First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in Amsterdam for World’s Largest Conference on HIV/AIDS

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta will this week meet Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and several other world celebrities in Amsterdam.

Mrs Kenyatta and the Prince will be attending the biennial AIDS conference starting on Monday 23 July, 2018 for three days at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre.

The theme of the conference is “Breaking barriers: Building bridges”, and carrying everybody on board in the health sector.

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The event’s focus goes hand in hand with the Universal Health Care (UHC) system that is a key deliverable of President Kenyatta’s Big-4 development agenda.

The First Lady was received on Sunday morning at the Schiphol International Airport by acting Charge d’Affaires to the Netherlands Ms Rose Sumbeiywo among other Kenyan Embassy officials.

She is attending the conference as the patron of the Beyond Zero initiative whose mandate includes HIV/AIDS control and the promotion of maternal, newborn and child health.

Prince Harry is the founder of Sentebale, a charity organization that supports the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by HIV/AIDS in Lesotho and Botswana.

The UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe and  Princess Mabel Van Oranje of Netherlands will be among the attendees.

Rock musician Sir Elton John is also expected to attend the conference as the founder of the Elton John Aids Foundation.

The First Lady will be a key speaker in one of the plenary sessions where she will address herself on opportunities for leveraging leadership for the elimination of Mother-To-Child-Transmission of the HIV virus.

She will draw her insights from Kenya and her commitment to action through the Beyond Zero campaign.

The five-year Beyond Zero platform that was launched in 2014, is designed to provide high-level leadership in ending new infections amongst children, reducing maternal, child and newborn deaths.

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