The First Lady, Madam Gertrude Mutharika recently made a passionate appeal for assistance to the Organization of African Ladies against HIV and Aids (OAFLA). Madam Mutharika said OAFLA’s influence in the fight against the pandemic on the continent had been growing since the organization’s establishment.
Mutharika, who is also OAFLA Vice Chairperson, was speaking in New York, USA, when she received a $100,000 donation from China -Africa Business Council (CABC) on behalf of her organization. She said OAFLA had noted with concern that over the years, funding for the organization’s core mandate-HIV and AIDS, maternal and child health and cervical cancer–had been decreasing.
Giving the background to the donation, the First Lady said CABC also donated funds to her organization when they met in South Africa last December during the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). She said the Johannesburg donation helped OAFLA to carry out various tasks, adding that Malawi used its money to engage opinion leaders, media and traditional leaders in HIV and AIDS activities.
CABC Secretary General, Eric Wang told reporters after the ceremony that they cherished the partnership that existed between the two organizations. He said they were looking forward to engaging more Chinese adolescents and entrepreneurs in African youth programmes so that AIDS “is defeated by the year 2030.”