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Former African leaders conference on AIDS a success

Health Former African leaders conference on AIDS a success

The workshop for former heads of state on HIV and AIDS which ended in the tourist capital today has been described success.

The host, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, Tanzania’s Benjamin Mkapa and all the other leaders that took part in the deliberations described the outcome of the two-day workshop as the most successful.

Speaking during a media conference at Zambezi Sun in Livingstone today, Dr kaunda said the fact that the former leaders turned up for the workshop was evidence enough of their commitment to the HIV and AIDS problem on the continent.

He said the outcome would push forward the fight in order to yield desired results of winning the battle against AIDS.

Africa forum executive secretary Dr John Tesha said the forum with a member of 35 former leaders will stand high to complement efforts of their national government in fighting the scourge.

Dr Tesha pledged that the leaders will use their experience and wisdom to mobilize resources at national, regional and international levels to go towards the fight of the pandemic.

Former first lady of Burundi, Sophie Buyoya, called for increased efforts towards stopping mother to child transmission of the HIV.

Mrs Buyoya who was attending the workshop with her husband also called for intensified efforts in eradicating poverty among women blamed mainly for their vulnerable to HIV and AIDS.

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