Brazil’s da Silva to grace UNAIDS first ever summit in Malawi

Former Brazilian President da Silva
Former Brazilian President da Silva
UNAIDS and the Lancet Commission will this month hold the first ever summit in Malawi to be graced by world leaders among them, former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Other commissioners who have already confirmed to attend the summit include the Benin President Boni Yayi, former president of Bostwna Festus Mogae, President of the African Development Bank Donald Kaberuka and First Ladies from Gabon and Rwanda, Mrs Sylvia Bongo Ondimba and Mrs Jeanette Kagame respectively.

Early this year, UNAIDS lauded Malawi for being the first country to adopt option B plus in which all HIV- infected pregnant and breastfeeding women are eligible for lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART).

This strategy has helped Malawi slash by half the number of people tested HIV positive per year.

Malawi President Joyce Banda co-chairs the Lancet Commission with African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazama Dlamini Zuma and Director of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dr. Peter Piot.

The Lancet commission has since appointed President Banda on its board because of her role in HIV/AIDS issues and the fact that Malawi has continued to be on the lead in the fight against AIDS.