Gaborone, Botswana | 17 July 2019
Amref Health Africa and the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation met to discuss common interests and mutual partnerships in ending AIDS and expanding access to health services for communities across the African continent. Both Amref and the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation are African-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of Africa’s citizens.
The courtesy call was paid to the Champions Chairperson and former President of Botswana, H.E. Festus Mogae, by the Amref Health Africa’s International Board Chairperson, Mr. Omari Issa along with Dr. Ginthinji Gitahi, Global CEO, Amref; Professor Marion Mutugi, Vice Chancellor Amref International University and Edwin Macharia, Amref University Council member, on 17 July 2019 in Gaborone, Botswana.
The mission of Amref is to increase sustainable health access to communities in Africa through solutions in human resources for health, health services delivery and investments in health. The Board Chair described Amerf’s philosophy in health development. “Communities are already helping themselves. Amref is here to amplify their existing power with integrity and respect.”
The Champions’ ideals were shared with Amref. The former President of Botswana concluded, “Communities have been and will continue to be the catalyst for change. For us to advance the health of our people, we must work together.”
Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation in Africa
The Champions for an AIDS- Free Generation are 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
The Champions are chaired by H.E. Festus Mogae and comprised of Former Presidents including H.E. Joaquim Chissano, H.E. Kgalema Motlanthe, H.E. Benjamin Mkapa, H.E. Alpha Konare, H.E. Kenneth Kaunda, H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, H.E. Joyce Banda, H.E. Hifikepunye Pohamba and prominent personalities including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, H.E. Specioza Wandira, Prof.Mariam Were and Hon. Justice Edwin Cameron.