- The 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. The thirty-seven African first ladies frst met in 2002 in Geneva at a meeting facilitated by UNAIDS and the international AIDS Trust (IAT).
OAFLA since its formation 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.
2. H.E Madam Roman Tesfaye is the current President of OAFLA. The First Lady of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E Madam Roman Tesfaye was elected President of OAFLA for the period 2017-2019 at the 19th OAFLA General Assembly held in Addis Ababa, on July 04, 2017. She was elected from among the newly elected Steering Committee which comprises of First Ladies of Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Burkina Faso and Ghana.
3. OAFLA’s steering committee is composed of eight members representing the four regions within the continent.
- 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 Burkina Faso
- Central Region: Republic of Chad and Central Africa Republic
4. OAFLA is expected to renew it’s current strategic direction. The plan which was designed to last for 2014 – 2018 year includes
– Contribute to the national effort in preventing, managing and eliminating HIV and AIDS
– Contribute to the national effort in reducing maternal and infant mortality
– Contribute to the national effort in controlling cervical cancer
– Enhance organizational learning and stakeholders commitment, and organizational visibility
– Ensure program and financial sustainability
5. Partners of OAFLA presently include the African Union (AU), World Health Organization (WHO), UNAIDS, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), and ALLIN