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Fighting HIV UNAIDS enlists First Lady in battle against AIDS

In a tweet, the first lady said she was "humble and honoured" by the role offered to her.

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The Joint United Nations Programme  on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has chosen first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo as the Premier Ambassador in Ghana for HIV Advocacy.

In a tweet, the first lady said she was "humble and honoured" by the role offered to her.

 

UNAIDS has set a target to eliminate Mother to Child Transmission of  HIV (MTCT) by 2020 in response to the AIDS epidemic.

The first lady is of the firm believe that it is possible to eliminate mother to child transition of HIV by 2020.

"The elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and Saving Mothers to achieve the 90-90-90 targets by 2020 is possible," she said.

 

"I am willing to learn and work to make the targets a reality. Looking forward to this partnership. It is possible, she stressed.

 

--About Mother-to-Child Transmission--

Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV occurs during pregnancy, at the time of labour and delivery, or after birth while breastfeeding the infant.

The HIV transmission rate from infected mothers to their babies is estimated to range between 15 to 30 percent, but could also be as high as 45 percent in the absence if any interventions for prevention.

The focus of this programme is for pregnant women not to contact HIV in the first place but if they do, then the programme ensures that they do not pass the infection on to their unborn babies.

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