African first ladies gather to discuss HIV/AIDS

February 28, 2016

Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Maria Otero, also spoke at the OAFLA meeting, where she called upon the first ladies "to leverage their leadership positions also to tackle the challenge of human trafficking - particularly of women and girls," according to a State Department document featuring her remarks.

"Trafficking still exists today - around Africa and around the world - and it is a problem that merits the highest levels of attention," Otero said. "So today I not only want to thank you for the work you are already doing to combat HIV/AIDS, but also encourage you to take on this additional challenge in your own countries, knowing that the United States is standing ready to support your efforts," Otero added.

Otero also used the meeting as an opportunity to explain PEPFAR's commitment over the next few years to "transitioning from an emergency response to a sustainable one through greater engagement with and capacity building of governments" and a scaling up of "highly effective prevention interventions like male circumcision and prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and we have set a goal of providing antiretroviral treatment to 4 million people" (2/1).

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