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At the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was held the General Assembly of the First Ladies of the Organization of African First Ladies against AIDS (OAFLA), under the chairmanship of the First Lady of Burkina Faso, Ms. Adjoavi Sika KABORE. The First Lady of the Republic of Burundi, Her Excellency Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza participated in this 22nd Ordinary General Assembly which began on Sunday, February 10, 2019 under the theme: “Collaborating to Transform Africa: Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Populations”.

On the agenda of that closed session, there was the presentation of the report of the meeting held in New York on September 24 and 25, 2018, the presentation of the report of the organization by the OAFLA Secretary and the adoption of the recommendations proposed by the Steering Committee.

In her speech, the President of OAFLA said that the steering committee met one day before the General Assembly and elected Kenya’s First Lady, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyata as the vice-president of the platform. It was also an opportunity to point out that the organization is now changing its name to become the Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OPDAD). She ended her remarks by thanking the First Ladies who attended in that first session among others the First Lady of Burundi, that of Burkina-Faso, Ethiopia, Niger, Botswana, the Central African Republic, Chad , Congo, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mali and Sudan. She also congratulated the countries, including Burundi, which have already launched the “Free to Shine” campaign and called on the country, which has not yet done so, to follow suit.

That session of the First Ladies followed the meetings of the technical advisers held on 7 and 8 February 2019 in Addis Ababa where Burundi had the opportunity to present the great achievements of Her Excellency the First Lady of Burundi, Her Excellency Denise Nkurunziza.

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