Zimbabwean First Lady Mrs Grace Mugabe arrives in the country on Monday November 23rd to attend the African First Ladies against HIV and AIDS (OAFLA) conference.
Her Ethiopian counterpart Azeb Mesfin who is OAFLA President arrives in Zambia the following day on Tuesday.
Others First Ladies expected to attend the OAFLA are Namibia’s First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba who is represented Reverend Mrs Hilukiluah and already arrived in the country on November 19.
The OAFLA Conference is intended to empower SADC First Ladies with information on maternal health issues and also develop a comprehensive SADC OAFLA sub-regional plan of action.
This is contained in a press statement released by State House’s Press and Public Relations Unit.
The focus of the conference which is being hosted by Zambia’s First Lady Mrs Thandiwe Banda is Maternity Protection as a Preventive and Care Strategy Against Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.
According to the statement, Technical Advisors of the visiting spouses of heads of states are already deliberating ahead of the First Ladies’ workshop which begins on Tuesday November 24, 2009.
Among the planned activities is a visit-site tour to Matero Clinic in Lusaka where there is a support programme for mother and child health, and the State House Women’s Club, Nursery and Pre-School.
The workshop will close with a gala dinner at Hotel Inter-continental in Lusaka on Thursday November 26 whose major function will be a fundraising event to help support OAFLA Zambia Chapter activities.