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Ghana’s First Lady joins Network of African Leaders to improve the health sector

Ghana’s First Lady, Rebecca Akuffo-Addo has joined the African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) to help project the need for healthy living in the country.

Ghana's First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo

This follows a ceremony where the African Leaders for Nutrition inaugurated Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo as a Nutrition Champion on Monday, December 17, 2018.

The inauguration was a way of acknowledging her work and commitment to sound nutrition and the well-being of mothers and infants.

The first lady currently joins other Nutrition Champions which include His Excellency Hery Rajaonarimampianina of Madagascar, His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho and Howarth Bouis, Acting CEO of HarvestPlus.

The first lady who spoke at the ceremony after her inauguration shared her excitement to be part of the ALN, adding that, “Of the basic necessities in life, I consider none more profoundly critical to humanity’s collective development and well-being than good nutrition. The time has come for us to deal a definitive blow to malnutrition in Africa.”

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Within some few years, Mrs Akuffo Addo has spearheaded several campaigns to promote the welfare of women and girls in Ghana.

Her Save A Child, Save A Mother project, raised $2 million for a “state-of-the-art” mother and baby unit at the government Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana, helping to ease severe congestion.

The ceremony was held in Accra, the capital of Ghana and saw in attendance government officials, ALN senior leadership, representatives of the John A Kufuor Foundation, the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition and the World Food Programme.

About the ALN initiative

The ALN initiative is a platform for high-level advocacy and engagement to advance nutrition in Africa, endorsed by the Assembly of Heads of State and Governments of the African Union (AU). It is led by ALN Champions, comprising current and former Heads of State, Finance Ministers and eminent leaders recognized for their ability to catalyse and sustain efforts to end malnutrition in Africa.

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It is aimed at ensuring that Africa’s food systems and diets support good nutrition.

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