First Lady Janet Kagame alongside other African first ladies yesterday met with their chinese counterpart to discuss on the fight against HIV/AIDS. This was during a summit hosted by Mrs Peng Liyuan, spouse of the Chinese President, on 4 September 2018 at Fanghua Villa Diayutai State Guest House.
Over 40 other African First Ladies and Heads of International Organisations attended the event held on the sidelines of the 2018 Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). They met under the theme: "China and Africa: Join Hands for a Future Free of AIDS".
In her welcome speech, Mrs Peng Liyuan congratulated her peers for their relentless efforts aimed at eradicating the disease. She shared her personal experience and promised to collaborate with her African counterparts to achieve an AIDS free China and Africa.
The First Ladies of Rwanda,South Africa, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Ghana, Kenya, Sudan, and Zambia equally took the floor to highlight the challenges and achievements in the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS in their respective countries and regions.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) encouraged the First Ladies to continue their exceptional humanitarian actions. He advised them to redirect their energies to the quality of treatment, access to treatment, and sensitisation.
On his part, Mr Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS urged the First Ladies to strive for zero mother-to-child transmissions.The event closed with a presentation of Chinese intangible cultural heritage.
Rwanda First Lady Janet Kagame is among the thirty nine first ladies from Africa under the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) alongside Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan who pledged to work together to make a positive impact in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
The First Ladies made the commitment yesterday during a meeting held on the sidelines of the 2018 FOCAC Beijing Summit.
The meeting was attended by representatives from the World Health Organisation and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
In the joint initiative, the First Ladies have agreed to give special attention and concrete actions to combat discrimination, stigma and violence against young people living with HIV.