Chantal Biya, the First Lady of Cameroon, has been a strong advocate for education and health for more than 20 years.
In 1994, Ms Biya set up the Chantal Biya Foundation, which supports projects aimed at reducing poverty and disease, especially in the context of HIV. The Foundation’s Mother and Child Centre offers comprehensive paediatric care and health education, with consistent follow-up care for children born to mothers living with HIV.
The International Reference Centre Chantal Biya promotes medical research, including the treatment and prevention of HIV.
Ms Biya was behind the launch of African Synergies, which aims to address the challenges faced by women and children living in rural areas of the continent.