KIGALI, Rwanda

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) urged African first ladies Monday to provide the ‘political will’ to end the AIDS epidemic among children.

Speaking at a global AIDS conference in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said HIV, Hepatitis B and syphilis are endemic in Africa.

He said all three diseases can be maternally transmitted, are devastating and take a heavy toll on health systems with catastrophic expenditures for families leading to poverty in communities, yet all three can be prevented.

“Eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis and hepatitis is achievable and you [first ladies] can

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