Above: First Ladies of African countries pose for photo,
Monday, April 20, 2009, at the African First Ladies Health
Summit in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut).
By Tadias Staff
Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
New York (Tadias) – First Ladies from several African countries assembled for a successful first-ever U.S.-based health summit on Monday, April 20, 2009 in Los Angeles.
“Empowering Africa’s First Ladies is an innovative approach to bettering the lives of millions of Africans,” Mr. Alemayhu said in a statement.
The event, which included a performance by Natalie Cole and a luncheon hosted by California first lady Maria Shriver, engaged the First Ladies in identifying top priorities for the coming year related to maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS and Education.
“First ladies have a unique role. They exist outside the political realm to some degree but have a very powerful role in their communities as role models to everyday Africans,” Cora Neumann, an organizer for USDFA told the Associated Press. “There’s never been a summit focused exclusively on them.”
First Ladies of countries throughout Africa pose for a photo Monday, April 20, 2009,
at the African First Ladies Health Summit in Los Angeles. Seated from left are: Adelcia
Barreto Pires of Cape Verde, Chantal Biya of Cameroon, Ana Paula Dos Santos of Angola
and Queen Inkhosikati LaMbikiza of Swaziland. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Dignitaries hailed from member countries of African Synergy, a health initiative alliance comprising of twenty two African First Ladies. African Synergy was established in 2002.
Participating first ladies included: Ida Odinga wife of Kenyan prime minister; Hadjia Laraba Tandja of Niger; Penehupifo Pohamba of Namibia; Thandiwe Banda of Zambia; Maria da Luz Dai Guebuza of Mozambique; Mathato Sarah Mosisili of Lesotho; Sia Nyama Koroma of Sierra Leone; Adelcia Barreto Pires of Cape Verde; Chantal Biya of Cameroon; Ana Paula Dos Santos of Angola; Queen Inkhosikati LaMbikiza of Swaziland and Dr. Turai Umaru Yar’Adua of Nigeria.