The First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa joined other African diplomats and First Ladies in a fundraising event for the Free to Shine Campaign to fight mother-to-child HIV transmission.

The Free to Shine Campaign is led by the organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS and the African Union and it is supported by WHO, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNDP and AIDS Accountability International.

In her address at the fundraising event in New York, the First Lady said Zimbabwe is one of the 21 countries worst affected by HIV/AIDS.

Its vision is to end childhood AIDS in Africa by 2030 and keep mothers healthy.

She said prevention of HIV/AIDS among children and adolescents should be prioritised and ended by 2030.

The First Lady said she is working with communities to ensure women attend antenatal clinics and ensure they deliver in institutions.

She said she will be adopting a 5-year strategy for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

The First Lady also took the opportunity to share with her colleagues some of the activities that her charity organisation Angel of Hope is doing in the health sector, including the cancer screening programme and other outreach programmes for needy communities.

About 1.3 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, of which 5.5 percent are children from zero to 14 years old.

The Free to Shine Campaign goal is to support both implementation of the African Union catalytic framework to end AIDS, TB, and eliminate malaria in Africa and was launched in Addis Ababa in January this year.