The Free -to -Shine campaign is an action movement decided upon by the Organisation of African Ladies Against HIV and AIDS (OAFLA) during one of their General Assembly Meetings to contribute to ending needless HIV infections and AIDS in Children.
Fifteen First Ladies of Africa, including Her Excellency, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo of Ghana resolved to use every rightful means to achieve a goal of children being born FREE of HIV. Consequently, the National Launch of the Free- to -Shine campaign took place on January 24th, 2019 at the forecourt of the LEKMA Hospital in Teshie.
Mrs. Akufo Addo in a speech reminded all that several years ago, HIV was a death sentence but now things are different therefore no woman should deny herself of medication because of stigma. According to her, there are forty million people living with HIV/AIDS globally and the most important thing is to give birth to healthy children who can live life fully. This is only possible through testing. She encouraged men to support their wives and also ensure they get tested too.
In her concluding statement, she commended the Ghana Aids Commission for their good work saying that, despite the bottlenecks, they have kept HIV/AIDS in check. She thanked partner organisations such as UNAIDS, UNICEF, OAFLA, GHS among others for their support.
Other speakers at the launch were Hon. Elizabeth Sackey- Deputy Regional Minister and Chairperson for the launch, Mr. Kyeremeh Atuahene-Ag. Director General of Ghana Aids Commission, Mrs. Gloria Quansah Asare-Deputy Director of the Ghana Health Service, Miss Angela Trenton-Mbonde-UNAIDS Country Director, Maame Yaa Bosomtwi-Executive Secretary, OAFLA Secretariat, Oheneyere Gifty Anti-CEO Of GDA Media among others.
Dignitaries that graced the occasion include the Hon. MCE of LeKMA- Mrs. Evelyn Naa Adjeley Twum-Gyamrah, the Hon. M.P. for Ledzokuku- Bernard Okoe Boye, the MCD of LeKMA- Mr. Maxwell K. Gyimah, the Municipal Director of Health-Mrs. Jaqueline Sfarijlani and the Medical Superintendent of LEKMA Hospital-Dr. Juliana Ameh.
Others are the Hon. Assembly Members of LeKMA, Members of the Traditional Authority, school children and the press.