WINDHOEK: Namibian First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba has called for financial, moral and material support towards the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) for the elimination of new HIV infections among children, and to keep their mothers alive.
Pohamba, who is also the president of OAFLA, was speaking at a fundraising dinner for the organisation at a local hotel on Wednesday.
“It is only when we are united, speak with one voice and act with the same accord that we will eradicate new HIV infections, discrimination and AIDS-related deaths, overcome the pandemic from Namibia as well as from our continent,” she noted.
Pohamba stressed that in order to eliminate new infections, African First Ladies are now focusing on advocating for the Prevention of the Transmission of HIV/AIDS from Mother-to-Child (PMTCT).
PMTCT is possible with the introduction of anti-retroviral drugs, the launching of the Campaign on the Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) and other interventions for the prevention of vertical transmission of HIV, she added.
OAFLA is also best-placed to complement and influence the efforts of governments in order to make significant impacts on the elimination of new HIV transmissions.
During the fundraising dinner, over N.dollars 300 000 was pledged by private companies and individuals.
Metropolitan Namibia pledged N.dollars 15 000; Purity Manganese (Pty) Ltd – N.dollars 50 000; New Era Investment – N.dollars 60 000; First Wall Property Investment – N.dollars 50 000; Standard Bank Namibia – N.dollars 50 000; Air Namibia – N.dollars 20 000; Jack’s Trading cc – N.dollars 50 000; and Namibia Water Utility (NamWater) – N.dollars 5 000.
Local lawyer Sisa Namandje and his family donated N.dollars 8 000, Philip Namundjebo and his family N.dollars 8 000, and Erastus ‘Chicco’ Shapumba gave N.dollars 12 000.