The Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) has been changed to the Organisation of African First Ladies for Development (OFLAD).

The name change took place at the 22nd Ordinary General Assembly of OAFLA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

A highlight of the event was also the launch of its 2019 to 2023 strategic plan.

Ghana’s First Lady, Mrs Akufo-Addo attended the meeting.

As part of Mrs Akufo-Addo’s itinerary, she attended a debriefing meeting involving Ghana’s technical advisory committee from the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) to the OAFLA, who had earlier participated in the technical sessions of the organisation.

Mr Steve Kyeremeh Atuahene, the acting Director General of the GAC, who briefed Mrs Akufo-Addo on the happenings of the technical sessions held earlier, said with the change of the name from OAFLA to OAFLAD, the first ladies would now be working in six thematic areas instead of mainly HIV and AIDS.

The areas are Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), gender equality, women and youth empowerment, Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH), Social security and protection including; persons with disabilities, institutional capacity strengthening as well as HIV/AIDS.

For her part, Mrs Akufo-Addo expressed her delight at the expansion of the scope of the organisation.

She expressed her commitment to work to better the lives of the vulnerable in society as well as promote the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS, girl’s literacy and maternal and neonatal health among others.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com

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