In 2002, thirty-seven African first ladies met in Geneva at a meeting facilitated by UNAIDS and the international AIDS Trust (IAT). As a result of this historic meeting the organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) was established as a collective voice for Africa’s most vulnerable people, women and children infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Since then, OAFLA has transformed itself from a forum of ideas to an institution capable of providing the continent-wide leadership needed to bring about change in peoples’ lives. With its permanent secretariat in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, OAFLA has moved from addressing the symptoms of the HIV/AIDS crisis to the root causes of poverty and the overall inequality of women in the region.
An Africa free from HIV and AIDS, maternal and child mortality where women and children are empowered to enjoy equal opportunities.
First Ladies of Africa advocate for effective policies and strategies towards the elimination of HIV and AIDS, reduction of maternal and child mortality and the empowerment of women and children, through strategic partnerships in the spirit of solidarity.
Members of the steering committee (2015-2017)
The steering committee is composed of nine members representing the four regions within the continent.
- Northern Region: Republic of Algeria
- Eastern Region: Republic of Kenya and Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
- Southern Region :Republic of Zambia and Republic of Malawi
- Western Region: Republic of Ghana and Republic of Niger
- Central Region: Republic of Chad and Republic of Congo