestone for the Organization as it moved from addressing the symptoms of the HIV and AIDS crisis to the root causes of poverty and the overall inequality of women in Africa.
The Incoming OAFLA President First Lady Pohamba on her part expressed her commitment to accomplish the aspirations of the Organization.
She said she would strive to enhance the institutional capacity of the Organization.
First Lady Azeb served the Organization as president for the past three years.