Former president Joyce Banda has been roped into an influential group of former heads of State and other eminent African personalities to help champion the creation of an HIV-free generation.
The initiative—which was launched in 2008 by Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana and currently the chairperson—is an independent group of former African presidents and other eminent African personalities who, individually and collectively, rally and support African leaders in the response to HIV and Aids.
In an invitation letter signed by Mogae, the initiative mobilises and encourages African leaders and global policy makers to renew and continuously intensify the fight against HIV and Aids.
“They, individually and collectively, have made a significant contribution to the global response to Aids, particularly on the African continent. They have engaged with sitting heads of State, as well as leaders and communities active in the fight against Aids.
“In this regard, they believe that the initiative will be greatly enriched by Her Excellency Joyce Banda joining it,” reads the letter.
Mogae adds that with Banda in the team, Africa stands a better chance to achieve an HIV-free generation.
The initiative, called Champions, currently comprises Mogae; Kenneth Kaunda, first president of Zambia; Joaquim Chissano, former president of Mozambique; Benjamin Mkapa, former president of Tanzania; Speciosa Wandira, former vice-president of Uganda and His Grace Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus South Africa, among others.