Women in positions of power, including first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, joined forces in a summit to focus on improving life in Africa.

Hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, the African First Ladies Summit on “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa” addressed health, economic empowerment, and education for women Tuesday morning in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

After Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete spoke about the importance of investing in women, first lady Salma Kikwete took to the podium to reiterate the gathering’s goal: "This summit will consider things that are of much significance to the well being of women in Africa, namely education, entrepreneurship, and innovation,” she said.

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First Lady Patience Jonathan's Health Update: Illness Started In Dubai

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Dame Patience Jonathan

By SaharaReporters, New York

The “food poisoning” condition that landed Mrs. Patience Jonathan in a hospital in Germany reportedly started in Dubai eleven days ago where she had gone to see a doctor because her hands were twitching.

Presidency sources said she had gone to Dubai after the recent African First Ladies Summit in Abuja, an event that imposed an unfamiliar and grueling schedule of meetings and late nights on Mrs. Jonathan, saying she needed some rest.


Photo: Saraki’s Wife Toyin Represents Nigeria’s First Lady Aisha Buhari At African Union Summit
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Mrs. Toyin Saraki

Mrs. Toyin Saraki Represents Wife of Nigeria’s President at African Union Summit, Advocates for Increased Funding for Pneumonia Interventions

Representing H.E. Mrs. Aisha Buhari, Wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, at the General Assembly of the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), the Wife of Nigeria’s Senate President, and Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), H.E. Mrs. Toyin Saraki, has called for increased funding of, and accessibility to, proven interventions that prevent and treat pneumonia.

Introducing the Every Breath Counts campaign – a new global pneumonia campaign that aims to raise awareness of the need for increased funding and improved policies for pneumonia interventions, Mrs. Saraki disclosed that pneumonia, the number one killer of children under five, kills more than 900,000 children every year – more than malaria, AIDS, and measles combined. Despite this, however, pneumonia receives a fraction of the global public health investment, and continues to claim millions of young lives annually.

Outlining effective pneumonia interventions, Mrs. Toyin Saraki stated, “Vaccination is critical to preventing pneumonia and other diseases affecting the health of our children. Immunization should be combined with other innovative interventions that minimize vulnerability, such as reducing household air pollution and increasing access to exclusive breastfeeding and clean water. In addition, we must ensure the availability in the community of effective treatments, including antibiotics like amoxicillin – a cheap and effective treatment for pneumonia.”

While the vast majority of pneumonia deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, investments towards the prevention, management and treatment of the disease remain low in the region. In an innovative effort to identify and treat those at greatest risk – children living in poor, remote, rural areas –the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) empowers mothers with its client-held personal health records (PHRs), which serve to reduce both maternal and under-five mortality, while identifying children with suspected pneumonia – giving them the opportunity to receive timely and appropriate treatment.

Spearheaded in partnership with UNICEF, Speak Up Africa and other global partners, the Every Breath Counts campaign targets African leaders and policy makers and seeks to garner more resources and commitments so as to facilitate tangible progress in the fight against childhood pneumonia. The campaign launch took place on 31st January 2016, during the African Union Summit at the General Assembly of the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), and premiered a public service announcement featuring H.E. Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, which served to mobilize African First Ladies and women leaders as global pneumonia advocates. Nigerian and World News providing global current Nigerian and World news online. Read more »