Gertrude Mutharika heads Africa’s First Ladies health organisation

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Malawi`s first lady Gertrude Mutharika has been appointed as president of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/ AIDS (OAFLA), Malawi24 has learnt.

Gertrude Mutharika appointed as OAFLA president.

This has been confirmed in a press release dated 24th January 2017 and signed by Presidential Spokesperson Mgeme  Kalilani.Mutharika who was OAFLA’s vice president accepted the honour with humility.

The press statement however explains that, Her Excellency Lonardina Dramani Mahama, former first lady of Ghana left OAFLA’s office as a result of the outcome of the recent presidential election in Ghana which saw the opposition leader Nana Akufo Ado defeating John Mahama.

This is as per the provision of the Rules and Procedures of OAFLA Section 4, Article 15-F. Mutharika who is also a Dr will hold the office up to the next election, later this year.

The country’s first lady officially joined OAFLA in January 2015 and was voted Vice President in June 2015.

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 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” a description of organisation reads on its website.

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  1. Shasha ndikuziletsa.chifukwa chosaziletsa kwathuku ndichifukwa chake anthuwa akupezelapo maudindo nde tisalalate asiyeni anjoye Mesa mgodi tawakumbila ndife osazigwilafe?

  2. Dear Madam Getrude Muthalika,
    Firstly, I would like to conglatulate you for the newly appointed position which will also bring Malawi on the Map on continent basis as well as globally.

    Secondly, I would also like to commend you for the good work that you do nationally through the introduction of the cleanliness in our nation.I still recall the speech that you said at St John Of God and the display of the art BEAM TRUST in Mzuzu City when you twice visited St John Of God Hospitaller services where I work as Transport Officer.

    Thirdly, I wish good health while you lead us in our prosperous and peaceful nation.

    Your faithfully,
    Newell Singine

  3. Mphindu palibe njala ikupitililabe Mmalawi ….zauchitsilu zakozo ufune kopangako ndi mwamuna wakoyo ,, congrants wachani kodi mwangokhalako mbuli zokhazokha kumalawiko eti mudakali mumdimabe eti muzazindikila liti kodi # fuck you

  4. So how does that involve us. Since when Aids was there? I wonder why pple are saying congrats? We don’t have panado in government hospital and have a gut to fight aids, how when? People are dying of aids everyday and be happy to be their leader. Don’t forget on radio and TV people hear the message of how danger is aids but because the virus is on bad position of which everyone drink the water from that well and tidzatha( piti) in chewa,( in Tonga tetete) in tumbuka mumarengi petu. Now these organisation are making money on poor people who are affected. Mpakana president wa AIDS.

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