- By Aids Watch Africa
- September 29, 2021
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A virtual briefing led by the Organisation of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) hosted representatives from AU Member States, AU Commission and UNAIDS to brief technical advisers on renewed commitments related to the HIV response in Africa. Capitalising on the convening, leadership and advocacy role of African first ladies, the technical advisors highlighted the need to align national and regional efforts to the new Global AIDS Strategy 2021–2026: End Inequalities, End AIDS and the targets in the 2021 United Nations Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Ending Inequalities and Getting on Track to End AIDS by 2030.
The briefing focused on presenting the outcomes of the United Nations High-Level Meeting on AIDS, including the Political Declaration on AIDS, the Global AIDS Strategy 2021–2026 and its new targets, the Education Plus initiative, the Common Africa Position on the High-Level Meeting on AIDS and the future of the Free To Shine Campaign. It highlighted the unfinished business of the HIV response and the continued efforts to meet prevention and treatment targets and adopt a rights-based approach that leaves no one behind.
Free To Shine Campaign is co-led by the African Union Commission and the Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) to reinforce the political commitment of African nations to end childhood AIDS and keep mothers healthy. Launched in January 2018, the campaign is implemented under the leadership of Ministries of Health and respective Offices of the First Lady, national stakeholders, and community leaders.