Sierra Leone’s First Lady and Health Minister in New York for High-level HIV/AIDS Meeting



The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Madam Sia Nyama Koroma , Health and Sanitation Minister Madam Zainab Hawa Bangura and a high-powered delegation have arrived in New York to attend the United Nations High-Level HIV/AIDS Meeting, which starts at the General Assembly tomorrow. The meeting ,which will also be attended by heads of state of many countries is a ten-year review of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS.  It must be recalled that in 2001, the UN had its first ever special session on HIV/AIDS during which it adopted the Declaration of Commitment. In 2006, the UN had another special session during which the Political Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS was also adopted .

The Minister of Health is accompanied by a delegation comprised of  :

  • Dr. Brima Kargbo , the National Coordinator of the  HIV/AIDS Program in Sierra Leone
  • Mr. Idrissa Songo, the National Coordinator of the Network of HIV Positives in Sierra Leone
  • Mrs. Valerie Tucker, the Civil Society representative from the National HIV Advocacy Network
  • Madam Marie Marilyn Jalloh , MP for Constituency 35, Bombali , who is Chair of the HIV/AIDS Committee in Parliament
  • Mr. Hudson Tucker


Other members of the Sierra Leone delegation will include the Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Sheku M. Turay ; the Deputy Permanent Represntative or Legal Affairs, Ambassador Osman Keh Kamara; the Minister Plenipotentiary Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu and  Counselors Victoria Sulimani and Saidu Nallo.

Madam Sia Nyama Koroma is accompanied by her Lady-In-Waiting, Mrs. Musu Dao.

The First Lady said today she will also  attend the First Ladies Conference of the Organization of African First Ladies on HIV/AIDS .She is a member of the Steering Committee of the African First Ladies.


Tomorrow,Wednesday June 8, there will be the Opening Plenary Meeting . Statements will be delivered by the Secretary General of the UN, Mr.Ban Ki-Moon  and the President of the General Assembly Mr. Joseph Deiss and the Executive Director of UNAIDS , Mr. Michael Sidibe , some heads of state and representatives of other countries.

The meeting ends on Friday at which time countries and organizations are expected to make fresh commitments on the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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