The 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) kicked off full steam on the 29th of November in Harare , Zimbabwe.
The theme of this year’s conference is “AIDS in Post 2015 Era: Linking Leadership, Science & Human Rights” and over 10,000 delegates from across the continent and the globe are participating. ICASA which is unarguably the biggest AIDS conference in Africa will feature some notable speakers such as : Michel Sidibe (Executive Director, UNAIDS) ; Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin (Executive Director of UNFPA) and Dr. Leila Pakkala (UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa) etc.
The conference will be chaired by Dr Ihab AbdelRhaman Ahmed (epidemiologist and President of the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA)) and co-chaired by Dr. Pagwesese David Parirenyatwa (Health and Child care Minister representing the Government of Zimbabwe).
The objectives of this year’s conference are :
- Increase African leadership and ownership, as well as investment in financing to support the continental health response.
- Strengthen the interaction between the public health, science and human right approaches in the control and elimination of the HIV/AIDS and associate diseases.
- Improve awareness and learning on knowledge, skills, best practices from the response to AIDS and other emergent epidemics (EBOLA, HEPATITIS, SRAS and NCD’s)
- Promote the development and scale up of evidence-based interventions for HIV/AIDS and associate diseases in the post 2015 era.
Courtesy : http://icasa2015zimbabwe.org/
Other key activities include: the ICASA Youth front session (s) and Biomedical HIV prevention forum.
To follow the conference , please visit any of the following :
http://icasa2015zimbabwe.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/icasa2015/
In view of the 2015 World AIDS Day commemoration, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) released current global HIV/AIDS figures.
Please see link below:
A few key figures to note :
In 2014 –
- 36.9 million people were living with HIV
- around 2 million people were newly infected
- 1.2 million people died of AIDS related illnesses
As at June 2015, 15.8 million people are on ART globally
See the link below for the detailed UNAIDS World AIDS Day report:
While the world maybe on track to ending AIDS by 2030 with the number of people on treatment, more needs to be done in getting people to know their status.
It starts with you and I; so GET TESTED this WORLD AIDS DAY!
The World Bank’s Middle-Income Classification does not show the true extent of poverty in the Middle Income Countries (MICs) creates a perception that the MICs are ” not poor “; but in reality 75 % of the world’s poor and majority of the people living with HIV / AIDS reside in the MICs.
As a way of urging the World Bank to redefine it’s classification of Countries, a coalition in Africa has launched an online petition. They are hoping to get 10,000 signatures and would like for you to sign the petition in Solidarity and share with your networks!
SIGN THE PETITION : https://www.change.org/p/world-bank-group-redefine-middle-income-classification-mic-to-end-poverty-in-africa?recruiter=76034394&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_for_starters_page&utm_term=des-md-notification-no_msg
Courtesy : Redefine Middle Income Classification Coalition ( RMICC )