In 2002, First Ladies of Africa came together to form the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), with the objective to be a united voice for Africa’s most susceptible citizens; women and children living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Along the years, OAFLA has evolved to become an institution that is able to offer a continent-wide leadership in terms of advocacy in the areas of HIV and a broad range of maternal and child health intervention. OAFLA currently named as the Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) is an advocacy organization where First Ladies of Africa seek to leverage their unique position to advocate for policies that make health services accessible and laws that boost women and youth empowerment. First Ladies of Africa reinforce favorable policies and programs through advocacy, resource mobilization and development of partnerships with all stakeholders at all levels. First Ladies engage in various community-level activities to sensitize community and create awareness on health risks and policies.

Mission

To contribute to the health and well-being of children, youth and women through advocacy, resource mobilization and strategic partnerships.

Vision

A developed Africa with healthy and empowered children, youth and women.

Core Values

Integrity

We uphold honesty and strong moral principles in all decisions and actions in implementing programs.

Transparency

We uphold openness in all activities and provision of  service

TeamWork

We promote and practice a participatory approach in the conduct os all activities and operations of OAFLAD

Diversity

We reflect the richness of our continent and diverse cultures.

Dynamism

We demonstrate initiative and responsiveness to changing trends in issues of development in the continent.

Quality

We commit to adopt and adhere to systems and processes that promote the achievement of set objectives during the implementation of OAFLAD programs.

Impartiality

We uphold the highest level of equity by treating all stakeholders without any discrimination or whatsoever.

Collaboration

We engage in partnerships with a common goal to improve the lives of vulnerable populations.

Accountability

We commit to demonstrate and take responsibility in all decisions and actions as well as accountable for resources made available.

Professionalism

We commit to uphold ethics and high standards of excellence in working with all stakeholders and in our routine operations.

Theme of the year 2020

Gender Equality and Women Empowerment: A Pathway to the Africa We Want

Secretariat

Mame-Yaa Bosomtwi

Executive Secretary

Rediet Argaw

Finance & Administration Assistant

Hanna Mekonnen

Program Officer

Nardos Berhanu

Communications Officer

Seifemichael Shewangzaw

Finance Officer

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