Each of us cares deeply about the future of Africa. We share a strong belief that Africa—the region most severely affected by the AIDS epidemic—will also be the region that leads the world to the end of this public health threat.

With the best science and evidence
Africa is closing the access gap to quality HIV prevention and treatment services.
We are working to ensure that all babies
are born free from HIV and their families stay healthy.

We are a voice for the voiceless.
We stand up for human rights and
zero discrimination.

We are the Champions for an
AIDS-Free Generation.

Festus Mogae
Chairperson, Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation


Our Story


The Champions for an AIDS- Free Generation is a distinguished group of former presidents and influential African leaders committed to an AIDS-free generation. Individually and collectively the Champions rally and support regional leaders towards ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat. The Champions transcend political partisanship to speak freely and independently about the issues that need solutions, both publically and behind the scenes.

Our Vision

Our vision is an AIDS-free generation in Africa.


Our mission is to rally and support regional leaders towards ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat.


Festus G. Mogae, the former President of Botswana founded Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation in recognition that sustained leadership is one of the most important elements in the AIDS response.

During his 10 years in office, Mr Mogae was one of the first Heads of State to publically test for HIV, he paved the way for universal access to antiretroviral therapy in Botswana, and he introduced routine HIV testing into the public health sector—a seemingly risky initiative that has since been proven a major success.

August 2008

In August 2008, at the 17th International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, Mr. Mogae launched the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation, a group of former presidents and other influential African leaders to mobilize high-level leadership in a renewed and revitalized response to HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Champions advocate for better policies, laws and practices that facilitate, rather than hinder, effective responses to the epidemic. The Champions reinforce best practices in the region and highlight progress made. As outspoken opinion-leaders, Champions start dialogues to change behavioral and harmful societal norms.

The Champions efforts are focused in sub-Saharan Africa, where some 70% of all people living with HIV. The Champions agree that there is a window of opportunity to Fast-Track the AIDS response to end the epidemic by 2030.

Leadership challenge

More than anything, the Champions recognize that AIDS represents one of the greatest leadership challenges of this generation. Presidents, parliamentarians, health ministers, religious, social and traditional leaders all have a role to play in the AIDS response.

Since the Inaugural Meeting in September 2008, the Champions have taken on the challenge. By focusing on reaching out to sitting Heads of State, the Champions provide peer support for stronger, more visionary leadership in Africa.

Our Partners



The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the U.S. government initiative to save the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS around the world. This historic commitment is the largest by any nation to combat a single disease internationally, and PEPFAR investments also help alleviate suffering from other diseases across the global health spectrum. PEPFAR is driven by a shared responsibility among donor and partner nations and others to make smart investments to save lives. For more information about PEPFAR, visit www.PEPFAR.gov, www.twitter.com/PEPFAR or www.facebook.com/PEPFAR.




The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank—and works closely with global and national partners to maximize results for the AIDS response. Learn more at unaids.org and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.



Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Established in 1980, SADC is an inter-governmental organization headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana. Its goal is to further socio-economic cooperation and integration as well as political and security cooperation among 15 southern African states. www.sadc.int