First lady Margaret Kenyatta was on Saturday February 9 unanimously elected as Vice Chair of the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA).

The election was held at the AU commission Old Buildings during a steering committee meeting where she was singled out as one of the most influential first ladies with great health initiatives of the Beyond Zero program.

Her Beyond Zero campaign has been hailed as a success story, receiving accolades globally for its role in reducing child mortality and HIV infections.

Margret now deputes Burkina Faso’s First Lady, Adjoavi Sika Kabore, who serves as the organization’s Chairperson.

Among those who acknowledged the tremendous achievements of the first lady are UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibe saying,  “she has been an inspiring champion to women and girls, not only in Kenya but also in other countries. Your humility is exemplary.”

OAFLA was formed in 2002 by African first lady advocate for policies that make health services accessible and law.

The organization seeks to improve communication between 37 African First Ladies and find ways to respond to HIV/AID pandemic that has curb Africa. It also aims at building capacity of women and female leaders in Africa that boost women and youth empowerment.